How many watts is good for a car stereo?

I'm fixing up an old car and getting a secondhand stereo. How many watts is good for a sound system?

Liz Jenson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Buying a stereo secondhand is a great way to get a better deal. As for the amount of power you’ll need, that’ll depend on the stereo you choose.
If the stereo you buy is the same as your car’s
original factory stereo
, you should be looking at 50 to 200 watts RMS of power.
If you want to make your listening experience a little easier with an aftermarket receiver, though, you might want closer to 200 to 300 watts RMS. If you choose to add amplified speakers, which will help cut out road noise and make your music sound clearer, you should plan on 200 to 500 watts RMS.
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