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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.

2003-2008 Honda Pilot
by Jon Paulette

The first-gen Honda Pilot has been a suburban staple for years, and this handsome hauler remains a solid choice if you're looking for a comfortable SUV. The Pilot's stock stereo isn't bad, but if you're a real music lover, you'll want to upgrade.

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.

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's 2003 Toyota Camry LE
by Dominic Devito

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.

Home theater subwoofer setup
by James Ralston

Jim Ralston outlines some tips on how to adjust your subwoofer for better home theater performance.

Subwoofers Glossary
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and technical specifications included among today's car stereo subwoofers.

The first step to choosing a subwoofer actually begins with the enclosure and how you want the sub to perform. In this video we'll tell you about the different types of subwoofer enclosures available, and find out which one best fits your vehicle and your needs.

How to install a powered subwoofer
by Robert Ferency-Viars

Powered subs include all the elements of a subwoofer system — subwoofer, amplifier, and enclosure — in one easy-to-install package. Here's a look at how you install a typical powered subwoofer.

In Part 2 of our Car Stereo Proving Ground series, we added a bass system (subwoofer and amp) and an amplifier to the speakers. Anyone who's ever done this won't be surprised to hear that the music opened up and sounded better. What really impressed us? Read on....

Video: Where to Position your Subwoofer Box
by Robert Ferency-Viars, Matt Freeman

Getting loud bass in your car isn't just about power - where you place your sub in the trunk can make a huge difference. We decided to find out for ourselves just how much of an effect placement has on the quality of a sub's bass.

Sound Ordnance's new B-8PTD powered subwoofer is small enough to fit under most car seats and powerful enough to pump out plenty of bass. We took one apart to show you the separate components and how they fit together into a unified subwoofer system.

Video: Sound Ordnance Bass Bunkers
by Zak Billmeier, Jo Greene

Sound Ordnance subwoofer enclosures, called Bass Bunkers, are available to house most standard-sized woofers. This Crutchfield video gives you an up-close look at these high-quality sub boxes.

What are dual voice coil subwoofers?
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Dual voice coil subwoofers are a popular choice among car audio enthusiasts who want more flexibility in wiring their sound systems. If you're looking for maximum performance, a DVC sub might be the right choice for you.

Subwoofer Installation Guide
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Thinking about boosting the bass in your car or truck? Here are a few basic things you'll need to know to install a subwoofer in your vehicle.

Video: Upgrading Your Factory Stereo, part 2
by 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.

Subwoofers FAQ
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Which hits harder: one 12" sub or two 10" subs? How much power do I need? What difference do cone materials make? The answers to these and many other questions can be found in Crutchfield's Subwoofer FAQ.

Video: car amplifier features
by 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.

How to install a crossover
by 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.

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