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Spotify® vs. Beats Music™

Spotify® vs. Beats Music™

by Jeff Miller

A comparison of two of the most popular streaming music services.

 
A tale of two Mustangs

A tale of two Mustangs

by Jon Paulette

A stock Ford Mustang is a beautiful thing, but for many owners, a stock model is just a starting point. A Mustang can always be made to go faster, look wilder, or, of course, sound better. Whether you own a classic or a contemporary model, we can help you build a stereo that's as legendary as the car you drive.

 
Crutchfield at CES 2014

Crutchfield at CES 2014

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Check out our daily updates from the Crutchfield Video Team at International CES 2014 in Las Vegas.

 
Fun and photo-worthy treats on Route 66

Fun and photo-worthy treats on Route 66

by Matt Freeman

Some fun sights off of Route 66 in Oklahoma.

 
A Dentist Learns the Joys of Car Stereo DIY

A Dentist Learns the Joys of Car Stereo DIY

by Dave Delamere

A local dentist performs his first installation procedure on his car's stereo. And with help from Crutchfield, the process left him smiling.

 
Rear speakers, amplifier, and subwoofer

Rear speakers, amplifier, and subwoofer

by Michael Sokolowski

Now that the front door speakers were in — and we could ably demonstrate the difference between the front aftermarket and rear factory speakers — it was time to install the new rear...

 

Video: Tour of the Mobile Audio Listening Lab

by Robert Ferency-Viars

We're passionate about car audio. Crutchfield's Mobile Audio Listening Lab lets us get hands-on experience with all kinds of car audio gear, from speakers and subs to amplifiers and receivers.

 
Focal's Utopia speakers take center stage

Focal's Utopia speakers take center stage

by Zak Billmeier

Harold Jones, winner of  Virginia's IASCA Sound Quality Challenge, was kind enough to drop by Headquarters to show off his impressive ride. The centerpiece of...

 
Discover the Joys of DIY

Discover the Joys of DIY

by Matt Freeman

It's fun and gratifying to hear about people discovering just how satisfying doing it themselves can be. Recently, two customers shared their first time experiences with us.

 
If Your Car Stereo Sounds Bad, Look at the Speakers First

If Your Car Stereo Sounds Bad, Look at the Speakers First

by Buck Pomerantz

My brother-in-law knew that his car stereo sounded bad. He didn't know why. He spends a lot of time, every day for his job, driving around town listening to classic rock radio. He came to me...

 
Single stereo-input dash speaker for vintage car owners

Single stereo-input dash speaker for vintage car owners

by Charlie Pastorfield

If you've ever tried to install a modern car stereo in a pre-1960s vintage automobile, you've probably run across the problem of getting stereo sound in a vehicle with only one center...

 
You Can Do This!

You Can Do This!

by John Pollard

When you upgrade the audio gear in your vehicle, you'll treat yourself to better sound quality. And when you install it yourself, you'll feel pride and satisfaction from a project well done. If you're reasonably handy and can follow directions, you can do it too, with our help.

 

Video: Inside Crutchfield's Product Research Team

by Zak Billmeier

Our Product Research team examines one of every product that we have in our warehouse. Check out the steps involved in databasing a product, and where to find the info when you're shopping at crutchfield.com.

 
Shopping for Car Speakers? Pay Attention to the Specs

Shopping for Car Speakers? Pay Attention to the Specs

by Todd Cabell

The most important factor I consider when shopping for new speakers (aside from making sure that they will fit my car and my budget) is how they will handle the power I'll be feeding them....

 
Essential electronics for tailgating

Essential electronics for tailgating

by Matt Freeman

I’m insane about college football ... and based on the thousands of screaming fans packing stadiums around the country each weekend, I’m not alone. For us, going to the game is a...

 

Video: Newbies Install a Kenwood System

by Zak Billmeier

Crutchfield's Marketing team decided to give their outgoing manager a parting gift: a new sound system for his 1998 Jeep Wrangler. Only one thing stood in their way - this would be the first time they had installed audio gear in a car. Watch them install a receiver and two sets of speakers, proving once and for all that with Crutchfield's help, you CAN install it yourself - and save a lot of money in the process.

 

Is replacing a car stereo really that easy?

by Deb Gilbert

I was helping a friend get a stereo for his car recently, and he asked a good question: "Is installing a stereo really as easy as we say it is?" We used to say that a lot, and I...

 
How to Tune a Car Stereo System

How to Tune a Car Stereo System

by Buck Pomerantz

Okay. Your new system components are out of their boxes, installed, and hooked up. Now what? How do you get the most out of your new car stereo system? What kind of hokey pokey do...

 
Video: A Look Inside the Crutchfield MasterSheet™

Video: A Look Inside the Crutchfield MasterSheet™

by Robert Ferency-Viars

The Crutchfield MasterSheet™ is a vehicle-specific set of instructions that shows you how to install a receiver and speakers in your vehicle. In this video, we give you a look at all of the work that goes into creating these instructions. What's more, this same research is used to fuel our massive vehicle database. When we tell you we know what fits, we really do.

 
Install Your Own Car Stereo  — With Help from Crutchfield

Install Your Own Car Stereo — With Help from Crutchfield

by Zak Billmeier

While surfing through the Internet one day, I found a blog post on the Gadgeteer website entitled " My Crutchfield Experience ." In the article, author Dave Rees...

 

"As a recording musician, I wanted to be able to evaluate my works-in-progress in the car, so I created a mobile listening lab."

-Mike S., A/V Editor

"I've immersed myself in TVs in recent years, but great sound was what first made me want to understand the gear."

-Steve, A/V Writer

"I've loved music and audio gear for as long as I can remember. At Crutchfield, I feel like a kid in a toy store."

-Dave, A/V Writer

"Adding new speakers and an amp created a whole new listening experience in my car."

-Jo, A/V Writer