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Home theater receivers buying guide
by Crutchfield Writing Team

From playing music to delivering surround sound thrills, today's home theater receivers offer more than ever. Learn how to find a model that's right for you.

We've learned a lot about marine audio installations over the years. The most important thing we've learned is that the more you know about the boat you're working on, the less it seems like work. Here are a few tips from our marine team.

HDMI cables buying guide
by Steve Kindig

HDMI connections got a big update in 2014 as 4K Ultra HD TVs appeared with HDMI 2.0 inputs capable of supporting 4K's higher data demands. With support for multichannel and high-res audio, HDMI is the most important connection for home entertainment. Learn about other HDMI features, and get tips on choosing cables.

Getting away from it all is nice, but you don't necessarily want to get away from all of it. A quality marine audio system will keep you entertained while you're out on the water.

A car can be a great place to enjoy music, but many commuters still put up with marginal sound quality that they'd never tolerate at home. Here are some tips on how to improve your vehicle's sound, whether you're listening on a simple factory system or a multi-channel amplified setup.

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.

If you're considering replacing your factory radio with an aftermarket receiver, adding a steering wheel control adapter lets you keep the full functionality and convenience of your steering wheel controls. In this article, we'll cover how steering wheel adapters work and how to choose one that works for you.

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.

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.

Some budding audiophiles look at building a car stereo as an "all or nothing" proposition. They make a wish list, look at the total cost, get nervous, and do nothing. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Installing a system in stages improves your sound without breaking the bank.

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.

Bill Becker, the founder and CEO of BDI, talks about what makes BDI furniture so special and gives an overview of the Novia, Avion, Cirrus, Valera and Mirage furniture lines.

In this article, we'll give you the information you need to choose the right type of audio or video connection, and tips on finding a good, high-quality cable.

How much power do I need? Do I have to connect my video sources to my receiver? Do I need a 3D-ready receiver for my 3D TV?

Axxera's AC326Bi CD receiver gives you user-friendly controls for easy access to your entertainment, along with some useful features. Its built-in Bluetooth gives you wireless capability for your smartphone, and you can also plug your iPhone or thumb drive into the handy front USB port for more music options. Take a look at it in this demo video.

Kenwood's DDX573BH DVD receiver includes Bluetooth, a built-in HD Radio tuner, an option for adding satellite radio, and serious connectivity for smartphones, all controlled by a sharp 6.2" touchscreen display. Take a look at in this demo video.

Looking for a simple-to-use replacement for a factory radio that's seen better days? Clarion's CZ105BT CD receiver offers Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming, lots of music options, and sound-shaping tools to get the most out of your sound. Its simple display and button layout give you quick control over your music. See it in action in this demo video.

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