Crutchfield Writing Team
Passive crossovers are very easy to install, but active crossovers require a little more work. Find out about mounting, wiring, and setting up a crossover.
In Part 2 of our series on improving the sound in a Ford F-150, Jeff installs powerful new amplifiers and a subwoofer.
With subwoofers, size matters. If you want big bass in your system, and you've got plenty of room in your vehicle, it's a good idea to start with a large sub. But small cars and trucks lack giant...
Andrew W. from Charlotte, NC, loaded up his 2007 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner with a wealth of toys, including a Kenwood navigation receiver, some Alpine speakers, a pair of Rockford Fosgate enclosed subs, and an alarm system.
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.
The first-gen Pilot has been a suburban staple for years, and this handsome hauler remains a solid choice if you're looking for a reliable, comfortable SUV. The Pilot's stock stereo isn't bad, but if you're a real music lover, you'll want to upgrade.
We're passionate about car audio. Crutchfield's Mobile Audio Listening Lab lets us get hands-on experience with all kinds of car audio gear, from speakers and subs to amplifiers and receivers.
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.
The Honda Civic rapidly evolved from its humble beginnings as a sub-compact coupe, to become a leader in the luxury compact segment. By 2011, it regularly topped nearly all competitors in U.S. market sales. Our profile of the Civic explains what to expect when you're ready to replace your factory stereo system.
David loves to tinker with his truck. He has already customized many aspects of it, from the Weather Tech floor mats to the black Tacoma badges on the doors, and plans to do much more. When it came time to add some bass, he opted for the Sound Ordnance B-8PT powered sub. Rather than pay $75 to a local installer, David rolled up his sleeves for a new experience.
When it comes to so-called "cute utes," the Toyota RAV4 is one of the best around. The third-generation model, which debuted in 2006 and lasted until 2012, was extremely popular with both press and public for its ride, handling, and overall non-truckiness.
Even in a parking lot full of SUVs (i.e., most parking lots), this truck stands out from the crowd. And, if you're like most Escalade owners, that's totally okay with you. If you wanted to blend in, you could take your pick of nice, bland luxury sedans. But what fun would that be?
If you're looking for a (very) small car that's made for living in the city, the Fiat 500 is a great choice. It's economical, easy to park, and a ton of fun to drive. If you're looking for ideas on how to upgrade the Cinquecento's rather weak factory stereo, you've come to the right place.
Eric G. from Willamsville, NY, wanted to get his 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP's system to sound less harsh and more bass-heavy. After trial and error with different components, he ended up with some JL Audio speakers and a sweet Pioneer AVH-P3400BH DVD receiver, among other pieces of gear.
Alpine made their V-Power amps 40% smaller for 2013, so they'll fit in more places than ever. Plus they employ some smart technology called Enhanced Shutdown Performance, which rolls back the output a bit when the amp threatens to overheat from playing at its limits too long.
Robert Ferency-Viars, Ken Nail
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.
Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail
This short video describes some of the common features you should look for when you're shopping for an amplifier for your car audio system. Not every amplifier will have all of these features, so make sure the amp that you get has the ones you need.
Today's Dodge Challenger is a muscle car for grown-ups. Sure, this powerful coupe is fun between stoplights, but it's also a comfortable long-distance cruiser with surprising amounts of room for people, stuff, and, of course, aftermarket 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.
The redesigned 1999-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee was slightly larger than the previous version and had a new interior layout, yet it retained that classic Cherokee look and style. If you want to have great stereo sound when you head for the great outdoors, we'll help you find the gear you need.