Component Systems: Articles & Videos

Anatomy of a Car Speaker

Anatomy of a Car Speaker

by John Pollard

While most speakers feature the same basic components, the materials used, the quality of the construction, and the sophistication of the design can greatly impact how a speaker sounds. Here's a close look at what makes Focal speakers sound so good.

 
Minivan Makeover

Minivan Makeover

by Buck Pomerantz

Like most high schoolers, Morgan didn't particularly enjoy getting stuck driving the family minivan. And a minivan isn't a vehicle you'd normally think of to put in a rockin' aftermarket sound system. Now, it sounds better than a new car's stereo and she has a place to plug in her iPhone, too.

 
Putting Infinity Speakers to the Test

Putting Infinity Speakers to the Test

by John Pollard

When people ask us for car speaker advice, we often recommend component speakers, because they offer better imaging. But coaxial speakers have their merits, too, including a simpler installation. How would a set of components compare to a better-built set of coaxials? We hit the Crutchfield Labs to find out.

 
Welcome to our mobile audio listening lab

Welcome to our mobile audio listening lab

by John Pollard

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.

 
Video: Tour of the Mobile Audio Listening Lab

Video: Tour of the Mobile Audio Listening Lab

by Robert Ferency-Viars

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

 
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.

 
Brittany G's 2010 Dodge Charger

Brittany G's 2010 Dodge Charger

by Jon Paulette

Brittany purchased this 2010 Dodge Charger just a few months ago. She loved the car immediately, but she quickly grew tired of the underpowered factory stereo. With help from our friends at Kenwood, the Crutchfield team gave Brittany a stellar Kenwood Excelon system that's every bit as cool as her car.

 
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.

 
Duke's 2008 Toyota Yaris

Duke's 2008 Toyota Yaris

by Lynn Thorne

Crutchfield advisor, Duke, drives a 2008 Toyota Yaris. While its size and gas efficiency make it great for road trips and long drives, its factory system was lacking. When one of his back speakers blew, he knew it was the perfect time to address his sound system.

 
Crutchfield's Honda Civic

Crutchfield's Honda Civic

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Crutchfield's Honda Civic delivers quality tunes in a low-profile fashion.

 
Rich H's 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe

Rich H's 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe

by Dominic Devito

Rich H's 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe was in need of a sonic upgrade after he determined its factory Monsoon system wasn't up to par. He added a new JVC double-din receiver and some component speakers from Crutchfield, as well as some speakers, an amp, and a powered sub from his personal collection.

 
Video: Focal Component Speaker Integration Kit for VW

Video: Focal Component Speaker Integration Kit for VW

by Video Guest

Focal's IFVW Golf 6 system provides you with a huge improvement in sound quality by letting you replace the VW's front door tweeters and woofers with a set of custom speakers that fit right into the factory locations and plug into the existing wiring.

 
Mike S's 1965 Shelby Cobra Replica

Mike S's 1965 Shelby Cobra Replica

by Dominic Devito

Mike S. from Cape Coral, FL, wanted to add premium sound to his Backdraft Racing Roadster, which replicates the iconic looks of the 1965 Shelby Cobra. He tricked out his car with a 12" Polk Audio DXi subwoofer, some Polk Audio component speakers, and a pair of Polk Audio amplifiers.

 
Review of the Sony XS-GS1720 and XS-GS1720S Speakers

Review of the Sony XS-GS1720 and XS-GS1720S Speakers

by Buck Pomerantz

We reviewed the Sony XS-GS1720 coaxial and XS-GS1720S component speakers in the Crutchfield Labs to learn how they performed. The results: pretty good!

 
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.

 
Video: Kicker KS car speakers

Video: Kicker KS car speakers

by Video Guest

Kicker's venerable KS series of car speakers gets a couple of key updates for 2014. First, they now employ a silk-dome tweeter for smoother highs, and second, a shallower basket so they'll fit into more vehicles.

 
Eric C's 2008 Saturn Vue

Eric C's 2008 Saturn Vue

by Dominic Devito

Eric C. of Streamwood, IL, returns to the Custom Car Showroom to exhibit his 2008 Saturn Vue XE, which he outfitted with a Pioneer DVD receiver, Infinity speakers, MTX subwoofers, and a pair of Pioneer amplifiers — most of which he hid from view.

 
Andrew W's 2007 Toyota Tacoma

Andrew W's 2007 Toyota Tacoma

by Dominic Devito

Andrew W. from Charlotte, NC, loaded up his 2007 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner with a wealth of toys, including a Kenwood navigation receiver, some Alpine speakers, a pair of Rockford Fosgate enclosed subs, and an alarm system.