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.
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.
If you want your music to sound great, you can't ignore your car's speakers. Dollar for dollar, new speakers are one of the best ways to improve your car's sound.
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.
For many, the iPhone has become an essential part of their lives. It stores music, movies, and a plethora of apps that entertain or help with productivity. Nowadays, some stereos integrate with many of the applications on your iPhone. Some simply let you tap into the music from an app, while others give you full control on screen. In this article, we'll break down how it works.
Bluetooth® wireless technology can be a great benefit in the car, where we tend to juggle gadgets plugged into the stereo. Find out what it takes to add hands-free talking and wireless music streaming to your car stereo.
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.
Bluetooth isn't just about hands-free calling. It also gives you wireless music streaming from smartphones and other Bluetooth devices. In this article, Crutchfield walks you through what you need to know to about using Bluetooth in the car.
Robert Ferency-Viars, Ralph Graves
An explanation of iBiquity Digital's HD Radio technology and what it means for AM and FM radio listeners.
A series of six driver profiles that will give you an idea of what should be in your next car stereo system.
This article makes sense of all of the available wiring harnesses used to install a new car stereo.
Whether you're shopping for a new stereo and want to make sure that you'll get the best experience when using your iPod or iPhone in the car, or if you just want to add iPod controls to a stereo you already have, this article will help.
A local dentist performs his first installation procedure on his car's stereo. And with help from Crutchfield, the process left him smiling.
In Part 2 of our Car Stereo Proving Ground series, we added a bass system (subwoofer and amp) and an amplifier to the speakers. Anyone who's ever done this won't be surprised to hear that the music opened up and sounded better. What really impressed us? Read on....
I was helping a friend get a stereo for his car recently, and he asked a good question: "Is installing a stereo really as easy as we say it is?" We used to say that a lot, and I guess the...
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...
In this short video, we present four of the most common accessories you should consider when purchasing a new car stereo. Everyone who installs a new stereo is likely to need at least one of these items.
The thought of installing your own car stereo can be a little intimidating at first. Crutchfield has the gear you want, but most importantly, we have the instructions and advice you need to do the...
Buying car audio gear for the first time? Here are some tips to help you find the right stereo equipment for your car or truck.
Crutchfield Writing Team
Crutchfield's car audio experts answer some of the most frequently asked questions about buying and installing car stereo equipment.