Car Audio, Video & GPS: Articles & Videos

Video: Checking out the SiriusXM Lynx

Video: Checking out the SiriusXM Lynx

by Zak Billmeier

The SiriusXM Lynx gives you satellite radio wherever you go. We gave J.R., a Supervisor in Crutchfield's Advisor group and long-time satellite radio fan, a Lynx to check out recently. He took it with him everywhere, and let us know what he thought.

 
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.

 
Video: Kicker IX Amplifiers

Video: Kicker IX Amplifiers

by Video Guest

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

 
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: 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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Video: Free Stereo Installation Gear

Video: Free Stereo Installation Gear

by Zak Billmeier

Check out how the free installation gear you get with most car stereos and car speakers bought from Crutchfield helps you do your own installation. Our vehicle-specific instructions, wiring harnesses, adapters, and expertise will save you time and money, and most importantly, help ensure that you enjoy your gear for years to come.

 
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).

 
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.

 
Boston Acoustics — a sound decision

Boston Acoustics — a sound decision

by Matt Freeman

When the offer came through to "audition" some new Boston Acoustics gear in my car ... well, I just couldn't refuse. After all, it'd been an awfully long time since my last upgrade, and I was eager to check out just how good Boston stuff is these days.

 
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.