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Component Subwoofers: Articles & Videos

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: Enclosures for Alpine Subwoofers

Video: Enclosures for Alpine Subwoofers

by Zak Billmeier

Alpine's made it easier than ever to find the perfect box for their 2012 subs, because each sub size has one enclosure that's a perfect match. Included in that list are Crutchfield's own Sound OrdnanceT enclosures.

 
Video: Polk Car and Marine Speaker Testing

Video: Polk Car and Marine Speaker Testing

by Tara W.

Our video team traveled to Polk Audio to check out the extreme tests that their car speakers and marine speakers undergo.

 
Adding Amps and Subs to a Ford F-150

Adding Amps and Subs to a Ford F-150

by Zak Billmeier

In Part 2 of our series on improving the sound in a Ford F-150, Jeff installs powerful new amplifiers and a 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.

 
Video: Mathilda's Rockford Fosgate P2 Subwoofer

Video: Mathilda's Rockford Fosgate P2 Subwoofer

by Video Guest

A few weeks ago, we installed new speakers and an amp in Mathilda's car. Once she got used to how great the upgrade sounded, we came back to add an amp and subwoofer. We installed a Rockford Fosgate P2 sub and then asked Mathilda to share her thoughts on the added bass. We think she likes it.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Why Subwoofers Blow: Slam, Bang, Pop, and Sizzle

Why Subwoofers Blow: Slam, Bang, Pop, and Sizzle

by Buck Pomerantz

Subwoofers blow when you over-power them and when you try to get too much volume while under-powering them. Here we discuss what happens when you give them too much power or too much distortion.

 
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.

 
James G's 2012 Ford Mustang

James G's 2012 Ford Mustang

by Dominic Devito

James G. from Bentonville, AR, revved up the sound on his 2012 Ford Mustang with a new Pioneer DVD receiver in the dash. A JL Audio system with two 10" subs, some Evolution speakers, and an amplifier rounded out his installation.

 
Stephen D's 2003 Jaguar X-Type

Stephen D's 2003 Jaguar X-Type

by Dominic Devito

Stephen D. from Farmington, NM, added a pair of hard-hitting 12" JL Audio w3v3 subwoofers and an Alpine DVD receiver to his 2003 Jaguar X-Type sedan to get more sonic miles per gallon.

 
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.