Car Amplifiers: Articles & Videos

Welcome to our mobile audio listening lab

Welcome to our mobile audio listening lab

by John Pollard

The mobile audio/video section of the Crutchfield Labs lets our writers, researchers, and advisors get hands-on experience with the latest car audio products.

 
Video: Tour of the Mobile Audio Listening Lab

Video: Tour of the Mobile Audio Listening Lab

by Robert Ferency-Viars

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.

 
Michael H's 2009 Kia Spectra

Michael H's 2009 Kia Spectra

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Michael decided that the factory stereo in his Kia Spectra wasn't nearly up to the task. He shopped around and found affordable gear that could give deliver the sound he wanted.

 
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.

 
Crutchfield's Honda Civic

Crutchfield's Honda Civic

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Crutchfield's Honda Civic delivers quality tunes in a low-profile fashion.

 
Connecting your speakers to an amp

Connecting your speakers to an amp

by Buck Pomerantz

A convenient way to send the powered signal from an amplifier to car speakers is to run the new speakers wires from the amp to the stereo harness that's behind the receiver, where all the car's speaker connections are accessible in one place.

 
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.

 
Make Your Music Sound Fantastic with an Amp

Make Your Music Sound Fantastic with an Amp

by Buck Pomerantz

An amplifier is your key to enjoying the best musical experience you'll ever have in your car. Installing one is a cool project - getting to know your car inside and out is often fun and satisfying. This article presents five important tips to help achieve a successful and problem-free installation.

 
Video: Kicker Yellow Series Car Audio Gear

Video: Kicker Yellow Series Car Audio Gear

by Zak Billmeier

Kicker's Yellow Series of amps, speakers and subs gives you the performance you expect from Kicker at a more affordable price. And this year's models are better than ever.

 
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: 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.

 
Stephen D's 2003 Jaguar X-Type

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 to get more sonic miles per gallon.

 
Review: Rockford Fosgate C.L.E.A.N. Amplifier Gain-setting System

Review: Rockford Fosgate C.L.E.A.N. Amplifier Gain-setting System

by Buck Pomerantz

Rockford Fosgate's C.L.E.A.N. gain-setting system on their Punch amps makes setup as easy as playing an audio track and adjusting a couple volume knobs.

 
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: Kicker Redline Series Amps and Subs

Video: Kicker Redline Series Amps and Subs

by Zak Billmeier

Kicker's Redline series of amps and subs, which includes the popular CompR and CompRT subwoofers plus their KX amplifiers, gives you the sound and performance you expect from Kicker car audio gear.

 
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.