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Component Systems: 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.

 
What are Component Car Speakers?

What are Component Car Speakers?

by Ken Nail

Component speaker systems are the audiophile's choice for superior mobile sound. But what are component speaker systems, exactly, and are they the right choice for your vehicle?

 
How to Make Your Speakers Sound Their Best

How to Make Your Speakers Sound Their Best

by Ken Nail

Brand-name speakers will make a big difference in your car's sound, there's no doubt about it. But with some simple, relatively inexpensive extra steps, you can make them sound even better.

 
Raise the Soundstage

Raise the Soundstage

by John Pollard

Installing tweeters in your factory tweeter locations, or custom-mounting them on the upper part of your doors, will give you better stereo imaging and raise the soundstage to your ears. You'll hear better placement of instruments in recordings, and you'll enjoy more depth of sound. And they might not be as difficult to install as you may think.

 
Video: Factory vs. Aftermarket Car Speakers Listening Test

Video: Factory vs. Aftermarket Car Speakers Listening Test

by Matt Freeman

Factory speakers are not built to last, so over time they'll deteriorate to the point where they sound truly awful. We set up a blind listening test in our Labs and invited some of our most critical listeners to drop by and see if they could tell a difference in the sound.

 
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.

 

Tuning Your Speakers

by Ken Nail

Even the best component system can sound better with a few tweaks. Here are some keys to help ensure you get the best possible sound out of your new investment.

 
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: 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.

 
Component Speakers Installation Options

Component Speakers Installation Options

by Ken Nail

Adding brand-name component speakers is a great way to improve the sound of your vehicle, but installation can involve a few more steps than 2- or 3-way speakers. We'll take a look at the most common mounting options chosen for component speaker systems.

 
Installing the front door speakers

Installing the front door speakers

by Michael Sokolowski

Installing the woofer in the passenger-side door. In keeping with our goal of achieving high-fidelity sound without springing for the "high end" (JL Audio ZR series,...

 
Component Speakers Installation Guide

Component Speakers Installation Guide

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Installing component speakers in your vehicle can make a big difference in the sound, but there's a bit more involved than in installing regular full-range speakers.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Video: Sound Ordnance Speakers

Video: Sound Ordnance Speakers

by Ken Nail

Sound Ordnance car speakers are your best option for replacing your factory speakers on a tight budget. Watch this quick video to learn more about them.

 
Video: Focal Access Speakers

Video: Focal Access Speakers

by Zak Billmeier

Focal offers some of the best speakers on the market. This brief video discusses some of the benefits of Focal Access speakers.

 
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...