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Getting away from it all is nice, but you don't necessarily want to get away from all of it. A quality marine audio system will keep you entertained while you're out on the water.

Focal's passion for innovation has led them to a new, dynamic speaker material — flax. By using a sustainable resource in its Expert Series woofer cones, Focal has been able to reduce the price you pay for their famously premium sound.

Component speaker systems are the audiophile's choice for superior mobile sound. But what are component speaker systems, exactly, and are they the right choice for your vehicle?

With so many speakers to choose from, it's important to know what to look for. Keep these points in mind, you'll be able to choose the perfect speakers for your car audio system.

We put JBL's GX Series of car speakers to the test in three unique car systems. If you're in the market for new car speakers but haven't started looking yet, this versatile line is a great place to start.

A series of road trips to Virginia minor league ballparks, and a road test of a Garmin nuvi and an Automatic Link module.

The MP3 format is still the de facto standard for digital music. Understanding what it is — and its limits can help expand your listening options.

His and her car stereo DIY
by Dave Delamere

A happy couple installs a new audio system in their Mitsubishi with a little help from Crutchfield.

We set up a side-by-side comparison of curved and flat TVs and asked our Advisors to stop by. In this short video, our lab manager Jordan lets you know what you can expect from each type of TV.

If your smartphone is the hub of your communication and entertainment, Alpine's UTE-52BT digital media receiver will make an ideal travel companion. This receiver works with both iPhone and Android models, so you can listen to stored music or stream Pandora and other Internet radio apps with your phone. Built-in Bluetooth connectivity lets you enjoy your tunes, plus hands-free conversations.

Sound bars buying guide
by Deia Zukowski

Looking for a simple way to improve your TVs sound? A sound bar may be the solution.

RIVA Turbo X review
by David Brown

How does this Bluetooth speaker measure up? One of our writers took it home to find out.

Want to add music to your backyard, porch, patio, or pool? We'll show you different options for enjoying your music in the great outdoors.

Kenwood Excelon receivers are all about sound quality, with powerful 4-volt preamp outputs for your amps and super-clean CD playback. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio tuner for crystal-clear radio broadcasts, along with Sound Excellence DSP - Kenwood's most impressive set of sound-sculpting tools. And Kenwood backs up this versatile receiver with a 2-year warranty. Check out some of the features in this demo video.

Pioneer's MVH-X370BT 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 &endash; all at a surprisingly nice price. Plus, you can still check out the news or a ballgame on good old-fashioned AM/FM radio. Take a look in this demo video.

A look at the Parrot Bebop Drone
by Robert Ferency-Viars

Remote controlled drones are all the rage and there are fan groups popping up all over the Internet. Well, now that Crutchfield is carrying the Bebop Drone from Parrot, we we can see why. Check out these tutorial videos from Parrot, and by the time you're finished watching, you'll have your own exciting ideas about what you can do with one of these!

JVC's KW-V51BT DVD receiver offers a customizable and intuitive 7" touchscreen display that's also easy on the eyes. You can take your multimedia to the next level by connecting your compatible smartphone to the rear HDMI input to take advantage of a variety of apps while on the go. Take a closer look in this demo video.

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.

dbx speaker management systems
by Buck Pomerantz

dbx DriveRack systems are multi-function processors, connected between the mixer and the amplifiers of a PA, that once properly set, automatically keep the mix sounding good.

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.

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.

Kicker's Front Row digital signal processor puts your music where it should be: right up in front of you, instead of down around your knees. A wired remote control panel lets you center the music to your listening position, add bass, and engage a simulated 5.1 Surround Sound that makes it seem like you're sitting in the front row.

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