Car Audio, Video & GPS: Articles & Videos

Steering wheel audio control adapters

Steering wheel audio control adapters

by Bob Bihlmayer

If you're considering replacing your factory radio with an aftermarket receiver, adding a steering wheel control adapter lets you keep the full functionality and convenience of your steering wheel controls. In this article, we'll cover how steering wheel adapters work and how to choose one that works for you.

 
A tale of two boat audio installations

A tale of two boat audio installations

by Ken Nail

Whether you're fishing, waterskiing, or just cruising around, boating is even more enjoyable when you have a quality marine audio system. Here's how we outfitted two different boats belonging to Crutchfield employees.

 
Video: It Came From Your Door Panel

Video: It Came From Your Door Panel

by Video Team

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.

 
What Are Dedicated Home Satellite Radios?

What Are Dedicated Home Satellite Radios?

by Matt Freeman

An overview of satellite radios for the home.

 

HD Radio™ Glossary

by Ralph Graves

Glossary of terms associated with HD Radio.

 
Car Video Glossary

Car Video Glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and technical specifications you'll encounter when checking out mobile video systems.

 
Video: Kenwood 2013 Marine Receivers

Video: Kenwood 2013 Marine Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

A marine receiver has to do more than just look good and sound great. It also has to stand up to salt, spray, sunlight, and rough weather. Kenwood designed their 2013 marine receivers and remotes to withstand the rigors of boating life, with a conformal-coated circuit board that helps prevents moisture from seeping in and causing damage.

 
Satellite Radio FAQ

Satellite Radio FAQ

by Matt Freeman

What does satellite radio sound like? What will I hear on satellite radio? Does satellite radio carry local stations? Can I get satellite radio in a leased vehicle? Plus more...

 
iPod® Glossary

iPod® Glossary

by Ralph Graves

Glossary of terms associated with Apple iPods, iPhones and iPads.

 
Amplifier Installation Guide

Amplifier Installation Guide

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Step-by-step guide to amplifier installation.

 
Subwoofers Glossary

Subwoofers Glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and technical specifications included among today's car stereo subwoofers.

 
Installing a digital sound system in a cooler

Installing a digital sound system in a cooler

by Jon Paulette

Life's just a lot more fun when you have a cooler full of food and beverages. But did you ever wonder how much more fun it could be if you had a cooler that was also a powerful digital media sound system? We did, so we built one. And, as we suspected, it's really, really awesome.

 
Peripherals Installation Guide

Peripherals Installation Guide

by Tim Sprinkle

This installation guide will help you connect a peripheral sound source such as a CD changer, satellite radio tuner, or digital music player to your car stereo.

 

Car Amplifiers FAQ

by Buck Pomerantz

Where should I mount my amp? What wiring do I need? Does any of it come with the amp? What size power and ground wires do I need for my amplifier? How much air space do I need around my amplifier? What's the biggest amp I can hook up to my car's electrical system? Plus more.

 
Marty C's custom party cooler

Marty C's custom party cooler

by Alexander Hrabe

Marty C. from Macon, GA competes in deep-sea fishing competitions, so he knows a good cooler when he sees one. He read our article on upgrading a cooler with a sound system and was inspired to create one of his own. It's bigger in every way.

 
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.

 
Satellite Radio Vehicle Installation Guide

Satellite Radio Vehicle Installation Guide

by Crutchfield Writing Team

There are several ways to get satellite radio in your vehicle. The two most popular in-car satellite radio products are Dock and Play tuners and dedicated in-car tuners. This guide will walk you through the basics of installing each.

 
What kind of marine audio system is right for you?

What kind of marine audio system is right for you?

by Jon Paulette

There are as many kinds of boaters as there are different kinds of boats, so sweeping generalizations are worth about as much as a fishnet windsock. That said, if you see a little bit of yourself in these user profiles, it might help you create your ideal marine audio system.

 
Car speakers: What's going to fit my car?

Car speakers: What's going to fit my car?

by Ken Nail

Getting the right speakers to fit your car doesn't have to be confusing, thanks to Crutchfield's extensive research and database.

 
In-dash Navigation Shopping Guide

In-dash Navigation Shopping Guide

by Dominic Devito

A quick guide to what to look for when shopping for an in-dash GPS navigation system.