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People remember a great party. Forever. What is the easiest way to get a party started? Music. I'm not talking about low volume, background, polite music. I'm talking about loud, pounding, rhythmic music. The kind of front-and-center soul-tugging sound that loosens us up, gets us dancing, and gives us nothing but the moment. You can’t create these moments with your basic Bluetooth speaker. You need a speaker with big power and deep bass. A speaker loud enough to compete with conversations.
Many of our Bluetooth speakers, sports headphones, underwater cameras and marine products come with an IP rating. For example, the MTX MUDHSB-B handlebar Bluetooth speaker is rated IP66, and the jaybird X4 Wireless Earbuds have an IPX7 rating. We explore what the different IP ratings mean.
SpeakerCompare by Crutchfield lets you buy speakers online the way you would in a showroom. Our exclusive technology lets you virtually compare the sound among hundreds of speakers. And our expert advisors stand ready to give you whatever additional help you need. This is audio speaker sales done right.
There are two main reasons people ask our Advisors about using headphones to watch TV. They have some hearing loss, which usually means they have trouble hearing what the people on the screen are saying. Or they want to watch TV without disturbing family members. We offer a few headphone solutions for both situations. I’ll take you through your options, explain the advantages and limitations of each, and show you how they work.
Before I came to Crutchfield, I didn’t think too much about surge protectors. Then I discovered that the inexpensive power strips I tend to use often don’t provide any protection at all. I was dismayed to see my gaming PC and monitor plugged into vulnerable outlets. When it comes to your own beloved electronics, you are going to want to protect them with the best surge protectors. Below we list best strip-style surge protectors Crutchfield has to offer.
When I try out gaming headphones, there are couple key features I am looking for. I want sweeping scores to take me to far off worlds. I want the chest-opening drop in The Legend of Zelda to sound epic. Second, they need to be well-constructed. Durability and comfort are a must. If I decide I’m staying up all night to beat the game, I don’t want headphones that discourage me. Based on my extensive testing, here are the best options Crutchfield has to offer.
When Crutchfield started selling car stereos and speakers in the 1970s, there wasn’t much to it. We carried a handful of models of each in a limited number of sizes or configurations. And in those days of the ’70s and early ’80s, selling car audio gear through the mail wasn’t the easiest thing to do. Well, not if you wanted to be able to give the customer everything they needed for a DIY installation project. But that was how we wanted to do it.
To celebrate our 45th anniversary, we cruised down memory lane with a handful of folks who helped shape Crutchfield in the early days when the consumer electronics industry still had a bit of a Wild West vibe. Dave Schaefer is one of those Crutchfield vets. Throughout the 1980s and early ‘90s, Dave was our head of tech support, but now he's best remembered as "The Installation Doctor."