5-channel Amplifiers : Articles & Videos

Car amplifier buying guide

Car amplifier buying guide

by Buck Pomerantz

This guide will help you choose the right amplifier - number of channels and how many watts per channel - for your sound system.

 
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.

 
Amplifier Installation Guide

Amplifier Installation Guide

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Step-by-step guide to amplifier installation.

 
Amplifier Wiring Diagram

Amplifier Wiring Diagram

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Take a look at a typical amp wiring scheme.

 

Car Amplifiers FAQ

by Buck Pomerantz

Where should I mount my amp? What wiring do I need? Does any of it come with the amp? What size power and ground wires do I need for my amplifier? How much air space do I need around my amplifier? What's the biggest amp I can hook up to my car's electrical system? Plus more.

 
Car Amplifiers Glossary

Car Amplifiers Glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and technical specifications found in today's amplifiers.

 
Tuning Your Subs

Tuning Your Subs

by Buck Pomerantz

Having a subwoofer in your car is a good thing, but if the subwoofer isn't properly tuned, it won't sound as good as it should. This article describes how to adjust your amplifier so that your subwoofer will sound just the way you want it to.

 
Rear speakers, amplifier, and subwoofer

Rear speakers, amplifier, and subwoofer

by Michael Sokolowski

Now that the front door speakers were in — and we could ably demonstrate the difference between the front aftermarket and rear factory speakers — it was time to install the new rear...

 
How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers

How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers

by Buck Pomerantz

This step-by-step guide will help you make sure that your amps and subs are evenly matched and work well together, whether you have the subwoofers and want to find the amplifier to run them, or you've already got the amp and want the right subs for it.

 
Video: JBL GTO amplifiers

Video: JBL GTO amplifiers

by Zak Billmeier

Zak got a chance to check out the new JBL GTO car amps at CES. Chris from JBL takes us through the line and shows us that no matter what you've got planned, JBL has a GTO amp for you.

 
Video: Alpine PDX-V9 5-channel Amplifier

Video: Alpine PDX-V9 5-channel Amplifier

by Zak Billmeier

The Alpine PDX-V9 is the "do it all" version of Alpine's popular digital PDX amps. It's small, stackable with other PDX amps, and gives you 100 watts RMS x 4 for your speakers, plus 500 watts RMS x 1 to drive a sub. Serious power, with a tiny footprint.

 
Using Test Tones to Set Amplifier Gain

Using Test Tones to Set Amplifier Gain

by Buck Pomerantz

Setting amp gain correctly matches your amp's input level with your receiver's output level, resulting in maximum distortion-free music and minimum background noise. Here's a method for setting amp gain fast and accurately using test tones.

 
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!

 
Minivan Makeover

Minivan Makeover

by Buck Pomerantz

Like most high schoolers, Morgan didn't particularly enjoy getting stuck driving the family minivan. And a minivan isn't a vehicle you'd normally think of to put in a rockin' aftermarket sound system. Now, it sounds better than a new car's stereo and she has a place to plug in her iPhone, too.

 
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.