My name is Ken. I seek the Holy Grail of car audio excellence. My favorite color is blue.
I came to Crutchfield in 1999. During my six years as a Crutchfield Advisor, I learned a lot about the technology behind great car and home audio. I learned even more about what people wanted in their car stereo systems.
I've been a writer for car audio and fitness tech at Crutchfield since 2005. Over the last few years, I've also carved out a niche producing demo videos for our in-dash car stereos. The hands-on experience I get with car stereos while doing video production is an invaluable aid to me in learning about their exciting features. This helps me convey that information to our customers when I write about the stereo on our website.
Before coming to Crutchfield, I spent 10 years teaching music in Charlottesville area schools. I keep my musical interests satisfied by volunteering as a classical music DJ at a local community radio station, and I stay up to date with the latest in outdoor tech by cycling, running, and backpacking.
Fun facts: I've completed an Ironman triathlon, run the Boston Marathon, hiked 1150 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and lost on Jeopardy!
A quick guide to what to look for when shopping for an in-dash GPS navigation system. We'll help you choose the right touchscreen nav stereo for your car.
Large touchscreens, loads of built-in features, and easy viewability are just some of the advantages to building your stereo around a large-screen receiver.
Watch this video for a step-by-step overview of a basic car stereo installation. The actual steps involved vary from car to car, but this is a good example.
This installation guide offers guidance on how to install an in-dash navigation stereo in your car. It includes tips for connecting the reverse light wire connection and how to mount the GPS antenna. We'll also show you the easiest way to tap into your car's wiring without damaging it.
Why would I want a navigation system? How does it know where I am? How accurate are these systems? What kind of directions does the voice give me? Plus more...
When you replace your factory radio with a new aftermarket receiver, you'll lose your steering wheel audio controls. Here's how to get them back.
When adding an aftermarket receiver, you need a steering wheel control adapter to keep the functionality and convenience of your steering wheel controls.
A quick overview of live traffic information services for use with portable and in-dash navigation devices.