Getting the right speakers to fit your car doesn't have to be confusing, thanks to Crutchfield's extensive research and database.
With so many speakers available, it's important to understand what to look for. Keep these points in mind, and your system will sound its best.
When you're shopping for speakers, don't forget the tweeter. It's shape and the material it's made from have a direct impact on how your music sounds. Tweeters reproduce the upper frequencies in your music they're what makes your highs sparkle and come to life, and they're vital for proper soundstaging and stereo separation.
Factory speakers are not built to last, so over time they'll deteriorate to the point where they sound truly awful. We set up a blind listening test in our Labs and invited some of our most critical listeners to drop by and see if they could tell a difference in the sound.
Factory speakers usually sound fine when they're new, but they deteriorate over time. We compared speakers of different ages to see how badly they fare.
If you want your music to sound great, you can't ignore your car's speakers. Dollar for dollar, new speakers are one of the best ways to improve your car's sound.
Factory speakers are the bane of every music lover's existence. They're just not built to withstand the conditions inside your car over time. Fortunately, we carry all kinds of aftermarket speakers that are built to survive - and thrive - in these harsh conditions.
Installing tweeters in your factory tweeter locations, or custom-mounting them on the upper part of your doors, will give you better stereo imaging and raise the soundstage to your ears. You'll hear better placement of instruments in recordings, and you'll enjoy more depth of sound. And they might not be as difficult to install as you may think.
Component speaker systems are the best way to get high-quality sound in your vehicle. You'll find lots of choices at Crutchfield, with some important differences among the models. If you keep a few important points in mind, you'll it's easy to make a smart choice.
Robert Ferency-Viars, Michael Sokolowski
This video gives you a guided tour of Crutchfield's Outfit My Car tool. Learn how you can create a custom homepage for your car on Crutchfield's website and use it to put together a complete car audio system.
A brief video covering the basics of installing car speakers.
Todd Cabell, Danae Marshall
A 5-minute video that shows the basics of installing a component speaker system in a car.
My brother-in-law knew that his car stereo sounded bad. He didn't know why. He spends a lot of time, every day for his job, driving around town listening to classic rock radio. He came to me for...
Robert Ferency-Viars, Ken Nail
Replacing your vehicle's factory speakers is one of the easiest ways to get a dramatic improvement in your car stereo's sound quality. In this short video, Crutchfield experts discuss how and why to change your factory speakers.
Crutchfield Writing Team
Installing new speakers is the single most cost-effective improvement you can make to your vehicle's audio/video system. Not only are aftermarket speakers relatively inexpensive, they are typically not difficult to install.
Achieving great imaging is a matter of understanding your components, and how they interact with your vehicle and the people sitting in it. Properly tweaked, your car or truck can be a dynamic "listening capsule" - a fantastic place to listen to music. But in order to get your vehicle to provide that type of environment, you need to compensate for some of its natural limitations.
Crutchfield Writing Team
What kind of a difference do new speakers really make? How difficult will my new speakers be to install? Will my factory radio power aftermarket speakers? Plus other common questions about adding new speakers to your car.
Crutchfield's illustrated guide to installing full-range car speakers looks at the basics of putting new speakers into some of the more popular factory speaker locations.
We wanted to answer the most basic question about car audio: is it really worth it to upgrade? With the help of the Crutchfield Labs, we set out to prove just how much better music sounds when it's played through a high-quality aftermarket system.
There's a reason you should replace your factory speakers if you want good sound in your car. In this video, we quickly cover why factory-installed speakers deliver sub-par sound.