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Capacitors FAQ

Capacitors FAQ

by Buck Pomerantz

First of all, what is a capacitor? Can it help my stereo system sound better? How do you hook it up? Get the answers to these and other questions here in our Capacitors FAQ.

 
Amplifier Installation Guide

Amplifier Installation Guide

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Step-by-step guide to amplifier installation.

 

Car Amplifiers FAQ

by Buck Pomerantz

Where should I mount my amp? What wiring do I need? Does any of it come with the amp? What size power and ground wires do I need for my amplifier? How much air space do I need around my amplifier? What's the biggest amp I can hook up to my car's electrical system? Plus more.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood DDX672BH DVD receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood DDX672BH DVD receiver

by Ken Nail

Kenwood's DDX672BH DVD receiver blends big-screen wow factor with easily accessible touchscreen controls. Its 6.95" variable color display boldly shows off different sources, including a built-in HD Radio tuner for crystal clear AM/FM radio, Pandora® Internet Radio for iPhone® and Android™, and Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming. Check it out in this demo video

 
Sealed or Ported

Sealed or Ported

by Buck Pomerantz

A sealed subwoofer easily produces "tight" bass, while a ported sub more readily plays "boomy" bass. Which you prefer depends on the style of music you like and how you want it played.

 
Headlights dim when the music plays

Headlights dim when the music plays

by Buck Pomerantz

When the stereo pulls too much power out of your car's electrical system, every part of the system suffers, even the amplifier itself. Here we discuss the most popular fixes for an underpowered electrical system: the big 3 upgrade, a capacitor, a larger alternator, and a second battery.

 
Video: Apple CarPlay™

Video: Apple CarPlay™

by Video Team

Apple CarPlay lets you use your iPhone more safely in the car by adapting familiar apps and icons for your compatible in-dash receiver. Siri voice control lets you send and receive messages, make calls, play music and more while keeping your eyes on the road.

 
How to match subwoofers and amplifiers

How to match subwoofers and amplifiers

by Buck Pomerantz

This step-by-step guide will help you make sure that your amps and subs are evenly matched and work well together, whether you have the subwoofers and want to find the amplifier to run them, or you've already got the amp and want the right subs for it.

 
Wiring Subwoofers — What's all this about Ohms?

Wiring Subwoofers — What's all this about Ohms?

by Buck Pomerantz

Confusion about how to wire subwoofers has been around for as long as people have been putting them in cars. Here, we'll explain why the way you wire your subwoofer effects the output.

 
Subwoofer Wiring Diagrams

Subwoofer Wiring Diagrams

by Buck Pomerantz

With the wide variety of subwoofers available, it's easy to get confused about the best way to wire up your system. These wiring diagrams will help you find the configuration that'll get the most out of your subs and your amplifier.

 
Upgrade your car's sound

Upgrade your car's sound

by Buck Pomerantz

Factory stereo systems leave a lot to be desired. This problem now has some solutions that let you keep your factory stereo and get spectacular sound, customized for your specific vehicle. The four upgrade systems we discuss in this article improve the factory sound of different vehicles in different ways.

 
Tuning Your Subs

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.

 
Video: Demo of the JVC KW-V41BT DVD receiver

Video: Demo of the JVC KW-V41BT DVD receiver

by Ken Nail

JVC's KW-V41BT DVD receiver shows off its audio/video muscle by including Bluetooth®, Pandora®, a multi-function USB port, and satellite radio controls - all capped off with touchscreen controls on a vibrant 7" display. It includes DVD and CD playback, lots of ways to hook up additional gear, and robust tone settings to satisfy any urges to tweak the sound.Take a look in this demo video.

 
Cable gauge chart

Cable gauge chart

by Buck Pomerantz

Need to know know which size of wire you should use when installing an amplifier? Use our handy cable gauge chart to find out.

 
Car amplifier buying guide

Car amplifier buying guide

by Buck Pomerantz

This guide will help you choose the right amplifier - number of channels and how many watts per channel - for your sound system.

 
CD receivers shopping guide

CD receivers shopping guide

by Robert Ferency-Viars

With so many in-dash CD receivers to choose from, how do you pick the right one? This article will help you ask the right questions, narrow your choices, and find the car stereo that's right for you.

 
Multi-room audio buying guide

Multi-room audio buying guide

by Jim Richardson

How to plan an easy-to-use, great-sounding multi-room audio system that suits your decor and your lifestyle.

 
12 tips for getting the best sound quality in your car

12 tips for getting the best sound quality in your car

by Jeff Fay

A car can be a great place to enjoy music, but many commuters still put up with marginal sound quality that they'd never tolerate at home. Here are some tips on how to improve your vehicle's sound, whether you're listening on a simple factory system or a multi-channel amplified setup.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-BT762HD CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-BT762HD CD receiver

by Ken Nail

Kenwood's KDC-BT762HD CD receiver gives you plenty of choices for listening to your music, including wireless audio streaming using Bluetooth, satellite, Internet, and over-the-air radio options, along with a front-panel USB port and aux input for connecting outboard devices. Take a look at in this demo video.

 
Video: Dolby Atmos Surround Sound

Video: Dolby Atmos Surround Sound

by Video Team

You'll need a few things to enjoy Dolby Atmos in your home theater, which our expert Eric explains in this short video.

 
Introduction to car stereo

Introduction to car stereo

by Robert Ferency-Viars

A car stereo is the centerpiece of any car audio system. This introduction highlights the stereo's functions and makes it easier to find the right receiver for your car or truck.

 
Video: Demo of the Alpine CDE-W265BT CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Alpine CDE-W265BT CD receiver

by Ken Nail

Alpine's CDE-W265BT CD receiver fills your vehicle's double-DIN (4" tall") opening with an easy-to-read two-line display and easy-to-reach controls. And since Alpine puts great sound at the top of their "to-do" list when designing car stereos, you'll also enjoy some innovative technology for upgrading the sonic soundscape in your vehicle. Take a closer look in this demo video.

 
What kind of marine audio system is right for you?

What kind of marine audio system is right for you?

by Jon Paulette

There are as many kinds of boaters as there are different kinds of boats, so sweeping generalizations are worth about as much as a fishnet windsock. That said, if you see a little bit of yourself in these user profiles, it might help you create your ideal marine audio system.

 
Steering wheel audio control adapters

Steering wheel audio control adapters

by Bob Bihlmayer

If you're considering replacing your factory radio with an aftermarket receiver, adding a steering wheel control adapter lets you keep the full functionality and convenience of your steering wheel controls. In this article, we'll cover how steering wheel adapters work and how to choose one that works for you.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood DPX501BT CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood DPX501BT CD receiver

by Ken Nail

Kenwood designed the DPX501BT CD receiver with big buttons and an oversized knob to give you easy access to built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music streaming, as well as all receiver functions. Take a look in this demo video.

 
Why subwoofers blow: slam, bang, pop, and sizzle

Why subwoofers blow: slam, bang, pop, and sizzle

by Buck Pomerantz

Subwoofers blow when you over-power them and when you try to get too much volume while under-powering them. Here we discuss what happens when you give them too much power or too much distortion.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood DPX301U CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood DPX301U CD receiver

by Ken Nail

Kenwood's DPX301U receiver gives you lots of ways to listen to your music, while big, user-friendly controls make it easy to run the show. It offers wired connectivity for your iPhone or Android, as well as ways to get your favorite digital, over-the-air, and satellite radio music while you cruise. See it in this demo video.

 
2005-2011 Dodge Dakota

2005-2011 Dodge Dakota

by Jon Paulette

The Dodge (aka Ram) Dakota was one of the last of the "mid-size" pickups. Available in Club Cab and four-door Quad Cab models, the Dakota is a terrific truck for people who know exactly how much truck they need and why. Once you find the right truck, why not fill it with the right stereo?

 
Harman Kardon Wireless HD audio system review

Harman Kardon Wireless HD audio system review

by David Brown

Looking for a way to get music into more rooms? This system offers cool possibilities for playing lots of different music and other audio throughout your home.

 
High-resolution audio Q&A

High-resolution audio Q&A

by Steve Kindig

Adding high-resolution audio playback to your system usually means adding a component or upgrading your computer's music software. Depending on your current setup and your goals, there are many different paths to getting high-res sound.

 

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