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....
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.
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.
Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail
We describe the basics of deciding how much power an amplifier should have when you're trying to match it to your speakers or subwoofers.
Like most high schoolers, Morgan didn't particularly enjoy getting stuck driving the family minivan. And a minivan isn't a vehicle you'd normally think of to put in a rockin' aftermarket sound system. Now, it sounds better than a new car's stereo and she has a place to plug in her iPhone, too.
Jeff from NAD visited Crutchfield and told us all about the NAD C 356DAC, a stereo integrated amp.
We caught up with David Solomon of Peachtree Audio at CES, and he showed us the Decco 65 integrated amplifier. It features a tube preamp section, built-in DAC, and legendary Peachtree sound.
Factory stereo systems leave a lot to be desired. This problem now has some solutions that let you keep your factory stereo and get spectacular sound, customized for your specific vehicle. The four upgrade systems we discuss in this article improve the factory sound of different vehicles in different ways.
Steve Kindig, Tara W.
Steve, Crutchfield Senior Editor and audio enthusiast, and Tara, Crutchfield writer and digital audio enthusiast, set up a dedicated stereo listening system. They show you what you need to enjoy your music to the fullest, from a basic system to one that's more complex.
Are you an avid music lover? Then you should have a special space and the gear you need to properly indulge your passion. This article will help you put together a high-fidelity stereo music system that suits your lifestyle and the space you have in mind.
I've been a music nut since I was still in short pants. If I had a nickel for every hour I've spent in my den, listening to records and CDs through my hi-fi system ... I'd have a huge pile of...
The first-gen Pilot has been a suburban staple for years, and this handsome hauler remains a solid choice if you're looking for a reliable, comfortable SUV. The Pilot's stock stereo isn't bad, but if you're a real music lover, you'll want to upgrade.
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.
Some budding audiophiles look at building a car stereo as an "all or nothing" proposition. They make a wish list, look at the total cost, get nervous, and do nothing. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Installing a system in stages improves your sound without breaking the bank.
Today's Dodge Challenger is a muscle car for grown-ups. Sure, this powerful coupe is fun between stoplights, but it's also a comfortable long-distance cruiser with surprising amounts of room for people, stuff, and, of course, aftermarket stereo equipment.
In a world full of dull, grey sedans, the Chrysler PT Cruiser is one of those rare designs that really stands out, even after a decade-plus on the road. If you want your car to sound as nifty as it looks, the PT is a great platform for an aftermarket stereo system.
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.
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. If you're into great sound, the Element offers plenty of room for a seriously impressive stereo system.