These systems have been rated to offer the best user experience and sound quality over the years, and it is through consumer feedbacks that we have populated this list. It is however in no particular order. All we can say is that if you’re looking for quality and superior sound and you come across any brand in this list just know that the touch of a button will not disappoint.
• Harman speakers
Harman is a company founded in 1980. It produces very high quality brands under its name such as Harman/Kardon found in Range Rover, Mercedes and BMW, Lexicon found in Rolls Royce and Mark Levinson found in Lexus. Other subsidiary products include Infinity, JBL and AKG. Harman is simply a force to reckon with.
• Bose audio
Bose started very well, being ranked as the best for many years but somewhere in the middle it lost track of the clear path. That is why Mercedes, BMW, Acura and Audi ceased to use it in their cars. Now the management at Bose has taken a major comeback and their newly developed audio components are totally out-of-this-world. They are now with Maserati and Chevrolet, and maybe it’s just a matter of time before the Germans come knocking.
Anytime you talk of cars the Japanese will always pop in, but not for all the wrong reasons. This is so particularly for the head units that Alpine has almost no peer. Another of its offering is the venerable type R line of subwoofers with excellent amplification and crystal clear treble components.
• MTX Thunder
It was remarkable when MTX introduced the legendary jackhammer that sent heads spinning, with a magnet that weighs 56.25 pounds! Not that all big is great, but at MTX size and mediocrity are inversely proportional. Its other products also produce very fine sound that is hard to level any criticism against. Whether it’s a home or car sound system, MTX audio never disappoints.
Long held in high regard, kicker creates high quality amplifiers, subwoofers and crossovers, with its most renowned and respected subwoofer being the square-shaped L7. The first kicker full range box was introduced in 1980 and since then kicker has always been a mark of excellence and refined sound innovation. It also offers home and marine products.
• JL Audio
This list might bear no particular order, but JL Audio subwoofers (particularly the w7) have no equal. They are the best, even 50 cent knew that when he stacked four of them in his Hummer. Another top-notch product by JL Audio is the ZR series component speakers with the slogan, “sounds like I’m at the concert.” Whatever JL Audio puts their name to is unsurpassed, and one can only bow down as Westside connections puts it.
From the West to the East and once again the Japanese show up. With an expansive product line that goes from very expensive to easily affordable, Pioneer has everyone’s interests at heart. They manufacture car, computer, portable, pro and home audio components, and their $3125 home theater system is like no other. Now who turned off my music?
Other audio brands to enter the list include:
• Polk Audio
• Rockford Fosgate
• Sundown Audio