Car Audio, Video & GPS: Articles & Videos

Video: Sound Ordnance Bass Bunkers

Video: Sound Ordnance Bass Bunkers

by Zak Billmeier, Jo Greene

Sound Ordnance subwoofer enclosures, called Bass Bunkers, are available to house most standard-sized woofers. This Crutchfield video gives you an up-close look at these high-quality sub boxes.

 
Crutchfield Labs: open for business

Crutchfield Labs: open for business

by Steve Kindig

Our new in-house Labs will help us dig even deeper into the equipment we sell. From acoustically optimized listening rooms to advanced test benches, we'll bring you meaningful measurements along with real-world impressions from our savvy experts.

 
Satellite Radio Glossary

Satellite Radio Glossary

by Matt Freeman

Learn about the features and specifications included in satellite radio technology.

 
Cable gauge chart

Cable gauge chart

by Buck Pomerantz

Need to know know which size of wire you should use when installing an amplifier? Use our handy cable gauge chart to find out.

 
Component Car Speakers: What To Look For

Component Car Speakers: What To Look For

by Ken Nail

Component speaker systems are the best way to get high-quality sound in your vehicle. You'll find a wide variety of systems available, so choosing a set can be a bit daunting. But if you keep a few key points in mind, you'll make a smart choice.

 
Video: Introducing the Crutchfield Labs

Video: Introducing the Crutchfield Labs

by Steve Kindig

Steve, Crutchfield A/V Editor, gives us a tour of the Crutchfield Labs. He talks about why we built the Labs and how they can help us find you the right gear.

 
Video: How to install a satellite radio or GPS antenna

Video: How to install a satellite radio or GPS antenna

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Crutchfield shows you how to install an antenna in your vehicle for a satellite radio or GPS navigation system.

 
How to install car speakers

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

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.

 
Three Degrees of iPhone® Control in the Car

Three Degrees of iPhone® Control in the Car

by John Pollard

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.

 
How to Get the Best Stereo Imaging & Soundstage

How to Get the Best Stereo Imaging & Soundstage

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Essential electronics for tailgating

Essential electronics for tailgating

by Matt Freeman

Now, some people will tell you that the key to a successful tailgate is the spread, and they’re on to something. But experience has taught me that the right combination of...

 
Car stereo installation guide

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

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

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.

 
Welcome to our mobile audio listening lab

Welcome to our mobile audio listening lab

by John Pollard

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.

 
Safe Driving is Within Reach

Safe Driving is Within Reach

by Lynn Thorne

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

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.

 
What are firmware updates?

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

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.