Car Audio, Video & GPS: Articles & Videos

Jordan B's 2000 Chevrolet Camaro

Jordan B's 2000 Chevrolet Camaro

by Dominic Devito

Jordan B. from Florence, SC, wasn't happy with the sound in his 2000 Chevrolet Camaro, so he took care of business with a new stereo from Pioneer, plus speakers from Kenwood and Pioneer.

 
Video: Rockford Fosgate C.L.E.A.N. Setup System

Video: Rockford Fosgate C.L.E.A.N. Setup System

by Buck Pomerantz

Setting amp gain perfectly is easy with Rockford Fosgate's C.L.E.A.N. setup system for Punch amplifiers.

 
Video: Kenwood 2013 CD Receivers

Video: Kenwood 2013 CD Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

Kenwood's 2013 CD receivers are better than ever, bringing smartphone connectivity and great Kenwood sound quality to your dash. Check them out from the Kenwood booth at CES 2013.

 
Brent P's 2007 Saab 9-3 SportCombi Wagon

Brent P's 2007 Saab 9-3 SportCombi Wagon

by Jon Paulette

Just because you can't replace the radio doesn't mean you can't improve your car's audio. Brent P, who works in Crutchfield's IT department, boosted his 2007 Saab 9-3 wagon's sound and functionality without installing a new receiver.

 
Video: How to Install a Car Amplifier

Video: How to Install a Car Amplifier

by Zak Billmeier

Adding an amplifier to your car audio system doesn't just make it louder - it makes every instrument sound clearer, it makes subs hit harder, and helps raise your soundstage to head level. Check out this overview of a typical installation to see the steps involved when you install an amplifier in your vehicle.

 
Custom-fit speaker upgrades from Focal

Custom-fit speaker upgrades from Focal

by Buck Pomerantz

Russ, a Crutchfield employee, didn't like the lack of bass and poor high-frequency clarity in the "premium" system of his 2008 BMW 335i. He decided to try the Focal IFBMW-S and IFBMW-C custom-fit speakers, designed specifically for his BMW.

 
Video: Clarion XC1410 Compact Car Amplifier

Video: Clarion XC1410 Compact Car Amplifier

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Clarion's XC1410 4-channel amp delivers 50 watts RMS per channel from a chassis that's about as long and wide as a dollar bill. This micro-sized amp can fit almost anywhere, even behind many dashboards. And Clarion managed to pack more watts per square inch inside the XC1410 than almost any other 4-channel amp made.

 
Video: JVC 2013 Navigation Receivers

Video: JVC 2013 Navigation Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

JVC's navigation receivers give you quick access to its maps of the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus 8 million points of interest. And they're loaded with features that'll come in handy, like Bluetooth®, voice guidance, smartphone compatibility, and more.

 
Video: Kicker DS car speakers and DX amplifiers

Video: Kicker DS car speakers and DX amplifiers

by Video Guest

Kicker's DS car speakers and DX amplifiers give you the serious performance you'd expect from Kicker, at a price that won't break your budget.

 
Video: Easy Setup on JBL EZ Car Amplifiers

Video: Easy Setup on JBL EZ Car Amplifiers

by Video Guest

One of the biggest problems with installing an amplifier is setting the gain properly. JBL has come up with a fool-proof method for getting it right in their EZ line of car amplifiers, ensuring full-power performance and distortion-free play.

 
Video: Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD Navigation Receiver

Video: Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD Navigation Receiver

by Zak Billmeier

Kenwood's DNN990HD digital media receiver has its head in the Cloud - it works with Wi-Fi hotspots, like ones you can create in your car with your smartphone or a mobile hotspot device. From there, you can take advantage of access to web-based content, including music you've stored online.

 
Video: Kicker KS car speakers

Video: Kicker KS car speakers

by Video Guest

Kicker's venerable KS series of car speakers gets a couple of key updates for 2014. First, they now employ a silk-dome tweeter for smoother highs, and second, a shallower basket so they'll fit into more vehicles.

 
Video: Smartphones and Car Receivers

Video: Smartphones and Car Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

With so many smartphone-controlling receivers out there, it can be tricky to sort them out. To help you understand how some of the latest options work, we spent some time with them in the Crutchfield Labs.

 
Eric C's 2008 Saturn Vue

Eric C's 2008 Saturn Vue

by Dominic Devito

Eric C. of Streamwood, IL, returns to the Custom Car Showroom to exhibit his 2008 Saturn Vue XE, which he outfitted with a Pioneer DVD receiver, Infinity speakers, MTX subwoofers, and a pair of Pioneer amplifiers — most of which he hid from view.

 
Video: Clarion 2013 CD and Digital Media Receivers

Video: Clarion 2013 CD and Digital Media Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

Clarion's 2013 line of CD and digital media receivers combines great sound, good looks, and modern functionality. So no matter what you're looking for in a car audio system, you'll likely find it. Get the lowdown from the Clarion booth at CES 2013.

 
Video: Pioneer 2013 Navigation Receivers

Video: Pioneer 2013 Navigation Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

Smartphone lovers have a friend in Pioneer. The 2013 line of Pioneer receivers features unparalleled connectivity to your iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 (with separate adapters), and you can connect your Android phone through the Bluetooth connection. Plus you'll get all the other things Pioneer brings to the table: sweet sound, snappy navigation, and reliability.

 
Video: Pioneer 2013 DVD Receivers

Video: Pioneer 2013 DVD Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

Pioneer's 2013 line of DVD receivers gives you much more than movie playback. Advanced App Mode allows you to launch and control compatible iPhone apps from the face of your receiver, putting a variety of music, navigation, and social media apps at your command. Pioneer's intuitive touchscreen controls allow you to make changes by tapping, swiping, or dragging your finger, along with user-friendly menus that you can customize to your liking.

 
Video: Alpine High-End 2013 CD Receivers

Video: Alpine High-End 2013 CD Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

The top end of Alpine's 2013 CD receiver line gives you some exciting features, like Bluetooth, App Direct mode, and the ability to tune your sound using your smartphone.

 
Video: JVC 5-Zone Variable-Color Illumination

Video: JVC 5-Zone Variable-Color Illumination

by Zak Billmeier

JVC makes it easy to dial in just the right look for your in-dash receiver - their new 5-zone variable-color illumination puts thousands of color combinations at your fingertips. Certain JVC receivers let you adjust any of the five distinct zones on the face to your liking, for a custom look that'll match your car's interior or your sense of style. And you can even have selected zones change color with your volume adjustments.

 
Video: 2013 DVD Receiver Roundup

Video: 2013 DVD Receiver Roundup

by Dominic Devito

Crutchfield car audio expert Dominic takes a look at five popular in-dash DVD receivers in this roundup. DVD receivers give you a nice touchscreen for your dash, along with a slew of fun and useful features. Find out which DVD receivers fit your car and shop Crutchfield's wide selection of DVD receivers by clicking here.