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Anatomy of a car speaker
by John Pollard

Materials, construction, and design can greatly impact how speakers sound. Here's a look at what makes Focal speakers sound so good.

Doug F's 2001 Ford Explorer
by Matt Freeman

Doug F, a retired chemist from Mesa, AZ, installed his very first stereo in his 2001 Ford Explorer.

Factory speakers tend to be made from materials that can't handle the extreme conditions found in a car. Aftermarket speakers are built to withstand these elements.

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.

Building a great car stereo doesn't have to be an "all or nothing" proposition. With a plan and a budget, you can build a great audio system one step at a time.

The mobile audio/video section of the Crutchfield Labs lets our writers, researchers, and advisors get hands-on experience with the latest car audio products.

We're passionate about car audio. Our Mobile Audio Listening Lab lets us get hands-on experience with all kinds of car audio gear, from speakers and subs to

Car audio for the first-time buyer
by Charlie Pastorfield

Buying car audio gear for the first time? Here are some tips to help you find the right stereo equipment for your car or truck.

Kicker's Yellow Series of amps, speakers and subs gives you the performance you expect from Kicker at a more affordable price. This year's models are better than ever.

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.

Kenwood's Excelon XR-1800P speakers feature a huge 7" cone, packed into a frame that will still fit into the factory openings of many Dodge, GM, and Toyota vehicles.

Four popular car speaker lines
by Robert Ferency-Viars

We listen to Alpine Type-S, Polk Audio DXi, Infinity Reference X, and Rockford Fosgate Punch car speakers in the Crutchfield Labs.

Jordan B. from Florence, SC, wasn't happy with the sound in his 2000 Chevrolet Camaro, so he added a new stereo from Pioneer, plus speakers from Kenwood and Pioneer.

Brent P, who works in Crutchfield's IT department, was able to improve his 2007 Saab 9-3's sound and functionality without installing a new receiver.

Kicker's popular KS series of car speakers now employ a silk-dome tweeter for smoother highs, and sport a shallower basket so they'll fit into more vehicles.