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Just because you can't replace the radio doesn't mean you can't improve your car's audio. Brent P, who works in Crutchfield's IT department, boosted his 2007 Saab 9-3 wagon's sound and functionality without installing a new receiver.

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.

Boss packs some pretty cool features into their 752UAB CD receiver. They included a front-panel auxiliary input and a USB port.It'll even play music files from select Android™ devices, too. Check it out in this short demo video.

JVC designed their KD-X250BT digital media receiver to handle all your music devices, as well as give you a significant upgrade in power over your factory radio. Plus, the convenience of built-in Bluetooth® hands-free calling and streaming audio.

Alpine's CDE-143BT CD receiver has built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, and has controls for your iPod® and iPhone®. Alpine's App Mode lets you tap into music streaming apps, too. Check out the CDE-145BT in this display and controls demo video.

We wanted to answer the most basic question about car audio: is it really worth it to upgrade? With the help of the Crutchfield Labs, we set out to prove just how much better music sounds when it's played through a high-quality aftermarket system.

Your single-DIN (2" tall) dash opening shouldn't stop you from taking advantage of in-dash navigation and DVD compatibility. Clarion's NZ503 navigation receiver sports a retractable 7" color touchscreen display that gives you access to detailed maps and a whole lot more. Check out the NZ503 in this demo video.

Car Stereo FAQ
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Crutchfield's car audio experts answer some of the most frequently asked questions about buying and installing car stereo equipment.

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.

Sony's WX-GT90BT CD receiver begins its impressive list of features with built-in Bluetooth®. You can pair up your mobile phone and talk hands-free when you get a call, plus you can stream the music stored on your mobile device wirelessly to this Sony receiver — it adds a new level of convenience and capability to your car's audio system. Even cooler, you can choose from over 35,000 colors to customize the big display on this receiver. No matter the model or make of your car, it'll lo

The JVC Arsenal KD-A95BT CD receiver features a 4-line display that makes it easy to read song info no matter which source you choose. So you'll know what's playing at a glance. The KD-A95BT also has Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Check out this slick-looking receiver's moves in our Crutchfield display and control demo video.

The CDE-SXM145BT CD receiver gives you the great sound you expect from Alpine, plus SiriusXM satellite radio's amazing variety of music, sports, news, and entertainment.The SiriusXM programming (subscription required) comes through the SXV200 SiriusXM tuner that's included with this receiver. Take a look at some of the CDE-SXM145BT's features in this display and controls video.

Alpine's CDE-HD149BT CD receiver packs a serious sonic punch and includes features like an HD Radio® tuner, built-in Bluetooth®, and Pandora® Internet radio control, too. Alpine's user-friendly controls round out the package, with the innovative new TuneIt™ smartphone-based app for tuning your system. Take a look at it in action in this demo video.

Kenwood's DDX370 receiver offers compatibility with many of your iPhone®® apps, extensive built-in iPod® controls, a bright 6.1" touchscreen, variable color illumination, and an easy-to-use menu interface. Another big plus —if you've got Garmin's impressive Street Pilot app loaded, you can display maps and directions on the DDX370's screen while you drive.

Pioneer's DEX-P99RS flagship receiver is the first choice of many car audio audiophiles and sound-quality competitors. For music that's reproduced as accurately and faithfully as possible, you'll find few others that match its musical-reproduction capabilities.

Harry from Pioneer Electronics came to visit us here at Crutchfield and showed us some of the great features available on their DEH-80PRS CD receiver.

Bright glare on the stereo display has plagued us for as long as we've had the sun and car stereos. Sometimes there's just nothing you can do about it. But sometimes there is. Check out our examination of the problem in this video.

In this article, we'll explain the ins and outs of setting up your receiver, so you can get all the audio and video performance you paid for.

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