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What you need to know before you start shopping for home speakers.
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The mobile audio/video section of the Crutchfield Labs lets our writers, researchers, and advisors get hands-on experience with the latest car audio products.
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Learn more about upgrading your boat's audio system.
Whether you're fishing, waterskiing, or just cruising around, boating is even more enjoyable when you have a quality marine audio system to provide the music.
FUSION is a company dedicated to bringing high-performance audio to the marine market. That's why their marine audio products are "designed from the water up."
In this short video, Crutchfield experts show how a fellow employee created a high-performance car audio system without replacing his vehicle's factory stereo.
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Installing new JL Audio speakers, 5-channel amplifier, and a subwoofer.
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Marine Audio FAQs
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A mother and daughter install a new receiver and speakers in a 2007 Toyota RAV4.
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Installing a new marine receiver, speakers, and amplifier on a deadrise workboat.
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Factory car speakers are the bane of every music lover's existence. Fortunately, we carry aftermarket speakers that are built to survive life in your car or truck.
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Upgrade the audio gear in your vehicle, and treat yourself to better sound quality. If you're reasonably handy and can follow directions, you can install it yourself.
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Lynn installed a digital signal processor, speakers, amp, and sub from Rockford Fosgate in her minivan to improve the sound without losing factory features.
These Polk speakers use some advanced technologies to create incredibly lifelike sound that draws you into your on-screen entertainment. You can even upgrade to a
Jeff from PSB visited Crutchfield and told us all about the PSB CS500 outdoor speakers.
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Crutchfield visits Polk headquarters to see the their outdoor speaker torture tests.
We wanted to answer the most basic question about car audio: is it really worth it to upgrade? To find out, we installed some great new gear in a Ford F-150.
Sonos® donated a wireless audio system to our local fire station. The firefighters looked forward to being able to play music from their smart phones as they did t
Zach, Sr. Director of direct marketing at Crutchfield tries out the Bose® Companion® 20 multimedia speaker system at his desk and tells us what he thinks.
Jimmy, Senior Advisor Manager at Crutchfield, had a chance to try out the Bose Companion 5 multimedia speaker system in his office. He gives us his review.
In this chapter of our ongoing quest to achieve high-fidelity sound in a GMC Yukon, we chose to install a set of JL Audio components in the front doors.
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Brian M. from Hastings, FL, complemented 2012 Honda Accord's radio with a Pioneer equalizer, then added a Pioneer receiver and Polk Audio speakers to improve the sound.
The Ram ProMaster is a hard-working van that offers tons of space for audio upgrades. You can vastly improve your daily drive by upgrading the receiver and speakers.
With a new receiver in your Prius, you'll get more out of your smartphone, while aftermarket speakers will add new life to your music collection.
The Crutchfield-designed audio/video system fills the restaurant with great sound but doesn't overwhelm conversation. It includes weatherproof speakers for the patio.
We turned an ordinary cooler into a portable digital media sound system with speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, and even a wireless router.
Mike S. from Cape Coral, FL, added a premium Polk Audio system, including a 12" sub, component speakers, and two amps to his 1965 Shelby Cobra replica roadster.
James G. from Bentonville, AR, revved up the sound on his 2012 Ford Mustang with a Pioneer DVD receiver, plus two 10" subs, some speakers, and an amp from JL Audio.
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This rugged Chevy pickup is one handsome truck, but the factory audio system hasn't aged as well as the exterior. Bring it up-to-date with a new stereo and speakers.
Retrosound helps you bring the sound in your classic ride into the modern age while staying true to the look and feel of your interior.
I've been a music nut since I was still in short pants. If I had a nickel for every hour I've spent in my den, listening to records and CDs through my hi-fi system ... I'd have a have a huge pile of nickels.
OK, so we finally got the video formatting worked out. It's very informal; Matt sat in the back seat with the Canon XSi camera capturing our back-to-front-and-back-aga
The Highlander is a versatile vehicle that'll give you years of quality service. You'll enjoy those years a lot more if you upgrade to a higher-quality audio system.
There is nothing quiet or subtle about a Hummer H1, so you'll probably want to add all the audio firepower you can. New gear is actually pretty easy to install.