Car Audio, Video & GPS: Articles & Videos

Video: iPhone 5 Video Compatibility with Car Stereos

Video: iPhone 5 Video Compatibility with Car Stereos

by Video Team

Apple's new Lightning connector causes some temporary compatibility issues in the car, but as Crutchfield expert Buddy explains, all is not lost while we wait for in-dash receiver manufacturers to catch up to the new technology.

 
Video: Mathilda's Rockford Fosgate P2 Subwoofer

Video: Mathilda's Rockford Fosgate P2 Subwoofer

by Video Team

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.

 
Testing Android™ compatibility with new car receivers

Testing Android™ compatibility with new car receivers

by Alexander Hrabe

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.

 
A Glossary of Speaker Materials

A Glossary of Speaker Materials

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: How to Choose an Amplifier

Video: How to Choose an Amplifier

by Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail

This in-depth video walks through the major points to consider when choosing a new amplifier. It answers the questions: How many channels do you need? How much power should you get? What are the important features to look for? And why do some amplifier brands cost more than others?

 
Video: Tour of the Mobile Audio Listening Lab

Video: Tour of the Mobile Audio Listening Lab

by Robert Ferency-Viars

We're passionate about car audio. Crutchfield's Mobile Audio Listening Lab lets us get hands-on experience with all kinds of car audio gear, from speakers and subs to amplifiers and receivers.

 
Video: Introduction to Focal Car Audio

Video: Introduction to Focal Car Audio

by Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail

Crutchfield's car audio experts Ken and Zak present an overview of Focal car audio products. Focal is a leading name in high-quality sound and Crutchfield is proud to have them in our lineup.

 
Car Audio for the First-Time Buyer

Car Audio for the First-Time Buyer

by Charlie Pastorfield

Buying car audio gear for the first time? Here are some tips to help you find the right stereo equipment for your car or truck.

 
Video: Focal Polyglass Speakers

Video: Focal Polyglass Speakers

by Zak Billmeier

This brief Crutchfield video takes a quick look at Focal Polyglass series speakers.

 
Focal's Utopia speakers take center stage

Focal's Utopia speakers take center stage

by Zak Billmeier

Harold Jones, winner of  Virginia's IASCA Sound Quality Challenge, was kind enough to drop by Headquarters to show off his impressive ride. The centerpiece of...

 
Video: Sound Ordnance Amplifiers

Video: Sound Ordnance Amplifiers

by Video Team

Make your music sound lively and vital with a Sound Ordnance amplifier. Watch this Crutchfield video for a quick overview of what these amplifiers have to offer.

 
Stephen D's 2003 Jaguar X-Type

Stephen D's 2003 Jaguar X-Type

by Dominic Devito

Stephen D. from Farmington, NM, added a pair of hard-hitting 12" JL Audio w3v3 subwoofers and an Alpine DVD receiver to his 2003 Jaguar X-Type sedan to get more sonic miles per gallon.

 
Video: How to Install a Car Stereo

Video: How to Install a Car Stereo

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Watch this video for a step-by-step overview of a basic car stereo installation. The installation shown in this video is only one example - the actual steps involved vary from car to car.

 
Sealed or Ported

Sealed or Ported

by Buck Pomerantz

A sealed subwoofer easily produces "tight" bass, while a ported sub more readily plays "boomy" bass. Which you prefer depends on the style of music you like and how you want it played.

 
Wiring Subwoofers — What's all this about Ohms?

Wiring Subwoofers — What's all this about Ohms?

by Buck Pomerantz

Confusion about how to wire subwoofers has been around for as long as people have been putting them in cars. Here, we'll explain why the way you wire your subwoofer effects the output.

 
Video: Kicker IX Amplifiers

Video: Kicker IX Amplifiers

by Video Team

Crutchfield Advisor Mac takes a look at Kicker's IX amplifiers — powerful but small amplifiers perfect for tight spots.

 
Video: A look inside the Crutchfield MasterSheet™

Video: A look inside the Crutchfield MasterSheet™

by Robert Ferency-Viars

The Crutchfield MasterSheet™ is a vehicle-specific set of instructions that shows you how to install a receiver and speakers in your vehicle. In this video, we give you a look at all of the work that goes into creating these instructions. What's more, this same research is used to fuel our massive vehicle database. When we tell you we know what fits, we really do.

 
Video: SiriusXM SXV200V1 In-Dash Tuner

Video: SiriusXM SXV200V1 In-Dash Tuner

by Zak Billmeier

SiriusXM's compact SXV200V1 tuner lets you receive satellite radio programming in your car. You can pause, rewind, and replay up to an hour of live broadcasts, plus see alerts when your favorite song, artist, or team is playing on another channel.

 
Video: What's Wrong with Factory Speakers?

Video: What's Wrong with Factory Speakers?

by Charlie Pastorfield

There's a reason you should replace your factory speakers if you want good sound in your car. In this video, we'll show you why factory-installed speakers usually deliver sub-par sound.

 
Why We Love Satellite Radio

Why We Love Satellite Radio

by Charlie Pastorfield

Satellite radio gives you four things that earth-bound radio can't: mind-boggling program variety, nationwide reception, amazing personalities, and commercial-free music. We asked some of our biggest in-house satellite radio fans to list their favorite channels and the reasons they love SiriusXM.