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GPS & Car Accessories: Articles & Videos

Navigation Installation Guide

Navigation Installation Guide

by Matt Freeman

A guide to installing an in-dash navigation system in your vehicle.

 
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.

 

Navigation FAQ

by Matt Holliday

Why would I want a navigation system? How does it know where I am? How accurate are these systems? What kind of directions does the voice give me? Plus more...

 
What You Need to Know about HD Radio™

What You Need to Know about HD Radio™

by Robert Ferency-Viars, Ralph Graves

An explanation of iBiquity Digital's HD Radio technology and what it means for AM and FM radio listeners.

 
Navigation Glossary

Navigation Glossary

by Matt Holliday

Learn about the features and technical specifications included with vehicle navigation systems.

 
What are firmware updates?

What are firmware updates?

by Robert Ferency-Viars

What exactly is firmware, and why is it so important? This article answers those questions, and offers some advice on how to keep your gear's firmware up to date.

 
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: Upgrading Your Factory Stereo, Part 1

Video: Upgrading Your Factory Stereo, Part 1

by Robert Ferency-Viars, Ken Nail

Replacing your vehicle's factory speakers is usually one of the easiest ways to dramatically improve your car stereo's sound quality. In this short video, Crutchfield experts discuss how and why to change your factory speakers.

 
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.

 
Connected World of Portable Navigation

Connected World of Portable Navigation

by Dominic Devito

"Connected GPS" for your car combines the mapping capability of GPS with the search functionality of the Internet, so you can find any type of destination you're looking for in real time.

 
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.

 
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...

 
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: It Came From Your Door Panel

Video: It Came From Your Door Panel

by Video Guest

Factory speakers are the bane of every music lover's existence. They're just not built to withstand the conditions inside your car over time. Fortunately, we carry all kinds of aftermarket speakers that are built to survive - and thrive - in these harsh conditions.

 
Savvy Traveling

Savvy Traveling

by Matt Freeman

Recommended products for smart traveling, and tips on how to get the most out of them.

 
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.

 
Raise the Soundstage

Raise the Soundstage

by John Pollard

Installing tweeters in your factory tweeter locations, or custom-mounting them on the upper part of your doors, will give you better stereo imaging and raise the soundstage to your ears. You'll hear better placement of instruments in recordings, and you'll enjoy more depth of sound. And they might not be as difficult to install as you may think.

 
Video: In-dash Navigation Roundup

Video: In-dash Navigation Roundup

by Dominic Devito

Crutchfield writer Dominic Devito hits the road with five popular navigation receivers to see how they perform in the real world.

 
Add a great new stereo, keep your SYNC® system

Add a great new stereo, keep your SYNC® system

by Jon Paulette

With iDatalink's Maestro radio replacement package, you can install a powerful Kenwood navigation receiver and keep your familiar SYNC features intact.

 
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.