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Daniel M's 2002 Mercury Cougar

Daniel M's 2002 Mercury Cougar

by Dominic Devito

Daniel M. from Delmont, PA, added a new Kenwood stereo and Infinity speakers to his sleek 2002 Mercury Cougar. After he discovered his speakers were underpowered, he went whole hog and added a 4-channel Kicker amplifier, plus a pair of Rockford Fosgate subs, each with their own Kicker amp.

 
Video: Focal Component Speaker Integration Kit for VW

Video: Focal Component Speaker Integration Kit for VW

by Video Guest

Focal's IFVW Golf 6 system provides you with a huge improvement in sound quality by letting you replace the VW's front door tweeters and woofers with a set of custom speakers that fit right into the factory locations and plug into the existing wiring.

 
CES Spotlight: Parrot ASTEROID Smart Digital Media Receiver

CES Spotlight: Parrot ASTEROID Smart Digital Media Receiver

by Zak Billmeier

Parrot's multi-talented ASTEROID Smart digital media receiver keeps you connected on the road, runs your mobile audio show, and even gets you where you need to go with built-in GPS navigation.

 
Video: Alpine V-Power Car Amplifiers

Video: Alpine V-Power Car Amplifiers

by Zak Billmeier

Alpine made their V-Power amps 40% smaller for 2013, so they'll fit in more places than ever. Plus they employ some smart technology called Enhanced Shutdown Performance, which rolls back the output a bit when the amp threatens to overheat from playing at its limits too long.

 
Video: Kicker Redline Series Amps and Subs

Video: Kicker Redline Series Amps and Subs

by Zak Billmeier

Kicker's Redline series of amps and subs, which includes the popular CompR and CompRT subwoofers plus their KX amplifiers, gives you the sound and performance you expect from Kicker car audio gear.

 
Alpine ICS-X7HD Digital Media Receiver iPhone Features

Alpine ICS-X7HD Digital Media Receiver iPhone Features

by Zak Billmeier

Not only does the Alpine ICS-X7HD connect to your iPhone or Android phone to take advantage of apps you've loaded, it also comes with built-in Bluetooth that lets you make hands-free calls and stream music wirelessly.

 
A quick analysis of three compact powered subwoofers

A quick analysis of three compact powered subwoofers

by Matt Freeman

We take three compact subs to the Crutchfield Labs for some comparative listening.

 
Video: 2013 Pioneer Car Amplifiers

Video: 2013 Pioneer Car Amplifiers

by Zak Billmeier

Pioneer's versatile 2013 car amplifiers help you get needed power to your speakers and subs. They're compact, powerful, and even 1-ohm stable so it's easy to match subs.

 
Video: Kenwood Excelon XR-1800 Car Speakers

Video: Kenwood Excelon XR-1800 Car Speakers

by Zak Billmeier

Kenwood's Excelon XR-1800P speakers feature a huge 7" cone, packed into a frame that will still fit into the factory openings of many Dodge, GM, and Toyota vehicles. A bigger cone moves more air, so your music can have the fullness and punch you don't get with most factory speakers.

 
CES Spotlight: Alpine INE-W927HD Navigation Receiver

CES Spotlight: Alpine INE-W927HD Navigation Receiver

by Zak Billmeier

Alpine's INE-W927HD navigation receiver gives you a high-res touchscreen, accurate maps, plus advanced smartphone connectivity. Throw in Bluetooth, HD Radio, and nice tuning features and you've got a worthy road trip copilot in your dash.

 
Video: Retrosound Car Audio Gear for Classic Vehicles

Video: Retrosound Car Audio Gear for Classic Vehicles

by Zak Billmeier

Retrosound helps you bring the sound in your classic ride into the modern age while staying true to the look and feel of your interior. Their receivers fit into the small and odd-size dash openings found in classic cars and trucks, and they also make speakers designed to get the most out of their receivers.

 
Video: Kicker Soundgate Powerstage System

Video: Kicker Soundgate Powerstage System

by Zak Billmeier

The Soundgate Powerstage system upgrade by Kicker will transform your compatible vehicle's stock radio and speakers into a high-fidelity sound system capable of giving you full, accurate, and richly-textured musical pleasure. And it does it without changing the look of your interior or dash.

 
Alpine ICS-X7HD Digital Media Receiver Android Features

Alpine ICS-X7HD Digital Media Receiver Android Features

by Zak Billmeier

Not only does the Alpine ICS-X7HD connect to your iPhone or Android phone to take advantage of apps you've loaded, it also comes with built-in Bluetooth that lets you make hands-free calls and stream music wirelessly.

 
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.

 
Video: Kenwood KMM-100U Digital Media Receiver

Video: Kenwood KMM-100U Digital Media Receiver

by Zak Billmeier

If you use an iPod® or iPhone® for your music, the Kenwood KMM-100U digital media receiver makes it easy and safe to use your player in your car. Just plug into the convenient front-panel USB input, and you'll enjoy outstanding control over your playlists right from the receiver. Plus, the KMM-100U will give digital music aficionados what they've been clamoring for: FLAC support.

 
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!

 
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: Kenwood 2013 Double-DIN CD Receivers

Video: Kenwood 2013 Double-DIN CD Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

Kenwood's 2013 double-DIN sized CD receivers let you replace your factory stereo without creating a pocket in your dash. They're stylish, sound great, and give you some handy features not found in your factory deck.

 
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.