Car Audio, Video & GPS: Articles & Videos

Everything you need to know about satellite radio

Everything you need to know about satellite radio

by Zak Billmeier

An overview of satellite radio and the two service providers (XM and SIRIUS).

 
How to Choose a CD Changer

How to Choose a CD Changer

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Maybe you want both cassette and CD in your car. Perhaps you'd like to enjoy CDs while keeping the factory radio in your leased vehicle. Try a changer for the convenience of having multiple discs at the ready.

 
Using iPhone apps in the car

Using iPhone apps in the car

by Matt Freeman

In just a few short years, iPod control and app compatibility have become prominent features of car stereos. Car A/V companies have acted just as quickly to develop stereos that let you take advantage of the iPhone's fantastic app capabilities while you're driving. In this article, we're going to take a quick look at four different types of app interactivity.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Video: How to Choose a Subwoofer

Video: How to Choose a Subwoofer

by Ken Nail

The first step to choosing a subwoofer actually begins with the enclosure and how you want the sub to perform. In this video we'll tell you about the different types of subwoofer enclosures available, and find out which one best fits your vehicle and your needs.

 
Video: Car Amplifier Channels

Video: Car Amplifier Channels

by Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail

One of the first steps in choosing an amplifier for your car audio system is to decide how you intend to use the amplifier, and thus how many channels it should have. This short video gives you a quick overview to help answer that question.

 
Marine Stereo Shopping Guide

Marine Stereo Shopping Guide

by Tim Sprinkle

From punishing sunlight to driving rain to extreme temperatures, a marine audio system has to endure a lot of abuse. And that's just when the boat is tied up at the marina. This article will help you choose the marine stereo that's right for you.

 
12 Tips for Getting the Best Sound Quality in Your Car

12 Tips for Getting the Best Sound Quality in Your Car

by Jeff Fay

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.

 
Video: Playing an iPod in Your Car

Video: Playing an iPod in Your Car

by Zak Billmeier

This short video describes your options for playing an iPod through your car's sound system.

 
How tweeter design affects sound

How tweeter design affects sound

by Ken Nail

When you're shopping for speakers, don't forget the tweeter. Tweeters reproduce the upper frequencies in your music — they're what makes your highs sparkle and come to life — so they're vital for proper soundstaging and stereo separation.

 
Video: Kicker PowerSports weatherproof speakers

Video: Kicker PowerSports weatherproof speakers

by Video Guest

Kicker's Powersports line of speakers is built for the elements. Their weatherproof design makes them great for motorcycles, ATVs, and other vehicles that are exposed to the weather.

 
Bill W's 1964 Plymouth Belvedere

Bill W's 1964 Plymouth Belvedere

by Dominic Devito

Bill W. from Upland, CA, loves classic cars. His 1964 Plymouth Belvedere was due for a stereo upgrade, so he chose a RetroSound Model One stereo to replace his old cassette deck, so now he can enjoy his favorite music from a thumb drive or MP3 player.

 
Adding great sound to your ATV

Adding great sound to your ATV

by Jon Paulette

Now that ATVs are bigger, more powerful, and more popular than ever, many owners are looking for ways to add fun and functionality to their vehicles. If you want to upgrade your ATV, the Power Rail line of accessories is a great place to start.

 
Why Buy New Car Speakers?

Why Buy New Car Speakers?

by Ken Nail

If you want your music to sound great, you can't ignore your car's speakers. Dollar for dollar, new speakers are one of the best ways to improve your car's sound.

 
Headlights Dim When the Music Plays

Headlights Dim When the Music Plays

by Buck Pomerantz

When the stereo pulls too much power out of your car's electrical system, every part of the system suffers, even the amplifier itself. Here we discuss the most popular fixes for an underpowered electrical system: the big 3 upgrade, a capacitor, a larger alternator, and a second battery.

 
Subwoofer Installation Guide

Subwoofer Installation Guide

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Thinking about boosting the bass in your car or truck? Here are a few basic things you'll need to know to install a subwoofer in your vehicle.

 
Video: Car Amplifier Power

Video: Car Amplifier Power

by Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail

We describe the basics of deciding how much power an amplifier should have when you're trying to match it to your speakers or subwoofers.

 

Multi-Disc Changers FAQ

by Crutchfield Writing Team

My factory stereo came with CD changer controls built-in. Can I control an aftermarket changer with the factory stereo? Is the sound quality of FM-modulated changers as good as changers that connect directly to the in-dash receiver? Will my CD changer skip? Is it difficult to install a changer?

 
What Do I Need To Get Satellite Radio?

What Do I Need To Get Satellite Radio?

by Dave Delamere

An overview of satellite radio hardware.