A PA speaker system needs an amplifier to power the speakers. This article walks you through the basics of power amplifier applications and gives you advice for choosing the right amplifier for your system.
Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail
Crutchfield's car audio experts Ken and Zak present an overview of Focal car audio products. Focal is a leading name in high-quality sound and Crutchfield is proud to have them in our lineup.
When you're shopping for marine audio and electronic equipment for your boat, you run into a lot of jargon along the way. Our Marine Audio Glossary can help.
We overhauled the audio system in a local music teacher's classroom. With quality speakers, amps, and components in place, the music he plays for his class sounds crystal clear.
A group of audio enthusiasts got together in the Crutchfield Labs to audition a Cambridge Audio/PSB music system and give their impressions.
Martha from Panamax stopped by to show us some of the features on the Panamax M5300-PM power line conditioner and surge protector.
Martha from Panamax shows the great features on the Panamax M5400-PM power line conditioner and voltage regulator.
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.
Adding an amplifier to your car audio system doesn't just make it louder - it makes every instrument sound clearer, it makes subs hit harder, and helps raise your soundstage to head level. Check out this overview of a typical installation to see the steps involved when you install an amplifier in your vehicle.
When you're choosing car speakers, it's important to make sure your system will give your new speakers the power they need to sound their best. This is a lesson I learned from personal experience.
We wanted to answer the most basic question about car audio: is it really worth it to upgrade? With the help of the Crutchfield Labs, we set out to prove just how much better music sounds when it's played through a high-quality aftermarket system.
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.
How much power do I need? Do I have to connect my video sources to my receiver? Do I need a 3D-ready receiver for my 3D TV?
In this article, we'll explain the ins and outs of setting up your receiver, so you can get all the audio and video performance you paid for.
Crutchfield Writing Team
New to automotive audio? Here's a glossary of terms you'll need to know when you're shopping for an aftermarket CD player, nav receiver, or digital media receiver for your car or truck.
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.
Now that the front door speakers were in -- and we could ably demonstrate the difference between the front aftermarket and rear factory speakers -- it was time to install the new...
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.
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.