Audio Accessories & Installation: Articles & Videos

A guide to iPod® and car stereo compatibility

A guide to iPod® and car stereo compatibility

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Whether you're shopping for a new stereo and want to make sure that you'll get the best experience when using your iPod or iPhone in the car, or if you just want to add iPod controls to a stereo you already have, this article will help.

 
Satellite radio programming packages

Satellite radio programming packages

by Zak Billmeier

The radio you have determines which SiriusXM satellite radio plan you can get. Find out what's available for your particular radio, plus check out a channel guide.

 
Car Speakers Installation Video

Car Speakers Installation Video

by Video Team

This brief video will introduce you to the basics of do-it-yourself car speaker installation.

 
How to Build a Subwoofer Box

How to Build a Subwoofer Box

by Erin Blanton

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

 

How to Choose Vibration Damping

by Crutchfield Writing Team

These days, many vehicles are very tight and wind- and road-noise is minimal, giving you a quiet ride and nice listening environment. However, many cars don't have that dreamboat feel to them - but that doesn't mean you can't make any car quieter!

 
Car Stereo Glossary

Car Stereo Glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

New to automotive audio? Here's a glossary of terms you'll need to know when you're shopping for an aftermarket CD player, nav receiver, or digital media receiver for your car or truck.

 

Antennas FAQ

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Is installing a new antenna a difficult task? My antenna's reception is pretty good, but I think it should be better. Would an antenna booster be of any help? Will there be any problems connecting a new antenna to my factory stereo? Do you sell replacement masts for my factory antenna?

 
Video: Connecting Your New Receiver to Your Car's Wiring

Video: Connecting Your New Receiver to Your Car's Wiring

by Ken Nail

Take a look at how most new car receivers are connected to the car's existing wiring in this DIY video.

 
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.

 
Video: Installing an Adapter for your Steering Wheel Audio Controls

Video: Installing an Adapter for your Steering Wheel Audio Controls

by Robert Ferency-Viars

One of the problems with replacing your factory radio with a new receiver, is that those handy stereo controls built into the steering wheel won't work anymore. The way to solve this dilemma is to install an adapter for the steering wheel audio controls. Watch this video to see what's involved in the process.

 

Installing a Car Antenna

by Robert Ferency-Viars

One person's experience with factory AM/FM antenna replecement.

 
What Are Car Kits?

What Are Car Kits?

by Matt Freeman

An overview of car kits used with Dock & Play satellite radios.

 
How to Choose a Noise Suppressor

How to Choose a Noise Suppressor

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Noise can be introduced into your system from a number of sources. Find out how to track down and reduce or eliminate noise in your car audio system.

 
Subwoofer Wiring Diagrams

Subwoofer Wiring Diagrams

by Buck Pomerantz

With the wide variety of subwoofers available, it's easy to get confused about the best way to wire up your system. These wiring diagrams will help you find the configuration that'll get the most out of your subs and your amplifier.

 
What Are Home Kits?

What Are Home Kits?

by Matt Freeman

A quick description of home kits for Dock-and-Play satellite radios.

 
How to Choose a Mobile Video System

How to Choose a Mobile Video System

by Matt Freeman

From sleek, retractable in-dash televisions to high-performance monitors, from in-dash DVD players to easy-add-on portable systems, it's obvious that mobile video is here to stay.

 
The Silencer

The Silencer

by Crutchfield Writing Team

A sound damping product like Dynamat can drastically improve your sound system's performance. We put it to the test by installing a door kit in a noisy 2002 Nissan Xterra.

 
Cable gauge chart

Cable gauge chart

by Buck Pomerantz

Need to know know which size of wire you should use when installing an amplifier? Use our handy cable gauge chart to find out.

 
Amplifier Wiring Diagram

Amplifier Wiring Diagram

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Take a look at a typical amp wiring scheme.

 
What Are Satellite Radio Boomboxes and Compact Sound Systems?

What Are Satellite Radio Boomboxes and Compact Sound Systems?

by Matt Freeman

A quick look at satellite radio boomboxes and compact sound systems.