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2005-2011 Dodge Dakota

2005-2011 Dodge Dakota

by Jon Paulette

The Dodge (aka Ram) Dakota was one of the last of the "mid-size" pickups. Available in Club Cab and four-door Quad Cab models, the Dakota is a terrific truck for people who know exactly how much truck they need and why. Once you find the right truck, why not fill it with the right stereo?

 
Harman Kardon Wireless HD audio system review

Harman Kardon Wireless HD audio system review

by David Brown

Looking for a way to get music into more rooms? This system offers cool possibilities for playing lots of different music and other audio throughout your home.

 
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.

 
Understanding Aspect Ratio

Understanding Aspect Ratio

by Steve Kindig

Troubled by the "black bars" that sometimes appear on your HDTV's screen? We'll explain why you see them and offer some solutions.

 
A tale of two boat audio installations

A tale of two boat audio installations

by Ken Nail

Whether you're fishing, waterskiing, or just cruising around, boating is even more enjoyable when you have a quality marine audio system. Here's how we outfitted two different boats belonging to Crutchfield employees.

 
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.

 
Wireless surround sound with Sonos

Wireless surround sound with Sonos

by Jeff Miller

Sonos wireless speakers are great for music. But did you know you can configure them to deliver surround sound in your home theater? We decided to try it ourselves.

 
Dan's Mazda Miata meets the Alpine KTP-445A Power Pack

Dan's Mazda Miata meets the Alpine KTP-445A Power Pack

by Buck Pomerantz

Dan, a Crutchfield web designer, performed a major sound upgrade in his 1991 Mazda Miata by installing an Alpine KTP-445A compact car amplifier, a new Alpine receiver, and Polk Audio db speakers.

 
Listening to Dolby Atmos

Listening to Dolby Atmos

by Dave Bar

Curious about how Dolby Atmos can elevate a home theater's sound? We were — so we set up a system with Pioneer Elite equipment and gathered our experts to listen.

 
2011-up Volkswagen Jetta sedan

2011-up Volkswagen Jetta sedan

by Jon Paulette

With a comfortable interior and smooth, refined road manners, the VW Jetta is a wonderful way to add some European flair to your everyday drive. If you like a little music while you're carving up a country road, add a new stereo and speakers to your Jetta.

 
Cable gauge chart

Cable gauge chart

by Buck Pomerantz

Need to know know which size of wire you should use when installing an amplifier? Use our handy cable gauge chart to find out.

 
Pioneer Elite Speakers

Pioneer Elite Speakers

by Dave Bar

In ths video, world-renowned speaker engineer Andrew Jones discusses his latest creations and how they deliver a thrilling home theater experience.

 
Choosing the marine receiver that's right for your boat

Choosing the marine receiver that's right for your boat

by Jon Paulette

Marine receivers are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and configurations. Our handy guide will help you find the receiver that's right for your boat.

 
Headlights dim when the music plays

Headlights dim when the music plays

by Buck Pomerantz

When the stereo pulls too much power out of your car's electrical system, every part of the system suffers, even the amplifier itself. Here we discuss the most popular fixes for an underpowered electrical system: the big 3 upgrade, a capacitor, a larger alternator, and a second battery.

 
10 popular car speakers at Crutchfield

10 popular car speakers at Crutchfield

by Alexander Hrabe

If you're in the market for new car speakers but don't know where to start, take a look at these ten customer favorites to get your bearings.

 
Review: Leica T camera system review

Review: Leica T camera system review

by Eric Angevine

Getting a chance to borrow and use the Leica T Camera System for a couple of weeks was an incredible opportunity - I got to take beautiful photographs with a camera that combines top-flight internal engineering and precision optics with an undeniable external sense of style. In short, my photos would look amazing, and so would my camera.

 
Understanding Surround Sound Formats

Understanding Surround Sound Formats

by Tara W.

Because most people, from surround sound novices to A/V experts, find new formats a little confusing, we've provided a quick description of how each format works.

 
Wireless multi-room audio systems

Wireless multi-room audio systems

by Ralph Graves

We provide overviews of wireless multi-room systems from Bluesound, Bose®, Definitive Technology, Denon, Wren, Polk Audio, Samsung, Harman Kardon, and Sonos, making it easier for you to compare features.

 
Car speakers: What's going to fit my car?

Car speakers: What's going to fit my car?

by Ken Nail

Getting the right speakers to fit your car doesn't have to be confusing, thanks to Crutchfield's extensive research and database.

 
iOS music creation 101

iOS music creation 101

by Jim Richardson

You don't need a studio full of gear or years of practice to have a blast making great sounds with your iPad or iPhone. Find out how to get started.

 
Introducing FUSION marine audio

Introducing FUSION marine audio

by Jon Paulette

Years ago, prepping so-called "marine" audio equipment for life on a boat basically meant giving some old gear a new serial number and a white finish. Oh, how times have changed. Boaters demanded better, and companies like FUSION are delivering. We're proud to add these products to our marine lineup.

 
How to build the ideal car stereo system

How to build the ideal car stereo system

by Charlie Pastorfield

The "ideal" car audio system is not necessarily the loudest one, or the most expensive one. It's the one that best meets your needs. So, the first step is to figure out what your needs are. Start by asking yourself the right questions.

 
Universal remote buying guide

Universal remote buying guide

by Ralph Graves

With a universal remote, you can consolidate all the remote controls for your home theater system and home automation into one device.

 
2007-2013 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab

2007-2013 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab

by Jon Paulette

Well aware that full-sized pickups were selling faster than most cars, including their own Camry, Toyota went big in 2007. The result was the second-generation Tundra, which has all the size and strength necessary to match up with the best of the Big Three.

 
2010-2014 Subaru Outback

2010-2014 Subaru Outback

by Jon Paulette

Sure-footed, spacious, and comfortable, the Outback has carved out a niche as the utility vehicle of choice for people who wouldn't be caught dead in an SUV. Even if you don't live in the mountains, there's a lot to like in this versatile car.

 
Peachtree Audio deepblue2 Review

Peachtree Audio deepblue2 Review

by Ralph Graves

The Peachtree Audio deepblue2 is one high-performance powered Bluetooth® speaker that delivers on its promises with outstanding sound quality.

 
Sonos buying guide

Sonos buying guide

by David Brown

Interested in an easy solution for wireless audio throughout your home? We'll help you decide what Sonos gear you need to make your multi-room-music dreams come true.

 
Video: Demo of the JVC KW-V21BT DVD receiver

Video: Demo of the JVC KW-V21BT DVD receiver

by Ken Nail

The JVC KW-V21BT DVD receiver provides a vibrant 6.2" touchscreen to control your music, video, and phone calls. You can access frequently used functions through the keys on each side of the screen, and you can even switch the onscreen icons around to suit your preferences. Take a look in this demo video.

 
2006-2012 Toyota RAV4

2006-2012 Toyota RAV4

by Jon Paulette

When it comes to so-called "cute utes," the Toyota RAV4 is one of the best around. The third-generation model, which debuted in 2006 and lasted until 2012, was extremely popular with both press and public for its ride, handling, and overall non-truckiness.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon DDX492 DVD receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon DDX492 DVD receiver

by Ken Nail

The Kenwood Excelon DDX492 DVD receiver brings a whole new experience to your travels by offering comprehensive iPod® controls, an HD Radio™ tuner, and built-in Bluetooth®. Take a look at it in this demo video.

 

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