Car Amplifiers: Articles & Videos

Amps Make Music Fun

Amps Make Music Fun

by Buck Pomerantz

When you add an amplifier to a system, the sound becomes higher, wider, and more realistic — like the band's playing on top of your dashboard and you're right there among the musicians.

 
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!

 
Upgrade your car's sound

Upgrade your car's sound

by Buck Pomerantz

Factory stereo systems leave a lot to be desired. This problem now has some solutions that let you keep your factory stereo and get spectacular sound, customized for your specific vehicle. The four upgrade systems we discuss in this article improve the factory sound of different vehicles in different ways.

 
Why Some Watts are More Expensive than Others

Why Some Watts are More Expensive than Others

by Buck Pomerantz

Different amps with the same wattage ratings can have wildly different prices. Why pay more for the same amount of power? Because not all watts are created equal. The reason? Build quality.

 
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.

 
A budget-friendly car audio buildup

A budget-friendly car audio buildup

by Jon Paulette

Some budding audiophiles look at building a car stereo as an "all or nothing" proposition. They make a wish list, look at the total cost, get nervous, and do nothing. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Installing a system in stages improves your sound without breaking the bank.

 
How To Diagnose and Suppress Noise

How To Diagnose and Suppress Noise

by Buck Pomerantz

An interactive flowchart to help you diagnose and cure the most common noise problems found in car stereo systems.

 
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.

 
Soundtrack of a Family Van

Soundtrack of a Family Van

by Lynn Thorne

A Rockford Fosgate system gave the family minivan a major audio overhaul while still keeping the manufacturer's dual DVD players intact for the kids.

 
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.

 
Video: Easy Setup on JBL EZ Car Amplifiers

Video: Easy Setup on JBL EZ Car Amplifiers

by Video Guest

One of the biggest problems with installing an amplifier is setting the gain properly. JBL has come up with a fool-proof method for getting it right in their EZ line of car amplifiers, ensuring full-power performance and distortion-free play.

 
Video: Kicker DS car speakers and DX amplifiers

Video: Kicker DS car speakers and DX amplifiers

by Video Guest

Kicker's DS car speakers and DX amplifiers give you the serious performance you'd expect from Kicker, at a price that won't break your budget.

 
Eric C's 2008 Saturn Vue

Eric C's 2008 Saturn Vue

by Dominic Devito

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.