For years, the industry has focused on controlling smartphones with stereos. Now Sony has taken the next logical step forward with their new CD receivers equipped with App Remote, turning smartphone interactivity into a two-way street.
Steve Silberman from AudioQuest demonstrates the free Apple Remote App, and how you can use it to turn your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into a remote for iTunes.
Many consumer electronics products use apps to make your smartphone an integral part of your home entertainment or car operating system. We serve up a few examples in this video.
Zak, Crutchfield video producer, checks out JVC's Smart Remote app for Android phones at CES 2012.
The MEX-BT4100P CD receiver offers built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, plus Sony's App Remote feature — it displays your smartphone apps along with your audio sources, so you can launch apps with the receiver's controls. Even cooler, you can use your Smartphone as a remote control, choosing sources, changing radio stations, and viewing song and artist info. Take a look at this Sony in our display and controls demo video.
One of the best tools in the fight against cold temperatures is a remote start system for your car - so when it's freezing outside, your vehicle will be all toasty and ready to roll when you get in it.
What exactly is Apple TV? Although it provides a connection between the Internet and your HDTV, there's much more Apple TV can do including some rather surprising things. We outline the basics...
Shawn, Senior Product Advisor at Crutchfield, was a beta tester for the Sonos Controller App for Android. Shawn tells us how the free app works and how he uses it with his Sonos system.
Sony's XAV-602BT DVD receiver offers some cool smartphone connectivity options for select Android and iOS® phones with MirrorLink and AppRemote. And this comprehensive receiver also features Bluetooth® hands-free calling and audio streaming along with Pandora® controls. Check out some of its moves in this demo video.
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.
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.