This audio do-it-yourselfer's classic is back in a second edition that covers late model vehicles and new technologies. Written by car audio guru Mark Rumreich, The Car Stereo Cookbook shows you how to plan your dream system, how to choose the right components, how to install your equipment properly, and how to save money in the process. This update includes information on satellite radio, mobile video, MP3 / WMA music formats, and more.

The book is organized by project type — with chapters on subjects ranging from speakers, subwoofers, and amps to equalizers, bi-amping, and accessories. It's written so you can find the information you need quickly for whatever project you have in mind. The Cookbook will help you design and build a system that fits your tastes, your budget, and your vehicle.

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  • car stereo installation how-to guide
  • author: Mark Rumreich
  • paperback: 350 pages
  • dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/4"
  • orginally published in 1998 by McGraw-Hill
  • warranty: 60 days
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  • 357-Page Book: The Car Stereo Cookbook (Second Edition) by Mark Rumreich
  • Published by McGraw-Hill in 2005

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Overview: The Car Stereo Cookbook: How to Design, Choose, and Install Car Stereo Systems, Second Edition by Mark Rumreich is a comprehensive, 357-page book for car stereo enthusiasts, as well as amateur do-it-yourselfers. This second edition has updated information on mobile video, satellite radio, digital music players, and 5.1-channel audio.

Chapter Titles: The chapters have the following titles:

  • Chapter 1: Before You Begin    Pages 1-10
  • Chapter 2: Connectors, Supplies, Tools and Techniques    Pages 11-34
  • Chapter 3: Speakers and Speaker Projects    Pages 35-60
  • Chapter 4: Subwoofers and Subwoofer Projects    Pages 61-130
  • Chapter 5: Head Unit Projects    Pages 131-168
  • Chapter 6: Mobile Video and 5.1 Channel Audio    Pages 169-194
  • Chapter 7: Amplifiers and Amplifier Projects    Pages 195-238
  • Chapter 8: Equalizers and Equalizer Projects    Pages 239-248
  • Chapter 9: Biamping and Crossovers    Pages 249-272
  • Chapter 10: Changer and Player Projects    Pages 273-294
  • Chapter 11: Accessories    Pages 295-310
  • Chapter 12: Battling Noise    Pages 311-336
  • In Addition, it includes:
    • Recommended Mail-Order Suppliers    Page 337
    • Recommended Reading    Page 338
    • Bibliography    Page 341
    • Index    Page 345

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Car Stereo Cookbook: 2nd Edition

Written By Matthew, Melbourne, Florida on Sunday, June 01, 2008

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This Cookbook is very handy. I've learned alot more about sound systems and installations. Even though I haven't done anything from the book yet. I plan to be using every little piece of information to create my own personal sound systems.

The only downside to the book, is it doesn't give many good illustrations. And seems to repeat itself on many occasions. Other then that no complaints.

If you plan on learning and building your own home or car stereo systems, I would recommend this book to anyone.

Good information

Written By Chad, Palestine, TX on Monday, April 21, 2008

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There were several places in the book that went through the same information more than once but other than that I have no complaints. The book was very informative. Good explanation of everything. I especially liked the section for different wiring configurations for speakers. I feel alot more confident now in putting together my own system. I would recommend this book to anyone.

Great book

Written By John, Tampa on Wednesday, February 13, 2008

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Great details. Help me a lot!

A book everyone should read

Written By Ray, Brooklyn, NY on Tuesday, May 22, 2007

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Before buying the car stereo cookbook, I didn't have alot of knowledge about car stereos. Only basic things. But after reading the book I learned more than I ever knew before. I had a better understanding of signal to noise ration to stereo imaging to head units.

The author does a great job of recommending what to buy and not to buy. And he explains everything to you as if you were his student. He thoroughly explains each topic in a detailed manner.

He does a great job of using the word "best" pertaining to how to install a component or whatever the topic he's talking about. For example: for a list of tools to get for installation for a head unit, he would have "best" circled next to a soldering iron for one of the tools.

I also enjoyed his list of recommened reading which includes books, technical papers, and magazines. There's also a list of list of mail order supplier sites to choose from. Weather you're a novice or a pro, I highly recommend this book. You won't be dissapointed! I know have the confidence to install a head unit or spakers from reading this book.