Car Audio, Video & GPS: Articles & Videos

All about subwoofers

All about subwoofers

by Buck Pomerantz

All the information and links you'll need to plan, install, tune, and enjoy a subwoofer system in your car or truck.

 
Video: Alpine CDE-SXM145BT Receiver and SiriusXM Tuner Package

Video: Alpine CDE-SXM145BT Receiver and SiriusXM Tuner Package

by Zak Billmeier

The CDE-SXM145BT CD receiver gives you the great sound you expect from Alpine, plus SiriusXM satellite radio's amazing variety of music, sports, news, and entertainment (subscription required).

 
Gettin' the jams in a Ram

Gettin' the jams in a Ram

by Dave Delamere

Gary was tired of weak sound and extra wires on his dash, so he installed a new Kenwood receiver and Kenwood speakers in his 2001 Dodge Ram.

 
Video: Sound Ordnance Subwoofers

Video: Sound Ordnance Subwoofers

by Zak Billmeier, Jo Greene

Car audio systems need a subwoofer to fill out the bass in your music and give it a full-bodied sound. Watch this short Crutchfield video to learn about the subwoofer options available from Sound Ordnance.

 
BassLink

BassLink

by Charlie Pastorfield

Bass takes space. That's the immutable law of nature that has frustrated mankind for years. The Infinity BassLink sets out to disprove this law, incorporating interesting technology and unusual construction to maximize its low-frequency output.

 
Adding a Receiver and Speakers to a Ford F-150

Adding a Receiver and Speakers to a Ford F-150

by Zak Billmeier

We wanted to answer the most basic question about car audio: is it really worth it to upgrade? With the help of the Crutchfield Labs, we set out to prove just how much better music sounds when it's played through a high-quality aftermarket system.

 
Anatomy of a Car Speaker

Anatomy of a Car Speaker

by John Pollard

While most speakers feature the same basic components, the materials used, the quality of the construction, and the sophistication of the design can greatly impact how a speaker sounds. Here's a close look at what makes Focal speakers sound so good.

 
Video: Tips to Avoid Glare on your Car Stereo Display

Video: Tips to Avoid Glare on your Car Stereo Display

by Zak Billmeier

Bright glare on the stereo display has plagued us for as long as we've had the sun and car stereos. Sometimes there's just nothing you can do about it. But sometimes there is. Check out our examination of the problem in this video.

 
Undercover Subwoofers

Undercover Subwoofers

by Buck Pomerantz

If you love powerful bass, but don't want to give up valuable cargo room in your car, there are plenty of solutions available. Three of our Crutchfield installed subs that added punch and presence to their music without taking up cargo space in their cars.

 
Doug F's 2001 Ford Explorer

Doug F's 2001 Ford Explorer

by Matt Freeman

Doug F, a retired chemist from Mesa, AZ, installed his very first stereo in his 2001 Ford Explorer.

 
Video: Installing a Powered Subwoofer

Video: Installing a Powered Subwoofer

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Powered subs include all the elements of a subwoofer system — subwoofer, amplifier, and enclosure — in one easy-to-install package. Here's a look at how you install a typical powered subwoofer.

 
Has your sound gotten scary?

Has your sound gotten scary?

by Matt Freeman

Factory speakers tend to be made from materials that can't handle the extreme conditions found in a car. Over time, they deteriorate, distorting high notes, strangling bass, and robbing the sound of power. Aftermarket speakers are built to deliver sound as pure as the dawn after a stormy night.

 
Amps Make Music Fun

Amps Make Music Fun

by Buck Pomerantz

When you add an amplifier to a system, the sound becomes higher, wider, and more realistic — like the band's playing on top of your dashboard and you're right there among the musicians.

 
The Anatomy of an Amazing Car Subwoofer

The Anatomy of an Amazing Car Subwoofer

by Buck Pomerantz

What makes a great subwoofer like the Alpine Type-R sound so good? For Alpine, it's a combination of brilliant design and high-quality materials.

 
Video: Factory vs. Aftermarket Car Speakers Listening Test

Video: Factory vs. Aftermarket Car Speakers Listening Test

by Matt Freeman

Factory speakers are not built to last, so over time they'll deteriorate to the point where they sound truly awful. We set up a blind listening test in our Labs and invited some of our most critical listeners to drop by and see if they could tell a difference in the sound.

 
Raise the Soundstage

Raise the Soundstage

by John Pollard

Installing tweeters in your factory tweeter locations, or custom-mounting them on the upper part of your doors, will give you better stereo imaging and raise the soundstage to your ears. You'll hear better placement of instruments in recordings, and you'll enjoy more depth of sound. And they might not be as difficult to install as you may think.

 
Video: Mathilda Gets Amped

Video: Mathilda Gets Amped

by Video Team

One of our employees shares the excitement of having an amplifier in her car for the first time. We installed the Rockford Fosgate Punch P400-4 amplifier in her car, and she's more excited than ever to listen to her favorite tunes on the way home!

 
Crutchfield's Car Audio Proving Ground Series

Crutchfield's Car Audio Proving Ground Series

by Zak Billmeier

We wanted to answer the most basic question about car audio: is it really worth it to upgrade? Using a 2004 Ford F-150 as our test vehicle, we installed some great gear, then documented the system performance and improvements along the way:

 
A budget-friendly car audio buildup

A budget-friendly car audio buildup

by Jon Paulette

Some budding audiophiles look at building a car stereo as an "all or nothing" proposition. They make a wish list, look at the total cost, get nervous, and do nothing. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Installing a system in stages improves your sound without breaking the bank.

 
Upgrade your car's sound

Upgrade your car's sound

by Buck Pomerantz

Factory stereo systems leave a lot to be desired. This problem now has some solutions that let you keep your factory stereo and get spectacular sound, customized for your specific vehicle. The four upgrade systems we discuss in this article improve the factory sound of different vehicles in different ways.