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Articles & Videos: Car Amplifiers

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 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.

Video: car amplifier features
by Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail

This video describes some of the common features you should look for when you're shopping for an amp, like a high-pass filter or a bass boost.

Car amplifiers FAQ
by Buck Pomerantz

Our Amplifier FAQ answers many common questions like: How can I add an amp to my system? Where should I mount it? What wiring do I need? What size fuse and power wire?

Car amplifiers glossary
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Car amplifier audio terms - like watts, volts, and efficiency - are explained.

Matching subs & amps
by Ken Nail

Confused about wiring your subs and picking the right amplifier? Crutchfield will get you on the fast track to big bass with this simple guide.

Video: how to choose an amplifier
by Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail

Here are some major points to consider and features to look for when choosing a new amplifier, like how many channels, or how much power it needs.

Amplifier installation guide
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Here's a step-by-step car amplifier installation guide, including troubleshooting when things don't work perfectly.

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.

Amplifier wire gauge chart
by Buck Pomerantz

Need to know know which size of wire you should use when installing an amplifier? Use our handy cable gauge chart to find out.

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.

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.

Video: Focal FPS amplifiers
by Zak Billmeier

For the best amplified sound in their cars, audiophiles turn to Focal. This brief video introduces the Focal FPS series of amplifiers.

Make your music sound lively and vital with a Sound Ordnance amplifier. Watch this Crutchfield video to see what these rugged, value-packed amplifiers have to offer.