Audio Accessories & Installation: Articles & Videos

Amplifier Wiring Diagram

Amplifier Wiring Diagram

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Take a look at a typical amp wiring scheme.

 
Cable Gauge Chart

Cable Gauge Chart

by Buck Pomerantz

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

 
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.

 

How to Install a Mobile Video System: General Tips

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Automotive video system components vary by manufacturer, but there are a few general rules you can follow when installing a car video system. Check them out here.

 
Component Speakers Installation Options

Component Speakers Installation Options

by Ken Nail

Adding brand-name component speakers is a great way to improve the sound of your vehicle, but installation can involve a few more steps than 2- or 3-way speakers. We'll take a look at the most common mounting options chosen for component speaker systems.

 
Multi-Disc Changers Installation

Multi-Disc Changers Installation

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Your car, SUV, or truck probably presents a number of good places to mount a disc changer. The most popular locations are in the trunk or under a front passenger seat, but there are other possibilities.

 
Peripherals Installation Guide

Peripherals Installation Guide

by Tim Sprinkle

This installation guide will help you connect a peripheral sound source such as a CD changer, satellite radio tuner, or digital music player to your car stereo.

 
Capacitors FAQ

Capacitors FAQ

by Buck Pomerantz

First of all, what is a capacitor? Can it help my stereo system sound better? How do you hook it up? Get the answers to these and other questions here in our Capacitors FAQ.

 
Component Speakers Installation Guide

Component Speakers Installation Guide

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Installing component speakers in your vehicle can make a big difference in the sound, but there's a bit more involved than in installing regular full-range speakers.

 

Car Video FAQ

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Why would I want a car video system? How do I put together a mobile video system? Do I have to buy everything for my system at one time? What about multi-channel sound mobile theater? Plus more...

 

Vibration Damping FAQ

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Do I have to cover the entire interior of my car to get any real improvement in sound? What's the best way to dampen the rattle caused by my subwoofers? I don't listen to my music very loud. Is it still worthwhile for me to get some Dynamat?

 
Car Video Glossary

Car Video Glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and technical specifications you'll encounter when checking out mobile video systems.

 
How to Make Your Speakers Sound Their Best

How to Make Your Speakers Sound Their Best

by Ken Nail

Brand-name speakers will make a big difference in your car's sound, there's no doubt about it. But with some simple, relatively inexpensive extra steps, you can make them sound even better.

 
Dual Voice Coil Subwoofers

Dual Voice Coil Subwoofers

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Dual voice coil subwoofers are a popular choice among car audio enthusiasts who want more flexibility in wiring their sound systems. If you're looking for maximum performance, a DVC sub might be the right choice for you.

 

Car Amplifiers FAQ

by Buck Pomerantz

Where should I mount my amp? What wiring do I need? Does any of it come with the amp? What size power and ground wires do I need for my amplifier? How much air space do I need around my amplifier? What's the biggest amp I can hook up to my car's electrical system? Plus more.

 
Multi-Disc Changers Glossary

Multi-Disc Changers Glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and technical specifications you'll find in today's multi-disc changers.

 

Noise Suppressor FAQ

by Crutchfield Writing Team

How can I stop the annoying "thump" I get when turning on my stereo? Is it possible to have noise in my stereo even if I don't have a separate amplifier? My friend's system has a lot of noise. How do we start to locate the problem?

 
Car Subwoofer Buying Guide

Car Subwoofer Buying Guide

by Ken Nail

Subwoofers are speakers dedicated solely to reproducing low frequencies. No matter what kind of music you like, or how loud you like it, a quality sub can really improve your overall listening experience.

 
How to Get the Best Stereo Imaging & Soundstage

How to Get the Best Stereo Imaging & Soundstage

by Ken Nail

Properly tweaked, your car or truck can be a fantastic place to listen to music. But in order to achieve that level of enjoyment, you need to compensate for some of its natural limitations. Achieving great imaging is a matter of understanding your components, and how they interact with your vehicle and the people sitting in it.

 
Car Amplifiers Glossary

Car Amplifiers Glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and technical specifications found in today's amplifiers.