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GM's line of full-size SUVs have long been a favorite of big families, outdoor enthusiasts, and hyper-observant people wearing dark suits and sunglasses. These big, comfy, capable trucks offer plenty of room for audio system improvement.

Marine stereo buying guide
by Tim Sprinkle

From punishing sunlight to driving rain to extreme temperatures, a marine audio system has to endure a lot of abuse. And that's just when the boat is tied up at the marina. This article will help you choose the marine stereo that's right for you.

The Sony MEX-XB100BT CD receiver includes a small hideaway amp that delivers 40 watts RMS per channel, which is double the power output of similar receivers. With more power you get more clarity at any volume, and the amp can even be bridged to drive a small subwoofer. Take a look at some of the features of this amazing receiver in this short video.

1973-1985 Jeep CJ5 and CJ7
by Jon Paulette

When you're climbing desert dunes or fording mountain streams in your vintage Jeep, you're probably too busy to worry about sound and music. But when you're in town, a quality stereo is nice to have. If you're looking for audio gear that's tough enough for Jeep duty, you're in the right place.

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.

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.

Minivan makeover
by Buck Pomerantz

Like most high schoolers, Morgan didn't particularly enjoy getting stuck driving the family minivan. And a minivan isn't a vehicle you'd normally think of to put in a rockin' aftermarket sound system. Now, it sounds better than a new car's stereo and she has a place to plug in her iPhone, too.

A popular Charlottesville, VA dance club had blown their old speakers trying to play music loud enough for the crowd. With Crutchfield's help, they overhauled their PA system.

Car amplifiers glossary
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and technical specifications found in today's amplifiers.

Crossovers FAQ
by Crutchfield Writing Team

What is a crossover and do I need one? What's the difference between passive and active crossovers? How hard is it to install a crossover? These answers and more in our crossovers FAQ.

A convenient way to send the powered signal from an amplifier to car speakers is to run the new speakers wires from the amp to the stereo harness that's behind the receiver, where all the car's speaker connections are accessible in one place.

Setting amp gain correctly matches your amp's input level with your receiver's output level, resulting in maximum distortion-free music and minimum background noise. Here's a method for setting amp gain fast and accurately using test tones.

Car amplifiers FAQ
by Buck Pomerantz

Where should I mount my amp? What wiring do I need? Does any of it come with the amp? What size power and ground wires do I need for my amplifier? How much air space do I need around my amplifier? What's the biggest amp I can hook up to my car's electrical system? Plus more.

Capacitors FAQ
by Buck Pomerantz

First of all, what is a capacitor? Can it help my stereo system sound better? How do you hook it up? Get the answers to these and other questions here in our Capacitors FAQ.

When the stereo pulls too much power out of your car's electrical system, every part of the system suffers, even the amplifier itself. Here we discuss the most popular fixes for an underpowered electrical system: the big 3 upgrade, a capacitor, a larger alternator, and a second battery.

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