Updating the firmware

Most of the gear we use today is as much a computer as it is an audio or video device.As such, sometimes the manufacturer makes improvements to the programs that run the device (firmware).These improvements are released as firmware updates.We can expect to see firmware updates for everything from our Blu-ray players and video game consoles to our car stereos.To simplify the issue: whether an update is for a device's firmware or software doesn't really matter. The point is that sometimes updates are released and we need to apply them to our gear.These updates tend to come from one of two places: Updating the gear like an MP3 player or camera is easy when you can connect it to your computer.I couldn't ask for a better job — we get to play with car audio gear every day!I'm a Virginia native from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Note: Your hardware will usually update its firmware automatically.

I've been with Crutchfield since 1999, where I began as one our advisors, helping our customers choose new gear.

After a couple of years, I moved to the writing team where I spent a decade researching new products and getting hands on with car stereos, amplifiers, speakers, and subs. For the past few years, I've been the managing editor of Crutchfield's Car A/V web article content.

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