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Articles & Videos: Factory Radio Improvement

Factory speakers usually sound fine when they're new, but they deteriorate over time. We compared speakers of different ages to see how badly they fared.

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.

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.

How do I get Bluetooth® in my car?
by Robert Ferency-Viars

Bluetooth® wireless technology can be a great benefit in the car. Find out what it takes to add hands-free talking and wireless music streaming to your car stereo.

Video: Upgrading Your Factory Stereo, part 3
by Robert Ferency-Viars, Ken Nail

You don't need to feel like you're stuck with the few features that happen to be built into your factory stereo. In this short video, Crutchfield experts explain how

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

I put in a dock-and-play satellite radio recently, connecting it to my head unit through its aux input. With channel guide in hand, I began flipping stations in earnest, ready to program in my...

Factory car speakers are the bane of every music lover's existence. Fortunately, we carry aftermarket speakers that are built to survive life in your car or truck.

Raise the soundstage
by John Pollard

Installing tweeters in your doors will give you better stereo imaging and raise the soundstage in your car. Here, we describe your options for mounting tweeters.

We discuss three approaches to upgrading the performance of the factory stereo in a truck. Keep your factory radio, but give your audio system a complete overhaul.

The Kicker VSS Powerstage system transforms your vehicle's stock radio and speakers into a high-fidelity sound system without changing the look of your dash.