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High-resolution audio Q&A

High-resolution audio Q&A

by Steve Kindig

Adding high-resolution audio playback to your system usually means adding a component or upgrading your computer's music software. Depending on your current setup and your goals, there are many different paths to getting high-res sound.

 
Intro to high-resolution audio

Intro to high-resolution audio

by Steve Kindig

Thanks to faster Internet speeds and cheap data storage, music files no longer have to be compressed into lifelessness. High-resolution music downloads that sound as good as or better than CDs are available for thousands of titles. Find out what makes high-res audio sound better, and how you can experience it.

 
Car Amplifiers Glossary

Car Amplifiers Glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and technical specifications found in today's amplifiers.

 
Battery-powered PA systems come on strong

Battery-powered PA systems come on strong

by Buck Pomerantz

A look at Samson's Expedition Series battery-powered PA systems.

 
Gettin' the jams in a Ram

Gettin' the jams in a Ram

by Dave Delamere

Gary was tired of weak sound and extra wires on his dash, so he installed a new Kenwood receiver and Kenwood speakers in his 2001 Dodge Ram.

 
Video: Pioneer and Apple CarPlay demo

Video: Pioneer and Apple CarPlay demo

by Video Guest

Pioneer's the first to bring CarPlay to aftermarket car stereos. CarPlay integrates your iPhone into the driving experience in a new, seamless interface, putting iPhone content at the driver's fingertips with minimal distraction. That means easy access to your music library, your phone, messages, navigation, plus other music and apps. Check out this overview video.

 
Review of the Nakamichi NA250BTR CD receiver

Review of the Nakamichi NA250BTR CD receiver

by Dominic Devito

This review of the Nakamichi NA250BTR CD receiver gives you an overview of what makes this receiver an attractive option for your car.

 
Review of the Garmin nuvi 2689LMT portable navigator

Review of the Garmin nuvi 2689LMT portable navigator

by Dominic Devito

This review of the Garmin nuvi 2689LMT portable navigator lets you know why its 6" display and wealth of features makes it a great GPS solution.

 
Video: Demo of the Sony MEX-N6000HD CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Sony MEX-N6000HD CD receiver

by Ken Nail

Bluetooth®, an HD Radio™ tuner, and a variable color display - Sony's MEX-N6000BH CD receiver has a lot to offer. And it pairs easily with many mobile devices thanks to NFC technology. Take a closer look in this demo video.

 
Introducing Monitor Audio

Introducing Monitor Audio

by Dave Bar

Monitor Audio has been building highly refined, superb-sounding home loudspeakers since the mid-1970s. Crutchfield is thrilled to introduce them to our customers.

 
Why you need power protection

Why you need power protection

by Jeff Miller

Still not sure you need power protection for your TV and audio gear? Read this.

 
Power protection buying guide

Power protection buying guide

by Jeff Miller

Power line surges and lightning strikes can damage or destroy your precious audio/video gear. Learn how to select the best power protection for you.

 
In-ear monitors buying guide

In-ear monitors buying guide

by Dave Delamere

What to look for when shopping for in-ear monitors.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X5700HD CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X5700HD CD receiver

by Ken Nail

If you're a local radio fan, check out the Pioneer DEH-X5700HD CD receiver with its built-in HD Radio™ tuner. Stations that broadcast HD Radio programming offer the best sound you'll hear coming over the airwaves - FM that rivals CDs, and AM that's clear and static-free. Take a look at some of the other features of this car stereo in this demo video.

 
Choosing speakers for your iPhone and iPad

Choosing speakers for your iPhone and iPad

by Ralph Graves

Want to share music from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod? Here are tips on how to choose the best powered speaker system for your needs.

 
Home automation buying guide

Home automation buying guide

by Eric Angevine

Home automation, once a Hollywood fantasy, is now real, affordable, and available. Learn how it works and what it can do for you.

 
Video: Sealed and ported subwoofer boxes

Video: Sealed and ported subwoofer boxes

by Video Guest

When you add bass to your system, choosing the right subwoofer box is as important as the sub itself. Since sealed boxes feature a different overall sound than ported ones, it's important to consider your listening habits before making a purchase.

 
Bluetooth® speaker buying guide

Bluetooth® speaker buying guide

by Ralph Graves

Enjoy the music, videos, games and apps on your smartphone or tablet with better sound. Just stream wirelessly to a Bluetooth speaker system at home, or on-the-go.

 
Braven BRV-X water-resistant portable Bluetooth® speaker review

Braven BRV-X water-resistant portable Bluetooth® speaker review

by Jeff Miller

Braven says the BRV-X is the "world's best outdoor speaker." We took it on a camping trip to see if that's true.

 
Video: Updating the sound system at Trinity Irish Pub

Video: Updating the sound system at Trinity Irish Pub

by Video Guest

We sent an in-house pro audio expert to design a sound system for Trinity Irish Pub's dance floor. Complete with Crown amps, Furman power protection and JBL speakers, it was an instant hit.

 

DSLR vs. camcorder

by Eric Angevine

DSLR vs. camcorder: This chart will help you decide if a professional camcorder or a DSLR camera will give you the tools you're looking for when shooting high-quality video.

 
Bluetooth® adds wireless connections to studio monitors

Bluetooth® adds wireless connections to studio monitors

by Ken Nail

Bluetooth adds another dimension to powered studio monitor speakers, giving you some fun new ways to use them. With Bluetooth, you can keep your monitors connected to your mixer or audio interface for recording purposes, while at the same time listening to music or audio from other devices.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X2700UI CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X2700UI CD receiver

by Ken Nail

Whether you prefer to listen to your music on CD, through streaming content, or in your iPod®, iPhone®, or Android™ device, Pioneer's DEH-X2700UI CD receiver has got you covered. Check out some of the features in this demo video.

 
Intro to Home Theater Speakers

Intro to Home Theater Speakers

by Julie Govan

Ready for home theater surround sound? Find out which speakers you need and what role each speaker will play in your system.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X3700S CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X3700S CD receiver

by Ken Nail

Pioneer's DEH-X3700S CD receiver is SiriusXM-ready - so you can add an optional tuner to access satellite radio's impressive entertainment lineup with the Pioneer's controls. Check out some of the other features of this great-looking CD receiver in this demo video.

 
Integrating Sonos systems into your décor with Flexson

Integrating Sonos systems into your décor with Flexson

by Ralph Graves

Flexson offers brackets, stands, and vinyl skins for Sonos components, helping them to better fit into your room's décor.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X3700UI CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X3700UI CD receiver

by Ken Nail

Pioneer's DEH-3700UI CD receiver features multi-color, dual-zone illumination that lets you choose from thousands of colors — you can even set up one color for the display and another for the buttons. For some added excitement, Pioneer's unique MIXTRAX feature syncs the audio from many of your sources, adding transitions between songs along with a light show that pulses and changes color with the beat of the music. Take a look at that and more in this demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X4700BT CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X4700BT CD receiver

by Ken Nail

Bluetooth provides some great connectivity options, and Pioneer's DEH-X4700BT CD receiver offers a great way to add them to your vehicle. And once you connect your iPod® or iPhone® to the front-panel USB input, you'll be able to access your playlists from the receiver's controls. You'll also enjoy control over your favorite Pandora® stations with your iPhone or Android™. Take a look at the DEH-X4700BT in this demo video.

 
Wireless microphone buying guide

Wireless microphone buying guide

by Ken Nail

A wireless microphone can free you up to concentrate on your performance. But where to start when you're looking for a wireless microphone system? This buying guide will help you find the right gear to match your needs.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood DDX371 DVD receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood DDX371 DVD receiver

by Ken Nail

Kenwood's DDX371 sets a high mark 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. Take a look in this demo video.

 

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