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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...

 
Rock Your Boat With a Marine-Rated Receiver

Rock Your Boat With a Marine-Rated Receiver

by Ken Nail

Quality marine receivers can withstand sun, salt, and spray Look for a marine-rated receiver Recycling is a wonderful thing, but recycling an old car audio receiver...

 
Installer's Toolbox #2: Pro.Fit Wire Worm

Installer's Toolbox #2: Pro.Fit Wire Worm

by Crutchfield Writing Team

My very first accessories post was about the S&G wire stripper . I've decided to retroactively make it the start of a series. With "Installer's Toolbox" I'll talk about...

 
Installer's Toolbox #1: S&G Wire Cutter/Stripper Tool

Installer's Toolbox #1: S&G Wire Cutter/Stripper Tool

by Crutchfield Writing Team

There's more than one way to skin a cat. At least that's what they tell me. I'm just going to take their word for that, but I know from experience that there's more than one way...

 
Installing a digital sound system in a cooler

Installing a digital sound system in a cooler

by Jon Paulette

Life's just a lot more fun when you have a cooler full of food and beverages. But did you ever wonder how much more fun it could be if you had a cooler that was also a powerful digital media sound system? We did, so we built one. And, as we suspected, it's really, really awesome.

 
Holiday photo recipes

Holiday photo recipes

by Woody Sherman

The holidays present interesting challenges for the photographer. Three of Crutchfield's most experienced photographers discuss their approaches and tips for great seasonal images.

 
Point and Shoot Cameras in the Wild

Point and Shoot Cameras in the Wild

by Ken Nail

If smartphones can do it all, why use a point-and-shoot camera? Fresh off the Appalachian Trail, Ken has some pretty good reasons.

 
Making a List, Checking It Twice: Great Family Portraits

Making a List, Checking It Twice: Great Family Portraits

by Julie Govan

Mastering the family portrait Every year, I try to take really great group shots of my family - and for many years, most of the pictures I took weren't ones I wanted to...

 
Why We Love Satellite Radio

Why We Love Satellite Radio

by Charlie Pastorfield

Satellite radio gives you four things that earth-bound radio can't: mind-boggling program variety, nationwide reception, amazing personalities, and commercial-free music. We asked some of our biggest in-house satellite radio fans to list their favorite channels and the reasons they love SiriusXM.

 
Shallow subs for big bass in a tight space

Shallow subs for big bass in a tight space

by Ken Nail

With subwoofers, size matters. If you want big bass in your system, and you've got plenty of room in your vehicle, it's a good idea to start with a large sub. But subcompact cars and...

 

Video: Introducing the Crutchfield Labs

by Steve Kindig

Steve, Crutchfield A/V Editor, gives us a tour of the Crutchfield Labs. He talks about why we built the Labs and how they can help us find you the right gear.

 
Standardizing specifications

Standardizing specifications

by Matt Freeman

Crutchfield has long been an advocate of standardizing specs for fair product comparisons.

 
Intro to Apple AirPlay

Intro to Apple AirPlay

by Ralph Graves

Apple Airplay® is a feature of Apple’s iTunes® program (version 10 or later). It’s a way to wirelessly stream content from an Apple portable (iPhone®, iPod...

 
Our people are in it for the long haul

Our people are in it for the long haul

by Loren Barstow, Matt Freeman

At Crutchfield, we're proud that so many of our employees stay with us for so long. Here are some of their stories.

 
Welcome to our mobile audio listening lab

Welcome to our mobile audio listening lab

by John Pollard

The mobile audio/video section of the Crutchfield Labs lets our writers, researchers, and advisors get hands-on experience with the latest car audio products.

 
Surround sound for video games

Surround sound for video games

by John Pollard

A great TV and surround sound system can make a big difference in your videogame experience. Here's how to feel like you're part of the action.

 

"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