Car Audio, Video & GPS: Articles & Videos

The advantages of having a touchscreen receiver in your car

The advantages of having a touchscreen receiver in your car

by Dominic Devito

Why put a large-screen receiver in your dash? Large touchscreens, loads of built-in features, and easy viewability are just some of the advantages to building your stereo around one of these receivers. You'll also have expansion options like navigation and a rear-view camera available in the future.

 
Introduction to Car Stereo

Introduction to Car Stereo

by Robert Ferency-Viars

A car stereo is the centerpiece of any car audio system. This introduction highlights the stereo's functions and makes it easier to find the right receiver for your car or truck.

 
Digital Media Receivers Shopping Guide

Digital Media Receivers Shopping Guide

by Ken Nail

Digital media receivers are becoming a more common aftermarket in-dash receiver option. How do you pick the right one? Answering these questions below will help you narrow down your choices to get the right digital media receiver for you. The check out our selection at crutchfield.com.

 
Car Stereo System Profiles

Car Stereo System Profiles

by Todd Cabell

A series of six driver profiles that will give you an idea of what should be in your next car stereo system.

 
Car Speakers: What to Look For

Car Speakers: What to Look For

by Ken Nail

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.

 
What are Factory Sound Processors?

What are Factory Sound Processors?

by Zak Billmeier

Factory sound processors take your factory stereo's signal, clean it up, and send a corrected audio signal to your aftermarket amps and subwoofers.

 
Car amplifier buying guide

Car amplifier buying guide

by Buck Pomerantz

This guide will help you choose the right amplifier - number of channels and how many watts per channel - for your sound system.

 
Car Subwoofer Buying Guide

Car Subwoofer Buying Guide

by Ken Nail

Subwoofers are speakers dedicated solely to reproducing low frequencies. No matter what kind of music you like, or how loud you like it, a quality sub can really improve your overall listening experience.

 
How to Choose a Mobile Video System

How to Choose a Mobile Video System

by Matt Freeman

From sleek, retractable in-dash televisions to high-performance monitors, from in-dash DVD players to easy-add-on portable systems, it's obvious that mobile video is here to stay.

 
A guide to iPod® and car stereo compatibility

A guide to iPod® and car stereo compatibility

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Whether you're shopping for a new stereo and want to make sure that you'll get the best experience when using your iPod or iPhone in the car, or if you just want to add iPod controls to a stereo you already have, this article will help.

 
What You Need to Know about HD Radio™

What You Need to Know about HD Radio™

by Robert Ferency-Viars, Ralph Graves

An explanation of iBiquity Digital's HD Radio technology and what it means for AM and FM radio listeners.

 
Life with a Factory Stereo

Life with a Factory Stereo

by Charlie Pastorfield

Many new vehicles incorporate climate controls and other features into their factory radios, making it difficult to install a new stereo. Car stereo manufacturers have responded with a variety of products for upgrading your factory radio. Don't want to replace your radio? Charlie Pastorfield reviews some of your options.

 
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.

 
Video: JVC App Link Mode

Video: JVC App Link Mode

by Zak Billmeier

JVC's App Link mode lets you add some cool functionality, like GPS navigation and streaming music, to your compatible JVC DVD receiver by connecting your iPhone 4 or 4S. Android users can control Pandora Internet Radio through the Bluetooth connection in the Bluetooth-enabled models.

 
Video: Alpine TuneIt Car Audio Tuning App

Video: Alpine TuneIt Car Audio Tuning App

by Zak Billmeier

Alpine puts pro-level audio tuning in the palm of your hand with TuneIt, an award-winning smartphone app designed exclusively for select Alpine receivers. Download the free app onto your iPhone® or Android smartphone, and you can create a user profile with information specific to you, your vehicle, and your Alpine system.

 
Video: Alpine BassLine Subwoofers

Video: Alpine BassLine Subwoofers

by Zak Billmeier

Alpine's BassLine subwoofers will add some serious rumble to your vehicle's sound system, but they won't break your budget. These subs also live up to Alpine's reputation for making subs that bass lovers want.

 
Video: Kenwood 2013 In-dash Navigation Receivers

Video: Kenwood 2013 In-dash Navigation Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

Kenwood's 2013 in-dash navigation receivers give you snappy GPS navigation, including free traffic updates. You can listen to Internet radio through your smartphone, talk hands-free, and play music from all kinds of sources. They're the perfect in-dash command center for your ride.

 
Charting the Decline of Factory Speakers

Charting the Decline of Factory Speakers

by Matt Freeman

Factory speakers usually sound fine when they're new, but they deteriorate over time. We compared speakers of different ages to see how badly they fared.

 
Subwoofer Enclosures

Subwoofer Enclosures

by Crutchfield Writing Team

The type of bass you get from your component subwoofer doesn't depend on the woofer alone. You'll need a strong, well-designed enclosure for optimum subwoofer performance.

 
Building your boat's stereo system

Building your boat's stereo system

by Tim Sprinkle

When it's time to upgrade your boat's audio system, it's important to look for marine-rated stereo equipment that can stand up to life on the water. This handy guide will give you some tips on what to buy for your boat.