Car Audio in the Philippines

Car Audio or Mobile Audio is a very active and defined subculture in the world of automobiles. There are publications, competitions and organizations dedicated solely to it. I’m sure you’ve seen magazines from your favorite stands entitled Car Audio & Electronics or Car Sound & Performance. Have you ever wondered how they never run out of topics? It’s because there’s a never-ending supply of improved head units, speakers, subwoofers, etc., for upgrade-hungry consumers.

In the Philippines, car audio was really hot back in the late 90’s; the era of the Greenhills sound-offs, where cars would park at the parking lot across Music Museum just to blast off their radios. This was the pre-street racing, pre-Libis era. You wonder where those bass-heads are now? Well, subcultures never die, they just stop being an “it” thing.

Locally there are two forums dedicated entirely to the local car audio scene. One is and another is They are not just sub-forums in those local car sites, well at least that’s how they started; they are sites on their own, with hundreds of active members posting away everyday. In car audio, there are two obvious categories namely SQ (Sound Quality) & SPL (Sound Pressure Level). Those two alone spark up threads lasting ten pages long or more. There are also local competitions for each category.

I love car audio but these sites do not show up in search engines; at least under the obvious search terms I picked. I was surprised when I arrived at some two years ago. I couldn’t believe how active it was, yet not loud enough to have reached the car-related searches I did. I’m also going to start a Car Audio category in this blog. I’m not a guru but I do get enough mileage by auditioning systems and installing systems.

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