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Kenwood Excelon Reference Fit Amplifiers

Kenwood Excelon Reference Fit Amplifiers

The Reference Fit line of amplifiers from Kenwood Excelon packs a ton of power into a small chassis. These amps hit hard and can fit into tight spaces, if needed. And with mono, 4-channel, and 5-channel versions available, you're sure to find one that fits into your car audio upgrade plans.

2013 Pioneer Car Amplifiers

2013 Pioneer Car Amplifiers

Pioneer's versatile 2013 car amplifiers help you get needed power to your speakers and subs. They're compact, powerful, and even 1-ohm stable so it's easy to match subs.

Alpine V-Power Car Amplifiers

Alpine V-Power Car Amplifiers

Alpine made their V-Power amps 40% smaller for 2013, so they'll fit in more places than ever. Plus they employ some smart technology called Enhanced Shutdown Performance, which rolls back the output a bit when the amp threatens to overheat from playing at its limits too long.

Sony GS Car Amplifiers

Sony GS Car Amplifiers

Sony's efficient GS car amplifiers give you clean, effective power to make your car audio system sing. There are two GS models: a 4-channel, and a mono subwoofer amp. Both feature RCA and speaker-level inputs and are backed by a 3-year Sony warranty.

2012 Kenwood Excelon Amplifiers

2012 Kenwood Excelon Amplifiers

While at CES 2012, we got the inside scoop on the new Kenwood Excelon line of amplifiers - three models featuring a small footprint, clean design, and covered by a reassuring 2-year warranty.

Alpine PDX-V9 5-channel Amplifier

Alpine PDX-V9 5-channel Amplifier

The Alpine PDX-V9 is the "do it all" version of Alpine's popular digital PDX amps. It's small, stackable with other PDX amps, and gives you 100 watts RMS x 4 for your speakers, plus 500 watts RMS x 1 to drive a sub. Serious power, with a tiny footprint.

JBL GTO amplifiers

JBL GTO amplifiers

Zak got a chance to check out the new JBL GTO car amps at CES. Chris from JBL takes us through the line and shows us that no matter what you've got planned, JBL has a GTO amp for you.

Focal FPS Amplifiers

Focal FPS Amplifiers

For the best amplified sound in your car, turn to Focal. This brief video introduces the Focal FPS series of amplifiers.

Kicker IX Amplifiers

Kicker IX Amplifiers

Crutchfield Advisor Mac takes a look at Kicker's IX amplifiers — powerful but small amplifiers perfect for tight spots.

How to Install a Car Amplifier

How to Install a Car Amplifier

Adding an amplifier to your car audio system doesn't just make it louder - it makes every instrument sound clearer, it makes subs hit harder, and helps raise your soundstage to head level. Check out this overview of a typical installation to see the steps involved when you install an amplifier in your vehicle.

Setting Your Amp's Gain Control

Setting Your Amp's Gain Control

Check out our quick and easy method for properly setting the gain on your car amplifier. This simple adjustment will have you on the road to stellar sound.

Sound Ordnance Amplifiers

Sound Ordnance Amplifiers

Make your music sound lively and vital with a Sound Ordnance amplifier. Watch this Crutchfield video for a quick overview of what these amplifiers have to offer.

Installing the Alpine KTP-445 Power Pack

Installing the Alpine KTP-445 Power Pack

This video demonstrates how easy it is to install the Alpine KTP-445 Power Pack amplifier module. The Power Pack gives you the power and improved sound of an external amplifier at a fraction of the cost and with a much easier installation.

Upgrading Your Factory Stereo, part 2

Upgrading Your Factory Stereo, part 2

Just because you can't replace your vehicle's factory stereo doesn't mean you have to live with a poor sound system. In this short video, Crutchfield experts take a look at how a fellow employee created a high-performance car audio system.

How to Choose an Amplifier

How to Choose an Amplifier

This in-depth video walks through the major points to consider when choosing a new amplifier. It answers the questions: How many channels do you need? How much power should you get? What are the important features to look for? And why do some amplifier brands cost more than others?

Car Amplifier Features

Car Amplifier Features

This short video describes some of the common features you should look for when you're shopping for an amplifier for your car audio system. Not every amplifier will have all of these features, so make sure the amp that you get has the ones you need.

Car Amplifier Build Quality

Car Amplifier Build Quality

If you can get the same amount of power from two different amplifiers, is there any reason to buy the higher-priced amp? What are you getting for that extra money? We'll discuss the differences in build quality and performance between lower-priced amplifiers and more-expensive options.

Car Amplifier Power

Car Amplifier Power

We describe the basics of deciding how much power an amplifier should have when you're trying to match it to your speakers or subwoofers.

Car Amplifier Channels

Car Amplifier Channels

One of the first steps in choosing an amplifier for your car audio system is to decide how you intend to use the amplifier, and thus how many channels it should have. This short video gives you a quick overview to help answer that question.

Easy Setup on JBL EZ Car Amplifiers

Easy Setup on JBL EZ Car Amplifiers

One of the biggest problems with installing an amplifier is setting the gain properly. JBL has come up with a fool-proof method for getting it right in their EZ line of car amplifiers, ensuring full-power performance and distortion-free play.

Clarion XC1410 Compact Car Amplifier

Clarion XC1410 Compact Car Amplifier

Clarion's XC1410 4-channel amp delivers 50 watts RMS per channel from a chassis that's about as long and wide as a dollar bill. This micro-sized amp can fit almost anywhere, even behind many dashboards. And Clarion managed to pack more watts per square inch inside the XC1410 than almost any other 4-channel amp made.

What can AudioControl Gear Do For My Car Audio System?

What can AudioControl Gear Do For My Car Audio System?

Crutchfield car A/V editor and longtime musician Charlie put a new system in his convertible a little while back, and while his sound vastly improved it was missing something at first. After tuning his system with AudioControl, he could turn it up without any distortion.

Mathilda Gets Amped

Mathilda Gets Amped

One of our employees shares the excitement of having an amplifier in her car for the first time. We installed the Rockford Fosgate Punch P400-4 amplifier in her car, and she's more excited than ever to listen to her favorite tunes on the way home!

Alpine X-Power Amplifiers

Alpine X-Power Amplifiers

We got the chance to check out Alpine's X-Power amplifiers at the Alpine booth at CES 2012. The new sleek design masks the amount muscle under the hood and Alpine has added new models so that there's an X-Power amp for nearly every need.