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Introduction to car stereo
by Robert Ferency-Viars

A car stereo is the centerpiece of any car audio system. This introduction makes it easier to find the right aftermarket 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? Shop for them at crutchfield.com

If you ask us, a car stereo system should include much more than a stereo and a pair of speakers. Adding components like satellite radios, subwoofers, amplifiers,

With so many speakers available, it's important to know what to look for, so your car audio system sounds the best.

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

Our subwoofer shopping guide will help you determine which kind of subwoofer and bass system you need, to get the sound you want.

Car video buying guide
by Alexander Hrabe

From in-dash DVD players to easy-add-on portable systems, car video makes your trips a lot more fun, and this article covers the topic from front to back.

Life with a factory stereo
by Charlie Pastorfield

Many new vehicles make it difficult to install a new stereo. This article covers some of your options for improving the sound without changing the stereo.

This article will help you figure out how to start building the car stereo system that's right for you, by deciding where the weakness is in your current system.

Alpine puts pro-level audio tuning in the palm of your hand with TuneIt, a smartphone app designed exclusively for select Alpine receivers.

Alpine's BassLine subwoofers will add some serious rumble to your vehicle's sound system, but they won't break your budget.

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 the proper sized enclosure for optimum subwoofer performance.

How to install a car stereo
by J.R. Stoffel

Watch this video for a step-by-step overview of a basic car stereo installation. The actual steps involved vary from car to car, but this is a good example.