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.
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.
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.
TV technology has made a giant leap in video quality, but audio seems almost an afterthought. Here are three simple ways to improve your TV's sound.
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.
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.
Dolly, a Crutchfield advisor, listens to a sound bar demo at Crutchfield, and picks out her favorite one: the Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50.
C.J., a Crutchfield advisor, listens to a sound bar demo at Crutchfield, and picks out his favorite one: the Yamaha YSP-5100 Digital Sound Projector.
J.R. listens to a sound bar demo at Crutchfield and picks out his favorite one the Polk Audio Surroundbar® 3000.
Greg Williams from Bowers & Wilkins came to Crutchfield to talk about their Zeppelin Air, a powered speaker system with Apple AirPlay®.
Wondering what pieces go into a home theater system? In this article, we walk you through each component's role.
This is a thorough, informative guide to help you install in-wall, in-ceiling, or on-wall speakers.
Your car can be a great place for music listening. Many commuters suffer for hours each day with inferior sound quality that they'd never tolerate from their systems at home. Here are some tips on how to improve sound quality in your vehicle, whether you're listening on a simple factory system or a multi-channel amplified setup.
Find out how to improve your TV's sound, from single-speaker solutions to full home theater setups.
Crutchfield Writing Team
In Crutchfield's Home A/V Connections Photo Gallery, you'll find pictures of the plugs, ports, and jacks commonly used for hooking up home audio/video gear — HDTVs, Blu-ray players, receivers, and more.
Crutchfield Writing Team
There are many types of connections you may encounter when setting up your new A/V system. Find out what it all means.
Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail
This short video describes some of the common features you should look for when you're shopping for an amplifier for your car audio system. Not every amplifier will have all of these features, so make sure the amp that you get has the ones you need.
Gas mileage is a big issue with an ever-increasing number of people. Most recently, the "Cash for Clunkers" program has resulted in a lot of people driving more compact vehicles. A smaller, more...
Robert Ferency-Viars, Ken Nail
Just because you can't replace your vehicle's factory stereo doesn't mean you have to live with a poor sound system. In this short video, Crutchfield experts take a look at how a fellow employee created a high-performance car audio system.