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Best over-the-air DVR solution

Best over-the-air DVR solution

by Jim Richardson

Looking for a simple way to cut the cable or satellite TV subscription or to replace your Aereo service? A new DVR from Channel Master makes it easy to record over-the-air TV broadcasts

 
Olympus Tough Series TG-850 camera review

Olympus Tough Series TG-850 camera review

by Eric Angevine

The TG-850 is loaded with features that came in handy during my trip to New Mexico. The camera is compact, rugged and takes beautiful photographs. Built-in art filters let you access your creative side.

 
Video: Kicker Soundgate Powerstage

Video: Kicker Soundgate Powerstage

by Video Guest

The Soundgate Powerstage system upgrade by Kicker will transform your vehicle's stock radio and speakers into a high-fidelity sound system capable of giving you full, accurate, and richly-textured musical pleasure. And it does it without changing the look of your interior or dash.

 
Sonos and a multi-room amplifer

Sonos and a multi-room amplifer

by Dave Bar

Learn how to incorporate Sonos wireless multi-room audio into a hard-wired system that features in-wall, ceiling, and outdoor speakers.

 
Audioengine D3 USB DAC review

Audioengine D3 USB DAC review

by Dave Bar

A review of Audioengine's pocket-sized D3 digital-to-analog converter.

 
Video: Yamaha MG mixers

Video: Yamaha MG mixers

by Video Guest

Yamaha's MG mixers draw upon Yamaha's audio expertise and engineering skill to bring you a complete line of live sound mixers. All of them feature a road-worthy metal chassis, balanced XLR outputs, and studio-quality mic preamps.

 
Video: JVC 2014 DVD receiver lineup

Video: JVC 2014 DVD receiver lineup

by Ken Nail

In this product video we take a look at the 2014 JVC DVD receivers lineup, including the KW-V10, KW-V20BT, KW-V30BT, KW-V40BT and the KW-V50BT. Learn more about these and other JVC DVD receivers at this link.

 
Andrew W's 2007 Toyota Tacoma

Andrew W's 2007 Toyota Tacoma

by Dominic Devito

Andrew W. from Charlotte, NC, loaded up his 2007 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner with a wealth of toys, including a Kenwood navigation receiver, some Alpine speakers, a pair of Rockford Fosgate enclosed subs, and an alarm system.

 
Putting together a coffeehouse PA system

Putting together a coffeehouse PA system

by Ken Nail

If you're gigging at small venues, you need a PA system that's compact and easy to operate. And it should be both rugged and affordable. Here are some tips on how to build the right system for your shows.

 
Video: Demo of the JVC Arsenal KD-AR755 CD receiver

Video: Demo of the JVC Arsenal KD-AR755 CD receiver

by Ken Nail

With JVC's KD-AR755 CD receiver, plug your Android into receiver's USB input and use JVC's Smart Music Control app to access the media you've stored on your Android. And there's also iPod and iPhone controls, with built-in Pandora control, too. Check out that and more in this demo video.

 
The best vocal microphones

The best vocal microphones

by Ralph Graves

The best microphone for the job sometimes depends on the job. We explain how a few AKG, Sennheiser and Shure mics all qualify as "the best vocal mic."

 
Prism Coffeehouse PA system setup

Prism Coffeehouse PA system setup

by Buck Pomerantz

The PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2AI digital mixer with Active Integration connects to an iPad for wireless mixing and to a computer for editing and recording. This article looks at how the mixer is used in the Prism Coffeehouse, an acoustic music venue in Charlottesville, Virginia.

 
Video: Demo of the JVC KD-X310BT digital media receiver

Video: Demo of the JVC KD-X310BT digital media receiver

by Ken Nail

Ditch the discs and go digital with JVC's KD-X310BT. This digital media receiver handles all your music devices, plus it gives you built-in Bluetooth® so you can enjoy hands-free calling and wireless streaming audio. Check it out in this demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the JVC KD-X210 digital media receiver

Video: Demo of the JVC KD-X210 digital media receiver

by Ken Nail

If you're ready to toss that bulky album full of scratched-up CDs and go digital, JVC's KD-X210 digital media receiver offers an impressive array of features for its price range, along with plenty of connections for all your devices.Take a look in this demo video.

 
Five things to consider when setting up a subwoofer in your car

Five things to consider when setting up a subwoofer in your car

by Matt Freeman

In this article, we discuss the five things you need to consider when setting up a subwoofer in your car. Subwoofer size, enclosure type, power, impedance, and adjusting your amp's filters all play an important role in giving you the bass performance you want from your music.

 
Labs Video: Sealed vs. ported sub box listening test

Labs Video: Sealed vs. ported sub box listening test

by Zak Billmeier

A group of advisors evaluates the difference between subs in sealed boxes and in ported boxes.

 
Video: Demo of the Clarion NX404 navigation receiver

Video: Demo of the Clarion NX404 navigation receiver

by Ken Nail

Clarion's NX404 navigation receiver delivers accurate guidance and a wealth of entertainment options, along with safe ways to integrate your phone so you and your passengers can stay connected on the go. Check out some of what it can do in this demo video.

 
10 ways to play your smartphone music out loud

10 ways to play your smartphone music out loud

by Ralph Graves

There's music inside your smartphone, waiting to get out. Here are ten ways you can share it with friends and family, and have it sound great in the process.

 
Video: Demo of the Clarion NX603 navigation receiver

Video: Demo of the Clarion NX603 navigation receiver

by Ken Nail

Clarion's NX603 navigation receiver provides directions, plays your media, and let you access your phone on the go - it also puts you in touch with a wealth of road-friendly apps through Clarion's Smart Access platform, which utilizes the cloud to keep you in touch with the world outside. All you need is a smartphone and the Smart Access app to enjoy real-time connectivity to social media, news, your calendar, and more. See this and more in this demo video.

 
Android smartphone control on the JVC KW-V50BT

Android smartphone control on the JVC KW-V50BT

by Ken Nail

JVC has made it a lot easier to link your phone with your DVD receiver with the KW-V50BT. This DVD receiver boasts an HDMI MHL input so you can see and control your apps from the receiver. Let's take a look at how it works in this Crutchfield video.

 
A 2013 Ford F-150 gets a stealthy upgrade from JL Audio

A 2013 Ford F-150 gets a stealthy upgrade from JL Audio

by Dave Delamere

A Crutchfield employee upgrades the audio in his 2013 Ford F-150 while keeping the factory look.

 
Video: Demo of the Clarion VZ401 DVD receiver

Video: Demo of the Clarion VZ401 DVD receiver

by Ken Nail

If you crave a big screen in the dash, install the Clarion VZ401 DVD receiver and its motorized 7" touchscreen. Combined with its slick interface and numerous bells and whistles, you'll have a touchscreen command center that powers out at the touch of a button. Check out some of its moves in this demo video.

 
Home theater receiver placement tips

Home theater receiver placement tips

by David Brown

What's the best place to set up your home theater receiver? This article offers helpful tips for deciding on the perfect spot.

 
Beats Solo2 headphones review

Beats Solo2 headphones review

by David Brown

A review of the Beats Solo2 headphones.

 
AudioQuest DragonFly V1.2 DAC review

AudioQuest DragonFly V1.2 DAC review

by Dave Bar

A review of the AudioQuest DragonFly V1.2 USB digital-to-analog converter.

 
What is 4K Ultra High Definition TV?

What is 4K Ultra High Definition TV?

by Steve Kindig

Ultra High Definition TVs, often referred to as "4K" TVs, can display four times the detail of typical HDTVs. How noticeable is the improvement? Is there any 4K content available? We'll tackle these questions and more.

 
TV sizes and viewing distance

TV sizes and viewing distance

by Julie Govan

Your TV's screen size should depend on how far you'll sit from it, what you'll watch on it, and your personal preferences.

 
Eric C's 2008 Saturn Vue

Eric C's 2008 Saturn Vue

by Dominic Devito

Eric C. of Streamwood, IL, returns to the Custom Car Showroom to exhibit his 2008 Saturn Vue XE, which he outfitted with a Pioneer DVD receiver, Infinity speakers, MTX subwoofers, and a pair of Pioneer amplifiers — most of which he hid from view.

 
Yamaha MG series mixers

Yamaha MG series mixers

by Buck Pomerantz

Yamaha's third generation MG Series analog mixers have tough metal chassis, easy-to-understand signal routing, and come in 10 different configurations.

 
Audio cables buying guide

Audio cables buying guide

by Ralph Graves

Our home audio cable buying guide includes discussions of stereo RCA, coaxial digital, stereo minijack, optical digital (toslink), and XLR cables.

 

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