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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.

 
2007-2013 Suzuki SX4

2007-2013 Suzuki SX4

by Jon Paulette

Suzuki doesn't sell cars here anymore, but their SX4 is still a very nifty car that's a lot of fun to drive. Replacing that tired old factory stereo system with a new receiver and speakers will make your Suzuki an even more enjoyable way to get around town.

 
2003-2011 Lincoln Town Car

2003-2011 Lincoln Town Car

by Jon Paulette

Quiet, comfortable, and unapologetically enormous, the Lincoln Town Car was the last of the old-school, full-size, rear-wheel drive American luxury cars. With plenty of space and yards of factory sound insulation, the Town Car can be a wonderful environment for a new car audio system.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Video: Clarion NZ503 In-Dash Navigation Receiver

Video: Clarion NZ503 In-Dash Navigation Receiver

by Zak Billmeier

Clarion's NZ503 navigation receiver sports a retractable 7" color touchscreen display that gives you access to detailed maps and a whole lot more. You control the action just by flicking your finger across the screen, like you'd do with your smartphone. You'll also have DVD playback, hands-free calling through your compatible phone, and a plethora of sound source options right at your fingers.

 
Video: Kenwood Excelon 2013 In-dash CD Receivers

Video: Kenwood Excelon 2013 In-dash CD Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

Watch this video for a quick overview of the 2013 line of Kenwood Excelon CD receivers at Crutchfield. A Kenwood Excelon receiver gives you outstanding sound, whether your music is stored on your phone or thumb drive, or streamed through your phone from the Internet.

 
Video: How does Pioneer MIXTRAX Work?

Video: How does Pioneer MIXTRAX Work?

by Zak Billmeier

Pioneer is a worldwide leader in professional DJ gear, and they've developed their MIXTRAX technology to bring a DJ-inspired experience to your car. In this video, we get a quick explanation of how it works.

 
Video: JVC In-dash Receivers and MirrorLink™

Video: JVC In-dash Receivers and MirrorLink™

by Zak Billmeier

If your smartphone is a big part of your life, it's only natural that you'd want to tap into it when you're on the road. Select JVC receivers work with the MirrorLink system to provide unparalleled in-dash control over an ever-growing list of smartphones. With MirrorLink, you'll enjoy touchscreen control over your music, phone contacts, and select apps - a seamless experience.

 
Video: Double-DIN CD Receiver Roundup

Video: Double-DIN CD Receiver Roundup

by Dominic Devito

Lots of vehicles have dashes that can accommodate double-DIN (4" tall) receivers. However, many owners of these vehicles aren't necessarily looking for a touchscreen or video receiver. Double-DIN CD receivers keep things simple, yet still take advantage of all that dash real estate. We hit the Crutchfield Labs to compare six of our most popular models.

 
Video: Pioneer NEX in-dash receivers

Video: Pioneer NEX in-dash receivers

by Video Team

Pioneer's 2014 NEX receivers give you a touchscreen command center in your dash. You'll get the sound quality you expect from a Pioneer, plus a whole lot more.

 
Why won't a double-DIN receiver fit in my car?

Why won't a double-DIN receiver fit in my car?

by Jon Paulette

When you're looking at a good-sized receiver nestled in an expansive dashboard, it's only natural to assume that a touchscreen DVD/nav receiver will fit right in. Alas, that's not always the case.

 
Morgan D's 2003 Honda Civic gets a new stereo

Morgan D's 2003 Honda Civic gets a new stereo

by Matt Freeman

Crutchfield Advisor Morgan walks us through installing a receiver in a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid

 
Video: 2014 JVC digital media receivers

Video: 2014 JVC digital media receivers

by Video Team

JVC's 2014 digital media receivers are great for everyone who uses their smartphone as their main source of music. These receivers don't play CDs, but they work great with popular music apps.

 
Video: JVC KW-V50BT and KW-V30BT DVD receivers

Video: JVC KW-V50BT and KW-V30BT DVD receivers

by Video Team

JVC's KW-V50BT and KW-V30BT DVD receivers integrate seamlessly with most smartphones and bring a big, bright touchscreen to your dash. You can cutomize the touchscreen interface to your liking, and make calls hands-free.

 
Testing the Bluetooth® features of six car receivers

Testing the Bluetooth® features of six car receivers

by Alexander Hrabe

Bluetooth compatibility has become a top priority for shoppers when deciding on a new car receiver. We tested six receivers in the Crutchfield Labs to find out which ones made the most of this convenient technology.

 
Video: Voice control and in-dash receivers

Video: Voice control and in-dash receivers

by Video Team

With a smartphone connected, more and more in-dash receivers let you control certain functions just by speaking commands. This lets you keep your eyes on the road while you access certain receiver functions.