Kicker's DS car speakers and DX amplifiers give you the serious performance you'd expect from Kicker, at a price that won't break your budget.
JVC's KW-V50BT and KW-V30BT DVD receivers integrate seamlessly with most smartphones and bring a big, bright touchscreen to your dash. You can cutomize the touchscreen interface to your liking, and make calls hands-free.
JVC's 2014 digital media receivers are great for everyone who uses their smartphone as their main source of music. These receivers don't play CDs, but they work great with popular music apps.
JVC's KD-R950BT CD receiver lets you customize the illumination color in three different areas of the faceplate for any combinations you can think of. Combine that with super-clean CD playback, a USB input for charging devices and playing your music files, and Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, and you've got a solid receiver to go along with the visually-stunning display. Take a look at in action in this demo video.
Kenwood designed their KDC-BT858U CD receiver to be a simple, elegant control center for entertainment in your vehicle. A multi-function control knob and a few buttons give you quick access to this receiver's long list of features, including hands-free calling, music streaming, Internet radio access, and more. Take a closer look in this demo video.
JVC's KD-R750 CD receiver offers the capability of selecting colors for three separate zones on the face, so you can personalize the receiver's looks to match your style. And you've got great music choices too, with iPod/iPhone controls, plus Pandora and iHeartRadio options. Take a look in this demo video.
Kicker's Powersports line of speakers is built for the elements. Their weatherproof design makes them great for motorcycles, ATVs, and other vehicles that are exposed to the weather.
If you're into music, JVC's Arsenal Series KD-AR555 CD receiver can ramp your car's audio performance up to a much higher level. Its built-in amp generates some pretty serious power, and you'll enjoy some options you may not have now, including a USB port, an auxiliary input, and a 3-band parametric equalizer. Take a look in this demo video.
JVC's KD-R650 CD receiver puts you in command of your music with a handy front-panel USB port to access and control your iPod or iPhone playlists. You can even play music from many Android phones through the USB port using JVC's Music Control app. Streaming music fans are in luck - when you connect your iPhone, you can control Pandora® or iHeartRadio from the receiver. Check it out in this demo video.
Kenwood's KDC-BT758HD CD receiver adds an elegant look to your dash with its simple control panel, plus it offers an HD Radio tuner and built-in Bluetooth. You can select display and illumination colors that match your car's dash or your mood -- your choice. And you'll enjoy iPod/iPhone, plus Pandora and iHeartRadio functions. Take a look in this demo video.
The HDMI input in certain Kenwood receivers lets you view your phone's screen right in your dash, and even control certain apps from Kenwood's touchscreen.
The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598 CD receiver uses built-in Bluetooth to bring hands-free calling and audio streaming to your vehicle. And you'll find USB and aux inputs, along with built-in Pandora controls. Take a look in this demo video.
The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X498 CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio tuner that allows you to haul in local participating stations with dramatically improved sound quality. And you'll find USB and aux inputs, plus Pandora control. Check it out in this demo video.
Pioneer's 2014 NEX receivers give you a touchscreen command center in your dash. You'll get the sound quality you expect from a Pioneer, plus a whole lot more.
Kenwood's KDC-BT318U CD receiver gives you Bluetooth for hands-free calling convenience, plus a wireless connection to the songs stored on your compatible music player. A USB input lets you hook up your iPhone or compatible Android phone. Take a look at some of what it offers in this demo video.
Kenwood's KDC-358U CD receiver will impress you with its looks. It boasts a bright 13-digit display, logical controls, variable color illumination, and a CD slot cover for a sleek appearance in your dash. But this budget-friendly car stereo isn't just about appearance. Check out some of its moves in this demo video.
Kenwood's KDC-258U CD receiver delivers solid performance and plenty of features at a pretty nice price. You can adjust the variable color display so this Kenwood looks right at home in your dash, while the aux input and USB port give you plenty of options for hooking up your gear. Take a look in this demo video.
Ditching the discs and going digital doesn't have to break the bank. Sony's DSX-A40UI digital media receiver offers an impressive list of features for its price range, along with USB and aux connections for your devices. Check it out in this demo video.
Blaupunkt'sToronto 420 BT CD receiver really catches the eye with its classic lines and traditional two-knob layout. But its old school looks won't keep you in the dark when you're driving - the bright white 15-digit scrolling display keeps you in the loop on song and system information, while the simple controls allow you to access an extensive list of features. Take a look at it in this demo video.
Pioneer's MVH-X360BT digital media receiver lets you enjoy music from your iPhone or iPod, select Android phones, or a USB thumb drive. You also get built-in Bluetooth technology and Pioneer performance — all at a surprisingly nice price. Plus, you can still check out the news or a ballgame on good old-fashioned AM/FM radio. Check it out in this demo video.
If you're done with discs and ready for an all-digital entertainment experience, Pioneer's MVH-X560BT digital media receiver (there's no CD player) lets you enjoy music from your iPhone or iPod, select Android phones, or a USB thumb drive when you're on the road. You'll also get Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming. Take a look in this demo video.
Once you've driven with a Bluetooth receiver, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Pioneer's AVH-X2600BT DVD receiver brings all the advantages of a touchscreen receiver to your vehicle, along with the convenience and safety of Bluetooth®. You'll enjoy hands-free calling with your compatible phone, plus the ability to wirelessly stream and control music from compatible phones and other Bluetooth devices. Check it out in this demo video.
Pioneer's AVH-X5600BHS offers the biggest screen and the most features available in the Pioneer DVD receiver lineup, including Bluetooth®, an HD Radio™ tuner, and the ability to add an optional SiriusXM tuner. Take a closer look in this demo video.
Pioneer's AVH-X3600BHS combines a 6.1" touchscreen with Bluetooth, HD Radio, and an optional SiriusXM tuner. This capable receiver also has great smartphone compatibility. Check it out in this demo video.
Pioneer's AVH-X4600BT DVD receiver's 7" touchscreen display shows your system info, song titles, and videos in sharp detail. Motorized angle adjustments let you set the angle for perfect viewing in your car. Built-in Bluetooth provides hands-free calling and audio streaming.
Blaupunkt's Helsinki 220 BT CD receiver is a winning proposition when it comes to replacing your old radio. You'll enjoy the benefits of hands-free calling as you keep your attention on the road, while wireless audio streaming means you won't have to plug in whenever you want to listen to your music. Take a look in this demo video.
Pioneer's AVH-X1600DVD DVD receiver has put the spotlight on smartphone compatibility with features like Advanced App Mode and MirrorLink™ functionality. Its 6.1" display offers intuitive touchscreen controls that allow you to make changes by tapping, swiping, or dragging your finger, plus user-friendly menus that you can customize to your liking. Check out this receiver in this demo video.
Pioneer designed the impressive DEH-X9600BHS CD receiver with all the convenient features you want in a modern car stereo: Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming, an HD Radio tuner for improved AM/FM, Pandora Internet radio control, and dual USB inputs. You'll find sophisticated sound controls and a variable-color display, along with the crowd-pleasing MIXTRAX feature. Check out some of its moves in this display and controls demo.
Pioneer's DEH-X8600BS lets you tune into the wide variety of SiriusXM satellite radio with the addition of an optional tuner. But it does a lot more too. There are iPod®/iPhone® controls, Android™ music file playback via USB, plus built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming with compatible devices. Check it our in action in this demo video.
Pioneer's DEH-X8600BH lets you tune into the smooth sound of HD Radio™ broadcasts, and does a lot more too. There are iPod®/iPhone® controls, Android™ music file playback via USB, plus built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming with compatible devices. Check it our in action in this demo video.
Pioneer's DEH-X7600S CD receiver offers almost everything you could want in a car stereo - powerful sound, multi-color display, iPod®/iPhone® controls, Pandora® control with your iPhone®, and Android™ music file playback. Add an optional satellite radio tuner and you've got a great system. Check it out in this display and controls demo video.
If you're a local radio fan, Pioneer's DEH-X7600HD CD receiver can tune into HD Radio™ stations that offer the best sound you'll hear coming over the airwaves - FM that rivals CDs, and AM that's clear and static-free. And this receiver also sports a multi-color display, plus a suite of connectivity options. Check it out in this display and controls demo video.
Pioneer's DEH-X4600BT adds the capabilities of Bluetooth® to your car's stereo system, so you can enjoy both hands-free calling and audio streaming with compatible devices. And you'll enjoy other cool perks, like iPod®/iPhone® control and Pandora® with your iPhone or Android™. Check it out in this demo video.
Crutchfield takes a look at the 2014 Pioneer CD receivers line up, including the DEH-X2600UI, the DEH-X3600UI and DEH-X3600S, the DEH-X5600HD, and the DEH-X6600BT and DEH-X6600BS. Learn the differences between the models in this video.
Sony's XAV-602BT DVD receiver offers some cool smartphone connectivity options for select Android and iOS® phones with MirrorLink and AppRemote. And this comprehensive receiver also features Bluetooth® hands-free calling and audio streaming along with Pandora® controls. Check out some of its moves in this demo video.
Jensen's VM9726BT navigation receiver offers a full suite of in-dash delights at a very compelling price. You'll have a 6.2" high-gloss touchsreen at your command, plus control over your audio and video sources from the driver's seat. Hands-free calling and music streaming? Yep, that too. Take a closer look in this demo video.
Pioneer's DEH-X5600HD CD receiver boasts a built-in HD Radio™ tuner, along with a front-panel USB input. You can enjoy the best-sounding radio around, plus plug in your iPhone® for access to your music files and Pandora®. Check it out in this demo video.
JVC's KW-NT810HDT navigation receiver features intuitive guidance and a 7" display. And you can tune in great-sounding HD Radio™ broadcasts and control select smartphone apps and functions on the go. Check it out in our demo video.
The Pioneer FH-X500UI has iPhone controls, plays music files from Android devices and plays Pandora. For some extra visual excitement, MIXTRAX syncs the audio from many of your sources, adding transitions between songs along with a light show. Take a look in this demo video. Check it out in this demo video.
Boss Audio's compact BV7335B DVD receiver fits in most car dashes and features a 3.2" LCD screen that lets you view pictures and DVD videos when you're parked. Plus, it adds a bold splash of color to your car with a choice of five background display images. Check it out in this demo video.
Boss packs some pretty cool features into their 752UAB CD receiver. They included a front-panel auxiliary input and a USB port.It'll even play music files from select Android™ devices, too. Check it out in this short demo video.
Pioneer's DEH-X3600UI CD receiver stretches the color spectrum with a multi-color, dual-zone display that lets you choose from thousands of colors - you can even set up one color for the display and another for the buttons. Plus there's iPhone® and Android™ connectivity, and Pandora® control with your iPhone. Check it out in this demo video.
Pioneer's DEH-X2600UI CD receiver provides plenty of bang for the buck. It boasts iPhone® and Android™ connectivity, Pandora® control with your iPhone, plus some sophisticated sound controls. Check it out in this demo video.
Pioneer's DEH-X6600BT features built-in Bluetooth®, iPhone® and Android™ connectivity, Pandora® control and the audio/visual blast of MIXTRAX. Take a look at this sharp-looking Pioneer in this short demo video.
JVC's KW-NT510HDT navigation receiver features rapid traffic updates and other alerts through its dedicated HD Radio™ tuner, so you'll be able to see congestion developing along your route and find a way around potential pitfalls. This handy travel companion also features Bluetooth®, HD Radio reception, and smartphone compatibility to make your drive more convenient. Check it out in this short demo video.
The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 DVD receiver comes with a 2-year warranty and is loaded with cool features. You'll find Bluetooth®, plus iPod® controls, while Kenwood's app control lets you access select navigation, video, and music apps when your iPhone® is connected. If you're a Pandora® Internet radio fan, you'll enjoy control of it from the receiver with the iPhone®, Android™, and Blackberry devices.
The Reference Fit line of amplifiers from Kenwood Excelon packs a ton of power into a small chassis. These amps hit hard and can fit into tight spaces, if needed. And with mono, 4-channel, and 5-channel versions available, you're sure to find one that fits into your car audio upgrade plans.
Pioneer's versatile 2013 car amplifiers help you get needed power to your speakers and subs. They're compact, powerful, and even 1-ohm stable so it's easy to match subs.
Alpine made their V-Power amps 40% smaller for 2013, so they'll fit in more places than ever. Plus they employ some smart technology called Enhanced Shutdown Performance, which rolls back the output a bit when the amp threatens to overheat from playing at its limits too long.
Kenwood's Excelon KDC-X597 CD receiver has built-in Bluetooth® hands-free calling and audio streaming. And this sharp-looking car stereo sports variable color illumination for the buttons and controls, so you can match it up to your car. It'll control your iPod® or iPhone® and you can play music from your Android™ via the USB when you use Kenwood's Music Control app. Take a closer look in this Crutchfield demo video.
Sony's efficient GS car amplifiers give you clean, effective power to make your car audio system sing. There are two GS models: a 4-channel, and a mono subwoofer amp. Both feature RCA and speaker-level inputs and are backed by a 3-year Sony warranty.
While at CES 2012, we got the inside scoop on the new Kenwood Excelon line of amplifiers - three models featuring a small footprint, clean design, and covered by a reassuring 2-year warranty.
The Alpine PDX-V9 is the "do it all" version of Alpine's popular digital PDX amps. It's small, stackable with other PDX amps, and gives you 100 watts RMS x 4 for your speakers, plus 500 watts RMS x 1 to drive a sub. Serious power, with a tiny footprint.
Zak got a chance to check out the new JBL GTO car amps at CES. Chris from JBL takes us through the line and shows us that no matter what you've got planned, JBL has a GTO amp for you.
For the best amplified sound in your car, turn to Focal. This brief video introduces the Focal FPS series of amplifiers.
Alpine's CDE-147BT CD receiver is Bluetooth® equipped, so you can make and take calls hands-free when you're in the car. And you can stream audio from your Bluetooth devices too. Alpine's Quad illumination lets you choose from four different colors for the receiver's control buttons for a style that'll work in your car. Pandora control for your iPhone® or Android™ is built in. Take a look at the CDE-147BT in this demo video.
Crutchfield Car A/V writer Ken takes a trip to the Crutchfield Labs to talk about USB and iPhone 5 use with Sony Tune Tray car stereos. He examines the issues involved when you attempt to use the Tune Tray while employing the adapters necessary for use of iPods and iPhones with the Lightning connector.
Pioneer's AVH-X2500BT DVD receiver brings all the advantages of a touchscreen receiver to your vehicle, along with the convenience and safety of Bluetooth® connectivity. Take a closer look at this DVD receiver in this display and controls demo video.
Alpine designed the CDE-134HD CD receiver for all you AM/FM radio lovers. Its built-in HD Radio™ tuner lets you dial in digital HD Radio broadcasts to get FM that sounds almost as good as a CD, and AM that sounds like traditional FM — a huge leap forward in sound quality.
Clarion lets you tap into the power of Pandora® in your car with their CZ702 CD receiver. And when a call comes in, the receiver mutes the music while you talk to your caller over your car's speakers. Take a look at the CZ702 in this demo video.
With features like Bluetooth® connectivity and a sharp-looking display, Axxera's XDMA7200 CD receiver steps outside the bounds of bland to put a whole new set of capabilities in your dash. Take a look in this demo video.
With JVC's knockout KD-X80BT digital media receiver in your dash, you'll see plenty of song info, caller info, and Pandora® station info. And JVC gives you complete control over the look — you can choose from over 30,000 different colors. Take a closer look in this demo video.
Whether you're hitting the road for a family vacation or braving the daily commute to work, you want a trustworthy guide leading the way. JVC's KW-NT310 navigation receiver features a beautiful 6.1" touchscreen that gives you quick access to its maps and 8 million points of interest. And the it's loaded with features that'll come in handy.
JVC designed their KD-X250BT digital media receiver to handle all your music devices, as well as give you a significant upgrade in power over your factory radio. Plus, the convenience of built-in Bluetooth® hands-free calling and streaming audio.
Alpine's CDE-143BT CD receiver has built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, and has controls for your iPod® and iPhone®. Alpine's App Mode lets you tap into music streaming apps, too. Check out the CDE-145BT in this display and controls demo video.
If you've got a 4" double-DIN opening in your dash, add some style and flash with Clarion's CX201. But it's not just a pretty face — check it out in this short video demo.
If your smartphone is a big part of your life, it's only natural that you'd want to tap into it when you're on the road. Select JVC receivers work with the MirrorLink system to provide unparalleled in-dash control over an ever-growing list of smartphones. With MirrorLink, you'll enjoy touchscreen control over your music, phone contacts, and select apps - a seamless experience.
Kenwood's DDX770 DVD receiver is a multimedia car stereo that's loaded with cool features. You'll find Bluetooth®, plus iPod® controls, while Kenwood's app control lets you access select navigation, video, and music apps when your iPhone® is connected. If you're a Pandora® Internet radio fan, you'll enjoy control of it from the receiver with the iPhone®, Android™, and Blackberry devices.
If you use an iPod® or iPhone® for your music, the Kenwood KMM-100U digital media receiver makes it easy and safe to use your player in your car. Just plug into the convenient front-panel USB input, and you'll enjoy outstanding control over your playlists right from the receiver. Plus, the KMM-100U will give digital music aficionados what they've been clamoring for: FLAC support.
Pioneer offers a fresh take on the lower-priced end of their car stereo lineup, and their DEH-2500UI CD receiver is strong on style and performance. Pioneer made the 12-character LCD display much larger so you can scope out song and artist info with a quick glance. The prominent buttons make it easy to access the intuitive menus and controls so you can get to the songs you want quickly. Take a look at in action in this demo video.
Sony's App Remote feature allows your iPhone® and Sony's CDX-GS500R CD receiver to work together. With your iPhone's touchscreen, you can do things like selecting sources, picking radio stations, and launching apps. Check it out, and more, in this demo video.
We're passionate about car audio. Crutchfield's Mobile Audio Listening Lab lets us get hands-on experience with all kinds of car audio gear, from speakers and subs to amplifiers and receivers.
Sony's XAV-64BT DVD receiver has Bluetooth® for audio streaming and hands-free calling. If you're a Pandora® fan with an Android or Blackberry device, that means you can pair your phone to the XAV-64BT for complete Pandora® control without ever connecting a wire. Take a closer look at the XAV-64BT in this display and controls demo video.
Alpine designed their IVE-W530 DVD receiver for anyone who doesn't need in-dash navigation but wants a nice audio/video setup in the car. It's got everything you want in a system controller, including a sharp, clear 6.1" VGA touchscreen, powerful audio performance, and plenty of great A/V options. Take a look in this display and controls demo video.
It's like getting twice the Alpine for your dash — the CDE-W235BT CD receiver fills your vehicle's double-DIN (4" tall") opening, giving you an easy-to-read two-line display and easy-to-reach controls. You'll also enjoy that legendary Alpine sound quality, and a stereo that looks pretty handsome in your dash. See it in action in this display and controls demo video.
The Sony Xplod CDX-GT700HD CD receiver combines the ability to play all your favorite media with a built-in HD Radio™ tuner that'll take you to the cutting edge of radio. Plus, you can connect and control your iPod® without having to buy an optional adapter, and you'll even find convenient front panel USB and auxiliary inputs for your portables. Check it out in this display and controls demo.
Sony's CDX-GT660UP CD receiver puts an impressive set of visual and audio delights at your fingertips. It'll match its display and button colors to your dash or the beat of your music, and gives you a variety of musical options — including in-dash control of PANDORA® Internet radio. Take a look in this short control and displays demo video.
On the outside, Sony's DSX-210X looks a lot like your typical in-dash receiver. But it's what's behind the faceplate that counts on this neat design — flip the face forward, and out pops what Sony calls the "Tune Tray," a custom-made pocket for your iPod®. Take a look at that, and more, in this demo video.
Crutchfield Advisor Mac takes a look at Kicker's IX amplifiers powerful but small amplifiers perfect for tight spots.
The first step to choosing a subwoofer actually begins with the enclosure and how you want the sub to perform. 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.
This brief video will introduce you to the basics of do-it-yourself car speaker installation.
Factory speakers are the bane of every music lover's existence. They're just not built to withstand the conditions inside your car over time. Fortunately, we carry all kinds of aftermarket speakers that are built to survive - and thrive - in these harsh conditions.
Powered subs include all the elements of a subwoofer system — subwoofer, amplifier, and enclosure — in one easy-to-install package. Here's a look at how you install a typical powered subwoofer.
There's a reason you should replace your factory speakers if you want good sound in your car. In this video, we'll show you why factory-installed speakers usually deliver sub-par sound.
Learn about some of the features that make Alpine Type-S car speakers an excellent choice if you're looking for great sound at an affordable price.
Kicker's Yellow Series of amps, speakers and subs gives you the performance you expect from Kicker at a more affordable price. And this year's models are better than ever.
Sony's XAV-601BT is the first aftermarket receiver that works with the MirrorLink system, which makes it the easiest way to get in-dash control over select smartphones, such as some Android™ and Nokia Symbian models. And this Sony has the other features you expect from a full-featured DVD receiver, including Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Take a closer look in this display and controls demo video.
Watch this video to find out how to add Garmin navigation to new Kenwood DVD receivers. Hint: purchase a Garmin app for your iPhone® and the Kenwood receiver becomes the navigation display.
Getting loud bass in your car isn't just about power - where you place your sub in the trunk can make a huge difference. We decided to find out for ourselves just how much of an effect placement has on the quality of a sub's bass.
In Part 2 of our Car Stereo Proving Ground series, we added a bass system (subwoofer and amp) and an amplifier to the speakers. Anyone who's ever done this won't be surprised to hear that the music opened up and sounded better. What really impressed us? Read on....
Alpine's Perfect Fit installation kits make it easy to add Alpine navigation to complicated factory dashes. They are molded to be an exact match for the contours of your dash, and you'll find all climate controls are an exact match as well. All wiring harnesses are also included.
Focal offers some of the best speakers on the market. This brief video discusses some of the benefits of Focal Access speakers.
Sound Ordnance car speakers are your best option for replacing your factory speakers on a tight budget. Watch this quick video to learn more about them.
Replacing your vehicle's factory speakers is usually one of the easiest ways to dramatically improve your car stereo's sound quality. In this short video, Crutchfield experts discuss how and why to change your factory speakers.
Crutchfield's car audio experts Ken and Zak present an overview of Focal car audio products. Focal is a leading name in high-quality sound and Crutchfield is proud to have them in our lineup.
Infinity Kappa is Infinity's high-performance line of car speakers. They're designed and built to give you excellent sound, especially in an amplified system. Watch as our experts show you why Infinity Kappa Series car speakers are such a popular choice when building a car audio system.
Adding an amplifier to your car audio system doesn't just make it louder - it makes every instrument sound clearer, it makes subs hit harder, and helps raise your soundstage to head level. Check out this overview of a typical installation to see the steps involved when you install an amplifier in your vehicle.
In Part 3 of our series: Jeff upgraded his speakers again, ran higher-quality wire, and added a processor to sculpt the sound. He had to modify the F-150's door a little to get the speakers to fit — but when you want the best, there's no need to let a little modification get in the way.
Check out our quick and easy method for properly setting the gain on your car amplifier. This simple adjustment will have you on the road to stellar sound.
Make your music sound lively and vital with a Sound Ordnance amplifier. Watch this Crutchfield video for a quick overview of what these amplifiers have to offer.
This video demonstrates how easy it is to install the Alpine KTP-445 Power Pack amplifier module. The Power Pack gives you the power and improved sound of an external amplifier at a fraction of the cost and with a much easier installation.
Just because you can't replace your vehicle's factory stereo doesn't mean you have to live with a poor sound system. In this short video, Crutchfield experts take a look at how a fellow employee created a high-performance car audio system.
Our Product Research team examines one of every product that we have in our warehouse. Check out the steps involved in databasing a product, and where to find the info when you're shopping at crutchfield.com.
Kicker's Redline series of amps and subs, which includes the popular CompR and CompRT subwoofers plus their KX amplifiers, gives you the sound and performance you expect from Kicker car audio gear.
Crutchfield car audio expert Dominic takes a look at five popular in-dash DVD receivers in this roundup. DVD receivers give you a nice touchscreen for your dash, along with a slew of fun and useful features. Find out which DVD receivers fit your car and shop Crutchfield's wide selection of DVD receivers by clicking here.
Kenwood's 2013 double-DIN sized CD receivers let you replace your factory stereo without creating a pocket in your dash. They're stylish, sound great, and give you some handy features not found in your factory deck.
Bluetooth lets you talk hands-free in the car, but it can do a lot more. Many in-dash stereos also let you stream audio from your phone over your vehicle's speakers. Depending on your phone's features, you may be able to listen to driving directions, Internet radio, stored music, and more.
Crutchfield's Marketing team decided to give their outgoing manager a parting gift: a new sound system for his 1998 Jeep Wrangler. Only one thing stood in their way - this would be the first time they had installed audio gear in a car. Watch them install a receiver and two sets of speakers, proving once and for all that with Crutchfield's help, you CAN install it yourself - and save a lot of money in the process.
This in-depth video walks through the major points to consider when choosing a new amplifier. It answers the questions: How many channels do you need? How much power should you get? What are the important features to look for? And why do some amplifier brands cost more than others?
This short video describes some of the common features you should look for when you're shopping for an amplifier for your car audio system. Not every amplifier will have all of these features, so make sure the amp that you get has the ones you need.
If you can get the same amount of power from two different amplifiers, is there any reason to buy the higher-priced amp? What are you getting for that extra money? We'll discuss the differences in build quality and performance between lower-priced amplifiers and more-expensive options.
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.
Jensen's VM9116 DVD receiver puts a big 7" display into your single-DIN (2" tall) dash opening. Press a button and the screen motors out, giving you touchscreen controls with easy access to all functions. You can select from five different graphic backgrounds to suit your taste, and adjust the screen angle so the picture looks its best. Check it out in this demo video.
Jensen's VM9216BT DVD receiver offers Bluetooth® for a safer drive and more entertainment options. Press a button and the retractable 7" screen motors out, giving you touchscreen controls with easy access to all functions. You can select from five different graphic backgrounds to customize the look, and adjust the screen angle so the picture looks its best. Take a closer look in this display and controls demo video.
The Crutchfield MasterSheet™ is a vehicle-specific set of instructions that shows you how to install a receiver and speakers in your vehicle. In this video, we give you a look at all of the work that goes into creating these instructions. What's more, this same research is used to fuel our massive vehicle database. When we tell you we know what fits, we really do.
In this short video, we present four of the most common accessories you should consider when purchasing a new car stereo. Everyone who installs a new stereo is likely to need at least one of these items.
Built-in Bluetooth® connectivity sets up a wireless link between the Sony XAV-701HD DVD receiver and your mobile device. You'll enjoy the convenience of hands-free calling and music streaming. Take a look at the XAV-701HD in this display and controls demo video.
JVC's Arsenal Series KW-ADV65BT DVD receiver does a lot more than play discs. First, it features built-in Bluetooth®, so you'll be able to talk hands-free, place outgoing calls, and even stream music from your phone or other Bluetooth device. Then it offers a detachable 6.1" touchscreen that gives you thousands of color and display options. Last of all, JVC goes the extra mile to provide an incredible level of smartphone and app integration. Take a look in this display and controls demo vide
Alpine's ICS-X7HD digital media receiver speaks your language. Not only will it connect to your iPhone® or Android® phone to take advantage of apps you've loaded, it also comes with built-in Bluetooth® that lets you make hands-free calls and stream music wirelessly. To top it off, its built-in HD Radio™ tuner allows you to enjoy vastly-improved sound quality from participating local AM and FM stations. Check it out in this demo video.
Your single-DIN (2" tall) dash opening shouldn't stop you from taking advantage of in-dash navigation and DVD compatibility. Clarion's NZ503 navigation receiver sports a retractable 7" color touchscreen display that gives you access to detailed maps and a whole lot more. Check out the NZ503 in this demo video.
Apple's new Lightning connector causes some temporary compatibility issues in the car, but as Crutchfield expert Buddy explains, all is not lost while we wait for in-dash receiver manufacturers to catch up to the new technology.
One of the first steps in choosing an amplifier for your car audio system is to decide how you intend to use the amplifier, and thus how many channels it should have. This short video gives you a quick overview to help answer that question.
One of the biggest problems with installing an amplifier is setting the gain properly. JBL has come up with a fool-proof method for getting it right in their EZ line of car amplifiers, ensuring full-power performance and distortion-free play.
Lots of vehicles have dashes that can accommodate double-DIN (4" tall) receivers. However, many owners of these vehicles aren't necessarily looking for a touchscreen or video receiver. Double-DIN CD receivers keep things simple, yet still take advantage of all that dash real estate. We hit the Crutchfield Labs to compare six of our most popular models.
Sony's WX-GT90BT CD receiver begins its impressive list of features with built-in Bluetooth®. You can pair up your mobile phone and talk hands-free when you get a call, plus you can stream the music stored on your mobile device wirelessly to this Sony receiver — it adds a new level of convenience and capability to your car's audio system. Even cooler, you can choose from over 35,000 colors to customize the big display on this receiver. No matter the model or make of your car, it'll lo
Pioneer's AppRadio 3 receiver lets you view smartphone apps on its big 7" screen so it's easier to control them while you're on the road. You can check out your favorite apps on a simplified menu that's designed for use in the car, so you can keep your eyes on the road instead of fumbling around with your phone.
Most smartphones offer some kind of GPS app right out of the box. So why would you want to buy a dedicated navigation device like a receiver or a portable? To investigate, we installed a nav receiver, secured a portable GPS device to the windshield, and uploaded a GPS app on an iPhone® 5. Then we hit the road for some performance tests.
The JVC Arsenal KD-A95BT CD receiver features a 4-line display that makes it easy to read song info no matter which source you choose. So you'll know what's playing at a glance. The KD-A95BT also has Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Check out this slick-looking receiver's moves in our Crutchfield display and control demo video.
The MEX-BT4100P CD receiver offers built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, plus Sony's App Remote feature — it displays your smartphone apps along with your audio sources, so you can launch apps with the receiver's controls. Even cooler, you can use your Smartphone as a remote control, choosing sources, changing radio stations, and viewing song and artist info. Take a look at this Sony in our display and controls demo video.
The CDE-SXM145BT CD receiver gives you the great sound you expect from Alpine, plus SiriusXM satellite radio's amazing variety of music, sports, news, and entertainment.The SiriusXM programming (subscription required) comes through the SXV200 SiriusXM tuner that's included with this receiver. Take a look at some of the CDE-SXM145BT's features in this display and controls video.
JVC's KW-NSX1 DVD receiver works with the MirrorLink system to provide unparalleled in-dash control over an ever-growing list of smartphones. And you can view and control a wide variety of iPhone apps on the KW-NSX1's screen. You'll get basic control over audio apps like Mog and Tunein Radio for simple functions.
Clarion's XC1410 4-channel amp delivers 50 watts RMS per channel from a chassis that's about as long and wide as a dollar bill. This micro-sized amp can fit almost anywhere, even behind many dashboards. And Clarion managed to pack more watts per square inch inside the XC1410 than almost any other 4-channel amp made.
Pioneer is a worldwide leader in professional DJ gear, and they've developed their MIXTRAX technology to bring a DJ-inspired experience to your car. In this video, we get a quick explanation of how it works.
Watch this video for a quick overview of the 2013 line of Kenwood Excelon CD receivers at Crutchfield. A Kenwood Excelon receiver gives you outstanding sound, whether your music is stored on your phone or thumb drive, or streamed through your phone from the Internet.
Kenwood's 2013 in-dash navigation receivers give you snappy GPS navigation, including free traffic updates. You can listen to Internet radio through your smartphone, talk hands-free, and play music from all kinds of sources. They're the perfect in-dash command center for your ride.
Crutchfield car A/V editor and longtime musician Charlie put a new system in his convertible a little while back, and while his sound vastly improved it was missing something at first. After tuning his system with AudioControl, he could turn it up without any distortion.
Clarion's NZ503 navigation receiver sports a retractable 7" color touchscreen display that gives you access to detailed maps and a whole lot more. You control the action just by flicking your finger across the screen, like you'd do with your smartphone. You'll also have DVD playback, hands-free calling through your compatible phone, and a plethora of sound source options right at your fingers.
Alpine's CDE-HD149BT CD receiver packs a serious sonic punch and includes features like an HD Radio® tuner, built-in Bluetooth®, and Pandora® Internet radio control, too. Alpine's user-friendly controls round out the package, with the innovative new TuneIt™ smartphone-based app for tuning your system. Take a look at it in action in this demo video.
The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X897 CD receiver not only plays music from your CDs, iPod®, and more, but it also comes with built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. You'll enjoy great sound, remarkable versatility, and the peace of mind that comes with Kenwood Excelon's two-year warranty.
The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997 lets you enjoy HD RadioT broadcasts, and features built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Audiophiles will appreciate added features like digital time alignment, a 13-band equalizer, and a full complement of 4-volt preamp outputs, complete with onboard high-pass and low-pass filtering.
You'll enjoy great sound and remarkable versatility with Kenwood's KDC-BT855U CD receiver. It not only plays music from your CDs, iPod®, and more, but it also comes with built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. This Kenwood's crystal-clear display gives you all the info you want, and you can switch the 3-line display to a 2-line format with a larger font that makes it easier to read phone numbers, song titles, and source data.
The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 CD receiver offers some of the latest smartphone integration features for your car, plus the security of a remarkable 2-year warranty. You'll be knocked out by the improved reception provided by the built-in HD Radio tuner, with FM that sounds more like a CD, plus sharp and clear AM. Built-in Bluetooth frees up your hands and keeps your attention on the road when you take a call. And it makes a pretty strong impression with its looks too — you can adjust the co
Kenwood's loaded the KDC-BT755HD CD receiver with a lot of great features. This car stereo has built-in Bluetooth®, an HD Radio™ tuner, and it's compatible with some popular music apps when connected to your iPhonereg; or Android™. All these features are contained in a slick package that features variable color button illumination and a bright white display.
JVC makes it easy to dial in just the right look for your in-dash receiver - their new 5-zone variable-color illumination puts thousands of color combinations at your fingertips. Certain JVC receivers let you adjust any of the five distinct zones on the face to your liking, for a custom look that'll match your car's interior or your sense of style. And you can even have selected zones change color with your volume adjustments.
The CDE-SXM145BT CD receiver gives you the great sound you expect from Alpine, plus SiriusXM satellite radio's amazing variety of music, sports, news, and entertainment (subscription required).
Kenwood's DDX470 raises the bar for in-dash DVD receivers, offering compatibility with many iPhone® apps, comprehensive iPod® controls, and built-in Bluetooth®. Its bright 6.1" touchscreen and simple menu interface make it easy to use, so you can spend your time enjoying its many features and less time reading the manual.
The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X697 CD receiver is a real head-turner, with a selectable two- or three-line display and variable color illumination that you can match to your dash or taste. But there's plenty to appreciate under the skin too, including an array of entertainment options and outstanding audio performance, including iPod® and iPhone® control, Pandora® control with your iPhone, plus two USB inputs and an aux input. Check it out in this Crutchfield display and controls demo vid
Retrosound helps you bring the sound in your classic ride into the modern age while staying true to the look and feel of your interior. Their receivers fit into the small and odd-size dash openings found in classic cars and trucks, and they also make speakers designed to get the most out of their receivers.
The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD navigation receiver offers the lastest in Garmin navigation, combined with cool features like Bluetooth®, an HD Radio™ tuner, and Pandora® control with iPhone® and Android™. Take a look at it action in this Crutchfield display and controls demo video.
Alpine's BassLine subwoofers will add some serious rumble to your vehicle's sound system, but they won't break your budget. These subs also live up to Alpine's reputation for making subs that bass lovers want.
Kenwood's DDX370 receiver offers compatibility with many of your iPhone®® apps, extensive built-in iPod® controls, a bright 6.1" touchscreen, variable color illumination, and an easy-to-use menu interface. Another big plus —if you've got Garmin's impressive Street Pilot app loaded, you can display maps and directions on the DDX370's screen while you drive.
Made to link wirelessly to a Kenwood DNN990HD or DNN770HD navigation receiver, the LZ-T700 acts like a backseat tablet, providing your passengers with all the audio and video content available through the in-car network that you set up through your Kenwood DNN receiver, your compatible smart phone or other Wi-Fi® source, and the LZ-T700 7" touchscreen.
The top end of Alpine's 2013 CD receiver line gives you some exciting features, like Bluetooth, App Direct mode, and the ability to tune your sound using your smartphone.
Alpine puts pro-level audio tuning in the palm of your hand with TuneIt, an award-winning smartphone app designed exclusively for select Alpine receivers. Download the free app onto your iPhone® or Android smartphone, and you can create a user profile with information specific to you, your vehicle, and your Alpine system.
This little gem of a CD receiver gives you a lots of flexibility in a small package. The JVC Arsenal KD-A645 has a front-panel auxiliary input handy for plugging in your phone, a game console, or a Dock & Play satellite radio. You can plug your iPhone® iPod®, or USB drive into the front USB port and use the receiver's driver-friendly controls to access and enjoy your playlists.
Pioneer's 2013 line of DVD receivers gives you much more than movie playback. Advanced App Mode allows you to launch and control compatible iPhone apps from the face of your receiver, putting a variety of music, navigation, and social media apps at your command. Pioneer's intuitive touchscreen controls allow you to make changes by tapping, swiping, or dragging your finger, along with user-friendly menus that you can customize to your liking.
Smartphone lovers have a friend in Pioneer. The 2013 line of Pioneer receivers features unparalleled connectivity to your iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 (with separate adapters), and you can connect your Android phone through the Bluetooth connection. Plus you'll get all the other things Pioneer brings to the table: sweet sound, snappy navigation, and reliability.
Kenwood's DNN990HD digital media receiver has its head in the Cloud - it works with Wi-Fi hotspots, like ones you can create in your car with your smartphone or a mobile hotspot device. From there, you can take advantage of access to web-based content, including music you've stored online.
Kenwood's Excelon XR-1800P speakers feature a huge 7" cone, packed into a frame that will still fit into the factory openings of many Dodge, GM, and Toyota vehicles. A bigger cone moves more air, so your music can have the fullness and punch you don't get with most factory speakers.
Clarion's 2013 line of CD and digital media receivers combines great sound, good looks, and modern functionality. So no matter what you're looking for in a car audio system, you'll likely find it. Get the lowdown from the Clarion booth at CES 2013.
With so many smartphone-controlling receivers out there, it can be tricky to sort them out. To help you understand how some of the latest options work, we spent some time with them in the Crutchfield Labs.
Parrot's ASTEROID Mini multimedia system with Bluetooth offers you the same handy features you'll find in their ASTEROID in-dash digital media receiver, but with a 3.2" screen that you can mount on your dash or another convenient location in your vehicle.
JVC's KD-R640 CD receiver offers the choice of over 30,000 different colors for the display and controls on this receiver. You can assign different colors to the display and controls, and even set the receiver to cycle through all colors for constant variety. And this versatile CD car stereo receiver controls your iPod® too. Take a closer look in this display and control demo video.
Pioneer has equipped the AVH-X5500BHS DVD receiver with their largest screen plus an impressive set of features — features that improve not only the sound in your car, but your mobile experience too. Features like built-in Bluetooth®, HD Radio™, and optional SiriusXM radio. You can control Pandora® with your iPhone® or Android™, plus enjoy compatibility with many iPhone apps for navigation, music, and video. Check it out in this demo video.
The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57 CD receiver lets you tune into the superior sound quality of digital HD Radio™ broadcasts, including multicasting, so you have more listening choices. JVC's radio timer ensures you'll never miss your favorite drive-time radio programs — you can program it to automatically switch the receiver to your favorite stations at the times you want. Visit crutchfield.com for detailed information and to find out if this stereo fits your car.
Kenwood's 2013 CD receivers are better than ever, bringing smartphone connectivity and great Kenwood sound quality to your dash. Check them out from the Kenwood booth at CES 2013.
JVC's navigation receivers give you quick access to its maps of the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus 8 million points of interest. And they're loaded with features that'll come in handy, like Bluetooth®, voice guidance, smartphone compatibility, and more.
JVC's App Link mode lets you add some cool functionality, like GPS navigation and streaming music, to your compatible JVC DVD receiver by connecting your iPhone 4 or 4S. Android users can control Pandora Internet Radio through the Bluetooth connection in the Bluetooth-enabled models.
Pandora® is one of the most popular streaming music sources around, and JVC's KD-R540 CD receiver makes it easy to tune in. Connect your iPhone® to this JVC's USB input, and you'll be able to access your favorite stations through the receiver's controls. You'll enjoy quick access to all your stations and you'll be able to check out song, artist, and album information on the receiver's screen while you're listening.That's not all this versatile car stereo can do — check it out in th
Kenwood built an HD Radio™ tuner into their KDC-HD455U CD receiver, so you can join the ranks of radio fans who are stepping up their listening experience. You'll find participating stations all across the nation, broadcasting FM programs that approach CD quality and AM programs that are close to today's FM in sound quality, free of charge to listeners with the right gear. And this full-featured car stereo offers iPod® and Pandora® Internet radio controls too. Take a look in this C
Kenwood's KDC-BT555U CD receiver gives you more choices in streaming music. Once you plug your iPhone® into the front USB input or connect your Android™ or Blackberry via Bluetooth®, you'll enjoy easy access to the musical resources of Pandora® Internet radio and iHeart Radio. You'll also be able to tap into Aha Radio, with its personalized on-demand stations that run the gamut from news to talk to music. Check out this car stereo in this display and controls demo video.
Focal's IFVW Golf 6 system provides you with a huge improvement in sound quality by letting you replace the VW's front door tweeters and woofers with a set of custom speakers that fit right into the factory locations and plug into the existing wiring.
Kenwood's Excelon KDC-X497 CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio™ tuner, plus controls for your iPhone® or iPod®. Kenwood's Music Control App also lets you plug in your Android via the front-panel USB input. Take a look at this stylish car stereo in this short demo video.
The first thing you'll notice about Kenwood's KDC-355U CD receiver is its looks. The controls are well laid out, the display is easy to read, and the eye-catching variable color illumination lets you adjust the button color to match your dash. Take a look at it in action in this demo video.
The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397 CD receiver will expand your sonic boundaries with a nice blend of audio features and sophisticated styling. Thanks to its selectable color feature, you can pick a button color that matches your vehicle's illumination so the receiver will look perfect in your dash. Check it out in this demo video.
Pioneer designed the DEH-X9500BHS CD receiver with all the convenient features you want in a modern car stereo: Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, an HD Radio™ tuner for improved AM/FM, Pandora® Internet radio control, and dual USB inputs. You'll also find sophisticated sound controls and a variable-color display, along with the crowd-pleasing MIXTRAX feature, in this impressive car stereo. Take a look at it in action in this demo video.
Screen size matters — with a larger touchscreen, controls are easier to use and video content has more impact. Pioneer's AVH-X4500BT DVD receiver sports an expansive 7" screen with some pretty cool features. You can browse video files through thumbnail images - just touch them to check out a sneak preview. This car stereo also sports built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling. Take a look at in this demo video.
Not only does the Alpine ICS-X7HD connect to your iPhone or Android phone to take advantage of apps you've loaded, it also comes with built-in Bluetooth that lets you make hands-free calls and stream music wirelessly.
Sony's smart-looking MEX-GS600BT CD receiver offers built-in Bluetooth®, variable color display, and plenty of cool audio controls. And its App Remote feature turns smartphone interactivity into a two-way street. With your phone's touchscreen, you can do things like selecting sources, picking radio stations, and launching apps. On the other side of the App Remote's two-way street, you can select apps using the stereo's source button, the same way you'd choose the CD player or radio as your s
If you've got an iPhone®, you know that the music you've stored on it is only part of the story — streaming apps let you tune into a plethora of music and other programs. Alpine's CDE-141 CD receiver features App Direct Mode, giving you access to select music apps, so you can tune in and enjoy this content. Add some comprehensive sound controls, plus iPod® controls and you've got a great addition to your car. Take a look in this demo video.
Alpine's INE-W927HD navigation receiver gives you a high-res touchscreen, accurate maps, plus advanced smartphone connectivity. Throw in Bluetooth, HD Radio, and nice tuning features and you've got a worthy road trip copilot in your dash.
Not only does the Alpine ICS-X7HD connect to your iPhone or Android phone to take advantage of apps you've loaded, it also comes with built-in Bluetooth that lets you make hands-free calls and stream music wirelessly.
Parrot's multi-talented ASTEROID Smart digital media receiver keeps you connected on the road, runs your mobile audio show, and even gets you where you need to go with built-in GPS navigation.
Whatever you look for in a CD receiver, you'll probably find it in Pioneer's DEH-X8500BH. It's got plenty of media options, sharp styling, a great-looking display, plus plenty of power and expansion options. And Pioneer also built Bluetooth® and HD Radio™ into this receiver. Check it out in this demo video.
Pioneer loaded their DEH-X8500BS CD receiver with plenty of great features, like built-in Bluetooth® and Pandora® Internet radio control. It also gives you the option of adding a SiriusXM tuner — so you'll always be in touch with your favorite team, breaking news, or a wide variety of commercial-free music channels. Take a closer look in this display and controls demo video.
Kenwood's KDC-255U CD receiver delivers solid performance and plenty of features at a pretty nice price.You get variable color illumination for the buttons so you can set the color to match your dash lighting perfectly. The front USB port allows you to control the music on your iPhonereg; or Androidtrade; phone too. Check it out in this demo video.
Sony's MEX-BT3100P CD receiver makes it easier than ever to use a smartphone in your car. Its App Remote feature lets you launch smartphone apps from the receiver, while your smartphone acts as a remote control and a second display for apps and song info. Check this smart-looking receiver out in this display and controls demo video.
Sony built the CDX-GT570UP CD receiver around the same Digital Reality amp you'll find in their higher-priced car stereos. This unique amp design delivers surprising power combined with an accurate, deep soundstage so music sounds more natural inside your vehicle. And this powerful receiver will look great in your car. Check it out in this display and controls demo video.
You take pride in your car, and you want your new car stereo to look good in the dash. Sony's CDX-GT575UP CD receiver offers sharp styling and user-friendly controls, and you can choose from over 35,000 color choices for the display and button illumination to create the right look for your vehicle. And this receiver has the sonic punch to match its good looks. give the CDX-GT575UP a closer look in this display and controls demo video.
Sony's CDX-GT270MP CD receiver combines a user-friendly front-panel design with some nice options that'll keep you entertained. Designed with a sleek face that's detachable for security, this receiver features red button illumination that makes for maximum visibility at night. But it's more than just a pretty face — take a look in this demo video.
Soundstream's VR-931NB DVD receiver isn't cut from the same cloth as most in-dash multimedia units. Most are built to be installed in a double-DIN (4" tall) dash opening, so the screen size is by necessity limited to about 7" max. Soundstream's built the chassis of the VR-931NB so it fits into a single-DIN (2" tall) opening, and they've placed a detachable 9.3" screen onto the front. Car A/V writer Robert takes a closer look at it.
Kenwood's upped the speed limit with their Excelon DNX9990HD navigation receiver. It offers a user interface that's way faster than last year's models, so you can dive right in and explore easy-to-read maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. And there are a lot of other attractive features to explore — check it out in this demo video.
Maps and driving directions are great, but they assume you're the only driver on the road. JVC not only gives you turn-by-turn directions with the KW-NT500HDT navigation receiver, but also uses a traffic info receiver to give you an alert if there's trouble up ahead. In addition, you'll get built-in Bluetooth®, HD Radio reception, and Pandora Internet radio control, along with the fastest GPS processor in town. Take a look in this video demo.
If you're looking for an in-dash system that gives you the most up-to-date maps, easy access to music and entertainment, plus fabulous sound, Clarion designed the NX702 navigation receiver to be the ultimate copilot. It'll help keep you on course, warn you of traffic jams, play all your tunes, let you talk hands-free...the list goes on. Take a look at it in this video demo.
Kenwood's KIV-701 digital media receiver offers the functionality and fun of a video receiver, but in a slim size that'll fit in most dashboards. Gone is the CD slot, replaced by a 3" color screen and a user-friendly click-wheel interface. But you'll have plenty of music to play — with an iPod® ready USB input, A/V input, and a built-in flash drive, you'll stay entertained no matter how long the drive. Check it out in this demo video.
JVC's KD-X50BT digital media receiver is a stylish blend of great sound and good looks, with colorful variable illumination display and controls. And the built-in Bluetooth® offers convenience for calling and audio streaming. Take a look at it in action in this display and controls demo video.
Pioneer designed their DEH-X5500HD CD receiver to be the perfect vehicle for adding great sound, expanded musical capabilities, and the best-sounding radio available to your dash, thanks to an HD Radio™ tuner. This receiver lets you control your iPod® or iPhone® playlists when you connect them via the USB input, and offers Pandora® Internet radio control with your iPhone too. Check it out in this demo video.
SiriusXM's compact SXV200V1 tuner lets you receive satellite radio programming in your car. You can pause, rewind, and replay up to an hour of live broadcasts, plus see alerts when your favorite song, artist, or team is playing on another channel.
Factory speakers are not built to last, so over time they'll deteriorate to the point where they sound truly awful. We set up a blind listening test in our Labs and invited some of our most critical listeners to drop by and see if they could tell a difference in the sound.
Pioneer's DEH-X6500BT CD receiver will bring Bluetooth® convenience to your ride, plus a great-looking display jazzed up with the DJ-inspired MIXTRAX feature. This versatile receiver also offers iPod® controls and Pandora® Internet radio control with your iPhone®, giving you a great mix of style, form, and function.
Pioneer's DEH-X3500UI is the first CD receiver in their lineup with MIXTRAX technology. Turn on MIXTRAX, and you'll get a DJ-inspired audio/video experience with the music stored on your iPod®, iPhone®, or other USB device. You'll enjoy seamless musical transitions with cool effects, as the receiver's illumination pulses with the beat of your tunes. Take a look at that and more in this demo video.
Put video entertainment and Bluetooth® functionality into your dash with Axxera's AVX820 DVD receiver. This double-DIN car stereo features a bright and clean 6.2" touchscreen, with large icons and a layout that puts control at your fingertips. Take a look at the AVX820 in action, in this display and controls demo video.
You trust Sony to provide outstanding in-home video products, so why not enjoy the same quality in your car? Their XAV-63 DVD receiver will serve as your mobile A/V center, with a high-resolution 6.1" touchscreen that offers outstanding video performance and great system control. Take a closer look in this control and display demo video.
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. We installed a Rockford Fosgate P2 sub and then asked Mathilda to share her thoughts on the added bass. We think she likes it.
Pandora® lovers, good news: you can bring your stations in the car and play them through your speakers with Alpine's CDE-135BT CD receiver — all it takes is the free Pandora app and your Android™ or Blackberry® smartphone. See what this receiver will look like doing its thing in your dashboard in this display and controls demo video.
Clarion's NX602 navigation receiver looks great in your dash, and gives you tons of road-friendly features, like built-in navigation, Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, and Pandora® Internet radio controls. Take a look at it in this display and controls demo.
JVC has added some cool new navigation features for 2012. Check out this demo from the floor at CES.
When it's time to rock out, can your factory stereo keep up? With this nifty Clarion CD receiver in your dash, you'll rock harder than before without laying out too much cash. And it'll look pretty cool, too. You'll find the front auxiliary input handy for plugging in your iPod®, and you can play discs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files too. Take a look in this display and controls demo video.
Crutchfield writer Dominic Devito hits the road with five popular navigation receivers to see how they perform in the real world.
Harry from Pioneer Electronics came to visit us here at Crutchfield and showed us some of the great features available on their DEH-80PRS CD receiver.
Harness the power of PANDORA® on your next road trip with the Clarion CZ202 CD receiver. With the help of your iPhone® and a free app, you can play your PANDORA® stations right from your dash. And you can take control and tweak your sound too, with a 3-band parametric equalizer that gives you precise control over the lows, mids, and highs. Take a closer look at the CZ202 in this display and controls demo video.
You love local radio — why not experience it to the fullest? Clarion's CZ401 CD receiver lets you enjoy the crystal-clear reception and high-quality sound that HD Radio™ technology brings to AM and FM broadcasts. On participating stations, you'll hear AM that's as clear as FM, along with FM that's almost CD quality. Check out more features in this short demo video.
One of our employees shares the excitement of having an amplifier in her car for the first time. We installed the Rockford Fosgate Punch P400-4 amplifier in her car, and she's more excited than ever to listen to her favorite tunes on the way home!
Take a look at how most new car receivers are connected to the car's existing wiring in this DIY video.
Sony's partnered with the Car Connectivity Constortium to develop a cool new technology called MirrorLink for some of their 2012 head units (including the Sony XAV-601BT). It's designed to provide easy-to-use in-dash control over compatible smartphones. We had the opportunity to see it in action at this year's CES show out in Las Vegas.
The SiriusXM Lynx gives you satellite radio wherever you go. We gave J.R., a Supervisor in Crutchfield's Advisor group and long-time satellite radio fan, a Lynx to check out recently. He took it with him everywhere, and let us know what he thought.
DVD receivers are more affordable than ever, and are experiencing a surge in popularity. People love having a big touchscreen in the dash, but these handy receivers do much more than that. Crutchfield editor Matt Freeman takes a closer look at five popular models in this video.
Ford owners can upgrade to Kenwood navigation and still keep their factory-installed SYNC system, thanks to this adapter from iDatalink.
The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD75BT CD receiver gives you a built-in HD Radio™ tuner that pumps up the FM sound quality to near-CD level, while making AM broadcasts sound like traditional FM. And that's not the only attractive feature of this receiver. Take a closer look in this demo video.
Pioneer's advanced app mode gives you touchscreen control over select apps in certain Pioneer A/V receivers. It puts the apps right where they're most useful, in your dash on your receiver's big screen. It's a great way to add functionality like navigation, Internet radio, and traffic updates, all from your iPhone®.
Alpine's HD RadioT receivers feature a smart tuner that keeps you tuned in to secondary channels even if you're at the edge of reception and lose the digital signal briefly. The main channel automatically switches between digital and analog as needed.
Alpine's made it easier than ever to find the perfect box for their 2012 subs, because each sub size has one enclosure that's a perfect match. Included in that list are Crutchfield's own Sound OrdnanceT enclosures.
We got the chance to check out Alpine's X-Power amplifiers at the Alpine booth at CES 2012. The new sleek design masks the amount muscle under the hood and Alpine has added new models so that there's an X-Power amp for nearly every need.
Local radio never sounded so good. JVC's KD-HDR61 CD receiver uses its built-in HD Radio™ tuner to tune in digital HD Radio broadcasts, pumping up the sound quality significantly. And this JVC makes it easy to play your favorite Pandora stations. Take a closer look in this display and controls demo.
The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD65 CD receiver lets you tune in digital HD Radio™ brodcasts, cranking up the sound quality significantly. And JVC makes it easy to play your favorite Pandora® stations. With your iPhone® connected, you can skip songs, change stations, and rate songs using the receiver's controls. Take a look at this sharp receiver in this demo video.
Zak had the chance to check out Alpine's INE-Z928HD navigation receiver at the Alpine booth at CES 2012.
The 2012 line of JVC receivers feature USB inputs with higher power than former generations. The full 1-amp power flow means that your connected device will charge while you're using it, or charge faster if you're not actively using the device.
At CES 2012, we got an early look at the Clarion CZ702 CD receiver. It's their flagship model and loaded with features. Watch this video for all the details.
Alpine was the first manufacturer to introduce Pandora® Internet radio into the car with your iPhone, and now they've added Pandora support for Android and BlackBerry phones to many of their 2012 receivers. Those phones get in-dash Pandora control over the Bluetooth connection.
Make a statement in your dash with the JVC KW-R500 CD receiver — it'll look right at home in your large dash opening and it'll give you the great sound and features you want. Take a closer look in this display and controls demo video.
Pioneer's MIXTRAX is a DJ function and software package included with some of some of the new Pioneer receivers. It brings the musical fun and excitement of a real DJ to your car.
We got an good look at the Clarion NX702 navigation receiver at CES 2012. This receiver has 3D navigation, an animated source screen, and much more. The NX702 does everything a good nav receiver should, and does with gorgeous style and color.
Bright glare on the stereo display has plagued us for as long as we've had the sun and car stereos. Sometimes there's just nothing you can do about it. But sometimes there is. Check out our examination of the problem in this video.
Zak had the chance to check out Alpine's INE-S920HD navigation receiver at the Alpine booth at CES 2012.
Zak got a chance to check out Kenwood's 2012 line of DNX-series navigation receivers and to see how fast their processors are. This upgrade means faster response times from the receiver with everything it does, whether you're searching for music, navigating to a destination, or just changing sources.
Our video team traveled to Polk Audio to check out the extreme tests that their car speakers and marine speakers undergo.
HD Radio™ broadcasts offer FM reception that approaches CD quality, and they're available almost everywhere across the country, free of charge to listeners with the right gear. Kenwood built an HD Radio tuner into their KDC-HD552U CD receiver, so you can join in this radio revolution. Check out the KDC-HD552U in this short demo video.
Zak, Crutchfield video producer, checks out JVC's Smart Remote app for Android phones at CES 2012.
We wanted to answer the most basic question about car audio: is it really worth it to upgrade? With the help of the Crutchfield Labs, we set out to prove just how much better music sounds when it's played through a high-quality aftermarket system.
If you're looking to upgrade the sound in your car without shelling out serious cash, take a good look at this striking JVC. The KD-R330 CD receiver is perfect for a teenager's first car, for a family's second car, or any car with a factory radio that's on its last legs. Check it out in this display and controls demo video.
It's amazing how far your dollar goes these days when it comes to buying a new car stereo. Kenwood's KDC-152 CD receiver lives at the budget end of the their lineup, but you'll be pleasantly surprised at the performance and features it offers. Check it out in this demo video.
Do you like listening to your iPod® in the car? You do? Great - but if you're just jacking it into an aux input, you're missing out on some nice features and better sound quality. Kenwood's KDC-252U CD receiver is the least expensive model with built-in iPod controls in their 2012 lineup. Take a look in this demo video.
You love your iPhone®. It's a music player, a movie viewer, a camera, a phone, and a friend. But what if the stereo that's in your dash right now won't let you hook it up? Step into JVC's Arsenal KD-A525, and you'll get iPod® and iPhone control, plus some other nice features. Check it out in this short demo video.
Do you want more variety in your music and radio programming when you're on the road? Sony's CDX-GT360MP CD receiver offers a big step-up in sound quality over most factory radios, along with an input for your portable player and the option of adding a satellite radio tuner. Take a look at it in this display and controls demo video.
It's nice when you can plug your iPod® into your car stereo and play all your tunes on the road, but where do you keep your player when you're driving? Sony's DSX-S310BTX receiver solves this dilemma with its innovative Tune Tray. It lets you connect your iPod and store it inside the stereo, keeping it secure and charged while you drive. Take a look at the Tune Tray and more in this demo video.
Not only does Dual's XDMA6510 CD receiver offer built-in controls for your iPod® or iPhone®, but they've included a mount for it too. So, now you can keep your player right where you'd like it while you drive. Check out the '6510 in this short demo video.
As the "BT" in the name suggests, JVC's KD-R820BT CD receiver has built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. But that's not the end of the story for this capable in-dash control center. Check it out in this short demo video.
Do you want a full-featured CD receiver that'll jazz up the look of the double-DIN opening in your car's dash? Axxera's X2DMA500 features iPod® controls and built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming along with some sharp styling. Check it out in this short demo video.
Brad, a DJ at 106.1 The Corner in Charlottesville, VA, tells us why he's so excited for the future of HD Radio. He likes the sound quality advantages, and thinks there is a lot of potential in multicasting, which lets radio stations publish additional content on the same radio frequency.
Axxera's XDMA7600 will be a colorful addition to your dash, thanks to the variable color choices for the large display and buttons. But there are plenty of features to go with the light show. Check it out in this short demo video.
Axxera's XDMA7800 CD receiver is packed with features you love to play with, plus a well-rounded set of inputs. Check it out in this short demo video.
Clarion's NX501 navigation receiver is so much fun to use, you might forget to leave the driveway. Watch our demo to check out the 21st-century user interface that feels more like a smart phone than a car stereo.
It's not enough that the Kenwood KIV-BT901 digital media receiver can play audio and video from most USB devices. When you connect your iPhone®, you can also stream and control PANDORA® Internet radio. Watch our video for a quick demonstration of the stereo's capabilities.
Clarion's CX501 CD receiver strikes a handsome pose in your double-DIN dash opening, and you can tailor its look to your vehicle's interior by choosing from 728 possible illumination colors. Throw in iPod® and iPhone® control, built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calls, plus a 2-line display, and you're ready for the open road
Ever have trouble keeping your portable devices handy when you're driving? Pro.Fit mounts take away the worry and put them right where you can use them. Take a look at how easy it is to find the gear you need, including vehicle-specific mounts, universal mounts, and device holders.
Crutchfield writer Jo knew her factory audio system wasn't cutting it...she needed a car audio intervention. So she decided to replace her factory speakers with Kicker, and power them with a Kicker amp. Check out Jo's new gear, and ride along with her as she talks about the huge difference Kicker made in her sound.
Watch this video for a step-by-step overview of a basic car stereo installation. The installation shown in this video is only one example - the actual steps involved vary from car to car.
In this video we listen to two different Kenwood bass systems. It's hard to hear the difference over the Internet, but it was easy to hear it in real life. The Kenwood trainer helps describe that difference and why it can be worth it to spend a little more sometimes.
We got the skinny on the Pioneer DEX-P99RS CD receiver directly from Pioneer. This stereo is unsurpassed for delivering audiophile-quality sound in the car.
Crutchfield shows you how to install an antenna in your vehicle for a satellite radio or GPS navigation system.
We get the inside scoop on the JVC KW-NT3HDT navigation receiver from one of our coworkers. She tells what she loves about it and how she uses the navigation system and iPod controls.
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 options available from Sound Ordnance.
In this Crutchfield video, we discuss how Rosen navigation receivers are designed to be a direct replacement for your factory stereo. Rosen stereos look good and pack a lot of handy features that your factory radio doesn't.
This brief Crutchfield video takes a quick look at Focal Polyglass series speakers.
The XM SkyDock lets you use your iPhone or iPod touch to enjoy XM satellite radio through your car stereo. Plus, you can also use it to play music from your iPhone or iPod over the stereo. Watch this short Crutchfield video to see the SkyDock in action.
OK, so we finally got the video formatting worked out. It's very informal; Matt sat in the back seat with the Canon XSi camera capturing our back-to-front-and-back-again fading demo by moving...
The JVC KD-S100 CD receiver features the unique Digital Power Station sound processor for creating lifelike sound in your car, and our man Ken tells you all about it in this short video.
The JVC KW-NT1 navigation receiver can guide you around town and make your music sound great. This video gives you an up-close look at some of the stereo's key features, including Bluetooth calling and iPod control.
Crutchfield experts discuss some of the features that make Infinity Reference Series car speakers a great choice if you're shopping for car audio speakers on a budget.
Our experts take a quick look at the Kenwood DPX503 CD receiver and discuss some of the features that make it an excellent choice for cars with a double-sized dash opening.
Learn about the features that make Polk Audio db series car speakers a popular choice for improved sound.
Crutchfield car audio experts discuss a new trend in car stereos: the digital media receiver.
A Crutchfield car audio expert takes a look at the Alpine IVA-W505 DVD receiver.
A 5-minute video that shows the basics of installing a component speaker system in a car.
This brief video shows you how to install and use a portable video player in your car.