Car Audio, Video & GPS: Articles & Videos

Video: Enclosures for Alpine Subwoofers

Video: Enclosures for Alpine Subwoofers

by Zak Billmeier

Alpine's made it easier than ever to find the perfect box for their 2012 subs, because each sub size has one enclosure that's a perfect match. Included in that list are Crutchfield's own Sound OrdnanceT enclosures.

 
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.

 
Video: iPhone 5 Video Compatibility with Car Stereos

Video: iPhone 5 Video Compatibility with Car Stereos

by Video Guest

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 Guest

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 Guest

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.