Articles & Videos: Car Audio, Video & GPS

Why put a large-screen receiver in your dash? Large touchscreens, loads of built-in features, and easy viewability are just some of the advantages to building your stereo around one of these receivers. You'll also have expansion options like navigation and a rear-view camera available in the future.

Introduction to car stereo
by Robert Ferency-Viars

A car stereo is the centerpiece of any car audio system. This introduction highlights the stereo's functions and makes it easier to find the right receiver for your car or truck.

Digital media receivers are becoming a more common aftermarket in-dash receiver option. How do you pick the right one? Answering these questions below will help you narrow down your choices to get the right digital media receiver for you. The check out our selection at crutchfield.com.

A series of six driver profiles that will give you an idea of what should be in your next car stereo system.

With so many speakers to choose from, it's important to know what to look for. Keep these points in mind, you'll be able to choose the perfect speakers for your car audio system.

Factory sound processors take your factory stereo's signal, clean it up, and send a corrected audio signal to your aftermarket amps and subwoofers.

Car amplifier buying guide
by Buck Pomerantz

This guide will help you choose the right amplifier - number of channels and how many watts per channel - for your sound system.

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.

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.

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.

Life with a factory stereo
by Charlie Pastorfield

Many new vehicles incorporate climate controls and other features into their factory radios, making it difficult to install a new stereo. Car stereo manufacturers have responded with a variety of products for upgrading your factory radio. Don't want to replace your radio? Charlie Pastorfield reviews some of your options.

The "ideal" car audio system is not necessarily the loudest one, or the most expensive one. It's the one that best meets your needs. So, the first step is to figure out what your needs are. Start by asking yourself the right questions.

Alpine puts pro-level audio tuning in the palm of your hand with TuneIt, an award-winning smartphone app designed exclusively for select Alpine receivers. Download the free app onto your iPhone® or Android smartphone, and you can create a user profile with information specific to you, your vehicle, and your Alpine system.

Alpine's BassLine subwoofers will add some serious rumble to your vehicle's sound system, but they won't break your budget. These subs also live up to Alpine's reputation for making subs that bass lovers want.

Factory speakers usually sound fine when they're new, but they deteriorate over time. We compared speakers of different ages to see how badly they fared.

Subwoofer Enclosures
by Crutchfield Writing Team

The type of bass you get from your component subwoofer doesn't depend on the woofer alone. You'll need a strong, well-designed enclosure for optimum subwoofer performance.

When it's time to upgrade your boat's audio system, it's important to look for marine-rated stereo equipment that can stand up to life on the water. This handy guide will give you some tips on what to buy for your boat.

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.

A car can be a great place to enjoy music, but many commuters still put up with marginal sound quality that they'd never tolerate at home. Here are some tips on how to improve your vehicle's sound, whether you're listening on a simple factory system or a multi-channel amplified setup.

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