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Mono 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: Sound Ordnance Amplifiers

Video: Sound Ordnance Amplifiers

by Video Guest

Make your music sound lively and vital with a Sound Ordnance amplifier. Watch this Crutchfield video for a quick overview of what these amplifiers have to offer.

 
Video: Kicker IX Amplifiers

Video: Kicker IX Amplifiers

by Video Guest

Crutchfield Advisor Mac takes a look at Kicker's IX amplifiers — powerful but small amplifiers perfect for tight spots.

 
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.

 
Subwoofer Wiring Diagrams

Subwoofer Wiring Diagrams

by Buck Pomerantz

With the wide variety of subwoofers available, it's easy to get confused about the best way to wire up your system. These wiring diagrams will help you find the configuration that'll get the most out of your subs and your amplifier.

 
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.

 
Video: How to Choose an Amplifier

Video: How to Choose an Amplifier

by Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail

This in-depth video walks through the major points to consider when choosing a new amplifier. It answers the questions: How many channels do you need? How much power should you get? What are the important features to look for? And why do some amplifier brands cost more than others?

 
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.

 
Focal's Utopia speakers take center stage

Focal's Utopia speakers take center stage

by Zak Billmeier

Harold Jones, winner of  Virginia's IASCA Sound Quality Challenge, was kind enough to drop by Headquarters to show off his impressive ride. The centerpiece of...

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Kramer's 2009 Honda Element

Kramer's 2009 Honda Element

by Lynn Thorne

Crutchfield Advisor Kramer equipped his 2009 Honda Element with a budget-friendly sound system. The system is built around a Kenwood receiver, complemented by Infinity speakers, and two amps and a sub from Alpine.