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.
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...
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.
The 2003-08 Hyundai Tiburon is an affordable choice for anyone looking for a sporty runabout with plenty of potential. It's the kind of car you'd actually want to buy -- not just because it's cheap, but because it's actually kind of cool.
A mid-cycle update refreshed and refined the Chrysler PT Cruiser. If you're looking for a versatile car with character to spare, the PT is a solid choice. There's plenty of space for you, your family, and your stuff. And, of course, a great stereo system.
The 2005-09 Mustang re-ignited the "pony car" wars with its combination of retro style and modern performance. Whether you're looking for a stylish daily driver or a bellowing muscle car, there's a Mustang for you. And once you find your Mustang, we're here to help you build the perfect stereo system.
The Chevrolet Corvette has long been regarded as "America's One True Sports Car." With the C6 generation, the keepers of the Corvette flame stopped settling for being the best in America by default, and got serious about beating the best in the world on merit. We can help you make your "one true sports car" sound truly awesome.
The first-gen Pilot has been a suburban staple for years, and this handsome hauler remains a solid choice if you're looking for a reliable, comfortable SUV. The Pilot's stock stereo isn't bad, but if you're a real music lover, you'll want to upgrade.
Alpine made their V-Power amps 40% smaller for 2013, so they'll fit in more places than ever. Plus they employ some smart technology called Enhanced Shutdown Performance, which rolls back the output a bit when the amp threatens to overheat from playing at its limits too long.
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.
All the information and links you'll need to plan, install, tune, and enjoy a subwoofer system in your car or truck.
Helpful tips and step-by-step instructions for designing and building your own custom car subwoofer box.