If you like listening to your favorite tunes or podcasts while driving, then you should consider upgrading your speaker system. Stock speakers are typically low-quality, and you can get something much better for your listening pleasure.
Overall, you can expect to pay about $500 to replace your car’s speaker system. Individual speakers cost between $100 to $200, while a high-performance audio system will cost around $1,000 to install. Additional accessories such as a subwoofer and amplifier cost about $200 each.
There are a lot of factors for car speakers to consider. So we put together this comprehensive guide on car speaker costs. We will cover replacement costs as well as the costs of equipment such as speakers, wiring, subwoofers, and amplifiers.
- Car Speaker Replacement Costs
- Additional Costs
- DIY vs Professional Installation Costs
- Factors that Affect Car Speaker Replacement Costs
- Frequently Asked Questions
Car Speaker Replacement Costs
Replacing your existing speakers with a new set will run you around $500 to replace speakers and the radio unit. The typical price range most car owners pay is between $300 to $800. $500 is the average cost for a decent-quality system while a high-performance audio system can cost upwards of $1,000 more. These costs are just estimates, and your actual costs will differ depending on your car, speaker choice, and mechanic’s location.
Car systems have a lot of parts, but there are three major components you need to make the speaker system work.
- Head unit (radio)
We will cover the average costs for each of these parts.
The speakers are the part of the stereo system that converts electrical signals into acoustic signals. Electrical signals are sent through speaker wires, which produce movements we perceive as sound. Some cars only have two speakers in the front doors, while others might have 4 speakers (one for each door) and a central speaker on their console.
Speakers are among the cheaper components of a car’s audio system. Typical speakers cost anywhere between $50 on the low end, to $200+ on the high end. You can find a set of decent quality speakers for around $709 to $100 each on average. On the other hand, high-quality powerful speakers may cost upwards of $250+ per speaker.
Here is a table showing the average cost for some popular models of car speakers.
|JBL GTO629 Co-Axial Speaker (set of 2)||$107|
|Boss Audio Systems CH6520 Car Speakers||$25|
|JBL GTO609C Component Speaker System||$120|
|Kicker 43DSC69304 D-Series 3-Way Speaker||$90|
|Rockford Fosgate P1683 Punch||$120|
|Pyle PLUTV41BK 2-Way Waterproof Speakers||$70|
|Skar Audio FSX8-4 Midrange Speaker||$30|
|Pol D8652 UltraMarine Dynamic Speaker||$85|
As you can see, car speakers run the price range between $20 on the low end to over $120 on the high end. You can often find cheaper speakers if you buy a set rather than individual speakers. However, the lower price also generally means lower quality.
Head Unit Costs
The head unit, also called the radio console, is part of your audio system that lets you control everything else. The head unit lets you pick what songs to listen to, control the volume, and connect external devices.
A standard DC head unit usually costs anywhere between $50 to $100. Lower-end models can cost only $30. Radio units with advanced display features such as touch screens usually cost $150+.
The following table has the average costs for various popular car audio head units.
|BOSS Audio Systems 625 UAB Car Stereo||$40|
|Binize Android Car Stereo Radio w/ Touchscreen||$160|
|Kenwood Bluetooth USB Car Stereo||$150|
|Leadfan Single DIN Car Stereo||$30|
|Alpine CDE-175BT Car Stereo||$220|
|Jensen JBR550 Heavy Duty Stereo||$140|
|Pyle Double DIN Dash Car Stereo||$140|
|SANPTENT Double DIN Car Stereo w/ Touchscreen||$90|
Most car radio units end up costing between $30 to $200+. Notice that models with connectivity and display features like Bluetooth and touchscreens will cost more. We would highly recommend getting a car stereo that has Bluetooth compatibility. That way you can stream music to your speaker system.
Amplifiers are important components of your car’s sound system that boost weak audio signals from the head unit. Without an amplifier, the electrical signal might not be enough to cause the speakers’ cones to move. Most of the time, your car will have a factory-installed amplifier so you won’t have to get a new one.
However, if your speakers are large enough, then you will need to get a separate amplifier that can produce enough power. A typical stock amplifier in modern cars has a 10W maximum output; loud enough for casual listening but not enough if you want louder sounds.
All other things being equal, a car amplifier will cost you anywhere between $40 to $100. Some amplifiers are specifically meant for subwoofers and others for speakers.
The following table has average prices for various popular speaker amplifier models.
|BOSS Audio Systems R1100M Riot Series||$90|
|AudioControl Epicenter Bass Booster||$150|
|Taramp’s TS 400X4 400 watt Amplifier||$95|
|Planet Audio AC1500 Monoblock Car Amplifier||$80|
|Audiobank Monoblock 2000 Watt Stereo Amplifier||$60|
|DS18 S-1200 RD Car Radio Amplifier||$130|
|Blaupunkt 1500W 4-Channel Full-Range Amplifier||$80|
|Skar Audio RP-2000 Monoblock Amplifier||$250|
|Crunch PX 1000.2 Power Amplifier||$50|
The typical cost for a power amplifier hovers between $40 on the lower end to over $200 on the high end. We recommend finding a power block that can produce at least 75 watts per channel. That should give you enough power to listen to high volumes with little distortion.
Most power amplifiers can handle up to 4 speakers at once. You can also have an amplifier for each individual speaker, though you will have to wire them properly.
Here is a list of additional car audio system costs.
Many speakers have built-in subwoofers to handle low bass notes. However, audiophiles may want a separate subwoofer to maximize bass. Powered subwoofers contain a built-in power supply while passive subwoofers need a separate power amplifier.
A typical mid-range subwoofer will cost around $100 to $200. High-end subwoofers can easily cost over $400 or $500. Below is a table with the average costs of various subwoofers.
|Skar Audio DDX-10 D4 Subwoofer||$170|
|Skar Audio DDX-10 D4 Subwoofer||$170|
|Rockville W65K9D2 1000W Subwoofer||$65|
|Toro Tech 8-Inch 400W Subwoofer||$99|
|BOSS Audio Systems CXX8 Car Subwoofer||$30|
|Yaeccc 10-Inch 600W Under-Sea Subwoofer||$100|
|Seismic Audio Outrage Dual 1600W Subwoofer||$130|
Subwoofers range in cost between $40 on the low end up to over $200. Keep in mind that most subwoofers will require a separate power amplifier unless they have one built-in.
Used vs New Car Speakers
You don’t have to buy brand new speakers. You can often find excellent-quality used speakers for a fraction of the price. Used speakers can cost up to 60% less than their brand-new counterparts.
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind if you are buying used speakers.
Make sure used speakers are compatible with your car’s wiring and power system. Some speakers require special plugs or connector ports, and speakers may require specific voltage power sources. You don’t want to buy some speakers and realize they don’t work for your car.
Superficial damage such as scratches or nicks won’t affect audio system performance that much, so unless you care a lot about looks, used speakers with some dings can still work well. However, look out for cracks or damaged speaker cones. Also, make sure that the serial number is still intact. If it’s not, the speakers are likely stolen.
Type of Equipment
Speakers are tricky to buy used because they have a lot of moving parts, which means more chances to break. Audio equipment with no moving parts, such as equalizers, amplifiers, or crossovers, are good candidates for used equipment because they are less likely to break.
The best place to find used audio equipment is probably auction websites such as eBay. If you buy through an online auction, make sure that you find a reputable seller with positive reviews. Make sure to compare listings for the same product with one another so you can find a fair market price.
DIY vs Professional Installation Costs
Unlike many other car systems, it is relatively easy to install a new car audio system on your own. If you already have the tools, installation is virtually free.
However, most people will want to get a professional installation. Installation costs vary based on location, but you can expect to pay about $60 per speaker installation. Subwoofer installation costs an average of $20 to $40.
Factors that Affect Car Speaker Replacement Costs
- Type of speaker. There are two main types of car speakers: component and full-range. Component speakers feature separate parts while full-range speakers package everything into the speaker case. Component speakers are more versatile but full-range speakers are cheaper to buy and install.
- Speaker power. Speaker power is measured in amps. If you have high-power external speakers, then you will need to buy a separate power supply. Low-powered speakers can just fit into the existing wiring for stock speakers.
- Car make/model. Depending on the make/model of your car, it may be more difficult to install your speakers. Some cars require special tools to open door panels or remove dash panels. For example, you will likely have to take something like a BMW to a certified BMW mechanic, which can be more expensive.
- Accessories. Additional sound accessories like a control panel or extra subwoofers are an additional optional cost. Accessories can greatly increase audio fidelity and sound.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to replace car speakers?
You can buy a medium-quality car speaker system for approximately $400 to $500. High-performance audio systems can cost up to $1,000. Individual speaker replacement can be as low as $100 to $200.
Can I replace car speakers on my own?
Yes, if you have the right brackets, mounts, and a soldering iron, you should be able to replace a car speaker system on your own. However, a DIY replacement can result in lower-quality sound. For best results, you should go to a pro.
How often should I replace my car speakers?
Strictly speaking, car speakers can last your car’s entire lifetime if you don’t tax them too hard. However, you should notice signs of aging after about two to four years, depending on how hard you work. If you listen to loud music frequently, it will break down faster.
Should I buy new or used car speakers?
You absolutely can find good quality used car audio equipment, but it can be tricky. The best way is to ask your friends if they have any spare speakers lying around. The main downside to buying used speakers is that you don’t really have any performance guarantee. So make sure you buy from someone you trust.
How long does it take to install a car speaker system?
Depending on what you install, it can take anywhere between one to five hours. A pro should be able to install a single speaker very quickly, while a complete audio system overhaul will take more time.
Should I buy OEM or aftermarket speakers?
Unlike many other car parts, aftermarket speakers are often much higher quality than stock OEM speakers. Stock speakers are usually meant to do the bare minimum and won’t give you the fidelity that a premium aftermarket system can.
All cars have unique speaker systems, so it will be different for every car. However, most car owners can expect to pay around $500 to install a new car speaker system. If you want to go for a high-end audio system, it will cost around $1,000.
There are a ton of car speaker options and it can feel overwhelming when choosing. The main thing to remember is to make sure the parts you get are compatible with one another. If you plan to buy used equipment, make sure that you do your research and don’t get something low-quality.