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.
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.
All the information and links you'll need to plan, install, tune, and enjoy a subwoofer system in your car or truck.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zak Billmeier, Jo Greene
Car audio systems need a subwoofer to fill out the bass in your music and give it a full-bodied sound. Watch this short Crutchfield video to learn about the subwoofer options available from Sound Ordnance.
David loves to tinker with his truck. He has already customized many aspects of it, from the Weather Tech floor mats to the black Tacoma badges on the doors, and plans to do much more. When it came time to add some bass, he opted for the Sound Ordnance B-8PT powered sub. Rather than pay $75 to a local installer, David rolled up his sleeves for a new experience.
Greg Williams from Bowers & Wilkins came to Crutchfield to talk about their Zeppelin Air, a powered speaker system with Apple AirPlay®.
Many new vehicles incorporate climate controls and other features into their factory radios, making it difficult to install a new stereo. Car stereo manufacturers have responded with a variety of products for upgrading your factory radio. Don't want to replace your radio? Charlie Pastorfield reviews some of your options.
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.
A car can be a great place to enjoy music, but many commuters still put up with marginal sound quality that they'd never tolerate at home. Here are some tips on how to improve your vehicle's sound, whether you're listening on a simple factory system or a multi-channel amplified setup.
C.J., a Crutchfield advisor, listens to a sound bar demo at Crutchfield, and picks out his favorite one: the Yamaha YSP-5100 Digital Sound Projector.
J.R. listens to a sound bar demo at Crutchfield and picks out his favorite one the Polk Audio Surroundbar® 3000.
This brief video shows you how to install and use a portable video player in your car.