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Better car audio, Tip #9: Add a sub and hear what you've been missing

I edit the home A/V and pro audio articles on Crutchfield.com. It's a cool gig for a guy who's been seriously into audio since way before 1974. I started buying records, guitars, and gear with the money I made mowing lawns and delivering newspapers. Now the way I earn my money has changed for the better, but where it goes hasn't changed too much. Just give me the proverbial three chords and the truth. I'll do my best to help you feel it, too.

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Crutchfield Hi-Fi 2.0A good subwoofer will bring the bottom octave of your music back into proper balance, so you'll hear familiar tunes in a whole new light. It'll take a load off your full-range speakers too, since you'll be playing your tunes with the bass control set at "0" instead of "+5".

Some people get turned off by subs throbbing next to them at traffic lights, but it's not just about the boom - you can adjust any subwoofer to fit your tastes and your vehicle. And once you drive with a subwoofer, you can never go back to living without one. Or two.

Watch our video on adding a powered sub.

This post is excerpted from a recent article in our Learning Center, Jeff's Tips for Getting Maximum Sound Quality in Your Car.

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