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.
Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail
If you can get the same amount of power from two different amplifiers, is there any reason to buy the higher-priced amp? What are you getting for that extra money? We'll discuss the differences in build quality and performance between lower-priced amplifiers and more-expensive options.
Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail
We describe the basics of deciding how much power an amplifier should have when you're trying to match it to your speakers or subwoofers.
Crutchfield Writing Team
Learn about the features and technical specifications found in today's amplifiers.
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.
Setting amp gain perfectly is easy with Rockford Fosgate's C.L.E.A.N. setup system for Punch amplifiers.
Jeff from NAD visited Crutchfield and told us all about the NAD C 356DAC, a stereo integrated amp.
One of our employees shares the excitement of having an amplifier in her car for the first time. We installed the Rockford Fosgate Punch P400-4 amplifier in her car, and she's more excited than ever to listen to her favorite tunes on the way home!
Adding a 4-channel amp to your system not only raises the sound level, but also greatly increases the sound quality of your music. This is how to tune it up:
Aaron Cochron from Audioengine tells us about the P4 bookshelf speakers and N22 desktop amp, and how they can combine to make a sweet little computer audio setup.
First impressions — thinking outside the rectangle I had my doubts when I took the Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones home for review. I like B&W products — they...
Discover what you need to help your headphones sound their best with your computer.
In Part 2 of our series on improving the sound in a Ford F-150, Jeff installs powerful new amplifiers and a subwoofer.
For a long time when someone mentioned "computer speakers" all I could picture were the free speakers that came with our PC. They were lightweight, spindly things with the sound quality of an...
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.
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.
Ben H. from Palm Harbor, FL, wanted to get the most out of his 2003 Camry LE, so he pumped up his sound system with two pairs of Sony speakers, a slamming enclosed subwoofer from Boston Acoustics, and a powerful Kicker amplifier. He also tricked out the car's interior lighting.
This video demonstrates how easy it is to install the Alpine KTP-445 Power Pack amplifier module. The Power Pack gives you the power and improved sound of an external amplifier at a fraction of the cost and with a much easier installation.
Having a subwoofer in your car is a good thing, but if the subwoofer isn't properly tuned, it won't sound as good as it should. This article describes how to adjust your amplifier so that your subwoofer will sound just the way you want it to.
Different amps with the same wattage ratings can have wildly different prices. Why pay more for the same amount of power? Because not all watts are created equal. The reason? Build quality.