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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.
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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 RZR.
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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.
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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.
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Our friend Tim already had a cool boat, but the stereo wasn't keeping up. We decided to do something about that. Here's the gear we chose for a complete audio upgrade.
We cranked up the fun on an already nice boat by installing a new audio system, including a Kenwood stereo and a full amp and speaker system from Wet Sounds.
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Gary learns how to install a receiver and speakers in his Dodge Ram by using Crutchfield MasterSheet instructions and tech support.
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The Expedition is a big, brawny machine that works hard and still keeps its occupants comfortable on the road. A new stereo and speakers will make this SUV even nicer.
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.
Our profile of the 2009-2012 Ford Flex discusses what you need to know to replace the stereo and speakers, and add an amplifier and subwoofers.
Jordan B. from Florence, SC, wasn't happy with the sound in his 2000 Chevrolet Camaro, so he added a new stereo from Pioneer, plus speakers from Kenwood and Pioneer.
We turned an ordinary cooler into a portable digital media sound system with speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, and even a wireless router.
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Replacing the New Beetle's factory stereo is fairly easy, but the speakers will require a little more work. If you care about great sound, though, it's worth it.
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.
A Crutchfield editor installs a new receiver and tests the factory amp integration and bypass options to determine which offers better sound.
High schooler Morgan didn't particularly enjoy getting stuck driving the family minivan, until we gave her a rockin' aftermarket sound system to plug her iPhone into.
Our Research Team has assembled a database of over 25,000 vehicles. No one else in the car audio industry does what we do. That's why no one else knows what we know.
Brent P, who works in Crutchfield's IT department, was able to improve his 2007 Saab 9-3's sound and functionality without installing a new receiver.
Properly tweaked, your car or truck can be a fantastic place to listen to music. But first, you need to compensate for some of its natural limitations.
Big, powerful, and surprisingly well-mannered for a truck in this category, the 4Runner has a lot to offer. Installing a new stereo will make it even more enjoyable.
Volkswagen really knows how to make a hatchback hot, and both the Golf and GTI can be a lot of fun. You'll have a lot more fun when you install a hotter stereo, though.
If you're the kind of person who pops into the camping superstore on the way to your mountainside cabin, this is your kind of vehicle. Make it rock with a new stereo.
The 2 is a great little car, especially if you add some aftermarket mods. As long as you're beefing up the suspension, you might as well add some thump to the stereo.
The Forte proves that "value-priced" doesn't have to mean "cheap." Your Forte should provide years of enjoyment, and a new stereo will make a very nice car even better.
If you're still enjoying your Explorer, Sport Trac, or Mountaineer, a new stereo and speaker will bring better sound and improved functionality to every trip you take.
The 9-5 is a smooth and silent car that's a great home for an audio system. Replacing the stock receiver isn't recommended, but new speakers will make a big difference.
Big enough to haul kids and dogs in comfort, but small enough to slice through the suburban jungle, this versatile SUV will be even better with a new stereo system.
If you're looking for a cheap, thrifty little car, a Metro might fit the bill. You'll want to drown out the buzzy little engine, though, so a new stereo is a smart buy.
The Impreza is a practical, economical family car that offers the added bonus of all-wheel drive. A new stereo will make a very nice car an even nicer place to be.
A lot of C3 Corvettes were sold over the years, it's no surprise to see plenty of them on the road. If you need a new stereo for your 'Vette, you're in the right place.
These classic sports cars are fun to drive, drop-dead gorgeous, and every bit as likely to turn heads now as when they were new. Turn up your tunes with a new stereo.
If you're into the classic definition of "grand touring," this GT is a blast. The V-6 sounds great, but you'll enjoy the drive a lot more with an upgraded stereo.
The S2000 was made for fun, but it also starts, runs, and does all sorts of "normal car" things. Imagine how much fun it'll be with a stereo you can actually hear!
The tenth-gen F-150 is still a neat combination of beauty and brawn. No matter which can style you drive, a new stereo will make your daily duties more enjoyable.
The Porsche Cayman is designed for pure, unadulterated road-carving enjoyment. This mid-engined rocketship is fun as-is, but a new stereo will make it even better.
The Boxster is about as good as it gets when it comes to droptop sports cars. Replacing the stock stereo will make your music sound as good as the engine - almost!
Big enough for people and gear, yet small enough to park without a team of dockworkers, the GMC Envoy is a sensible SUV that's a great home for an aftermarket stereo.
The Park Avenue is a winning combination of value and voluptuousness, but the stock stereos have aged. Building a better stereo for your Buick is easier than you think.
No one really needed a gargantuan sedan with sports coupe handling, but Mercury built one anyway. This is an awesome car, and a new stereo will make it even better.
The final version of Ford's long-running E-Series (nee Econoline) is arguably the most van-tastic van ever. A new stereo will bring some much-needed boom to this box.
These versatile mid-sized trucks are just the right size for just about any everyday thing you'd do in a pickup. A new stereo will make doing it a lot more fun.
The Pontiac Grand Prix offers swoopy styling and plenty of power. Upgrading the not-so-exciting factory stereo will make this car even more enjoyable.
The Express and Savana are reasonably priced, simple as rope, and good at doing what needs to be done. An aftermarket stereo will make anything you do more enjoyable.
If your 1999-02 Silverado or Sierra is still running strong, why not replace the weak, old factory stereo with something that sounds better and gives you more features?
These Wranglers combine go-anywhere capability with actual comfort. In 2011, Jeep made the Wrangler's interior a much nicer place for an upgraded stereo system.
The Acadia an attractive, efficient 21st century people-mover with a spacious cabin that's a terrific setting for a high-performance aftermarket stereo system.
When our friend Alex decided to upgrade the stereo system on his Yamaha AR210, we told him to tow it to our headquarters and let our advisors do the work.
The original IS 300 quickly earned a reputation as one of the best cars in its class. The car's original stereo system, however, is aging and in need of an upgrade.
The Solstice didn't save Pontiac, but it's a car worth savoring. Whether you have a convertible or a coupe, a great-sounding aftermarket stereo can make it even better.
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.
For 2015, Jeep continued to improve the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, a process which included new stereos. The stock audio gear is good, but you can do better.
Your regular-cab Silverado or Sierra is a versatile truck that's ready for work or play. Adding a new stereo will make either activity more enjoyable.
With lines that evoke both the Power Wagons of the past and the semi-trucks of the present day, Dodge trucks just look cool. A new stereo will make yours even cooler.
A properly maintained Volvo will run more or less forever, so if you plan to keep your car for the long haul, a new stereo will make those many miles more enjoyable.
This F-150 was a game-changer in the light-truck field. The overall design has aged well, but the factory stereos have just aged. You have lots of options, though.
This Beetle is longer, lower and wider than any before, but it's still a very cool small car. If you want a bigger, bolder, better stereo, you're in the right place.
The Harley-Davidson Electra Glide is made for riders who enjoy taking long trips on nice days in maximum comfort. A stereo will make the open road even more enjoyable.
The third-generation CR-V is an excellent choice for all sorts of drivers, but if you care about sound, you'll definitely want to install an aftermarket stereo.
Judging by the number of Accord sedans on the road, there are a lot more smart people out there than you'd probably think. Adding a new stereo is smart, too.
The Cherokee gets the job done on the road or off. If you're looking for a reasonably priced SUV that's ready for stereo (and other) modifications, it's a great choice.
The Escape and Mariner offer plenty of room for people, bikes, and just about anything else. An aftermarket stereo system will be a great addition to your SUV.
The Yaris is a great example of small car tech in the early 21st Century. It's a smart, peppy little car, and a new stereo will make it even more fun to drive.
This is a big, brawny pickup for people who work hard, play hard, and need a truck that can handle all of it. A new stereo will add a lot of life to your truck.
The Civic has evolved from its humble sub-compact beginnings to become a leading luxury compact. Here's what to expect when you replace your car's factory stereo.
If you always wanted a good, clean Fiero, now's the time to live the dream. These cars can be fun in stock trim, but a new stereo will really bring your Fiero to life.
We've learned a lot about marine audio installations over the years. This article contains tips for installing receivers, speakers, subs, amps, and more on your boat.