Michael decided that the factory stereo in his Kia Spectra wasn't nearly up to the task. He shopped around and found affordable gear that could give deliver the sound he wanted.
After a little over a year of driving my 2011 Subaru Impreza, I knew it was time to change out the system from factory equipped to an aftermarket setup. It also made sense to upgrade since I write all things speaker and subwoofer related for Crutchfield, and I get to hear amazing car stereo equipment on a regular basis thanks to our labs. The final product sounds amazing, and helps me enjoy riding around town even more.
The 2008-10 Dodge Charger is handsome, roomy, comfortable and, if it's "got a Hemi in it," almost ridiculously powerful. Chargers are easy to shop for, easy to work on, and well worth the investment. If you're planning a killer stereo installation, you've purchased the right car.
The late '90s and early 2000s cemented the reputation of the Accord as a well-built, reliable, and popular car. Top seller nationwide in its class in 2001, you'll still see plenty of 1998-2002 Accord sedans on the road. If you're interested in updating the sound system in your Accord, there are plenty of good options available.
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.
The 2002-07 Jeep Liberty Sport is a compact SUV that's as capable of tackling the rocks and trails as it is at handling city streets. The factory audio options were somewhat limited, so if you want to take your tunes to a new level, there's plenty of room for improvement in this Jeep.
The Kia Soul is a nifty, fun-to-drive little box with a style all its own. Kia has definitely come a long way from their origins of producing unremarkable cars that came with remarkable warranties and yes, you still get that remarkable Kia warranty.
We got the chance to check out Alpine's X-Power amplifiers at the Alpine booth at CES 2012. The new sleek design masks the amount muscle under the hood and Alpine has added new models so that there's an X-Power amp for nearly every need.
Looking for a better-than-average set of basic headphones? Me too. That's why I gave the Sennheiser HD 280 Pros a try.
We wanted to answer the most basic question about car audio: is it really worth it to upgrade? Using a 2004 Ford F-150 as our test vehicle, we installed some great gear, then documented the system performance and improvements along the way:
Throughout the decades, the MINI Cooper has always offered practical utility, oddly dramatic styling ('boxy but cute,' 'powered roller-skate' etc.), and a healthy dose of driving fun. The "new" MINI delivers all of the above in a modern package.
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.
One of the longest-running sport utility nameplates on the road, the Ford Explorer is a classic. These days it does way more than haul kids to soccer practice - over the years Ford added all sorts of options, including several for the stereo system.
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Guide to installing a crossover or equalizer in your vehicle.
Jeep Wrangers are generally more associated with rock climbing than rockin' car audio systems, but Jeep owners love music, too. The 2003-06 Wrangler offers some pretty cool options for building a great-sounding system that's tough enough for the trail.
Woody tries out the SR325is and finds he not only likes the sound, but also the no-nonsense look of these Grado headphones.
Learn about the features and technical specifications you'll find in today's speakers.
There are a number of different ways to power a house full of speakers. Here's an overview of things you need to know.
These diagrams picture some of the most common ways people power multi-room audio systems.
Bill Becker, founder and CEO of BDI, talks about special features of the BDI Mirage 8222 audio/video cabinet, designed to hold and hide your audio components.