When you add an amplifier to a system, the sound becomes higher, wider, and more realistic like the band's playing on top of your dashboard and you're right there among the musicians.
Daniel M. from Delmont, PA, added a new Kenwood stereo and Infinity speakers to his sleek 2002 Mercury Cougar. After he discovered his speakers were underpowered, he went whole hog and added a 4-channel Kicker amplifier, plus a pair of Rockford Fosgate subs, each with their own Kicker amp.
In Part 2 of our Car Stereo Proving Ground series, we added a bass system (subwoofer and amp) and an amplifier to the speakers. Anyone who's ever done this won't be surprised to hear that the music opened up and sounded better. What really impressed us? Read on....
This video demonstrates how easy it is to install the Alpine KTP-445 Power Pack amplifier module. The Power Pack gives you the power and improved sound of an external amplifier at a fraction of the cost and with a much easier installation.
Having a subwoofer in your car is a good thing, but if the subwoofer isn't properly tuned, it won't sound as good as it should. This article describes how to adjust your amplifier so that your subwoofer will sound just the way you want it to.
Kicker's Redline series of amps and subs, which includes the popular CompR and CompRT subwoofers plus their KX amplifiers, gives you the sound and performance you expect from Kicker car audio gear.
Need to know know which size of wire you need for installing an amplifier? Use our handy cable gauge chart to find out.
Mike S. from Cape Coral, FL, wanted to add premium sound to his Backdraft Racing Roadster, which replicates the iconic looks of the 1965 Shelby Cobra. He tricked out his car with a 12" Polk Audio DXi subwoofer, some Polk Audio component speakers, and a pair of Polk Audio amplifiers.
James G. from Bentonville, AR, revved up the sound on his 2012 Ford Mustang with a new Pioneer DVD receiver in the dash. A JL Audio system with two 10" subs, some Evolution speakers, and an amplifier rounded out his installation.
Setting amp gain perfectly is easy with Rockford Fosgate's C.L.E.A.N. setup system for Punch amplifiers.
When the stereo pulls too much power out of your car's electrical system, every part of the system suffers, even the amplifier itself. Here we discuss the most popular fixes for an underpowered electrical system: the big 3 upgrade, a capacitor, a larger alternator, and a second battery.
If you love big bass, give Denon's Urban Raver headphones a try. When you want to boost the low end, you can activate the built-in amplifier, then back off a bit for your mellower moments.
David Solomon, a co-founder of Peachtree Audio, shows us the novaPre preamp and Peachtree 220 power amplifier at CES.
One of our employees shares the excitement of having an amplifier in her car for the first time. We installed the Rockford Fosgate Punch P400-4 amplifier in her car, and she's more excited than ever to listen to her favorite tunes on the way home!
If you've purchased a seven-channel home theater receiver in the last couple of years, you may have a lot of amplifier power just going to waste.
I just learned a valuable lesson about amplifier gain settings -- sometimes less is more. I recently put a new head unit into my truck, and I was having a bit of trouble getting the sound dialed in.
Eric G. from Willamsville, NY, wanted to get his 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP's system to sound less harsh and more bass-heavy. After trial and error with different components, he ended up with some JL Audio speakers and a sweet Pioneer AVH-P3400BH DVD receiver, among other pieces of gear.
There's something to be said for continually improving on a good idea. By the 2002, the Firebird was the best it had ever been at doing the things ponycars do - accelerating quickly, handling well, and looking cool. These cars are still a blast to drive, and a new stereo system makes the experience even more enjoyable.
Whether you only need a single mic and a speaker or a full kit for your band, it pays to know how a PA system works. This article explains each piece of the system and will help you figure out which ones you need.
The 2003-08 Hyundai Tiburon is an affordable choice for anyone looking for a sporty runabout with plenty of potential. It's the kind of car you'd actually want to buy -- not just because it's cheap, but because it's actually kind of cool.