Take a look at how most new car receivers are connected to the car's existing wiring in this DIY video.
DVD receivers are more affordable than ever, and are experiencing a surge in popularity. People love having a big touchscreen in the dash, but these handy receivers do much more than that. Crutchfield editor Matt Freeman takes a closer look at five popular models in this video.
At CES 2012, we got an early look at the Clarion CZ702 CD receiver. It's their flagship model and loaded with features. Watch this video for all the details.
We got an good look at the Clarion NX702 navigation receiver at CES 2012. This receiver has 3D navigation, an animated source screen, and much more. The NX702 does everything a good nav receiver should, and does with gorgeous style and color.
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.
This installation guide walks you through the process of installing a new in-dash receiver in your car.
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.
Check out how the free installation gear you get with most car stereos and car speakers bought from Crutchfield helps you do your own installation. Our vehicle-specific instructions, wiring harnesses, adapters, and expertise will save you time and money, and most importantly, help ensure that you enjoy your gear for years to come.
Clarion's CX501 CD receiver strikes a handsome pose in your double-DIN dash opening, and you can tailor its look to your vehicle's interior by choosing from 728 possible illumination colors. Throw in iPod® and iPhone® control, built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calls, plus a 2-line display, and you're ready for the open road
Watch this video for a step-by-step overview of a basic car stereo installation. The installation shown in this video is only one example - the actual steps involved vary from car to car.
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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.
Vincent D. from Fallston, MD, did a simple head unit replacement for his 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee's factory stereo to add Bluetooth connectivity and HD Radio reception. He installed his Kenwood KDC-BT758HD receiver in about an hour.
One of the problems with replacing your factory radio with a new receiver, is that those handy stereo controls built into the steering wheel won't work anymore. The way to solve this dilemma is to install an adapter for the steering wheel audio controls. Watch this video to see what's involved in the process.
With the Wrangler Unlimited, you can get away from it all without leaving great stereo sound behind. There's room for a powerful new receiver, plenty of spaces for speakers, and a variety of interesting options if you want to add a subwoofer.
Pioneer's DEH-X8600BS lets you tune into the wide variety of SiriusXM satellite radio with the addition of an optional tuner. But it does a lot more too. There are iPod®/iPhone® controls, Android™ music file playback via USB, plus built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming with compatible devices. Check it our in action in this demo video.
Pioneer's DEH-X8600BH lets you tune into the smooth sound of HD Radio™ broadcasts, and does a lot more too. There are iPod®/iPhone® controls, Android™ music file playback via USB, plus built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming with compatible devices. Check it our in action in this demo video.
The Pioneer FH-X500UI has iPhone controls, plays music files from Android devices and plays Pandora. For some extra visual excitement, MIXTRAX syncs the audio from many of your sources, adding transitions between songs along with a light show. Take a look in this demo video. Check it out in this demo video.
Pioneer's DEH-X6600BT features built-in Bluetooth®, iPhone® and Android™ connectivity, Pandora® control and the audio/visual blast of MIXTRAX. Take a look at this sharp-looking Pioneer in this short demo video.
The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997 lets you enjoy HD RadioT broadcasts, and features built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Audiophiles will appreciate added features like digital time alignment, a 13-band equalizer, and a full complement of 4-volt preamp outputs, complete with onboard high-pass and low-pass filtering.