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Car stereo FAQ

Common questions we get about choosing and installing a new car stereo

Q: Why should I get a new car stereo?
A: Sound and features are the two best reasons for getting a new car stereo. Aftermarket car stereos typically have more powerful amplifiers and better sound-shaping controls than factory stereos. And you'll find plenty of cool features, like Bluetooth® and smartphone compatibility, USB and aux inputs, touchscreen controls, navigation, satellite radio compatibility, and much more, depending on the type and model of car stereo you buy.

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Car stereo receivers

There are many types of car stereos, from touchscreen models to CD receivers.

Q: There are lots of different types — which is best for me?
A: Once you start shopping, you'll find four main types of car stereos: CD receivers, digital media receivers, DVD receivers, and navigation receivers. 

  • CD receivers — This is what most people think of if you say "car stereo." CD receivers play CDs of course, but most models will also feature an aux and USB input, plus a radio tuner of course. You'll find CD receivers in both single-DIN (2-inch tall) and double-DIN (4-inch tall) sizes.
  • Digital media receivers — These car stereos do away with the CD player. That's a great option if you only listen to music from digital music players, smartphones, or streaming music services. A cool variation of these receivers are Retrosound car stereos, designed to fit into classic cars that don't have dash openings large enough to accomodate a CD receiver. 
  • DVD receivers — These receivers not only play DVDs as well as CDs, but feature touchscreen displays that you can watch video content on when you're parked. You'll also enjoy features like album art display, touchscreen audio adjustments, and smartphone integration, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with some models. 
  • Navigation receivers — If you travel a lot, a navigation receiver may be right for you. You'll find the features of a DVD receiver, along with built-in GPS navigation that doesn't rely upon your smartphone.  

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Q: How do I know what'll fit my car?
A: Don't worry, we've done the heavy lifting! Our vehicle research team has checked out thousands of cars and trucks to find out what will (and won't) work in specific vehicles.

There's also the common question about DIN size: Do you need a single-DIN stereo or a double-DIN stereo? Which one is better? You can read our "Single-DIN vs. double-DIN" article to find out, but the easiest answer is to use our vehicle selector to tell us what you drive, and we'll let you know. Or, if you want to get right to the experts, give us a call and we'll give you the straight story.

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Steering wheel audio controls

With the right adapter, you can continue to use your steering wheel controls.

Q: Can I keep my steering wheel controls?
A: You sure can — but in most cases you'll need to install a special adapter. And when you buy any stereo from us, you'll get a deep discount on the steering wheel control adapter for your car. See our article about Steering Wheel Audio Control Adapters for more information.

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Q: Will a new stereo work with my existing factory options?
A: Your car may have come with factory-installed options, like satellite radio, navigation, or Bluetooth. In most cases, these are built into the existing factory stereo, or use proprietary protocols which aren't compatible with new aftermarket car stereos, so these features won't work with a new stereo. This can be a complicated issue though, so call or chat with us and we can check out your specific vehicle and features. 

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Variable color displays

Match your dash illumination with a variable color display.

Q: Can I get a stereo that will match my dash illumination?
A: We love it when a new car stereo really looks like it belongs in your dash, and matching the existing dash illumination scheme is a big part of that. To really hone in the color match, look for models that let you adjust the color for different parts of the receiver — for example, white for the display and red for the buttons. You'll also find models that let you adjust specific RGB color levels for a perfect match. Search for stereos that feature variable colors to see your options.

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Smartphone indash

An increasing number of touchscreen receivers support Apple CarPlay (pictured) and Android Auto.

Q: Will a new car stereo work with my smartphone?
A: One of the most exciting things about new car stereos is the way that they integrate with your smartphone. Almost all models offer USB connection to your phone, letting you access your music files or other stored media from both iOS and Android devices. And if your new stereo has Bluetooth, you'll be able to access your music or streaming services that way too. One of the coolest recent developments has been in the number of receivers that support the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces, allowing truly integrated touchscreen operation of many smartphone features.

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Q: Can my factory speakers handle a high-powered car stereo?
A: Your factory speakers should be able to handle the output from an aftermarket CD receiver, but there are limits to their performance. Turn up your new radio with the car sitting still, make a note of the volume level at which your factory speakers start to distort, and avoid cranking the radio up past that point.

Of course if you want to get the best sound, we recommend adding quality, aftermarket speakers as soon as you can. A new set of speakers will let you take full advantage of the big, rich sound your new receiver has to offer.

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Q: How much power do I need to get optimum performance from my car's sound system?
A: Since every car stereo is different, there's no magic "wattage formula." As long as you stay within the recommended power range of your speakers, increasing power will always add richness and depth to your music. Compare a spinet piano to a concert grand. The small piano is good enough to play music clearly, but move up to a grand and you'll gain better tone, greater harmonic detail, and more volume. The larger instrument is simply more powerful.

Here are a couple things to consider:

  • How efficient are your speakers? Your speakers have a direct influence on the overall "power" of your system. If you plan to power your speakers with your in-dash receiver, efficient speakers (sensitivity of 90 dB or higher) will give you more bang for the buck. If you're installing high-performance component speakers, an outboard amp will generate maximum performance.
  • Are you adding a subwoofer? Subs need substantial amounts of power to reproduce the lowest tones, so it's essential to use an outboard amplifier with them. You should count on using more power for bass than you use to power all of your full-range speakers. If your receiver puts out 20 watts RMS x 4 channels (80 watts total), send at least 80 watts to your sub. Using a 50 watt x 4 amp to drive your components? Dedicate at least 200 watts for bass.
  • How good is your wiring? Your system's chain of components is only as strong as its weakest link, so don't cheat your amps and speakers with substandard power cable and speaker wire.
  • Before you buy, think about your vehicle and how you use it. If you drive a quiet sedan with the windows up, you'll need much less power than someone who goes off-roading in a pickup. Speaker location, extraneous road/car noise, noise damping material, and personal taste are factors that may affect how much power you'll need in your ride.

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Q: Will I have better bass with a new car stereo?
A: Great bass depends on a lot of factors, including what you define as "great bass." Generally though, the increased power of a new car stereo will improve the punch of the low end in your system. But if you really looking to dial in some thump, consider adding a subwoofer with an outboard amplifier, or perhaps a powered subwoofer

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crutchfield master sheet

We provide Crutchfield MasterSheets with detailed installation instructions for most cars.

Q: Is it hard to install a new car stereo?
A: Helping you install your own gear is our specialty. Since 1974, Crutchfield has helped hundreds of thousands of first-time installers put a new stereo in their dash, and get the job done right. With your purchase of a new stereo from us, you'll receive our exclusive, free step-by-step instructions for your vehicle. For most vehicles, we also offer mounting kits that let you install your new stereo in your dash with a professional look, wiring harnesses that plug right into your factory wiring, and, in some cases, specialty adapters that let you retain certain factory features. If we have these parts for your vehicle, you'll get a deep discount on them when you buy any stereo.

Plus, you're able to take advantage of our friendly, comprehensive tech support, seven days a week. It's like having a pro looking over your shoulder while you work! For additional installation information, read our Car Stereo Installation Guide.

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Kit install

Installation kits are designed to let you install your new stereo in specific cars.

Q: Will I need an installation kit?
A: Most cars require some sort of mounting kit to ensure that the new car stereo fits properly and looks good in the dash. Depending on your car, these can range from simple to elaborate. When you buy a new car stereo from us, you can be sure we'll recommend the kit you need. And don't forget, you'll get a deep discount on installation kits when you buy any stereo.

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crutchfield readyharness

With Crutchfield's ReadyHarness option, we'll wire the harness for you.

Q: What's the best way to connect the Crutchfield wiring harness to my new CD receiver's harness?
A: Maybe you don't know that when you buy a car stereo from Crutchfield, we include a vehicle-specific wiring harness that you will have to connect to the wiring harness that comes with your car stereo. The most important factor here is getting a tight connection that won't come loose over time. Simply twisting the wires together and taping them with electrical tape won't give you a strong connection.

Soldering used to be the go-to method, but these days most people find crimping the wires to be much easier. Our favorite method is using Posi-Twist™ connectors. They're even easier than crimping and provide a strong, secure connection. You'll find more Posi-Products, crimp tools, connectors and more in the car stereo installation tools section of our website. And when you buy any stereo from us, you'll get a deep discount on these tools and connectors.

We're really excited about our new ReadyHarness service. For a fee, we'll make the connection for you, resulting in a sturdy, properly wired harness that'll save you time during your installation. 

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Metra 40-HD10 Antenna Adapter

You may need other adapters, like this antenna adapter, when installing your new stereo.

Q: Will I need other, special adapters for my car?
A: Besides the stereo's wiring harness, you may need additional wiring adapters and interfaces, depending on your vehicle and its options. One common and inexpensive adapter you may need is an antenna adapter, to accommodate the different styles of antenna plugs found on different car models. 

Many late-model vehicles may require special adapters for factory functions that are built in to the existing factory radio, like door chimes and warning tones. You may also have factory amplifiers and other features that could require the addition of adapters like an iDatalink Maestro module to retain your factory functionality.

As always, our vehicle selector will guide you through the process of seeing what's needed. And don't forget to call or chat with us, and our Virginia based experts will help you find out what you need to know. 

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  • John Lepre from Sylvania

    Posted on 1/19/2021

    Hi Ken, I have a Pioneer GM-D8704 4 channel amp driving front/rears speakers via a Kenwood KDC-BT620U head unit and was wanting to add an under seat sub. Is that possible or do I need to run another amp. Most under seat units are powered subs anyway, can they be connected to the head unit without interfering with the amp? What are my options, don't need ear bleeding base, just a little more to round out the sound, any help is appreciated

  • Jeff Majewski from Grand Rapids

    Posted on 1/19/2021

    I drive a 2007 Cadillac DTS (no bose, base model) and purchased a Pioneer DMH-2600NEX, which wiring harness do I need to purchase for installation? I would like to retain use of my steering wheel controls, xm radio, door chimes, etc. Thank you for any information.

    Ken Nail from Crutchfield

    on 1/19/2021

    Jeff, I've passed your question along to our advisors. Someone will get in touch to help you check out your wiring options.
  • Mark from Bentonville

    Posted on 1/10/2021

    I had to do some maintenance on my truck an unplug battery an now my jvc kd-c350bts won't connect back with my steering wheel an I can't figure it out!!! I looked at my manual but still no luck

  • Bobby Saylor from Worth

    Posted on 11/28/2020

    HEY again..i have a 2015 mpala..the factory am fm radio works great but the c d player broke when will not eject the c d 's..and also have a 2018 chevy colorado with no c d you have a c d player that i can use in both ?? the last cd dvd player you sent me works great in my 66 chevelle...thanks so much...

    Ken Nail from Crutchfield

    on 11/30/2020

    Thanks for getting in touch Bobby. I've forwarded your message to one of our advisors. They should be in touch soon!
  • Ken Fording from Greensboro

    Posted on 11/26/2020

    I just bought a used truck (2003) F150. The stereo works fine, but I plan on replacing it piece meal. Would you suggest I get the speakers or stereo first? I am currently using a Bluetooth transmitter right now, so I can use my iPhone instead of stock radio.

  • Don from Sun Prairie

    Posted on 11/14/2020

    What car stereos support mirroring from Android?

  • Christopher S Gilley from Conroe

    Posted on 8/31/2020

    I have a Jenson 5620 with reverse camera.. I'm having trouble finding the reverse wire to connect the green/white + wire from the harness to. Is it located on the gas pedal harness?

  • Carl from Tucson

    Posted on 8/16/2020

    Can I add another amp when installing a aftermarket stereo in a Honda cross tour that allrrady has a factory amp

    Ken Nail from Crutchfield

    on 8/17/2020

    Thanks for your question, Carl. I've sent this along to our advisors. One of them should get in touch with you to discuss the possible options for your Crosstour.
  • JP Malveaux from Austell

    Posted on 8/12/2020

    I just installed my new Soundstream VR-345B in my Nissan 1994 hardbody pickup the stereo works fine until I turn on the head light , then stereo go blink if I turn off the light its needed

    Ken Nail from Crutchfield

    on 8/13/2020

    JP - Sorry to hear you're having some issues the Soundstream and your Nissan. If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.
  • Michele Mertz from Garden Grove

    Posted on 8/8/2020

    I have a 2019 Mustang convertible with HERTZ Mille Pro 163.3 three-way speakers + subwoofer. 2 amplifiers and 1 crossover/processor. The head unit is stock.. When I accelerate the sound from the exhaust is funneled through my subwoofer. I have been reading about people disabling the ANC, but they all have fastback hard tops. Where do i find this in a convertible? How do I disable?

    Ken Nail from Crutchfield

    on 8/10/2020

    Hey Michele - I'm afraid I don't have any info on disabling the ANC in your Mustang since it's a function of the stock stereo system. You may want to try consulting your dealer, or an experienced Ford mechanic.
  • Mary Reid from Earlysville,

    Posted on 5/1/2020

    My CD player/radio you guys installed for me quit working and I now get an error message. Can you guys repair it for me ?

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 5/4/2020

    Mary, sorry to hear that. I've passed this along to the Charlottesville store. They will reach out soon!
  • Reggie from Smithfield

    Posted on 3/4/2020

    After getting ready harness and radio from crutchfield rear speakers not playing, it was suggested that hardness be repinned if this happens. Would it be possible to return just the harness and have it repinned?

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 3/6/2020

    Reggie, Crutchfield Customer Service will be reaching out to you soon. If you don't want to wait, please give us a call (info at the top of the page).
  • Zac from Lincoln

    Posted on 3/1/2020

    I just bought a Pioneer Stereo on eBay from America, will it work exactly the same in the UK? Such as Bluetooth and Apple Car Play

    Ken Nail from Crutchfield

    on 3/2/2020

    Zac, Since we don't do business in the UK, we don't check these things out. But here's my personal take. Bluetooth is a "universal" protocol for inter-device communication, so it should work fine. For CarPlay, check out this article: Cheers! Ken
  • Jeff from Grand Rapids

    Posted on 11/20/2019

    I just installed my new radio with the extra ready made harness by crutchfeild but with the new radio my front speakers no longer work!

    Ken Nail from Crutchfield

    on 11/21/2019

    Jeff - I'm sorry you've run into a snag with your install. Since you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. Please go here for details, and good luck!
  • Jeff from Micanopy

    Posted on 9/9/2019

    I think you're missing a gigantic FAQ. Actually, it would be nice if you had some help category entitled: * What new car should I buy that will support Head Unit replacement from a third party manufacturer? I just bought a pre-owned Acura 2018 RDX SUV. It doesn't support android auto nor apple carplay. I knew that going into the deal. But what I didn't know is that there are no 3rd party head units available for this vehicle due to the Active Noise Cancellation feature of the vehicle that is interfaced with the hvac system and the car stereo. So, apparently no 3rd party vendors will touch it. AND, come to find out after just a few queries on your website; there appear to be many cars that are not supported. That means two big problems: 1) You can never upgrade your audio to any appreciable degree (minus quirky substandard workarounds), 2) You can never upgrade the human interface from your phone to your car stereo. To me; these problem are huge; especially the phone. Why are they not addressed on this website? What it means to me is that I have to either find a car manufacturer that is 3rd party friendly, or I have to buy the most high end and recent model available of the car I want and be happy with it until I sell it. While cars may last ten years, their interface to today's phones may only be relevant for several years and you'd better be happy with the audio. What a nightmare. I'm returning the 2018 Acura RDX I bought yesterday.

    Ken Nail from Crutchfield

    on 9/10/2019

    Hi Jeff, thanks so much for your sharing your thoughts. As you've noted, replacing or upgrading the stereo in many new cars can be challenging (or even impossible). While we don't have the specific FAQ you're suggesting, it is possible to examine the options available for any of the vehicles we've databased by looking at that specific vehicle. We're always looking for ways to improve our presentations, and we appreciate your thoughtful feedback. Best of luck in finding the car and stereo system that works for you!
  • Bruce Morris from Columbus

    Posted on 8/9/2019

    I just replaced a JVC KD-A815 that I purchased in 2010 for my 1999 GMC Sierra 1500SLE. I seem to recall having to change some wiring on the harness to keep the unit from drawing power directly from the battery. I am experiencing the same issue with the new Alpine I just purchased (Order: 46346985) Do I need to change the connections on the wiring harness adapter I purchased with the unit?

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 8/9/2019

    Bruce, we've passed your question along to Tech Support. Someone will contact you soon to help. If you don't want to wait, you'll find contact info for that department on our tech support page.
  • Les Schmied from Argyle, TX

    Posted on 7/30/2019

    Please for the love of GOD, Get me an ApplePlay receiver and setup that I can use on my low mileage 2008 Volvo S40! If anyone has any advice on anything, Please let me know. Thank you in advance. Les

    Ken Nail from Crutchfield

    on 7/31/2019

    Les, I'm afraid we don't recommend radio replacement for your vehicle. I wish we had better news for you.
  • Felix Madera from Fajardo

    Posted on 5/8/2019

    Hello, I have a 2012 Suzuki sx4 and purchased a blaupunkt bp800play stereo and also have a metra adaptor 70-1721. I'm confused as how to connect this harness. Do I cut and solder color matching? Please help.

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 5/10/2019

    Felix, usually you'll use the wire guide in your Blaupunkt manual and match it by function to the harness using the Metra guide. But if you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.
  • Chace Fleming from Carthage

    Posted on 2/25/2019

    I have looked Absolutely everywhere for a wiring harness diagram and what colors I connect to the aftermarket harness in order to get full function our of the speakers and radio. I am not worried about wheel controls cause they didt work with the stock stereo anyways. I drive a 2008 Nissan maxima without the Bose stereo or GPS system.

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 2/26/2019

    Chace, give us a call and advisor can help. I'm unsure if you have an integration harness or not. With a vehicle-specific harness, your installation should be a less frustrating experience. If you have the harness already and you're talking about matching the vehicle-specific harness to aftermarket radio's harness, you should find the diagrams you need in the new radio's manual and the new harness's manual.
  • Kris Brobecker from Lakeville

    Posted on 12/5/2018

    My car is a 2005 Ford Taurus sedan 4 door 3.0 6cyl and i got the pioneer mvh-s301bt i been having probelms left and right and FYI I HAVE THE METRA DASH KIT INSTALLED but first i had the two yellow wire from the harness and head unit all together i know it not supposed to be like that but it the only way i could use any of my electrical on my dash then i had to change fuses i did that then i put wires back and it stays on when car off i cant figure this out and wen i keep the wires right way if it comes on i lose all memery please help thank you

    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 12/5/2018

    Kris, sorry to hear you've had so much trouble. You can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system if you bought your gear from Crutchfield. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.
  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/19/2018

    Blake, you'll need a different wiring harness and kit to match your '08 F-150. I've passed your question along to an Advisor, and someone will contact you soon.

  • Blake hargrow from Farmersville

    Posted on 4/18/2018

    I have a wiring harness from my 1998 f150 and put in a new radio, but I now have a 2008 f150 and I wanted to take out the stock radio and replace it with the after market radio from the 1998 f150 and put it in the 2008 with the same wiring harness I bought for the 2008?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/31/2018

    John, your best first bet would be to return to the professional installer and ask him/her to check their work for loose connections. Without the specifics of the antenna, it's hard to make recommendations about its installation. As far as the receiver goes, there aren't setting for tuner reception quality.

  • John Klimek from Chicago

    Posted on 1/29/2018

    I recently had a Kenwood DPX502BT professionally installed in my car. I also added a Universal window-mount antenna, which I installed in the right front windshield at the top. Many of my radio stations are getting poor reception and sometimes cut out completely. Does the braided wire from the antenna need to be grounded? Any way to adjust the reception on the radio for better quality? Any suggestions?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/15/2018

    Hey Marty, we just tried that out with that very stereo and had success. If you open the Google Maps app on your phone and select "Navigation settings" in your "Settings" menu, select "Play as Bluetooth phone call." This will allow nav prompts to override your tuner audio and then switch back to the tuner when there are no nav prompts. Another option would be to stay on Bluetooth as your source and stream your favorite radio station through an app like TuneIn Radio.

  • Marty Sannino from Villas, NJ

    Posted on 1/10/2018

    I have a Sony WX900-BT installed and pair my Samsung Galaxy S6 Active to it to listen to music and use Google Maps GPS Navigation with voice directions over my car speakers. This "talk over/interrupt" feature is a very helpful function to keep eyes on the road and not on the screen. However I noticed that when listening to a broadcast through my radio tuner, the Google Maps GPS voice directions are not audible via the car speakers even when the phone is paired correctly. Is there anything I can do to enable Google Maps GPS audible instructions through car speakers when listening to the radio at the same time. Thanks.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/6/2017

    Peter, you may have the blue wire from the 12040EU56 antenna adapter connected to the blue wire from the 1209003NAV wiring interface. You actually want to connect the blue wire from the 12040EU56 antenna adapter directly to the Blue/White wire from the 105KWR925B receiver. The blue wire from the 1209003NAV wiring interface is not used. If you have any further questions, give our Tech Support team a call.

  • Peter J Maniak from Saint Paul, MN

    Posted on 12/4/2017

    Hello I just finished installing my new JVC KW-R925BTS unit with the European Antenna Adapter (order # 44371339, 2014 VW Golf) and have no AM reception. The antenna power wire is connected to the blue wire coming from the large VW harness and the two antenna inputs are plugged into the end of the power antenna. Every other feature is working perfectly. Any solutions to this problem? Thanks for your time.

  • Ken Nail from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/27/2017

    Hi Saundra - If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Saundra from Centerville

    Posted on 11/22/2017

    I have just installed a kenwood KDC- X701and the speakers cut out most of the time when I switch sources. Sometimes powering down and restarting will get it working again. Is this likely a problem with the new unit or some setting that needs to be changed ?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/6/2017

    Richard, I've passed your question along to Tech Support. Someone will reach out to you via email soon.

  • Richard Good from Portland

    Posted on 9/5/2017

    I have everything hooked up, new stereo, amp, subwoofer and 4 speakers but now I don't have any sound from anything. I have power to the amp and head unit and that's as far as it goes. Do I need a heavier gauge speaker wire from the amp to everything else or is there something I am missing? I bought everything from you guys but my work hours are hard to find time to call tech support. Any help is appreciated.

  • Ken Nail from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/1/2017

    Thanks for your question, Irv. Sorry to say that there's really nothing you can do to change the "baked in" capabilities of your older car's existing stereo. If it wasn't designed to play data CDs, there's nothing you can add to make that happen. Of course, you could look at replacing the stereo in that vehicle with one that has more up-to-date capabilities. You can use our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation. Hope that's some help!

  • Ken Nail from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/1/2017

    Thanks for your question, Irv. Sorry to say that there's really nothing you can do to change the "baked in" capabilities of your older car's existing stereo. If it wasn't designed to play data CDs, there's nothing you can add to make that happen. Of course, you could look at replacing the stereo in that vehicle with one that has more up-to-date capabilities. You can use our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation. Hope that's some help!

  • irving e teviovitz from brooklyn

    Posted on 1/31/2017

    I use windows media player to burn cds. I learned that people can get many songs on one cd by going to top right of media player---2nd line down---under burn options and pick "data cd" before you burn a cd for use in car. These cds played great in my newer car, but I get an error when I try to play the "data cds" in my older car. How can I get the data cds to play in my older car---adaptor, etc. thanks, Irv

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/25/2016

    Dana, give us a call for the best answer. If you intend to power your speakers using the factory amp, you'll need a specific harness with your new receiver. If you aren't going to use the factory amp, you'll need more than one amplifier to power the system you describe and we'll need a little more information about those two subs before we can make a recommendation. In the meantime, this article will be useful to you.

  • Dana from Rosedale MD

    Posted on 7/23/2016

    I have a 2010 Honda Accord coupe...7 far I have two keenwood 6.5 inches KFC-1665s...I plan on buying a Bluetooth radio and hooking those speakers up to the new radio...I also have two 12 inch subs (250rms) each in a sub box....and I plan on getting two speakers for the rear deck DS18 PRO-X6M PRO Series 6.5-Inch Midrange Loudspeaker 225 Watts RMS, 450 Watts Max Power....I also have a extra heavy duty titanium super bullet tweeter 400 watt max....what kind of amps do I need...? Thanks in advance.

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/28/2015

    John, while we can't speak to any change in the value of your car, your son will certainly enjoy it more. He'll be able to access his music with ease and hands-free calling via Bluetooth is a safer option when driving. And more than likely, by the time you plan on selling the car, most sellers would see these added features as a benefit as well. Take a look at this Camry-focused page, and if you have any questions at all, give one of our advisors a call at the number above.

  • John from Aberdeen

    Posted on 12/24/2015

    I have a 2005 Camry LE with its original stereo. My sixteen year old son wants a new stereo with BT and USB plug-in. My wife thinks it's unnecessary plus she thinks it will depreciate the value of the car. In addition, she believes it will mess with the electrical system of the car. Any advice and where to look up some information about this?

  • Robert Ferency-Viars from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/23/2015

    Troy, we don't carry a relay that would allow you to do this, but we used to. An online search for this item or something similar would get the job done if it's two car stereos you have in mind. Otherwise, if you have a cassette car stereo with an auxiliary input, you could connect a portable CD player via that aux-in. Also, keep in mind that if you're going through the effort of installation and if you can let go of the cassette format, a new CD receiver will give you so many modern features like Bluetooth connectivity for your phone, USB input for an iPod or smart device, and of course, more power. Give us a call for recommendations or use our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation.

  • Troy from Cheyenne wells Colo

    Posted on 12/20/2015

    I want to install a car cd player and a car cassette player can I tie both players into the same speakers?

  • Joe brown from Saratoga Springs

    Posted on 9/7/2015

    Hey guys, this may be difficult to answer without seeing exactly what I'm talking about but I'll give it a shot. I installed a new head unit as well as an amp and subwoofer in my car recently and all seems good except one minor issue, and it's hard to trace. Upon startup, the head seems to produce great volume, giving adequate sound levels at about 20 (out of 62) volume, but only for a quick moment, then it's as if the connection weakens, and I have to play it at much higher volume (40-50 out of 62) to get the same sound. At first I thought it was my cheap aux cable (always playing music through auxiliary from my phone) but it seems too consistent for that to be what it is. I'll continue trying different things, again I know this is pretty ambiguous but thanks to anyone who replies!

  • Charles Wright from Houston

    Posted on 8/31/2015

    I have 4 hilfonics Brutus brz15D4 15" Car subwoofers 2400 watt peak 1200 w rms My amp is a brx 1200.1 1200 watt super d class Hilfonics Brutus My question that enough power to push all 4 subwoofers in the amp.....Are should I add one more

  • Ken Nail from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/24/2015

    If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • david medina from north hollywood

    Posted on 8/22/2015

    Hi I have a pioneer avh-p8400bh i had it installed on my 2007 chevy Impala but my radio station dont show up on my screen not even the fm or am band do you know the cause for this thanks

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/10/2015

    Anthony, a good first step would be to see if you can isolate the trouble to one amp or another. You're already getting zero performance from the subs, so disconnect the power and ground from the sub's amp. See if you continue to have the crackling/shorting problem with the rest of your audio. If it continues, then you at least know that the crackling/shorting can be attributed to the amp for the mids/highs or your radio. If not, then it could be that the combination of these amps is taxing your system, and one or both are shutting down. Take this opportunity to also double-check all of your connections. If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • anthony faniel from houston

    Posted on 7/9/2015

    I have two amps one for highs and one for the subs. Subs not playing and radio won't get loud and it started staticing or cut out when volume turn up

  • Ken Nail from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/9/2015

    Thanks for your question, Sam - it sounds like a pretty frustrating situation. If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Sam from Massachusetts

    Posted on 6/8/2015

    I unplugged my amp and subwoofer to clean them up and check to make sure they're wired securely still. My sub and amp were set up fine and working beautifully. I rewired everything back into my trunk and was about to connect the power cable to the positive terminal and it sparked, which I thought was going to stop, but it didn't and started to melt the terminal. I quickly removed the cable from the terminal. I checked the ground and the connections on the amp and everything seemed fine. I went to connect the terminal again and the inline fuse blew. Went through a couple more inline fuses and then finally amps fuse blew. I'm not sure what's going on. From what I've read It might be the insulation on the power wire might be split somewhere causing a short and overheating, my ground wire might have a bad connection, the amp itself is faulty, my internal car wiring could have a short, the wood blocks I mounted it to could be causing it. Also I did not turn the car meaning the remote wire did not power the amp to turn on, my keys were in my pocket. I also did not have the sub woofer connected to the amp at the time just in case something were to go wrong and I didn't want a blown sub, car and amp. Could you help me figure out what's wrong?