When you're shopping for speakers, don't forget the tweeter. It's shape and the material it's made from have a direct impact on how your music sounds. Tweeters reproduce the upper frequencies in your music they're what makes your highs sparkle and come to life, and they're vital for proper soundstaging and stereo separation.
Steve Kindig, Tara W.
Steve, Crutchfield Senior Editor and audio enthusiast, and Tara, Crutchfield writer and digital audio enthusiast, set up a dedicated stereo listening system. They show you what you need to enjoy your music to the fullest, from a basic system to one that's more complex.
In this article, we'll explain the ins and outs of setting up your receiver, so you can get all the audio and video performance you paid for.
Steve Silberman from AudioQuest visited Crutchfield to share some techniques for hooking our computers up to our stereos and getting better sound.
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.
Bill Becker, founder and CEO of BDI, talks about special features of the BDI Mirage 8222 audio/video cabinet, designed to hold and hide your audio components.
Bill Becker, founder and CEO of BDI, talks about the special features of the BDI Valera audio/video furniture line. The open design keeps your components visible, and some models have a swiveling stand so you can easily turn your TV.
Bill Becker, the founder and CEO of BDI, talks about their Avion audio/video furniture line and the improvements they made with Series II. Avion is perfect for anyone who wants a clean, linear design, and also wants to hide their components.
Practically all of us have music stored on our computers, iPods® , and cell phones. But the earbuds and computer speakers that come included with these devices limit the range...
The ZVOX IncrediBase 575 packs the equivalent of five individual speakers into a single cabinet, so you don't have to fill your room with separate speakers.
Find out how to improve your TV's sound, from single-speaker solutions to full home theater setups.
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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.
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.
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.
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 second-gen Fit improves upon all that was good about the original and adds some cool new stuff to the mix. It's a little bit bigger, a little more refined, and a little more composed, but it still has the practicality and tossability that made the Fit a hit in the first place.
The Cobalt replaced the Cavalier as Chevy's midsize car, and boasted upgraded 'everything,' including a bottom-to-top suspension and chassis re-design. But the car's sound system is starting to age a little, and has room for improvement.
When Crutchfield designer Erica learned that one of her roommates would be moving, she decided to take the opportunity to set up a home office. She wanted a clean uncluttered look, and the ability to really enjoy her music while working.
The Honda Civic is one of the most popular cars on the road, in part for its wide variety of aftermarket goodies, and just how easy it is for the first-time do-it-yourselfer to add to his or her Civic's performance. That goes for under the hood and in the cabin - upping the sound performance in these compacts is even simpler and more rewarding than bolting on the go-fast parts.
There's plenty to enjoy about going out on the water in your boat. Whether your favorite maritime activity is fishing or waterskiing, it can be even more fun when you have a capable sound system to provide the music. Here's how we outfitted two different boats belonging to Crutchfield employees.