Zak Billmeier, Jo Greene
Sound Ordnance subwoofer enclosures, called Bass Bunkers, are available to house most standard-sized woofers. Watch this short Crutchfield video for a close look at them.
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.
The tenth-generation Corolla's enormous popularity means there are plenty of good used models out there waiting for a good new owner. If you're looking for a reliable ride that's easy on gas, easy on the eyes, and easy to own, a 2009-up Corolla is a solid choice.
Whether you have the standard wagon or the panel wagon, the Chevrolet HHR gives you the everyday utility you'd expect, but without the bland, boxy styling that makes it hard to remember which one's yours every time you walk out of the hardware store. A design like this will look cool for a long time to come, so why not make it sound cool, too?
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.
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.
Ready for home theater surround sound? Find out which speakers you need and what role each speaker will play in your system.
The 2007-13 FJ Cruiser is the spiritual descendant of Toyota's original FJ40 Land Cruiser, a rugged machine known for its legendary off-road prowess. The modern FJ combines the original's trail-breaking, dune-climbing ability with modern conveniences and retro styling that helps it stand out from ordinary SUVs. All you need now is a stereo that stands out from other FJs.
In a world full of dull, grey sedans, the Chrysler PT Cruiser's combination of retro form and modern function attracted a large and loyal fan base. The PT is one of those rare designs that still 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.
When you're driving a Mazda MX-5 Miata on a curvy, country road, music probably isn't all that important. But, let's face it, into each life a little rain must fall and the only thing to do when that happens is put the top up and enjoy some music. You're driving a great little car, so why not enjoy some great stereo sound?
If you're in the process of choosing home theater speakers, knowing the basics of speaker placement can help you make the smartest choice for your room.
Scion's first-gen xB was a welcome addition to an often bland automotive landscape. The xB isn't for everyone, but if it's the car for you, you'll be rewarded with a surprisingly vast amount of interior space, decent road manners and an impressive list of standard features.
With the 1997-2002 iteration of the fabled Wrangler, Jeep continued to improve the vehicle's around-town capabilities without compromising its off-road bona fides. Upgrading some parts of the stereo system in these off-roaders is relatively simple, while there are a couple of areas that require some good old American DIY ingenuity.
Brandon Z. from Maryville, TN, bumped up the audio in his 2005 Nissan Altima with a Pioneer DVD receiver, Kicker amp, and some new speakers and subs.
The Volkswagen Routan offers an interesting blend of American ingenuity and Teutonic engineering. It's based on Chrysler's fifth-generation minivans, but there's much more to the Routan than a simple case of badge-engineering.
The fifth-generation Chrysler Town & Country offers everything you'd want in a luxurious, family-friendly people mover. With more space, more features and clever ideas like the Stow-N-Go rear seat, this Town & Country remains a solid choice for anyone who wants to haul kids and cargo in comfort. It's a no-brainer to upgrade the audio system for the long haul.
The Nissan Xterra has enjoyed wide appeal since its introduction, and held a singular position in Nissan's product mix until 2008, when the Nissan Rogue was introduced. Even after the Rogue came to town, the Xterra's sporty design and performance help it hold its own in the light SUV and crossover market.
Not feeling the impact from your television's tiny built-in speakers? What if we told you that with AC power and one cable from your television we could up your audio game noticeably - with a little help from JBL, of course.
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.
The Soundgate Powerstage system upgrade by Kicker will transform your compatible vehicle's stock radio and speakers into a high-fidelity sound system capable of giving you full, accurate, and richly-textured musical pleasure. And it does it without changing the look of your interior or dash.