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Car Subwoofers & Boxes: Articles & Videos

Crutchfield Labs: open for business

Crutchfield Labs: open for business

by Steve Kindig

Our new in-house Labs will help us dig even deeper into the equipment we sell. From acoustically optimized listening rooms to advanced test benches, we'll bring you meaningful measurements along with real-world impressions from our savvy experts.

 
Video: Sound Ordnance Subwoofers

Video: Sound Ordnance Subwoofers

by Zak Billmeier, Jo Greene

Car audio systems need a subwoofer to fill out the bass in your music and give it a full-bodied sound. Watch this short Crutchfield video to learn about the subwoofer options available from Sound Ordnance.

 
BassLink

BassLink

by Charlie Pastorfield

Bass takes space. That's the immutable law of nature that has frustrated mankind for years. The Infinity BassLink sets out to disprove this law, incorporating interesting technology and unusual construction to maximize its low-frequency output.

 
Video: Introducing the Crutchfield Labs

Video: Introducing the Crutchfield Labs

by Steve Kindig

Steve, Crutchfield A/V Editor, gives us a tour of the Crutchfield Labs. He talks about why we built the Labs and how they can help us find you the right gear.

 
Undercover Subwoofers

Undercover Subwoofers

by Buck Pomerantz

If you love powerful bass, but don't want to give up valuable cargo room in your car, there are plenty of solutions available. Three of our Crutchfield installed subs that added punch and presence to their music without taking up cargo space in their cars.

 
Video: Installing a Powered Subwoofer

Video: Installing a Powered Subwoofer

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Powered subs include all the elements of a subwoofer system — subwoofer, amplifier, and enclosure — in one easy-to-install package. Here's a look at how you install a typical powered subwoofer.

 
The Anatomy of an Amazing Car Subwoofer

The Anatomy of an Amazing Car Subwoofer

by Buck Pomerantz

What makes a great subwoofer like the Alpine Type-R sound so good? For Alpine, it's a combination of brilliant design and high-quality materials.

 
Crutchfield's Car Audio Proving Ground Series

Crutchfield's Car Audio Proving Ground Series

by Zak Billmeier

We wanted to answer the most basic question about car audio: is it really worth it to upgrade? Using a 2004 Ford F-150 as our test vehicle, we installed some great gear, then documented the system performance and improvements along the way:

 
Car Audio for the First-Time Buyer

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.

 
Video: A Minivan Audio System the Whole Family Loves

Video: A Minivan Audio System the Whole Family Loves

by Lynn Thorne

Lynn wanted better sound in her minivan, but didn't want to lose some factory features. So she installed a digital signal processor from Rockford Fosgate to take over the tunes, and added new speakers, an amp, and a sub for a complete overhaul.

 
Soundtrack of a Family Van

Soundtrack of a Family Van

by Lynn Thorne

A Rockford Fosgate system gave the family minivan a major audio overhaul while still keeping the manufacturer's dual DVD players intact for the kids.

 
Video: Kicker Yellow Series Car Audio Gear

Video: Kicker Yellow Series Car Audio Gear

by Zak Billmeier

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

 
Video: Alpine BassLine Subwoofers

Video: Alpine BassLine Subwoofers

by Zak Billmeier

Alpine's BassLine subwoofers will add some serious rumble to your vehicle's sound system, but they won't break your budget. These subs also live up to Alpine's reputation for making subs that bass lovers want.

 
Daniel M's 2002 Mercury Cougar

Daniel M's 2002 Mercury Cougar

by Dominic Devito

Daniel M. from Delmont, PA, added a new Kenwood stereo and Infinity speakers to his sleek 2002 Mercury Cougar. After he discovered his speakers were underpowered, he went whole hog and added a 4-channel Kicker amplifier, plus a pair of Rockford Fosgate subs, each with their own Kicker amp.

 
Sealed or Ported

Sealed or Ported

by Buck Pomerantz

A sealed subwoofer easily produces "tight" bass, while a ported sub more readily plays "boomy" bass. Which you prefer depends on the style of music you like and how you want it played.

 
Video: Kicker Redline Series Amps and Subs

Video: Kicker Redline Series Amps and Subs

by Zak Billmeier

Kicker's Redline series of amps and subs, which includes the popular CompR and CompRT subwoofers plus their KX amplifiers, gives you the sound and performance you expect from Kicker car audio gear.

 
A quick analysis of three compact powered subwoofers

A quick analysis of three compact powered subwoofers

by Matt Freeman

We take three compact subs to the Crutchfield Labs for some comparative listening.

 
Five things to consider when setting up a subwoofer in your car

Five things to consider when setting up a subwoofer in your car

by Matt Freeman

In this article, we discuss the five things you need to consider when setting up a subwoofer in your car. Subwoofer size, enclosure type, power, impedance, and adjusting your amp's filters all play an important role in giving you the bass performance you want from your music.