Ford must have had car audio fans in mind when they built this truck. The roomy interior offers plenty of space for new speakers, a stereo, and much more. The F-150's remarkable popularity ensures that you'll have plenty of options to choose from, and the modular design makes installation surprisingly easy.
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There are a number of different ways to power a house full of speakers. Here's an overview of things you need to know.
For generations now, the watermen of the Chesapeake Bay have harvested oysters and crabs from the decks of traditional workboats. Known as "deadrises" because of the hull shape, they're made for hard work. But as many enthusiasts know, a good deadrise can be a great pleasure boat. The Mary Rebecca is an authentic, yet thoroughly modern, take on this classic design. All she needed was a thoroughly modern stereo.
I've been a music nut since I was still in short pants. If I had a nickel for every hour I've spent in my den, listening to records and CDs through my hi-fi system ... I'd have a huge pile of...
OK, so we finally got the video formatting worked out. It's very informal; Matt sat in the back seat with the Canon XSi camera capturing our back-to-front-and-back-again fading demo by moving...
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.
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.
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.
The smart fortwo coupe isn't everybody's cup of chai tea, but if it's yours, you're probably going to like it a lot. You'll definitely want to upgrade the audio equipment, though. Just because you're driving a tiny car doesn't mean you have to put up with a tinny stereo.
Just because you can't replace the radio doesn't mean you can't improve your car's audio. Brent P, who works in Crutchfield's IT department, boosted his 2007 Saab 9-3 wagon's sound and functionality without installing a new receiver.
If you're looking for one big vehicle that can do just about anything the average person needs to do, the 2007-13 Chevy Avalanche might be everything you need. Like most Chevy trucks, the Avalanche is a great platform for an upgraded audio system.
Ford's long-running Crown Victoria (and its cousin, the Mercury Grand Marquis) isn't just a big car; it's a big part of our shared culture. They really don't make 'em like this anymore, and with some upgraded audio gear, you can make your car a great place to enjoy music in comfort and style.
With a nimble chassis, handsome styling, and plenty of optional features to choose from, the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan were immediate hits. Whichever one you choose, you'll have a smart, comfortable car with plenty of potential for audio upgrades.
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.
In Part 3 of our series on improving the sound in a Ford F-150, Jeff upgrades his speakers again, runs higher-quality wire, and adds a processor to sculpt the sound.
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When it comes to quick, neat, and safe wire trimming, the S&G Wire Cutter/Stripper Tool is one of the best car audio installation tools we've ever used.
If you're looking to upgrade the audio in your boat, look for a purpose-built marine stereo system that stands up to sunlight, spray, and salt.
From punishing sunlight to driving rain to extreme temperatures, a marine audio system has to endure a lot of abuse. And that's just when the boat is tied up at the marina. This article will help you choose the marine stereo that's right for you.
The 2003-05 Nissan 350Z offers all the speed and handling qualities you'd expect from a Z-car, plus a refined, comfortable cockpit and plenty of features. It's still a great car to drive, but the stereo probably doesn't sound as sporty as it used to. Upgrading the audio system is a great way to improve your Z-car's performance.
Designed to capitalize on the immense popularity of the original VW Beetle, the New Beetle made its debut in 1998. The vehicle remained largely unchanged throughout its production run, which lasted until 2010. Replacing the Beetle's stereo is fairly easy, but the speakers will take a little more work.