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6-3/4" Speakers: 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.

 
Car Speakers: What to Look For

Car Speakers: What to Look For

by Ken Nail

With so many speakers to choose from, it's important to know what to look for. Keep these points in mind, you'll be able to choose the perfect speakers for your car audio system.

 
Why Buy New Car Speakers?

Why Buy New Car Speakers?

by Ken Nail

If you want your music to sound great, you can't ignore your car's speakers. Dollar for dollar, new speakers are one of the best ways to improve your car's sound.

 
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.

 
Car Speakers Installation Video

Car Speakers Installation Video

by Video Guest

This brief video will introduce you to the basics of do-it-yourself car speaker installation.

 
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: 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.

 
A Glossary of Speaker Materials

A Glossary of Speaker Materials

by Ken Nail

Confused about what's in the speakers you're thinking of buying? This glossary examines the materials used in car speakers as well as some common design elements.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Component Car Speakers: What To Look For

Component Car Speakers: What To Look For

by Ken Nail

Component speaker systems are the best way to get high-quality sound in your vehicle. You'll find a wide variety of systems available, so choosing a set can be a bit daunting. But if you keep a few key points in mind, you'll make a smart choice.

 
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.

 
How to install car speakers

How to install car speakers

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Installing new speakers is the single most cost-effective improvement you can make to your vehicle's audio system. Aftermarket speakers are relatively inexpensive and they're usually not that hard to install. Here are a few general tips on how to do the job yourself.

 
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.

 
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 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.

 

6-1/2" Versus 6-3/4" Car Speakers

by Buck Pomerantz

Many customers note that sometimes Crutchfield's classification of a car speaker's size is different from what the speaker manufacturer states. This is especially true in the case of 6-1/2" versus...

 
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.

 
Video: Kenwood Excelon XR-1800 Car Speakers

Video: Kenwood Excelon XR-1800 Car Speakers

by Zak Billmeier

Kenwood's Excelon XR-1800P speakers feature a huge 7" cone, packed into a frame that will still fit into the factory openings of many Dodge, GM, and Toyota vehicles. A bigger cone moves more air, so your music can have the fullness and punch you don't get with most factory speakers.