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Audio Accessories & Installation: Articles & Videos

Car Speakers: What's Going To Fit My Car?

Car Speakers: What's Going To Fit My Car?

by Ken Nail

Getting the right speakers to fit your car doesn't have to be confusing, thanks to Crutchfield's extensive research and database.

 
Subwoofer Installation Guide

Subwoofer Installation Guide

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Thinking about boosting the bass in your car or truck? Here are a few basic things you'll need to know to install a subwoofer in your vehicle.

 
Component Speakers Installation Video

Component Speakers Installation Video

by Todd Cabell, Danae Marshall

A 5-minute video that shows the basics of installing a component speaker system in a car.

 
Amplifier Installation Guide

Amplifier Installation Guide

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Step-by-step guide to amplifier installation.

 
Car Stereo Installation Guide

Car Stereo Installation Guide

by Robert Ferency-Viars

This installation guide walks you through the process of installing a new in-dash receiver in your car.

 
How To Diagnose and Suppress Noise

How To Diagnose and Suppress Noise

by Buck Pomerantz

An interactive flowchart to help you diagnose and cure the most common noise problems found in car stereo systems.

 
Video: How to Install a Car Stereo

Video: How to Install a Car Stereo

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Watch this video for a step-by-step overview of a basic car stereo installation. The installation shown in this video is only one example - the actual steps involved vary from car to car.

 
Video: Free Stereo Installation Gear

Video: Free Stereo Installation Gear

by Zak Billmeier

Check out how the free installation gear you get with most car stereos and car speakers bought from Crutchfield helps you do your own installation. Our vehicle-specific instructions, wiring harnesses, adapters, and expertise will save you time and money, and most importantly, help ensure that you enjoy your gear for years to come.

 
Video: Inside Crutchfield's Product Research Team

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.

 
Video: Reducing Road Noise with Dynamat

Video: Reducing Road Noise with Dynamat

by Jeff Fay

In our final installment in the Car Stereo Proving Ground series, we examine the effects of Dynamat on sound quality. We had better-than-expected results, achieving an incredible 9dB drop in road noise in most situations, and better results over noisy terrain. The Dynamat greatly reduces noise, which in turns makes our music sound more detailed and present.

 
Video: Posi-Products Posi-Twist Connectors

Video: Posi-Products Posi-Twist Connectors

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Posi-Product Posi-Twist connectors make doing the wiring for your car receiver installation a whole lot easier and more secure than old-fashioned electrical tape or soldering. How easy? Take a look at this short demo video to find out.

 
Installer's Toolbox #3: Bojo Panel Tools

Installer's Toolbox #3: Bojo Panel Tools

by Jon Paulette

If Bojo Trim Panel Tools can help a writer get through a month of installs without gouging a door or splitting a dashboard in half, they'll make you look like a DIY genius.

 
Three Ways to Connect Your Receiver's Wiring Harness

Three Ways to Connect Your Receiver's Wiring Harness

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Connecting the wiring harness is an essential part of installing a new receiver. By using one of the methods demonstrated in this article, you can be sure that your wiring connections will last for years to come - and that your new in-dash receiver will work properly.

 
Video: Kicker car amplifier power wire

Video: Kicker car amplifier power wire

by Video Guest

Top-quality power wire is an essential part of getting the best performance out of your amplifier. Check out this demonstration of Kicker oxygen-free power wire at the Kicker booth at CES 2014, and you can see just what you'll give up by going with lower-quality wire.

 
How to install car speakers

How to install car speakers

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Installing new speakers is the single most cost-effective improvement you can make to your vehicle's audio system. Aftermarket speakers are relatively inexpensive and they're usually not that hard to install. Here are a few general tips on how to do the job yourself.

 
What Do I Need To Get Satellite Radio?

What Do I Need To Get Satellite Radio?

by Dave Delamere

An overview of satellite radio hardware.

 
Video: Four Important Car Stereo Accessories

Video: Four Important Car Stereo Accessories

by Joshua Crane

In this short video, we present four of the most common accessories you should consider when purchasing a new car stereo. Everyone who installs a new stereo is likely to need at least one of these items.

 
Car Stereo FAQ

Car Stereo FAQ

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Crutchfield's car audio experts answer some of the most frequently asked questions about buying and installing car stereo equipment.

 
How to Choose a CD Changer

How to Choose a CD Changer

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Maybe you want both cassette and CD in your car. Perhaps you'd like to enjoy CDs while keeping the factory radio in your leased vehicle. Try a changer for the convenience of having multiple discs at the ready.

 
Video: Car Stereo Installation Tools

Video: Car Stereo Installation Tools

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Get a look at some of our favorite toys. This video showcases some of the tools and accessories that are frequently needed when installing car stereo equipment. It's not always easy to find these tools at the hardware store, and that's why we carry them.