Russ, a Crutchfield employee, didn't like the lack of bass and poor high-frequency clarity in the "premium" system of his 2008 BMW 335i. He decided to try the Focal IFBMW-S and IFBMW-C custom-fit speakers, designed specifically for his BMW.
While most speakers feature the same basic components, the materials used, the quality of the construction, and the sophistication of the design can greatly impact how a speaker sounds. Here's a close look at what makes Focal speakers sound so good.
Focal offers some of the best speakers on the market. This brief video discusses some of the benefits of Focal Access speakers.
Focal's IFVW Golf 6 system provides you with a huge improvement in sound quality by letting you replace the VW's front door tweeters and woofers with a set of custom speakers that fit right into the factory locations and plug into the existing wiring.
Crutchfield's Dave Bar reviews the Focal Chorus 706 bookshelf speakers.
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.
This brief Crutchfield video takes a quick look at Focal Polyglass series speakers.
Harold Jones, winner of Virginia's IASCA Sound Quality Challenge, was kind enough to drop by to show off his ride. The centerpiece of Harold's system is a Focal Utopia Be No. 5 component...
Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail
Crutchfield's car audio experts Ken and Zak present an overview of Focal car audio products. Focal is a leading name in high-quality sound and Crutchfield is proud to have them in our lineup.
When you're shopping for speakers, don't forget the tweeter. Tweeters reproduce the upper frequencies in your music they're what makes your highs sparkle and come to life so they're vital for proper soundstaging and stereo separation.
In Part 3 of our series on improving the sound in a Ford F-150, Jeff upgrades his speakers again, runs higher-quality wire, and adds a processor to sculpt the sound.
All the information and links you'll need to plan, install, tune, and enjoy a subwoofer system in your car or truck.
Learn how to find the best outboard digital-to-analog converter for your home or portable audio applications.
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.
We wanted to answer the most basic question about car audio: is it really worth it to upgrade? Using a 2004 Ford F-150 as our test vehicle, we installed some great gear, then documented the system performance and improvements along the way:
Many of us have music on our computers. In this video, we'll go through the steps you need to take to create a desktop audio system.