Today, though, cars have audio demands built in from the outset, with the shape of dashboards, bulkheads and doors designed to let bass rumble and high notes sing. Modern in-car audio is massively complex, a collision of branding, design and engineering.
No longer do you have to delve into the world of after-market systems, jargon and know-it-all specialists if you wanted anything more than a basic two-speaker system. Almost every manufacturer has options aplenty, with something for even the most demanding ears. Here are some of our favourite examples.