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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.

We tackle the question "How can I use my smartphone with a new car stereo?" by looking at which specific phone functions the user wants to control through the stereo, and the methods of connection, including MHL/HDMI, Bluetooth, and USB for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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.

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.

Sony App Remote
by John Pollard

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.

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.

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.

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.

If you get your music from a device instead of a disc, you need a receiver that's designed to get the most out of your digital music collection. JVC's KD-X330BTS digital media receiver handles all your devices, plus it gives you the power and sound-shaping tools you need to make your music sound fantastic. See it in this demo video.

Kenwood's DDX393 DVD receiver shows off a redesigned interface, delivering simple, easy-to-see info on a 6.2" touchscreen display. It's also equipped with wired and wireless solutions for your smartphone, the ability to add satellite radio, and sound-sculpting controls to satisfy any tweakers. Take a look in this demo video.

1984-1988 Pontiac Fiero
by Jon Paulette

Once upon a time, a lot of kids saw a Pontiac Fiero on the street or in a car magazine, and thought, "Someday.." If you're one of them and your someday is now, a good, clean Fiero could be a whole lot of fun. Updating the stereo will make it even more so, and the job is easier than you probably think.

Our friend Tim already had a cool boat, but the stereo wasn't keeping up with the program. We decided to do something about that. Here's the gear we chose.

JVC's KD-R775S CD receiver gives you control over your favorite satellite radio stations with the addition of an optional tuner. Your music options don't stop there - the KD-R775S also features a versatile USB port, an auxiliary input, compatibility with multiple digital music formats, CD playback, and a sensitive AM/FM tuner. See it in this car stereo demo video.

You can enjoy loads of music with the Kenwood KDC-BT565U's controls for Internet radio stations, a USB input for your iOS or Android, and an optional SiriusXM tuner to tune in satellite radio goodness. Plus there's Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Take a look at some features in this demo video.

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