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.
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.
Crutchfield graphic designer Tami puts together a home theater system that sounds great without taking over her living space.
Want surround sound, but can't fit rear speakers in your room? In this article, we'll show you a couple options for adding fantastic home theater sound when traditional surround speakers just aren't an option.
The 2005-11 Toyota Tacoma DoubleCab is a rugged hauler with plenty of room for passengers. Toyota built this tough truck with a basic stereo system and an upgraded JBL stereo option, and you'll find lots of possibilities for upgrading either system, including easy replacement of the stereo and speakers.
Jon, Crutchfield video director, took the NuForce Dia home and tried it out in his home theater setup. He was impressed by how the stereo integrated amp with built-in DAC added clarity and detail in his music and movies.
The 2003-08 Toyota Corolla is an economical car with a high reliability factor. If you've picked up a used Corolla and you're checking out your audio options, we've got good news for you. First, you bought a nice car. Second, you can install a great stereo system in your Corolla.
Chevy's Silverado remains one of the most popular trucks on the road today. GM built this particular version from 2003 to 2006, and then kept it on as the 2007 Silverado Classic when they switched to the new body style. It's a great-looking truck, but the factory stereo comes up a little short. There are plenty of ways to bring it up-to-date with better sound and extra features that'll make this Silverado a complete package.
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.
Every year, many of us resolve to change some aspect of our lives or lifestyles. Why not also promise yourself that you'll make the time you spend in the car every single day more enjoyable? And to that end, I'm talking about making an improvement in your stereo system.
When the offer came through to "audition" some new Boston Acoustics gear in my car ... well, I just couldn't refuse. After all, it'd been an awfully long time since my last upgrade, and I was eager to check out just how good Boston stuff is these days.
Our new in-house Labs will help us dig even deeper into the equipment we sell. From acoustically optimized listening rooms to advanced test benches, we'll bring you meaningful measurements along with real-world impressions from our savvy experts.
Pickups aren't just about hauling what's in the bed or on the hitch anymore; they now feature interiors that rival some luxury cars. Chevrolet equipped the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab with plenty of high-tech gear, but if you want to improve on what's already there, you can add anything from a simple speaker upgrade to a complete mobile theater makeover.
One of the longest-running sport utility nameplates on the road, the Ford Explorer is a classic. These days it does way more than haul kids to soccer practice - over the years Ford has added all sorts of options, including several for the Explorer's stereo system.
Ford must have had car audio fans in mind when they built this truck. The roomy interior offers plenty of space for new speakers, a stereo, and much more. The F-150's remarkable popularity ensures that you'll have plenty of options to choose from, and the modular design makes installation surprisingly easy.
Bass takes space. That's the immutable law of nature that has frustrated man since the dawn of time. The Infinity BassLink sets out to disprove this law, incorporating interesting technological twists and unusual construction to maximize its low-frequency output. How successful has this little giant been in its effort to fool Mother Nature? Read our review to find out.
If you want your music to be loud, amplifiers are definitely part of the picture. But an amp can do much more than just get other people's attention.
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The F-150 SuperCrew is a true "do-anything" truck. It can haul the kids to school and haul an old projection TV to the recycling center--on the same trip. The roomy interior gives you lots of space for entertainment upgrades and the modular construction makes it easier to turn your dreams into reality.
Jimmy, Senior Advisor Manager at Crutchfield, had a chance to try out the Bose Companion 5 multimedia speaker system in his office. He gives us his review.