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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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Video: Upgrading Your Factory Stereo, part 2

Video: Upgrading Your Factory Stereo, part 2

by Robert Ferency-Viars, Ken Nail

Just because you can't replace your vehicle's factory stereo doesn't mean you have to live with a poor sound system. In this short video, Crutchfield experts take a look at how a fellow employee created a high-performance car audio system.

 
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...

 
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.

 
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.

 
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 Form-fitting Subwoofer

The Anatomy of an Amazing Form-fitting Subwoofer

by Buck Pomerantz

Stealthbox subwoofers sound so good because JL Audio analyzes each vehicle's acoustic properties, carefully measures the available space, and extensively tests and tweaks each prototype to optimize the sound for bass and the location for stealth.

 
Anatomy of a Compact Powered Subwoofer

Anatomy of a Compact Powered Subwoofer

by Buck Pomerantz

Sound Ordnance's new B-8PTD powered subwoofer is small enough to fit under most car seats and powerful enough to pump out plenty of bass. We took one apart to show you the separate components and how they fit together into a unified subwoofer system.

 
3 ways to 'pick up' the audio in your truck

3 ways to 'pick up' the audio in your truck

by Dave Delamere

We discuss three approaches to upgrading the performance of the factory stereo system in a truck. Specialty products from Kicker and JL Audio make it possible to keep your factory radio and features, but give your audio system a complete overhaul.