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Subwoofers are dedicated solely to reproducing low-frequency sounds. While this may not be the most glamorous job in a stereo or home theater system, the subwoofer can be a crucial part of your overall listening experience. Find out why.

The second-generation Ford Escape, along with its siblings, the Mercury Mariner and Mazda Tribute, refined the "cute ute" qualities that made the first generation so successful. An aftermarket receiver and speakers will make a big difference in your driving enjoyment.

2006-2011 Honda Civic
by Rick Carlton

The Civic has evolved from its humble sub-compact beginnings to become a leader in the luxury compact segment. By 2011, it regularly topped nearly all competitors in U.S. sales. This profile shows you what to expect when you replace your factory stereo system.

Power line surges and lightning strikes can damage or destroy your precious audio/video gear. Learn how to select the best power protection for you.

Adding all-digital multimedia functionality to your vehicle doesn't have to cost a fortune. Sony's XAV-V630BT digital multimedia receiver works with your Apple® or Android smartphone to give you convenient hands-free control and terrific sound. Take a look at it in this demo video.

What is HDR TV?
by Steve Kindig

4K Ultra HD has millions more pixels than HD, delivering much more picture detail - a major benefit for large screens. High Dynamic Range (HDR) is being added to 4K TVs and video content to show a much wider and more realistic contrast range, closer to what we see in movie theaters.

TV wall mount buying guide
by Steve Kindig

Learn about the different types of wall mounts out there, and find out what kind might be best for your installation.

Kenwood's DDX393 DVD receiver shows off a redesigned interface, delivering simple, easy-to-see info on a 6.2" touchscreen display. It's also equipped with wired and wireless solutions for your smartphone, the ability to add satellite radio, and sound-sculpting controls to satisfy any tweakers. Take a look in this demo video.

If you get your music from a device instead of a disc, you need a receiver that's designed to get the most out of your digital music collection. JVC's KD-X330BTS digital media receiver handles all your devices, plus it gives you the power and sound-shaping tools you need to make your music sound fantastic. See it in this demo video.

2012-2015 Honda Civic
by Jon Paulette

When the 2012 Civics debuted to less-than-rave reviews, Honda ordered an extensive revamp for 2013. There are some differences, but whether you have a coupe or sedan, you're driving a car that's economical, comfortable, and easy on the eyes.

If your Silverado or Sierra is still getting the job done, a new stereo can make a big difference in your daily drive. Smartphone compatibility, satellite radio, and Bluetooth® are just a few of the modern features that can make your truck a much more enjoyable place to spend time.

Tuning your subs
by Buck Pomerantz

Having a subwoofer in your car is a good thing, but if the subwoofer isn't properly tuned, it won't sound as good as it should. This article describes how to adjust your amplifier so that your subwoofer will sound just the way you want it to.

Matching subs & amps
by Ken Nail

Confused about wiring your subs, and picking the right amplifier? We'll get you on the fast track to big bass with this simple guide.

1984-1988 Pontiac Fiero
by Jon Paulette

Once upon a time, a lot of kids saw a Pontiac Fiero on the street or in a car magazine, and thought, "Someday.." If you're one of them and your someday is now, a good, clean Fiero could be a whole lot of fun. Updating the stereo will make it even more so, and the job is easier than you probably think.

Devices that support HDCP 2.2 copy protection are more likely to be compatible with current and future 4K content, so it's worth taking a few minutes to understand it.

We've learned a lot about marine audio installations over the years. The most important thing we've learned is that the more you know about the boat you're working on, the less it seems like work. Here are a few tips from our marine team.

Our friend Tim already had a cool boat, but the stereo wasn't keeping up with the program. We decided to do something about that. Here's the gear we chose.

Ultra HD Blu-ray players are coming to a living room near you. We can't wait to see how brilliant and detailed movies will look playing from 4K discs.

JBL gives you big, loud portable sound with the Xtreme Bluetooth speaker. It's got big bass, long battery life, and a rugged design that ensures that no matter where you go, your music will follow.

Sennheiser's HD 800 headphones are known for their realistic, natural sound, and now they've received an update for 2016. The HD 800 S headphones feature a redesigned diaphragm, plus Sennheiser is now including the balanced cable.

Alpine's Restyle system gives you great Alpine sound in your new truck or SUV while maintaining a factory look and feel. With Restyle, you can replace your factory touchscreen and speakers with a large 9-inch or 10-inch Alpine screen and sound system, and even run your accessories like lights and winches right from the touch panel.

GoPro makes tiny, high-quality cameras and accessories that can help you capture video from everywhere life takes you. We love the quality of the footage and the simplicity of their cameras, and their line of accessories is well thought out.

Samsung's UBD-K8500 is its first 4K Blu-ray player, which allows you to watch Ultra HD Blu-ray discs at their full resolution on your 4K TV. It also uses sophisticated upsampling technology to make your standard HD content look better than ever.

4K and Ultra HD TV
by Steve Kindig

Ultra High Definition TVs, often referred to as "4K" TVs, can display four times the detail of typical HDTVs. How noticeable is the improvement? Is there any 4K content available? We'll tackle these questions and more.

Graduate Hotel
by Eric Angevine

The Graduate Hotel Charlottesville needed a flexible sound system that could provide different volume levels in different areas of the hotel. A Crutchfield system designer came up with the perfect solution.

Pioneer's AVH-180DVD DVD receiver boasts a responsive touchscreen with a logical menu layout that's easy to use. It's a great portal for listening to content from your smartphone or iPod, plus CDs and DVDs. See it in action in this demo video.

Pioneer's AVH-280BT DVD receiver has Bluetooth, so you can listen to content from your smartphone without having to fumble with aux inputs and cables. If you enjoy your music from other sources, never fear. This receiver covers the bases with CD and DVD playback, an aux input, and iPod and iPhone control via USB. Take a look at it in this car stereo demo video.

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