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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.

This step-by-step guide will help you make sure that your amps and subs are evenly matched and work well together. We explain how to select one to go with the other.

With subwoofers, size matters. But small cars and trucks present a dilemma when you want to build a great bass system. The solution: shallow mount subwoofers.

Undercover subwoofers
by Buck Pomerantz

Three of us here at Crutchfield installed subs that added punch and presence to our music without losing cargo space in our cars.

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.

Three Crutchfield advisors listened to ten tracks from various musical genres to hear the difference a subwoofer makes when listening to music in a car.

Sealed or ported
by Buck Pomerantz

Subwoofers in sealed boxes play "tight" bass, while ported boxes sound "boomy." Which type you need depends on the style of music you like and how you want it to sound.

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

Video: Where to Position your Subwoofer Box
by Robert Ferency-Viars, Matt Freeman

Getting loud bass in your car isn't just about power - where you place your subwoofer in the trunk can make a huge difference. We ran some tests to find out more.

Sound Ordnance's new B-8PTD powered subwoofer is small enough to fit under most car seats and powerful enough to pump out bass that can keep up with almost any stereo.

What makes a great subwoofer like the Alpine Type-R sound so good? For Alpine, it's a combination of brilliant design and high-quality materials.

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.

Subwoofer Enclosures
by Crutchfield Writing Team

The type of bass you get from your component subwoofer doesn't depend on the woofer alone. You'll need the proper sized enclosure for optimum subwoofer performance.

Upgrade your car's sound
by Buck Pomerantz

Factory stereo systems leave a lot to be desired. The four upgrade systems we discuss in this article improve the factory sound of different vehicles in different ways.

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.

Sonos buying guide
by David Brown

Interested in an easy solution for wireless audio throughout your home? We'll help you decide what Sonos gear you need to make your multi-room-music dreams come true.

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.

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.

Video: car amplifier features
by Zak Billmeier, Ken Nail

This video describes some of the common features you should look for when you're shopping for an amp, like a high-pass filter or a bass boost.

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.

When it's time to upgrade your boat's audio system, it's important to look for marine-rated stereo equipment that can stand up to life on the water.

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.

Big bass in a small-car world
by Charlie Pastorfield

Gas mileage is a big issue with an ever-increasing number of people. Most recently, the "Cash for Clunkers" program has resulted in a lot of people driving more

Subwoofer wiring diagrams
by Buck Pomerantz

Our wiring diagrams will help you find the best way to connect your subs and amps so you'll get the best performance out of your gear.

Tuning your subs
by Buck Pomerantz

What does the gain control do anyway? This article describes how to adjust your amplifier so that your subwoofer sounds just the way you want it to.

We help install a new audio system and a Thule bike rack on a 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek. The Rockford Fosgate speakers and powered sub leave the owner smiling.

Kicker's CompR and CompRT subwoofers, plus their KX amplifiers, give you the sound and performance you expect from Kicker when you're building a car audio system.

Subwoofers Glossary
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and technical specifications included among today's car stereo subwoofers.

How to install a powered subwoofer
by Robert Ferency-Viars

Powered subs include all the elements of a subwoofer system — subwoofer, amplifier, and enclosure. Here's how to install a typical powered sub.

Subwoofer Installation Guide
by Crutchfield Writing Team

This article describes the steps involved in installing a subwoofer in your vehicle.

Subwoofers FAQ
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Which subwoofer will sound the loudest? Or the deepest? Which hits harder: one 12" sub or two 10" subs? How much power do I need? These answers and more in our FAQ.

We're impressed with how huge of a sound the Polk MagniFi Mini sound bar produces. It may be small, but with its wireless sub it's an instant home theater upgrade.

Once you've built your subwoofer box, it's time to finish it with carpeting, vinyl, or other coverings to give it a custom look.

Helpful tips and step-by-step instructions for designing and building your own custom subwoofer box.

Video: Sound Ordnance Bass Bunkers
by Zak Billmeier, Jo Greene

Sound Ordnance subwoofer enclosures, called Bass Bunkers, are available to house most standard-sized woofers.

Alpine's BassLine subwoofers will add some serious rumble to your vehicle's sound system, but they won't break your budget.

Video: Sound Ordnance Subwoofers
by Zak Billmeier, Jo Greene

Car audio systems need a subwoofer to fill out the bass in your music and give it a full-bodied sound. Watch this short Crutchfield video to learn about the subwoofer

How to install a crossover
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Passive crossovers are very easy to install, but active crossovers require a little more work. Find out how to install, hook up, and set an active electronic crossover.

2012-2015 Honda CR-V
by Jon Paulette

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.

1821-up Flying Sleigh
by Jon Paulette

Our profile of the 1821-up Flying Sleigh discusses what you need to know about replacing the stereo and speakers, and adding an amplifier, subs, or other stereo gear.

Brendan B from Byron Center, MI, tricked out his 2007 Chevrolet Impala LT with a Kenwood DVD receiver, Rockford Fosgate speakers, a Kicker amp, and JL Audio subwoofers.

2006-2011 Honda Civic
by Rick Carlton

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.

Andrew W's 2007 Toyota Tacoma
by Dominic DeVito

Andrew W. from Charlotte, NC, loaded up his 2007 Toyota Tacoma with a Kenwood navigation receiver, some Alpine speakers, and a pair of Rockford Fosgate subs.

Eric C's 2008 Saturn Vue
by Dominic DeVito

Eric C. of Streamwood, IL, boasts a well-hidden system in his 2008 Saturn Vue XE, with a Pioneer DVD receiver, Infinity speakers, MTX subs, and a pair of Pioneer amps.

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