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RIVA Turbo X review
by David Brown

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

Outdoor speakers buying guide
by Crutchfield Writing Team

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.

Thule's Force cargo carriers offers value, storage space, plus all the conveniences you want in a rooftop carrier. The diamond-textured AeroSkin lid is built to last, and the aerodynamic shape helps cut through the air.

Equalizers glossary
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and technical specifications today's EQs offer.

Car security glossary
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and specs found in car security systems.

This article will help you understand the different features you'll find in different kinds of sound and effects processors and why you would use them.

Amps make music fun
by Buck Pomerantz

When you add an amplifier to a system, the sound becomes higher, wider, and more realistic — like the band's playing on top of your dashboard and you're right there among the musicians.

Stealthbox subwoofers sound so good because JL Audio analyzes each vehicle's acoustic properties, carefully measures the available space, and extensively tests and tweaks each prototype to optimize the sound for bass and the location for stealth.

A popular Charlottesville, VA dance club had blown their old speakers trying to play music loud enough for the crowd. With Crutchfield's help, they overhauled their PA system.

Pro audio mixer buying guide
by Buck Pomerantz

A mixer is the brains and control center of a recording studio or PA system. It connects all the sources of music and sound to a studio's recording system or to the amps and speakers of a PA system. This article will help you figure out the features you'll need in a mixer.

Minivan makeover
by Buck Pomerantz

Like most high schoolers, Morgan didn't particularly enjoy getting stuck driving the family minivan. And a minivan isn't a vehicle you'd normally think of to put in a rockin' aftermarket sound system. Now, it sounds better than a new car's stereo and she has a place to plug in her iPhone, too.

Intro to live sound equipment
by Robert Ferency-Viars

Whether you only need a single mic and a speaker or a full kit for your band, it pays to know how a PA system works. This article explains each piece of the system and will help you figure out which ones you need.

Rick S's 2004 BMW 330i
by Buck Pomerantz

Rick upgraded to high-performance, luxurious sound in his 2004 BMW 330i without tearing his dash apart. He accomplished this by adding a JBL MS-8 system integration processor, replacing his factory speakers, and adding a JBL amp and an Infinity sub.

Car security FAQ
by Crutchfield Writing Team

How difficult is it to install one of your car security systems? Which harnesses are available for my vehicle? Which system is best for me? What's a relay and how do I know if I need one? Plus more...

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