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.
Jim Ralston outlines some tips on how to adjust your subwoofer for better home theater performance.
Confusion about how to wire subwoofers has been around for as long as people have been putting them in cars. Here, we'll explain why the way you wire your subwoofer effects the output.
When planning a bass system, customers ask every day about where they should start. Doing it properly takes some forethought, especially if you're starting small and intend to expand over time.
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.
Before I started working at Crutchfield, I associated car subwoofers with punk kids that roll up on you at traffic lights, sporting that low-frequency rattle that reminds you of the Space Shuttle...
Basic guidelines and step-by-step instructions for calculating, designing and building a car subwoofer box.
Crutchfield Writing Team
Learn about the features and technical specifications included among today's car stereo subwoofers.
With subwoofers, size matters. If you want big bass in your system, and you've got plenty of room in your vehicle, it's a good idea to start with a large sub. But subcompact cars and trucks...
Jeff, Crutchfield's Senior Car Merchandiser, devised a plan: to test the sound of an aftermarket system one component at a time in order to prove how much better it sounds than factory. He wanted to test each configuration for sound quality and loudness, then evaluate the soundstage.
The redesigned 1999-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee was slightly larger than the previous version and had a new interior layout, yet it retained that classic Cherokee look and style. As time has shown, the new Grand Cherokee was here to stay, and our profile discusses what you need to know about replacing the stereo and speakers, and adding an amplifier and subwoofers.
The Honda Civic rapidly evolved from its humble beginnings as a sub-compact coupe, to become a leader in the luxury compact segment. By 2011, it regularly topped nearly all competitors in U.S. market sales. Our profile of the Civic explains what to expect when you're ready to replace your factory stereo system.
We're passionate about car audio. Our 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.
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.
The Nissan Z has been around for a number of years - it's always been a sporty car that combines power and performance. The 350Z offers plenty of speed and handling, and it does so with a refined cockpit and plenty of extras. However, unless you have a model with the upgraded audio system, chances are good that yours is a little out of date.
The second-gen Fit improves upon all that was good about the original and adds some cool new stuff to the mix. It's a little bit bigger, a little more refined, and a little more composed, but it still has the practicality and tossability that made the Fit a hit in the first place.
Designed to capitalize on the immense popularity of the original VW Beetle, the New Beetle made its bubble-topped debut in 1998. The vehicle remained largely unchanged throughout its production run, which lasted until 2010. The highlights: replacing the stereo is fairly easy, but the speakers will take a little more work.
The Honda Element is one of those versatile vehicles that can handle just about anything you throw at it or in it, and it's also a great setting for an upgraded stereo system.
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.