Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail
One of the first steps in choosing an amplifier for your car audio system is to decide how you intend to use the amplifier, and thus how many channels it should have. This short video gives you a quick overview to help answer that question.
Rockford Fosgate's C.L.E.A.N. gain-setting system on their Punch amps makes setup as easy as playing an audio track and adjusting a couple volume knobs.
Cambridge Audio says the 851A integrated amplifier is "The best we've made - ever." Have a look at the features - and what's under the hood - and you'll see why.
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.
We got the chance to check out Alpine's X-Power amplifiers at the Alpine booth at CES 2012. The new sleek design masks the amount muscle under the hood and Alpine has added new models so that there's an X-Power amp for nearly every need.
The Alpine PDX-V9 is the "do it all" version of Alpine's popular digital PDX amps. It's small, stackable with other PDX amps, and gives you 100 watts RMS x 4 for your speakers, plus 500 watts RMS x 1 to drive a sub. Serious power, with a tiny footprint.
Now that the front door speakers were in -- and we could ably demonstrate the difference between the front aftermarket and rear factory speakers -- it was time to install the new...
Setting amp gain correctly matches your amp's input level with your receiver's output level, resulting in maximum distortion-free music and minimum background noise. Here's a method for setting amp gain fast and accurately using test tones.
Crutchfield Writing Team
Take a look at a typical amp wiring scheme.
Clarion's XC1410 4-channel amp delivers 50 watts RMS per channel from a chassis that's about as long and wide as a dollar bill. This micro-sized amp can fit almost anywhere, even behind many dashboards. And Clarion managed to pack more watts per square inch inside the XC1410 than almost any other 4-channel amp made.
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...
So a couple of weeks ago we made some major headway on the project. Matt Freeman, our mobile electronics catalog editor and Michael Richardson, Crutchfield mobile installer extraordinaire,...
A convenient way to send the powered signal from an amplifier to car speakers is to run the new speakers wires from the amp to the stereo harness that's behind the receiver, where all the car's speaker connections are accessible in one place.
An amplifier is your key to enjoying the best musical experience you'll ever have in your car. Installing one is a cool project - getting to know your car inside and out is often fun and satisfying. This article presents five important tips to help achieve a successful and problem-free installation.
We're passionate about car audio. Crutchfield's Mobile Audio Listening Lab lets us get hands-on experience with all kinds of car audio gear, from speakers and subs to amplifiers and receivers.
Ben H. from Palm Harbor, FL, wanted to get the most out of his 2003 Camry LE, so he pumped up his sound system with two pairs of Sony speakers, a slamming enclosed subwoofer from Boston Acoustics, and a powerful Kicker amplifier. He also tricked out the car's interior lighting.
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.
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.
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....