If your Ford vehicle comes with factory SYNC features, you don't have to worry about losing your favorite conveniences to get navigation and better sound - iDatalink's Maestro module lets you install a Kenwood navigation receiver without losing those factory features. For SYNC systems, you'll be able to retain voice-controlled features, steering wheel audio controls, and factory audio functions, plus enjoy expanded functionality including gauges, climate controls, a distance sensor, and tire pre
Stephen D. from Farmington, NM, added a pair of hard-hitting 12" JL Audio w3v3 subwoofers and an Alpine DVD receiver to his 2003 Jaguar X-Type sedan to get more sonic miles per gallon.
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In Crutchfield's Home A/V Connections Photo Gallery, you'll find pictures of the plugs, ports, and jacks commonly used for hooking up home audio/video gear — HDTVs, Blu-ray players, receivers, and more.
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New to automotive audio? Here's a glossary of terms you'll need to know when you're shopping for an aftermarket CD player, nav receiver, or digital media receiver for your car or truck.
For generations now, the watermen of the Chesapeake Bay have harvested oysters and crabs from the decks of traditional workboats. Known as "deadrises" because of the hull shape, they're made for hard work. But as many enthusiasts know, a good deadrise can be a great pleasure boat. The Mary Rebecca is an authentic, yet thoroughly modern, take on this classic design. All she needed was a thoroughly modern stereo.
HDMI can carry full 1080p video and high-resolution surround sound. It's also your only choice for 3D TV. Learn about other HDMI features, and get tips on choosing cables.
Okay. Your new car stereo components are out of their boxes, installed, and hooked up. Now what? How do you get the most out of your new system? What kind of hokey pokey do you have to do to get...
Not only does the Alpine ICS-X7HD connect to your iPhone or Android phone to take advantage of apps you've loaded, it also comes with built-in Bluetooth that lets you make hands-free calls and stream music wirelessly.
Are you an avid music lover? Then you should have a special space and the gear you need to properly indulge your passion. This article will help you put together a high-fidelity stereo music system that suits your lifestyle and the space you have in mind.
BDI Novia 8426 is a hardwood cabinet designed to house your components and support a 55" TV. It even has a hidden compartment so you can stow your subwoofer out of sight.
The smart fortwo coupe isn't everybody's cup of chai tea, but if it's yours, you're probably going to like it a lot. You'll definitely want to upgrade the audio equipment, though. Just because you're driving a tiny car doesn't mean you have to put up with a tinny stereo.
If you're looking for one big vehicle that can do just about anything the average person needs to do, the 2007-13 Chevy Avalanche might be everything you need. Like most Chevy trucks, the Avalanche is a great platform for an upgraded audio system.
Ford's long-running Crown Victoria (and its cousin, the Mercury Grand Marquis) isn't just a big car; it's a big part of our shared culture. They really don't make 'em like this anymore, and with some upgraded audio gear, you can make your car a great place to enjoy music in comfort and style.
With a nimble chassis, handsome styling and plenty of available options, the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan are smart, comfortable cars with plenty of potential for audio upgrades.
What happens when you add even a small subwoofer to a marginal audio system? Woody found out when he brought home a Polk PSW111.
From punishing sunlight to driving rain to extreme temperatures, a marine audio system has to endure a lot of abuse. And that's just when the boat is tied up at the marina. This article will help you choose the marine stereo that's right for you.
Alpine's Perfect FIT system lets you install certain Alpine receivers while keeping your factory look and feel. The adapters are custom-made for specific vehicles, so your new Alpine stereo will blend in beautifully with your stock interior.
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.
The 2003-05 Nissan 350Z offers all the speed and handling qualities you'd expect from a Z-car, plus a refined, comfortable cockpit and plenty of features. It's still a great car to drive, but the stereo probably doesn't sound as sporty as it used to. Upgrading the audio system is a great way to improve your Z-car's performance.