Car Amplifiers: Articles & Videos

Video: Car Amplifier Channels

Video: Car Amplifier Channels

by Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail

One of the first steps in choosing an amplifier for your car audio system is to decide how you intend to use the amplifier, and thus how many channels it should have. This short video gives you a quick overview to help answer that question.

 
Video: Car Amplifier Power

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.

 
Video: Car Amplifier Build Quality

Video: Car Amplifier Build Quality

by Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail

If you can get the same amount of power from two different amplifiers, is there any reason to buy the higher-priced amp? What are you getting for that extra money? We'll discuss the differences in build quality and performance between lower-priced amplifiers and more-expensive options.

 
Video: Car Amplifier Features

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.

 
Video: How to Choose an Amplifier

Video: How to Choose an Amplifier

by Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail

This in-depth video walks through the major points to consider when choosing a new amplifier. It answers the questions: How many channels do you need? How much power should you get? What are the important features to look for? And why do some amplifier brands cost more than others?

 
Video: Sound Ordnance Amplifiers

Video: Sound Ordnance Amplifiers

by Video Guest

Make your music sound lively and vital with a Sound Ordnance amplifier. Watch this Crutchfield video for a quick overview of what these amplifiers have to offer.

 
Video: Kicker IX Amplifiers

Video: Kicker IX Amplifiers

by Video Guest

Crutchfield Advisor Mac takes a look at Kicker's IX amplifiers — powerful but small amplifiers perfect for tight spots.

 
Video: Introduction to Focal Car Audio

Video: Introduction to Focal Car Audio

by Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail

Crutchfield's car audio experts Ken and Zak present an overview of Focal car audio products. Focal is a leading name in high-quality sound and Crutchfield is proud to have them in our lineup.

 
Video: Introducing the Crutchfield Labs

Video: Introducing the Crutchfield Labs

by Steve Kindig

Steve, Crutchfield A/V Editor, gives us a tour of the Crutchfield Labs. He talks about why we built the Labs and how they can help us find you the right gear.

 
Video: Mathilda Gets Amped

Video: Mathilda Gets Amped

by Video Guest

One of our employees shares the excitement of having an amplifier in her car for the first time. We installed the Rockford Fosgate Punch P400-4 amplifier in her car, and she's more excited than ever to listen to her favorite tunes on the way home!

 
Video: Sony GS Car Amplifiers

Video: Sony GS Car Amplifiers

by Video Guest

Sony's efficient GS car amplifiers give you clean, effective power to make your car audio system sing. There are two GS models: a 4-channel, and a mono subwoofer amp. Both feature RCA and speaker-level inputs and are backed by a 3-year Sony warranty.

 
Video: A Minivan Audio System the Whole Family Loves

Video: A Minivan Audio System the Whole Family Loves

by Lynn Thorne

Lynn wanted better sound in her minivan, but didn't want to lose some factory features. So she installed a digital signal processor from Rockford Fosgate to take over the tunes, and added new speakers, an amp, and a sub for a complete overhaul.

 
Video: Alpine V-Power Car Amplifiers

Video: Alpine V-Power Car Amplifiers

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: 2013 Pioneer Car Amplifiers

Video: 2013 Pioneer Car Amplifiers

by Zak Billmeier

Pioneer's versatile 2013 car amplifiers help you get needed power to your speakers and subs. They're compact, powerful, and even 1-ohm stable so it's easy to match subs.

 
Video: Kicker Soundgate Powerstage System

Video: Kicker Soundgate Powerstage System

by Zak Billmeier

The Soundgate Powerstage system upgrade by Kicker will transform your compatible vehicle's stock radio and speakers into a high-fidelity sound system capable of giving you full, accurate, and richly-textured musical pleasure. And it does it without changing the look of your interior or dash.

 
Video: Kenwood Excelon Reference Fit Amplifiers

Video: Kenwood Excelon Reference Fit Amplifiers

by Zak Billmeier

The Reference Fit line of amplifiers from Kenwood Excelon packs a ton of power into a small chassis. These amps hit hard and can fit into tight spaces, if needed. And with mono, 4-channel, and 5-channel versions available, you're sure to find one that fits into your car audio upgrade plans.

 
Video: Kicker Front Row Digital Signal Processor

Video: Kicker Front Row Digital Signal Processor

by Zak Billmeier

Kicker's Front Row digital signal processor puts your music where it should be: right up in front of you, instead of down around your knees. A wired remote control panel lets you center the music to your listening position, add bass, and engage a simulated 5.1 Surround Sound that makes it seem like you're sitting in the front row.

 
Video: Rockford Fosgate C.L.E.A.N. Setup System

Video: Rockford Fosgate C.L.E.A.N. Setup System

by Buck Pomerantz

Setting amp gain perfectly is easy with Rockford Fosgate's C.L.E.A.N. setup system for Punch amplifiers.

 
Video: How to Install a Car Amplifier

Video: How to Install a Car Amplifier

by Zak Billmeier

Adding an amplifier to your car audio system doesn't just make it louder - it makes every instrument sound clearer, it makes subs hit harder, and helps raise your soundstage to head level. Check out this overview of a typical installation to see the steps involved when you install an amplifier in your vehicle.

 
Video: Clarion XC1410 Compact Car Amplifier

Video: Clarion XC1410 Compact Car Amplifier

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Clarion's XC1410 4-channel amp delivers 50 watts RMS per channel from a chassis that's about as long and wide as a dollar bill. This micro-sized amp can fit almost anywhere, even behind many dashboards. And Clarion managed to pack more watts per square inch inside the XC1410 than almost any other 4-channel amp made.