Articles & Videos: Audio Accessories & Installation

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.

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.

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.

When installing a new car stereo or speakers, you'll need specialized installation hardware to do the job. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

Our exclusive Mobile Video Installation Guide provides details on suggested system layouts and wiring routes for several major types of mobile video systems. The large, easy-to-read format is modeled on our MasterSheet® instructions, and includes helpful diagrams and a list of the tools you'll need.

How to choose a replacement antenna
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Having antenna problems? How do you know if you need a new antenna? How do you select a new one? Find out here.

Helpful tips and step-by-step instructions for designing and building your own custom car subwoofer box.

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