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Component Subwoofers: Articles & Videos

Car Subwoofer Buying Guide

Car Subwoofer Buying Guide

by Ken Nail

Subwoofers are speakers dedicated solely to reproducing low frequencies. No matter what kind of music you like, or how loud you like it, a quality sub can really improve your overall listening experience.

 
Video: How to Choose a Subwoofer

Video: How to Choose a Subwoofer

by Ken Nail

The first step to choosing a subwoofer actually begins with the enclosure and how you want the sub to perform. In this video we'll tell you about the different types of subwoofer enclosures available, and find out which one best fits your vehicle and your needs.

 
Dual Voice Coil Subwoofers

Dual Voice Coil Subwoofers

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Dual voice coil subwoofers are a popular choice among car audio enthusiasts who want more flexibility in wiring their sound systems. If you're looking for maximum performance, a DVC sub might be the right choice for you.

 
Subwoofer Enclosures

Subwoofer Enclosures

by Crutchfield Writing Team

The type of bass you get from your component subwoofer doesn't depend on the woofer alone. You'll need a strong, well-designed enclosure for optimum subwoofer performance.

 
Tuning Your Subs

Tuning Your Subs

by Buck Pomerantz

Having a subwoofer in your car is a good thing, but if the subwoofer isn't properly tuned, it won't sound as good as it should. This article describes how to adjust your amplifier so that your subwoofer will sound just the way you want it to.

 
Subwoofer Wiring Diagrams

Subwoofer Wiring Diagrams

by Buck Pomerantz

With the wide variety of subwoofers available, it's easy to get confused about the best way to wire up your system. These wiring diagrams will help you find the configuration that'll get the most out of your subs and your amplifier.

 
How to Build a Subwoofer Box

How to Build a Subwoofer Box

by Erin Blanton

Helpful tips and step-by-step instructions for designing and building your own custom car subwoofer box.

 
Subwoofer Installation Guide

Subwoofer Installation Guide

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Thinking about boosting the bass in your car or truck? Here are a few basic things you'll need to know to install a subwoofer in your vehicle.

 
Big bass in a small-car world

Big bass in a small-car world

by Charlie Pastorfield

Gas mileage is a big issue with an ever-increasing number of people. A smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicle is great news for your wallet, but it can really create problems if you like maximum...

 
Subwoofers FAQ

Subwoofers FAQ

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Which hits harder: one 12" sub or two 10" subs? How much power do I need? What difference do cone materials make? The answers to these and many other questions can be found in Crutchfield's Subwoofer FAQ.

 
Subwoofers Glossary

Subwoofers Glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and technical specifications included among today's car stereo subwoofers.

 
Amplifier Wiring Diagram

Amplifier Wiring Diagram

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Take a look at a typical amp wiring scheme.

 

Car Amplifiers FAQ

by Buck Pomerantz

Where should I mount my amp? What wiring do I need? Does any of it come with the amp? What size power and ground wires do I need for my amplifier? How much air space do I need around my amplifier? What's the biggest amp I can hook up to my car's electrical system? Plus more.

 

How to tune a car sound system, Part 2: Adding Bass

by Buck Pomerantz

You had your car stereo sounding pretty good. But then you noticed that something was missing. You had enough volume and clarity, but no real bass. You like the hit in the gut you get from a real...

 
Subwoofers rule: finally, I get it

Subwoofers rule: finally, I get it

by Zak Billmeier

Before I started working at Crutchfield, I associated car subwoofers with punk kids that roll up on you at traffic lights, sporting that low-frequency rattle that reminds you of the Space Shuttle...

 
Shallow subs for big bass in a tight space

Shallow subs for big bass in a tight space

by Ken Nail

With subwoofers, size matters. If you want big bass in your system, and you've got plenty of room in your vehicle, it's a good idea to start with a large sub. But subcompact cars and...

 
Headlights Dim When the Music Plays

Headlights Dim When the Music Plays

by Buck Pomerantz

When the stereo pulls too much power out of your car's electrical system, every part of the system suffers, even the amplifier itself. Here we discuss the most popular fixes for an underpowered electrical system: the big 3 upgrade, a capacitor, a larger alternator, and a second battery.

 
Wiring Subwoofers — What's all this about Ohms?

Wiring Subwoofers — What's all this about Ohms?

by Buck Pomerantz

Confusion about how to wire subwoofers has been around for as long as people have been putting them in cars. Here, we'll explain why the way you wire your subwoofer effects the output.

 
All About Subwoofers

All About Subwoofers

by Buck Pomerantz

All the information and links you'll need to plan, install, tune, and enjoy a subwoofer system in your car or truck.

 
How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers

How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers

by Buck Pomerantz

This step-by-step guide will help you make sure that your amps and subs are evenly matched and work well together, whether you have the subwoofers and want to find the amplifier to run them, or you've already got the amp and want the right subs for it.