Articles & Videos: Car Audio, Video & GPS

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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
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
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.

Tuning your subs
by Buck Pomerantz

Having a subwoofer in your car is a good thing, but if the subwoofer isn't properly tuned, it won't sound as good as it should. This article describes how to adjust your amplifier so that your subwoofer will sound just the way you want it to.

Helpful tips and step-by-step instructions for designing and building your own custom subwoofer box.

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