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Car Speakers: Articles & Videos

Charting the Decline of Factory Speakers

Charting the Decline of Factory Speakers

by Matt Freeman

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.

 
How tweeter design affects sound

How tweeter design affects sound

by Ken Nail

When you're shopping for speakers, don't forget the tweeter. Tweeters reproduce the upper frequencies in your music — they're what makes your highs sparkle and come to life — so they're vital for proper soundstaging and stereo separation.

 
Why Buy New Car Speakers?

Why Buy New Car Speakers?

by Ken Nail

If you want your music to sound great, you can't ignore your car's speakers. Dollar for dollar, new speakers are one of the best ways to improve your car's sound.

 
Car Speakers Installation Video

Car Speakers Installation Video

by Video Guest

This brief video will introduce you to the basics of do-it-yourself car speaker installation.

 
Car Speakers: What to Look For

Car Speakers: What to Look For

by Ken Nail

With so many speakers to choose from, it's important to know what to look for. Keep these points in mind, you'll be able to choose the perfect speakers for your car audio system.

 
Car Speakers FAQ

Car Speakers FAQ

by Crutchfield Writing Team

What kind of a difference do new car speakers really make? How difficult will my new speakers be to install? Will my factory radio power aftermarket speakers? Those, and other common questions, are answered in our FAQ.

 
Video: It Came From Your Door Panel

Video: It Came From Your Door Panel

by Video Guest

Factory speakers are the bane of every music lover's existence. They're just not built to withstand the conditions inside your car over time. Fortunately, we carry all kinds of aftermarket speakers that are built to survive - and thrive - in these harsh conditions.

 
12 Tips for Getting the Best Sound Quality in Your Car

12 Tips for Getting the Best Sound Quality in Your Car

by Jeff Fay

A car can be a great place to enjoy music, but many commuters still put up with marginal sound quality that they'd never tolerate at home. Here are some tips on how to improve your vehicle's sound, whether you're listening on a simple factory system or a multi-channel amplified setup.

 
Component Speakers Installation Video

Component Speakers Installation Video

by Todd Cabell, Danae Marshall

A 5-minute video that shows the basics of installing a component speaker system in a car.

 
Video: Upgrading Your Factory Stereo, Part 1

Video: Upgrading Your Factory Stereo, Part 1

by Robert Ferency-Viars, Ken Nail

Replacing your vehicle's factory speakers is usually one of the easiest ways to dramatically improve your car stereo's sound quality. In this short video, Crutchfield experts discuss how and why to change your factory speakers.

 
Car Speakers: What's Going To Fit My Car?

Car Speakers: What's Going To Fit My Car?

by Ken Nail

Getting the right speakers to fit your car doesn't have to be confusing, thanks to Crutchfield's extensive research and database.

 
Component Car Speakers: What To Look For

Component Car Speakers: What To Look For

by Ken Nail

Component speaker systems are the best way to get high-quality sound in your vehicle. You'll find a wide variety of systems available, so choosing a set can be a bit daunting. But if you keep a few key points in mind, you'll make a smart choice.

 
How to install car speakers

How to install car speakers

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Installing new speakers is the single most cost-effective improvement you can make to your vehicle's audio system. Aftermarket speakers are relatively inexpensive and they're usually not that hard to install. Here are a few general tips on how to do the job yourself.

 
How to Get the Best Stereo Imaging & Soundstage

How to Get the Best Stereo Imaging & Soundstage

by Ken Nail

Properly tweaked, your car or truck can be a fantastic place to listen to music. But in order to achieve that level of enjoyment, you need to compensate for some of its natural limitations. Achieving great imaging is a matter of understanding your components, and how they interact with your vehicle and the people sitting in it.

 
Car Speakers Glossary

Car Speakers Glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

A helpful guide to the technical specifications and terminology you'll see when you're shopping for car speakers.

 
A Glossary of Speaker Materials

A Glossary of Speaker Materials

by Ken Nail

Confused about what's in the speakers you're thinking of buying? This glossary examines the materials used in car speakers as well as some common design elements.

 
Video: Focal Polyglass Speakers

Video: Focal Polyglass Speakers

by Zak Billmeier

This brief Crutchfield video takes a quick look at Focal Polyglass series speakers.

 
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...

 
Video: A Look Inside the Crutchfield MasterSheet™

Video: A Look Inside the Crutchfield MasterSheet™

by Robert Ferency-Viars

The Crutchfield MasterSheet™ is a vehicle-specific set of instructions that shows you how to install a receiver and speakers in your vehicle. In this video, we give you a look at all of the work that goes into creating these instructions. What's more, this same research is used to fuel our massive vehicle database. When we tell you we know what fits, we really do.

 
Video: What's Wrong with Factory Speakers?

Video: What's Wrong with Factory Speakers?

by Charlie Pastorfield

There's a reason you should replace your factory speakers if you want good sound in your car. In this video, we'll show you why factory-installed speakers usually deliver sub-par sound.