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All the information and links you'll need to plan, install, tune, and enjoy a subwoofer system in your car or truck.
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.
The proper way to wire subwoofers depends on both the subs and the amplifier in your system. Here, we explain why the way you wire your sub affects the output.
Dual voice coil subwoofers are a popular choice among car audio enthusiasts who want more flexibility in wiring their sound systems.
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.
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.
Stealthbox subwoofers sound so good because JL Audio analyzes each vehicle's acoustic properties, carefully measures the available space, and extensively tests and
Three of us here at Crutchfield installed subs that added punch and presence to our music without losing cargo space in our cars.
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.
When you add bass to your system, choosing the right subwoofer box is as important as the sub itself. Sealed boxes feature a different overall sound than ported ones.
Our subwoofer shopping guide will help you determine which kind of subwoofer and bass system you need, to get the sound you want.
In this video we'll tell you about the different types of subwoofer enclosures available, and find out which one best fits your vehicle and your needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These bolt-in audio component kits from Rockford Fosgate will make your Polaris Ranger rock. They let you upgrade your sound without cutting or modification.
Marine stereos are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and configurations. Our handy guide will help you find the receiver that's right for your boat.
A line output converter lets you connect an amplifier to a factory stereo. In this article, we answer the most common questions about line output converters.
Five key things you need to consider when shopping for a new car stereo. Crutchfield can help you find the new stereo that fits your needs.
What you need to know before you start shopping for home speakers.
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.
These car audio tips can help improve sound quality in your vehicle, whether you're listening on a factory system or a multi-channel amplified setup.
This article contains some basic recipes to help you get the audio right gear to fit your style of boating.
Our live sound speakers buying guide will get you on the road to finding the right PA speakers for your live sound needs.
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.
What makes home theater so exciting? A giant TV screen and wraparound sound that makes what you see feel real. Learn how to choose the best speakers for your home.
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 RZR.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sonos wireless speakers are great for music. But did you know you can configure them to deliver surround sound in your home theater? We decided to try it ourselves.
A guide to home theater surround sound formats.
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.
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."
Three of our car audio manufacturers, Alpine, Kicker, and Pioneer, offer their tips on getting exactly the kind of bass you want in the car.
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.
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.
If you want to upgrade the audio in your boat, look for a purpose-built marine stereo system that stands up to sunlight, spray, and salt.
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.
How many channels you'll need for your amp depends on how you intend to use it, and with how many speakers or subs.
A Rockford Fosgate system gave the family minivan a major audio overhaul while still keeping the manufacturer's dual DVD players intact for the kids.
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.
Bill Becker, the founder and CEO of BDI, talks about their Novia audio/video furniture line - perfect for people who want to hide their components and still keep them
Learn about what to look for when choosing outdoor speakers, including weather-readiness and the speaker designs best-suited for different setups.
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
Subwoofers blow when you over-power them and when you try get too much volume while under-powering them. Here we discuss what happens in both situations.
Learn about the features and technical specifications included among today's car stereo subwoofers.
Alpine's BassLine subwoofers will add some serious rumble to your vehicle's sound system, but they won't break your budget.
Alpine's SBR-S8-4 ported subwoofer gives you hard-hitting bass without taking up the valuable storage space you need. The secret is in the high quality construction.
This article describes the steps involved in installing a subwoofer in your vehicle.
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.
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
We always say that adding a subwoofer enhances your music, no matter the style or genre. So we thought it'd be fun to hear how that concept works with Christmas songs.
Tips on how to adjust your home theater subwoofer for better performance.
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.
The Sound Ordnance B-8PTD compact powered subwoofer lets you add bass to your car audio system with minimum fuss, featuring a slim chassis and a built-in amp.
Here's a step-by-step recipe for getting your subwoofer sounding great.
Installing new JL Audio speakers, 5-channel amplifier, and a subwoofer.
Powered subs include all the elements of a subwoofer system — subwoofer, amplifier, and enclosure. Here's how to install a typical powered sub.
What happens when you add even a small subwoofer to a marginal audio system? Woody found out when he brought home a Polk PSW111.
You can add floor-shaking realism and crystal clear dialogue to your TV sound with the JBL Cinema SB 400 sound bar and wireless subwoofer.
A few weeks ago, we installed new speakers and an amp in Mathilda's car. Once she got used to how great the upgrade sounded, we came back to add an amp and subwoofer.
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.
Adding a sub to your factory stereo is a great way to improve your sound without giving up your familiar factory controls. Follow along with our expert in this video.
Give your home theater a boost with the Yamaha YAS-203 sound bar and subwoofer combo. You can even stream music to the sound bar over Bluetooth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A group of Crutchfield advisors evaluates the difference between subwoofers in sealed boxes and in ported boxes.
Inspired by Crutchfield, Marty C. upgrades his cooler with the Infinity INF-MPK250 receiver and speaker package and a Sound Ordnance B-8PTD powered subwoofer.
Ben H. added two pairs of Sony speakers, a Kicker amplifier, and an enclosed subwoofer from Boston Acoustics to his 2003 Toyota Camry LE, plus new interior lighting.
Sound Ordnance subwoofer enclosures, called Bass Bunkers, are available to house most standard-sized woofers.
In Part 2 of our Car Stereo Proving Ground series, we added a bass system (subwoofer and amp) and an amplifier to the speakers in our Ford F-150.
Elliot C's sweet, low-mileage 1990 Mazda Miata needed new speakers, so he upgraded the whole system, including a new receiver and a powered subwoofer.
We turned an ordinary cooler into a portable digital media sound system with speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, and even a wireless router.
Stephen D. from Farmington, NM, added a pair of hard-hitting 12" JL Audio w3v3 subwoofers and an Alpine DVD receiver to his 2003 Jaguar X-Type sedan.
JBL's soundbar speakers will help you get superior sound out of your TV. Three models are available, including one with a wireless subwoofer.
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.
Whether you need a bare-bones work truck or an luxury people hauler, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has a lot to offer. And we'll tell you how to install new audio gear.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Want better control over your home music system? Discover three of the best apps around, along with the gear they control.
The "996" 911 Carrera is everything a 21st century Porsche ought to be. If you don't think your audio system is all that it could be, we'll help you tune it up.
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.
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.