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Our live sound speakers buying guide will get you on the road to finding the right PA speakers for your live sound needs.

There are lots of good reasons to buy speakers with built-in amps. And there are many different varieties of powered home speakers. We'll help you sort it all out.

For high-performance, room-filling sound, floor-standing tower speakers really deliver. They come in many stylish shapes and designs to fit almost any space.

With so many speakers available, it's important to know what to look for, so your car audio system sounds the best.

Want to add music to your backyard, porch, patio, or pool? We'll show you different options for enjoying your music in the great outdoors.

If you know you want home theater sound, but you're not sure which speakers you need and what they all do, check out this helpful guide.

If you want your music to sound great, you can't ignore your car's speakers. Dollar for dollar, new speakers are one of the best ways to improve your car's sound.

Brand-name speakers will make a big difference in your car's sound. But with some simple, relatively inexpensive extra steps, you can make them sound even better.

Learn about what to look for when choosing outdoor speakers, including weather-readiness and the speaker designs best-suited for different setups.

Why do car manufacturers classify some car speakers as 6-1/2" when Crutchfield calls the same speakers 6-3/4"? We're looking at it from the vehicle-compatibility side.

An overview of wireless speakers and audio, including Bluetooth portable speakers, AirPlay and Wi-Fi receivers, Sonos, MusicCast, and other multi-room audio systems.

Component speaker systems are the audiophile's choice for superior mobile sound. But what are component speaker systems, exactly? And why do they sound so much better?

Anatomy of a car speaker
by John Pollard

Materials, construction, and design can greatly impact how speakers sound. Here's a look at what makes Focal speakers sound so good.

Enjoy the music, videos, games and apps on your smartphone or tablet with better sound. Just stream wirelessly to a Bluetooth speaker system at home, or on-the-go.

Here are 10 wireless speaker systems that combine stylish design with high-performance sound. Some use Bluetooth, others Apple AirPlay or DLNA.

A great-sounding marine stereo can add a lot of enjoyment to your boating experience. If you're serious about sound, you need a set of quality, marine-rated speakers.

Speaker wire guide
by Steve Kindig

Most home speakers don't include wire. Let us help you choose the right kind for your home audio system.

If you're in the market for new car speakers but don't know where to start, take a look at these ten customer favorites to get your bearings.

For great sound from your record albums, without setting up a big audio system, try the Music Hall USB-1 turntable and a pair of Audioengine A2+ powered speakers.

Learn how to incorporate Sonos wireless multi-room audio into a hard-wired system that features in-wall, ceiling, and outdoor speakers.

Factory speakers usually sound fine when they're new, but they deteriorate over time. We compared speakers of different ages to see how badly they fared.

Factory speakers tend to be made from materials that can't handle the extreme conditions found in a car. Aftermarket speakers are built to withstand these elements.

Intro to live sound equipment
by Jim Richardson

Whether you only need a single mic and a speaker or a full kit for your band, it pays to know how a PA system works. This article explains each piece of the system.

New marine speakers in your boat will give you an immediate upgrade in sound quality, but you'll also need a marine amplifier to get the best sound over open water.

Looking for a way to add fun and functionality to your ATV? The Power Rail line of accessories is a great way to add lights, speakers, and more.

When you're shopping for speakers, don't forget the tweeter. The shape and the material it's made from have a direct impact on how your music sounds.

When you're choosing car speakers, it's important to make sure your system will give your new speakers the power they need to sound their best.

Video: car amplifier power
by Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail

We describe the basics of deciding how much power an amplifier should have when you're trying to match it to your speakers or subwoofers.

Video: car amplifier channels
by Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail

How many channels you'll need for your amp depends on how you intend to use it, and with how many speakers or subs.

Are wireless surround sound systems any good? Learn all about the latest products. They're light years ahead of the previous generations.

Looking for a simple way to improve your TVs sound? A sound bar may be the solution.

Golf carts aren't just for the "back nine" anymore -- they're almost as likely to be seen driving around the neighborhood. Your cool cart deserves a stereo to match.

Confused about wiring your subs and picking the right amplifier? Crutchfield will get you on the fast track to big bass with this simple guide.

These bolt-in audio component kits from Rockford Fosgate will make your Polaris RZR rock. They let you upgrade your sound without cutting or modifying your ATV.

DTS:X vs. Dolby Atmos
by Kramer Crane

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X are two exciting surround sound formats that add overhead sound effects to home theater systems. How do they compare?

Drone buying guide
by Eric Angevine

Drones are fun to fly, but they also offer some serious creative and commercial opportunities. Learn which type of drone is right for your needs.

Subwoofers are dedicated solely to reproducing low-frequency sounds. That's why a subwoofer can be a crucial part of your home theater listening experience.

Marine stereo buying guide
by Tim Sprinkle

From sunlight to rain to extreme temperatures, your boat's marine audio system has to endure a lot of abuse. This article will help you choose the right marine stereo.

Car audio for the first-time buyer
by Charlie Pastorfield

Buying car audio gear for the first time? Here are some tips to help you find the right stereo equipment for your car or truck.

Amps make music fun
by Buck Pomerantz

When you add an amp to your system, the sound becomes higher, wider, and more realistic — like the band's in the car and you're in the front row.

How to choose vibration damping
by Crutchfield Writing Team

These days, many vehicles are very tight and wind- and road-noise is minimal, giving you a quiet ride and nice listening environment. However, many cars don't have

All about subwoofers
by Buck Pomerantz

All the information and links you'll need to plan, install, tune, and enjoy a subwoofer system in your car or truck.

Car amplifier buying guide
by Buck Pomerantz

How much power and how many channels are right for you? This guide will help you choose the right amplifier for your car's sound 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."

This article will help you figure out how to start building the car stereo system that's right for you, by deciding where the weakness is in your current system.

Wonder what the differences are between Bluetooth and Apple Airplay? The Crutchfield Labs crew takes a look at the basics in this animated explainer video.

Learn the basics of power amplifier applications and connections, plus criteria for choosing the right amplifier for your PA sound system.

Life with a factory stereo
by Charlie Pastorfield

Many new vehicles make it difficult to install a new stereo. This article covers some of your options for improving the sound without changing the stereo.

Our subwoofer shopping guide will help you determine which kind of subwoofer and bass system you need, to get the sound you want.

What are dual voice coil subwoofers?
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Dual voice coil subwoofers are a popular choice among car audio enthusiasts who want more flexibility in wiring their sound systems.

Video: Upgrading Your Factory Stereo, part 2
by Robert Ferency-Viars, Ken Nail

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.

Building a great car stereo doesn't have to be an "all or nothing" proposition. With a plan and a budget, you can build a great audio system one step at a time.

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