Five years ago, when I bought the first (and probably last) new car in my life, the first thing I did was replace the factory-installed stereo. Out with the bad OEM speakers, in with a nice pair of Focal drivers, and buh-bye no-name receiver and hello Alpine...
My question to you is what did you do when you got your latest car? In order to quantify the answers I've arranged a series of questions that shouldn't take more than a minute max - the lower your answers' total point count, the more enthusiastic your car audio habit...
So, here we go:
1. Replaced the entire stereo in my latest car when I purchased it.
2. Replaced the front end
3. Replaced the speakers only
4. Left it alone - it was listed as "premium"
1. Replace the stereo without even listening to the stock unit
2. Listened for an hour and replaced the stock unit
3. Listened for a week or so before replacing the stereo
4. Listened and kept the stock original stereo
1. Buy the cheapest interior package so you could upgrade it yourself.
2. Bought the best interior package specifically so you could have the best factory sound, then replaced it
3. Bought the best interior package and kept it.
4. Bought whatever interior package that was the best deal.
After a year:
1. I'm still changing out components and have more plans for upgrades
2. I made one change, but I'm basically happy
3. No changes
4. My stereo no longer works and I don't care
My score was 7 - sort of mid-level into car audio. How'd you do?