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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 affects the output.

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.

Amplifier wire gauge chart
by Buck Pomerantz

Need to know know which size of wire you should use when installing an amplifier? Use our handy cable gauge chart to find out.

2005-2011 Dodge/Ram Dakota
by Jon Paulette

The Dodge (aka Ram) Dakota was one of the last of the "mid-size" pickups. Available in Club Cab and Quad Cab models, the Dakota is ideal for people who know exactly how much truck they need and why. Once you find the right truck, why not fill it with the right stereo?

Whether you're fishing, waterskiing, or just cruising around, boating is even more enjoyable when you have a quality marine audio system. Here's how we outfitted two different boats belonging to Crutchfield employees.

Dan, a Crutchfield web designer, performed a major sound upgrade in his 1991 Mazda Miata by installing an Alpine KTP-445A compact car amplifier, a new Alpine receiver, and Polk Audio db speakers.

With a comfortable interior and smooth, refined road manners, the VW Jetta is a wonderful way to add some European flair to your everyday drive. If you like a little music while you're carving up a country road, add a new stereo and speakers to your Jetta.

Years ago, prepping so-called "marine" audio equipment for life on a boat basically meant giving some old gear a new serial number and a white finish. Oh, how times have changed. Boaters demanded better, and companies like FUSION are delivering. We're proud to add these products to our marine lineup.

Well aware that full-sized pickups were selling faster than most cars, including their own Camry, Toyota went big in 2007. The result was the second-generation Tundra, which has all the size and strength necessary to match up with the best of the Big Three.

2010-2014 Subaru Outback
by Jon Paulette

Sure-footed, spacious, and comfortable, the Outback has carved out a niche as the utility vehicle of choice for people who wouldn't be caught dead in an SUV. Even if you don't live in the mountains, there's a lot to like in this versatile car.

2006-2012 Toyota RAV4
by Jon Paulette

When it comes to so-called "cute utes," the Toyota RAV4 is one of the best around. The third-generation model, which debuted in 2006 and lasted until 2012, was extremely popular with both press and public for its ride, handling, and overall non-truckiness.

2008-2012 Buick Enclave
by Jon Paulette

From the taut, muscular exterior to the curvy, comfortable interior, the Enclave has everything you'd expect in a Buick, plus acres of space and surprisingly decent handling. And, thanks to luxury car levels of noise suppression, the Enclave's cabin is a great home for a new stereo.

2013-up Subaru BRZ
by Jon Paulette

While there's something wonderful about having more horsepower than you need, raw power isn't the only way to have fun in a car. There are plenty of grins to be had in a well-balanced car with the right combination of motor, manners, and moxie. Like, for example, the Subaru BRZ.

2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade
by Jon Paulette

Even in a parking lot full of SUVs (i.e., most parking lots), this truck stands out from the crowd. And, if you're like most Escalade owners, that's totally okay with you. If you wanted to blend in, you could take your pick of nice, bland luxury sedans. But what fun would that be?

1987-1993 Ford Mustang
by Jon Paulette

The 1987-1993 Mustang was a hugely popular car when new and it's still a big part of the automotive world today. If you're looking for a stereo that you can hear over all the fun you're having, we've got everything you need to make your Mustang sound great.

NAD employs a pure digital design in their M12 stereo preamp and M22 amplifier combo. That virtually eliminates distortion, giving you the lifelike, engaging sound NAD is known for. The M12 features a digital-to-analog converter capable of playing hi-res digital files up to 24-bit/192kHz.

NAD brings you the ultimate in home theater sound with the Masters Series M17 preamp and M27 7.1-channel amplifier combo. The M17 features a clever modular design that lets you upgrade with easy-to-install plugin modules as technology evolves, while the M27 gives you 7 discrete channels of hybrid analog/digital amplification for thunderous movie sound.

2003-2011 Lincoln Town Car
by Jon Paulette

Quiet, comfortable, and unapologetically enormous, the Lincoln Town Car was the last of the old-school, full-size, rear-wheel drive American luxury cars. With plenty of space and yards of factory sound insulation, the Town Car can be a wonderful environment for a new car audio system.

2007-2013 Suzuki SX4
by Jon Paulette

Suzuki doesn't sell cars here anymore, but their SX4 is still a very nifty car that's a lot of fun to drive. Replacing that tired old factory stereo system with a new receiver and speakers will make your Suzuki an even more enjoyable way to get around town.

Crutchfield's Vehicle Research Team has assembled a database of over 25,000 vehicles. Here's how they do what they do — and how it helps make your car stereo installation go smoothly.

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