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Use your flash--even in the sun

Use your flash--even in the sun

by Tara W.

I want it all when I take pictures. I want clear, expansive landscapes in the background and bright, smiling people in the foreground. And I've discovered a little tip that helps me achieve it, too...

 
Two Tamron zooms that could replace your kit lens

Two Tamron zooms that could replace your kit lens

by Zak Billmeier

I was thrilled to see that Crutchfield was starting to carry a couple of great kit-lens alternatives, Tamron's 17-50mm f/2.8 and 28-75mm f/2.8 zooms. Actually, they're remarkably similar lenses,...

 

Can you hear the differences between car amplifiers?

by Buck Pomerantz

Amplifiers all sound alike, right? No they don't. Many amps just make your music loud enough to overcome road noise. Other amplifiers handle music more carefully to promote higher fidelity. Small...

 
Kicker and Crutchfield roll out crowd-pleasing Polaris ATV

Kicker and Crutchfield roll out crowd-pleasing Polaris ATV

by Robert Ferency-Viars

I recently added an article describing Crutchfield’s new Polaris Ranger ATV to the Customer Car Showroom on our website, and I wanted to tell everyone about it. I really enjoyed this...

 
Getting great sound on your boat is easier than you think

Getting great sound on your boat is easier than you think

by Zak Billmeier

I took a vacation with my family in Maine recently, where our main mode of transportation was a 19-foot center-console boat with room for six. Earlier in the year, in a conversation with my father,...

 
Memory Card Readers: Why you might need one

Memory Card Readers: Why you might need one

by Kristen Schaub

If you're like me, then chances are you've got more than a few electronics lying around at home. I've got my cell phone, my digital camera, and...

 
Subwoofers rule: finally, I get it

Subwoofers rule: finally, I get it

by Zak Billmeier

Before I started working at Crutchfield, I associated car subwoofers with punk kids that roll up on you at traffic lights, sporting that low-frequency rattle that reminds you of the Space Shuttle...

 
Portable player + aux jack = unwanted noise?

Portable player + aux jack = unwanted noise?

by Zak Billmeier

I put in a plug-and-play satellite radio recently, connecting it to my Dual XHD-6425 head unit through its aux input. With channel guide in hand, I began flipping stations in earnest, ready to...

 

My Top 10 Car Audio Myths

by Charlie Pastorfield

1) I don't need a subwoofer because I never listen to loud music, just classical and jazz. Subwoofers go great with heavy metal, rap, and other types of high-impact music, but they're not just...

 
Why bi-amp your speakers?

Why bi-amp your speakers?

by Dave Bar

If you've purchased a seven-channel home theater receiver in the last couple of years, you might be surprised to learn that you possibly have lots of amplifier power just going to waste....

 

Satellite and FM radio happily co-exist in my car

by Deb Gilbert

When XM satellite radio became available in our little corner of the world, I was a happy girl. Living in a small radio market, the choices were pretty limited. Many of the on-air personalities had...

 

Why I have XM and Sirius plug-and-play radios in my truck

by J.R. Stoffel

I am a satellite radio fanatic, as you can see in this video . I have both XM and Sirius plug-and-play radios in my truck. I chose plug-and-play over direct-connect radios because they...

 

Why Bi-wiring?

by Dave Bar

"There is no physical reason why bi-wiring should improve a speaker's sound." I've heard this sentiment repeated over the years by some very reputable sources. So why do many respected...

 

Shopping for a new car, with good sound in mind

by Deb Gilbert

I'm in the market for a car. This isn't something that I do very often. I'm the person who buys a car and then drives it until it's well past paid for. I have a friend who has owned 14 cars in the...

 

How satellite radio enriched my life on a rainy day

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Yesterday's late lunch took an unexpected turn, and along with giving me a rock-solid excuse for hanging around in my car listening to music, it was also the perfect demonstration of why XM...

 

How to tune a car sound system, Part 2: Adding Bass

by Buck Pomerantz

You had your car stereo sounding pretty good. But then you noticed that something was missing. You had enough volume and clarity, but no real bass. You like the hit in the gut you get from a real...

 

No iPod needed to enjoy podcasts in your car

by Ken Nail

Like several of my coworkers, I enjoy downloading and listening to podcasts on my computer. Unlike them, I don't have an iPodĀ® or portable MP3 player. But that doesn't stop me from listening to my...

 
Better People Photos with a Digital Camera

Better People Photos with a Digital Camera

by Julie Govan

I have a Nikon digital SLR, and I use it a lot. But I'm not that experienced at what I still think of as "real" photography -- in fact, my current digital SLR was my first experience with manual...

 

Gain Settings: Sometimes Less is More

by Ken Nail

I just learned a valuable lesson about amplifier gain settings — sometimes less is more. I recently put a new head unit into my truck, and I was having a bit of trouble getting the...

 

Macros - the keys to remote control user-friendliness

by Jim Richardson

If you have a universal remote control, you may have already discovered the wonders of the macro. If not, well, a macro is a function that lets you program multiple steps into a single command....

 

"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