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All about subwoofers
by Buck Pomerantz

All the information and links you'll need to plan, install, tune, and enjoy a subwoofer system in your car or truck.

Subwoofers are dedicated solely to reproducing low-frequency sounds. That's why a subwoofer can be a crucial part of your home theater listening experience.

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.

This step-by-step guide will help you make sure that your amps and subs are evenly matched and work well together. We explain how to select one to go with the other.

Undercover subwoofers
by Buck Pomerantz

Three of us here at Crutchfield installed subs that added punch and presence to our music without losing cargo space in our cars.

Sealed or ported
by Buck Pomerantz

Subwoofers in sealed boxes play "tight" bass, while ported boxes sound "boomy." Which type you need depends on the style of music you like and how you want it to sound.

When you add bass to your system, choosing the right subwoofer box is as important as the sub itself. Sealed boxes feature a different overall sound than ported ones.

Our subwoofer shopping guide will help you determine which kind of subwoofer and bass system you need, to get the sound you want.

What makes a great subwoofer like the Alpine Type-R sound so good? For Alpine, it's a combination of brilliant design and high-quality materials.

Subwoofer Enclosures
by Crutchfield Writing Team

The type of bass you get from your component subwoofer doesn't depend on the woofer alone. You'll need the proper sized enclosure for optimum subwoofer performance.

Video: car amplifier power
by Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail

We describe the basics of deciding how much power an amplifier should have when you're trying to match it to your speakers or subwoofers.

Our live sound speakers buying guide will get you on the road to finding the right PA speakers for your live sound needs.

Golf carts aren't just for the "back nine" anymore -- they're almost as likely to be seen driving around the neighborhood. Your cool cart deserves a stereo to match.

If you know you want home theater sound, but you're not sure which speakers you need and what they all do, check out this helpful guide.

These bolt-in audio component kits from Rockford Fosgate will make your Polaris RZR rock. They let you upgrade your sound without cutting or modifying your ATV.

A great-sounding marine stereo can add a lot of enjoyment to your boating experience. If you're serious about sound, you need a set of quality, marine-rated speakers.

New marine speakers in your boat will give you an immediate upgrade in sound quality, but you'll also need a marine amplifier to get the best sound over open water.

Marine stereo buying guide
by Tim Sprinkle

From sunlight to rain to extreme temperatures, your boat's marine audio system has to endure a lot of abuse. This article will help you choose the right marine stereo.

Car audio for the first-time buyer
by Charlie Pastorfield

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.

Intro to live sound equipment
by Robert Ferency-Viars

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.

Upgrade your car's sound
by Buck Pomerantz

Factory stereo systems leave a lot to be desired. The four upgrade systems we discuss in this article improve the factory sound of different vehicles in different ways.

Car amplifier buying guide
by Buck Pomerantz

How much power and how many channels are right for you? This guide will help you choose the right amplifier for your car's sound system.

Whether you're fishing, waterskiing, or just cruising around, boating is even more enjoyable when you have a quality marine audio system to provide the music.

Sonos wireless speakers are great for music. But did you know you can configure them to deliver surround sound in your home theater? We decided to try it ourselves.

This article will help you figure out how to start building the car stereo system that's right for you, by deciding where the weakness is in your current system.

FUSION is a company dedicated to bringing high-performance audio to the marine market. That's why their marine audio products are "designed from the water up."

Life with a factory stereo
by Charlie Pastorfield

Many new vehicles make it difficult to install a new stereo. This article covers some of your options for improving the sound without changing the stereo.

Video: Upgrading Your Factory Stereo, part 2
by Robert Ferency-Viars, Ken Nail

In this short video, Crutchfield experts show how a fellow employee created a high-performance car audio system without replacing his vehicle's factory stereo.

Building a great car stereo doesn't have to be an "all or nothing" proposition. With a plan and a budget, you can build a great audio system one step at a time.

When it's time to upgrade your boat's audio system, it's important to look for marine-rated stereo equipment that can stand up to life on the water.

Video: car amplifier channels
by Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail

How many channels you'll need for your amp depends on how you intend to use it, and with how many speakers or subs.

Bill Becker, the founder and CEO of BDI, talks about their Novia audio/video furniture line - perfect for people who want to hide their components and still keep them

Learn about what to look for when choosing outdoor speakers, including weather-readiness and the speaker designs best-suited for different setups.

Big bass in a small-car world
by Charlie Pastorfield

Gas mileage is a big issue with an ever-increasing number of people. Most recently, the "Cash for Clunkers" program has resulted in a lot of people driving more

Subwoofers Glossary
by Crutchfield Writing Team

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

Alpine's BassLine subwoofers will add some serious rumble to your vehicle's sound system, but they won't break your budget.

Subwoofer Installation Guide
by Crutchfield Writing Team

This article describes the steps involved in installing a subwoofer in your vehicle.

Subwoofers FAQ
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Which subwoofer will sound the loudest? Or the deepest? Which hits harder: one 12" sub or two 10" subs? How much power do I need? These answers and more in our FAQ.

Video: Sound Ordnance Subwoofers
by Zak Billmeier, Jo Greene

Car audio systems need a subwoofer to fill out the bass in your music and give it a full-bodied sound. Watch this short Crutchfield video to learn about the subwoofer

Even Santa likes bass
by Buck Pomerantz

We always say that adding a subwoofer enhances your music, no matter the style or genre. So we thought it'd be fun to hear how that concept works with Christmas songs.

Once you've built your subwoofer box, it's time to finish it with carpeting, vinyl, or other coverings to give it a custom look.

Helpful tips and step-by-step instructions for designing and building your own custom subwoofer box.

How to install a powered subwoofer
by Robert Ferency-Viars

Powered subs include all the elements of a subwoofer system — subwoofer, amplifier, and enclosure. Here's how to install a typical powered sub.

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 subwoofer in the trunk can make a huge difference. We ran some tests to find out more.

Sound Ordnance's new B-8PTD powered subwoofer is small enough to fit under most car seats and powerful enough to pump out bass that can keep up with almost any stereo.

Subwoofer wiring diagrams
by Buck Pomerantz

Our wiring diagrams will help you find the best way to connect your subs and amps so you'll get the best performance out of your gear.

Brendan B from Byron Center, MI, tricked out his 2007 Chevrolet Impala LT with a Kenwood DVD receiver, Rockford Fosgate speakers, a Kicker amp, and JL Audio subwoofers.

Tuning your subs
by Buck Pomerantz

What does the gain control do anyway? This article describes how to adjust your amplifier so that your subwoofer sounds just the way you want it to.

2009-2012 Ford Flex
by Jon Paulette

Our profile of the 2009-2012 Ford Flex discusses what you need to know to replace the stereo and speakers, and add an amplifier and subwoofers.

Kicker's CompR and CompRT subwoofers, plus their KX amplifiers, give you the sound and performance you expect from Kicker when you're building a car audio system.

Marty C's custom party cooler
by Alexander Hrabe

Inspired by Crutchfield, Marty C. upgrades his cooler with the Infinity INF-MPK250 receiver and speaker package and a Sound Ordnance B-8PTD powered subwoofer.

Ben H's 2003 Toyota Camry LE
by Dominic Devito

Ben H. added two pairs of Sony speakers, a Kicker amplifier, and an enclosed subwoofer from Boston Acoustics to his 2003 Toyota Camry LE, plus new interior lighting.

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.

Elliot C's 1990 Mazda Miata
by Dominic Devito

Elliot C's sweet, low-mileage 1990 Mazda Miata needed new speakers, so he upgraded the whole system, including a new receiver and a powered subwoofer.

Stephen D's 2003 Jaguar X-Type
by Dominic Devito

Stephen D. from Farmington, NM, added a pair of hard-hitting 12" JL Audio w3v3 subwoofers and an Alpine DVD receiver to his 2003 Jaguar X-Type sedan.

Video: JBL Soundbars
by Zak Billmeier

JBL's soundbar speakers will help you get superior sound out of your TV. Three models are available, including one with a wireless subwoofer.

With subwoofers, size matters. But small cars and trucks present a dilemma when you want to build a great bass system. This article discusses some of your options.

Crutchfield teamed up with 5.0 Mustang to fit a custom audio system in their latest project car, a 2002 Mustang. This article takes a look at the subwoofers,

2002-2009 GMC Envoy
by Jon Paulette

Big enough for people and gear, yet small enough to park without a team of dockworkers, the GMC Envoy is a sensible SUV that's a great home for an aftermarket stereo.

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