This step-by-step guide will help you make sure that your amps and subs are evenly matched and work well together, whether you have the subwoofers and want to find the amplifier to run them, or you've already got the amp and want the right subs for it.
This guide will help you choose the right amplifier - number of channels and how many watts per channel - for your sound system.
Jeff from NAD visited Crutchfield and told us all about the NAD C 356DAC, a stereo integrated amp.
A car can be a great place to enjoy music, but many commuters still put up with marginal sound quality that they'd never tolerate at home. Here are some tips on how to improve your vehicle's sound, whether you're listening on a simple factory system or a multi-channel amplified setup.
Whether you only need a single mic and a speaker or a full kit for your band, it pays to know how a PA system works. This article explains each piece of the system and will help you figure out which ones you need.
Read tips on how to buy the right headphones and distribution systems for your home recording studio.
Many new vehicles incorporate climate controls and other features into their factory radios, making it difficult to install a new stereo. Car stereo manufacturers have responded with a variety of products for upgrading your factory radio. Don't want to replace your radio? Charlie Pastorfield reviews some of your options.
Component speaker systems are the best way to get high-quality sound in your vehicle. You'll find a wide variety of systems available, so choosing a set can be a bit daunting. But if you keep a few key points in mind, you'll make a smart choice.
When it's time to upgrade your boat's audio system, it's important to look for marine-rated stereo equipment that can stand up to life on the water. This handy guide will give you some tips on what to buy for your boat.
Learn how to find the best outboard digital-to-analog converter for your home or portable audio applications.
Dave, a Crutchfield audio enthusiast, tests whether or not upgrading your earbuds and adding a NuForce iDo DAC makes your low-res music on your iPod sound better.
Find out how to get better sound from the music on your computer using headphones in this short video.
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.
Rockford Fosgate's C.L.E.A.N. gain-setting system on their Punch amps makes setup as easy as playing an audio track and adjusting a couple volume knobs.
Crutchfield Writing Team
Step-by-step guide to amplifier installation.
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.
The Alpine PDX-V9 is the "do it all" version of Alpine's popular digital PDX amps. It's small, stackable with other PDX amps, and gives you 100 watts RMS x 4 for your speakers, plus 500 watts RMS x 1 to drive a sub. Serious power, with a tiny footprint.
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.
An amplifier is your key to enjoying the best musical experience you'll ever have in your car. Installing one is a cool project - getting to know your car inside and out is often fun and satisfying. This article presents five important tips to help achieve a successful and problem-free installation.
Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail
This short video describes some of the common features you should look for when you're shopping for an amplifier for your car audio system. Not every amplifier will have all of these features, so make sure the amp that you get has the ones you need.