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Factory System Upgrades: Articles & Videos

Upgrade your car's sound

Upgrade your car's sound

by Buck Pomerantz

Factory stereo systems leave a lot to be desired. This problem now has some solutions that let you keep your factory stereo and get spectacular sound, customized for your specific vehicle. The four upgrade systems we discuss in this article improve the factory sound of different vehicles in different ways.

 
John P's 2011 Subaru Impreza

John P's 2011 Subaru Impreza

by John Pollard

After a little over a year of driving my 2011 Subaru Impreza, I knew it was time to change out the system from factory equipped to an aftermarket setup. It also made sense to upgrade since I write all things speaker and subwoofer related for Crutchfield, and I get to hear amazing car stereo equipment on a regular basis thanks to our labs. The final product sounds amazing, and helps me enjoy riding around town even more.

 
Add a great new stereo, keep your SYNC® system

Add a great new stereo, keep your SYNC® system

by Jon Paulette

With iDatalink's Maestro radio replacement package, you can install a powerful Kenwood navigation receiver and keep your familiar SYNC features intact.

 
Video: Kicker Soundgate Powerstage System

Video: Kicker Soundgate Powerstage System

by Zak Billmeier

The Soundgate Powerstage system upgrade by Kicker will transform your compatible vehicle's stock radio and speakers into a high-fidelity sound system capable of giving you full, accurate, and richly-textured musical pleasure. And it does it without changing the look of your interior or dash.

 
Custom-fit speaker upgrades from Focal

Custom-fit speaker upgrades from Focal

by Buck Pomerantz

Russ, a Crutchfield employee, didn't like the lack of bass and poor high-frequency clarity in the "premium" system of his 2008 BMW 335i. He decided to try the Focal IFBMW-S and IFBMW-C custom-fit speakers, designed specifically for his BMW.

 
A 2014 Chevy Silverado gets a Kicker audio upgrade

A 2014 Chevy Silverado gets a Kicker audio upgrade

by Dave Delamere

We upgrade the sound system in a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado by installing a Kicker SoundGate Powerstage system.

 
A 2013 Ford F-150 gets a stealthy upgrade from JL Audio

A 2013 Ford F-150 gets a stealthy upgrade from JL Audio

by Dave Delamere

A Crutchfield employee upgrades the audio in his 2013 Ford F-150 while keeping the factory look.

 
3 ways to 'pick up' the audio in your truck

3 ways to 'pick up' the audio in your truck

by Dave Delamere

We discuss three approaches to upgrading the performance of the factory stereo system in a truck. Specialty products from Kicker and JL Audio make it possible to keep your factory radio and features, but give your audio system a complete overhaul.

 
Video: Kicker Soundgate Powerstage

Video: Kicker Soundgate Powerstage

by Video Guest

The Soundgate Powerstage system upgrade by Kicker will transform your vehicle's stock radio and speakers into a high-fidelity sound system capable of giving you full, accurate, and richly-textured musical pleasure. And it does it without changing the look of your interior or dash.