If the music in your vehicle sounds terrible, it might be time to replace those old, blown-out factory speakers.
Crutchfield Writing Team
Installing new speakers is the single most cost-effective improvement you can make to your vehicle's audio system. Aftermarket speakers are relatively inexpensive and they're usually not that hard to install. Here are a few general tips on how to do the job yourself.
Brand-name speakers will make a big difference in your car's sound, there's no doubt about it. But with some simple, relatively inexpensive extra steps, you can make them sound even better.
Factory speakers are not built to last, so over time they'll deteriorate to the point where they sound truly awful. We set up a blind listening test in our Labs and invited some of our most critical listeners to drop by and see if they could tell a difference in the sound.
Paying attention to where your speakers are placed and how they're positioned can dramatically improve the sound of all your music.
Learn about Polk's Atrium line of outdoor speakers, and get some recommendations for choosing the right model for your yard.
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Check out how the free installation gear you get with most car stereos and car speakers bought from Crutchfield helps you do your own installation. Our vehicle-specific instructions, wiring harnesses, adapters, and expertise will save you time and money, and most importantly, help ensure that you enjoy your gear for years to come.
Get tips on planning your outdoor speaker system, including where to place your speakers and the other items you'll need to complete your setup.
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Learn about the basics of good speaker placement, so you can set up your speakers to deliver the best sound for your room.
With the help of the installation gear and guides we offer, Daniel got to work installing a Kenwood receiver and speakers in his 1993 Honda Accord.
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Just because you can't replace your vehicle's factory stereo doesn't mean you have to live with a poor sound system. In this short video, Crutchfield experts take a look at how a fellow employee created a high-performance car audio system.
Okay. Your new car stereo components are out of their boxes, installed, and hooked up. Now what? How do you get the most out of your new system? What kind of hokey pokey do you have to do to get...
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.
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.
Buying car audio gear for the first time? Here are some tips to help you find the right stereo equipment for your car or truck.
Crutchfield Writing Team
Crutchfield's car audio experts answer some of the most frequently asked questions about buying and installing car stereo equipment.
Like most high schoolers, Morgan didn't particularly enjoy getting stuck driving the family minivan. And a minivan isn't a vehicle you'd normally think of to put in a rockin' aftermarket sound system. Now, it sounds better than a new car's stereo and she has a place to plug in her iPhone, too.