Car Audio, Video & GPS: Articles & Videos

Marine Audio FAQs

Marine Audio FAQs

by Danae Marshall

Thinking about buying some new stereo equipment for your boat? Not sure exactly what you need to buy? Our marine audio FAQ will help you navigate these unfamiliar waters.

 
Mobile Video Installation Guide

Mobile Video Installation Guide

by Todd Cabell

Our exclusive Mobile Video Installation Guide provides details on suggested system layouts and wiring routes for several major types of mobile video systems. The large, easy-to-read format is modeled on our MasterSheet® instructions, and includes helpful diagrams and a list of the tools you'll need.

 
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.

 
Video: It Came From Your Door Panel

Video: It Came From Your Door Panel

by Video Guest

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

by Ralph Graves

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

 
Multi-Disc Changers Glossary

Multi-Disc Changers Glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and technical specifications you'll find in today's multi-disc changers.

 
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.

 
Component Speakers Installation Video

Component Speakers Installation Video

by Todd Cabell, Danae Marshall

A 5-minute video that shows the basics of installing a component speaker system in a car.

 
Vizualogic's Dual Headrest Monitor Package

Vizualogic's Dual Headrest Monitor Package

by Charlie Pastorfield

Learn how to install a first-rate backseat mobile video system. Charlie Pastorfield reviews his installation of Vizualogic's dual headrest monitor package in a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado.

 
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.

 

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.