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.
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.
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.
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'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.
Marine receivers are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and configurations. Our handy guide will help you find the receiver that's right for your boat.
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.
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.
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.
What matters to you? Sound quality? Durability? Ease of installation? All cables aren't the same. In this article, we'll take a look at five things to consider when choosing speaker wire.
C.J., a Crutchfield advisor, listens to a sound bar demo at Crutchfield, and picks out his favorite one: the Yamaha YSP-5100 Digital Sound Projector.
Pioneer's 2013 line of DVD receivers gives you much more than movie playback. Advanced App Mode allows you to launch and control compatible iPhone apps from the face of your receiver, putting a variety of music, navigation, and social media apps at your command. Pioneer's intuitive touchscreen controls allow you to make changes by tapping, swiping, or dragging your finger, along with user-friendly menus that you can customize to your liking.
Clarion's 2013 line of CD and digital media receivers combines great sound, good looks, and modern functionality. So no matter what you're looking for in a car audio system, you'll likely find it. Get the lowdown from the Clarion booth at CES 2013.
A marine receiver has to do more than just look good and sound great. It also has to stand up to salt, spray, sunlight, and rough weather. Kenwood designed their 2013 marine receivers and remotes to withstand the rigors of boating life, with a conformal-coated circuit board that helps prevents moisture from seeping in and causing damage.
Kenwood's 2013 CD receivers are better than ever, bringing smartphone connectivity and great Kenwood sound quality to your dash. Check them out from the Kenwood booth at CES 2013.
Alpine's CDE-W265BT CD receiver fills your vehicle's double-DIN (4" tall") opening with an easy-to-read two-line display and easy-to-reach controls. And since Alpine puts great sound at the top of their "to-do" list when designing car stereos, you'll also enjoy some innovative technology for upgrading the sonic soundscape in your vehicle. Take a closer look in this demo video.
If you're a local radio fan, check out the Pioneer DEH-X5700HD CD receiver with its built-in HD Radio™ tuner. Stations that broadcast HD Radio programming offer the best sound you'll hear coming over the airwaves - FM that rivals CDs, and AM that's clear and static-free. Take a look at some of the other features of this car stereo in this demo video.
With JVC's KW-R710 CD receiver, you get big everything. Big buttons and a big display give you easy access to the controls on this big double-DIN stereo. A big palette of customizable colors in three different zones of the faceplate let you match your interior lighting or just highlight the controls and inputs you use most often. Take a closer look in this demo video.
Kenwood's KDC-358U CD receiver will impress you with its looks. It boasts a bright 13-digit display, logical controls, variable color illumination, and a CD slot cover for a sleek appearance in your dash. But this budget-friendly car stereo isn't just about appearance. Check out some of its moves in this demo video.