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Five things to consider when setting up a subwoofer in your car

Five things to consider when setting up a subwoofer in your car

by Matt Freeman

In this article, we discuss the five things you need to consider when setting up a subwoofer in your car. Subwoofer size, enclosure type, power, impedance, and adjusting your amp's filters all play an important role in giving you the bass performance you want from your music.

 
Video: Kenwood Excelon Reference Fit Amplifiers

Video: Kenwood Excelon Reference Fit Amplifiers

by Zak Billmeier

The Reference Fit line of amplifiers from Kenwood Excelon packs a ton of power into a small chassis. These amps hit hard and can fit into tight spaces, if needed. And with mono, 4-channel, and 5-channel versions available, you're sure to find one that fits into your car audio upgrade plans.

 
Review of the Sony XS-GS1720 and XS-GS1720S Speakers

Review of the Sony XS-GS1720 and XS-GS1720S Speakers

by Buck Pomerantz

We reviewed the Sony XS-GS1720 coaxial and XS-GS1720S component speakers in the Crutchfield Labs to learn how they performed. The results: pretty good!

 
A conversation about bass

A conversation about bass

by Matt Freeman

Three of our car audio manufacturers, Alpine, Kicker, and Pioneer, offer their tips on getting exactly the kind of bass you want in the car.

 
Four Popular Car Speaker Lines

Four Popular Car Speaker Lines

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Recently, we gathered members of the Crutchfield car A/V writing team into our Crutchfield Labs car listening room for some critical listening of four of our most popular car speaker families. We wanted to hear the differences ourselves so we could describe to you how they sound.

 
Video: Kicker Front Row Digital Signal Processor

Video: Kicker Front Row Digital Signal Processor

by Zak Billmeier

Kicker's Front Row digital signal processor puts your music where it should be: right up in front of you, instead of down around your knees. A wired remote control panel lets you center the music to your listening position, add bass, and engage a simulated 5.1 Surround Sound that makes it seem like you're sitting in the front row.

 
Jordan B's 2000 Chevrolet Camaro

Jordan B's 2000 Chevrolet Camaro

by Dominic Devito

Jordan B. from Florence, SC, wasn't happy with the sound in his 2000 Chevrolet Camaro, so he took care of business with a new stereo from Pioneer, plus speakers from Kenwood and Pioneer.

 

Video: Rockford Fosgate C.L.E.A.N. Setup System

by Buck Pomerantz

Setting amp gain perfectly is easy with Rockford Fosgate's C.L.E.A.N. setup system for Punch amplifiers.

 
Video: Kenwood 2013 CD Receivers

Video: Kenwood 2013 CD Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

Kenwood's 2013 CD receivers are better than ever, bringing smartphone connectivity and great Kenwood sound quality to your dash. Check them out from the Kenwood booth at CES 2013.

 
Brent P's 2007 Saab 9-3 SportCombi Wagon

Brent P's 2007 Saab 9-3 SportCombi Wagon

by Jon Paulette

Just because you can't replace the radio doesn't mean you can't improve your car's audio. Brent P, who works in Crutchfield's IT department, boosted his 2007 Saab 9-3 wagon's sound and functionality without installing a new receiver.

 
Video: How to Install a Car Amplifier

Video: How to Install a Car Amplifier

by Zak Billmeier

Adding an amplifier to your car audio system doesn't just make it louder - it makes every instrument sound clearer, it makes subs hit harder, and helps raise your soundstage to head level. Check out this overview of a typical installation to see the steps involved when you install an amplifier in your vehicle.

 
Custom-fit speaker upgrades from Focal

Custom-fit speaker upgrades from Focal

by Buck Pomerantz

Russ, a Crutchfield employee, didn't like the lack of bass and poor high-frequency clarity in the "premium" system of his 2008 BMW 335i. He decided to try the Focal IFBMW-S and IFBMW-C custom-fit speakers, designed specifically for his BMW.

 
Video: Clarion XC1410 Compact Car Amplifier

Video: Clarion XC1410 Compact Car Amplifier

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Clarion's XC1410 4-channel amp delivers 50 watts RMS per channel from a chassis that's about as long and wide as a dollar bill. This micro-sized amp can fit almost anywhere, even behind many dashboards. And Clarion managed to pack more watts per square inch inside the XC1410 than almost any other 4-channel amp made.

 
Video: JVC 2013 Navigation Receivers

Video: JVC 2013 Navigation Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

JVC's navigation receivers give you quick access to its maps of the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus 8 million points of interest. And they're loaded with features that'll come in handy, like Bluetooth®, voice guidance, smartphone compatibility, and more.

 
Video: Kicker DS car speakers and DX amplifiers

Video: Kicker DS car speakers and DX amplifiers

by Video Team

Kicker's DS car speakers and DX amplifiers give you the serious performance you'd expect from Kicker, at a price that won't break your budget.

 
Video: Easy Setup on JBL EZ Car Amplifiers

Video: Easy Setup on JBL EZ Car Amplifiers

by Video Team

One of the biggest problems with installing an amplifier is setting the gain properly. JBL has come up with a fool-proof method for getting it right in their EZ line of car amplifiers, ensuring full-power performance and distortion-free play.

 
Video: Kicker KS car speakers

Video: Kicker KS car speakers

by Video Team

Kicker's venerable KS series of car speakers gets a couple of key updates for 2014. First, they now employ a silk-dome tweeter for smoother highs, and second, a shallower basket so they'll fit into more vehicles.

 
Eric C's 2008 Saturn Vue

Eric C's 2008 Saturn Vue

by Dominic Devito

Eric C. of Streamwood, IL, returns to the Custom Car Showroom to exhibit his 2008 Saturn Vue XE, which he outfitted with a Pioneer DVD receiver, Infinity speakers, MTX subwoofers, and a pair of Pioneer amplifiers — most of which he hid from view.

 
Video: Clarion 2013 CD and Digital Media Receivers

Video: Clarion 2013 CD and Digital Media Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

Clarion's 2013 line of CD and digital media receivers combines great sound, good looks, and modern functionality. So no matter what you're looking for in a car audio system, you'll likely find it. Get the lowdown from the Clarion booth at CES 2013.

 
Video: Pioneer 2013 Navigation Receivers

Video: Pioneer 2013 Navigation Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

Smartphone lovers have a friend in Pioneer. The 2013 line of Pioneer receivers features unparalleled connectivity to your iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 (with separate adapters), and you can connect your Android phone through the Bluetooth connection. Plus you'll get all the other things Pioneer brings to the table: sweet sound, snappy navigation, and reliability.