Articles & Videos: Car Audio, Video & GPS

How to install car speakers
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Installing new speakers is the single most cost-effective improvement you can make to your vehicle's audio system. Aftermarket speakers are relatively inexpensive and they're usually not that hard to install. Here are a few general tips on how to do the job yourself.

Car Stereo FAQ
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Crutchfield's car audio experts answer some of the most frequently asked questions about buying and installing car stereo equipment.

For many, the iPhone has become an essential part of their lives. It stores music, movies, and a plethora of apps that entertain or help with productivity. Nowadays, some stereos integrate with many of the applications on your iPhone. Some simply let you tap into the music from an app, while others give you full control on screen. In this article, we'll break down how it works.

Properly tweaked, your car or truck can be a fantastic place to listen to music. But in order to achieve that level of enjoyment, you need to compensate for some of its natural limitations. Achieving great imaging is a matter of understanding your components, and how they interact with your vehicle and the people sitting in it.

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Car stereo installation guide
by Robert Ferency-Viars

This installation guide walks you through the process of installing a new in-dash receiver in your car.

Car amplifiers glossary
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and technical specifications found in today's amplifiers.

Video: Where to Position your Subwoofer Box
by Robert Ferency-Viars, Matt Freeman

Getting loud bass in your car isn't just about power - where you place your sub in the trunk can make a huge difference. We decided to find out for ourselves just how much of an effect placement has on the quality of a sub's bass.

The mobile audio/video section of the Crutchfield Labs lets our writers, researchers, and advisors get hands-on experience with the latest car audio products.

You're lost and your smartphone is your navigator. But holding it in your hand isn't the safest or easiest way to get your bearings. In this article, we look at options for keeping your phone handy while behind the wheel.

Car Stereo Glossary
by Crutchfield Writing Team

New to automotive audio? Here's a glossary of terms you'll need to know when you're shopping for an aftermarket CD player, nav receiver, or digital media receiver for your car or truck.

Rear-view cameras buying guide
by Alexander Hrabe

Rear-view video systems simply make backing up safer, but finding the right system for your vehicle can feel daunting. This introduction to rear-view cameras and monitors will help you narrow down your choices, so that you can shop with confidence.

What are firmware updates?
by Robert Ferency-Viars

What exactly is firmware, and why is it so important? This article answers those questions, and offers some advice on how to keep your gear's firmware up to date.

Car speakers glossary
by Crutchfield Writing Team

A helpful guide to the technical specifications and terminology you'll see when you're shopping for car speakers.

A few weeks ago, we installed new speakers and an amp in Mathilda's car. Once she got used to how great the upgrade sounded, we came back to add an amp and subwoofer. We installed a Rockford Fosgate P2 sub and then asked Mathilda to share her thoughts on the added bass. We think she likes it.

Many receivers promise Android compatibility, but how many features you can access depends on your phone. We got hands-on with three touchscreens to get some answers. While we didn't find a one-size-fits-all solution, the hunt for the perfect fit proved more rewarding.

Confused about what's in the speakers you're thinking of buying? This glossary examines the materials used in car speakers as well as some common design elements.

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