For better, and probably more for worse, I’ve had a lot of experience in the car stereo world. I grew up in a time when high school popularity was gauged by whose woofers could blast Pharoahe Monch’s “Simon Says” the loudest. Let’s just say there’s a 1990 Acura Integra out there that’s probably still allowed to skip class whenever it wants.

Fortunately, we’ve come a long way since the days of my furiously fast youth. Now there’s a whole slew of whigamedos and whozamawhats that make the car audio experience an aural wonderland. Even if you can’t seem to wrap your head around the technology, at the very least, it’ll make you look pretty awesome.

So pull over, sit-back, and crank that Pioneer audio to a safe decibel level as you take a look at the dos, don’ts, and used-to-be-dopes in this time-tested analysis of What Your Car Stereo Says About You.

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