Articles & Videos: In-dash Video Receivers

Video: How to install a car stereo
by Robert Ferency-Viars

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.

Why put a large-screen receiver in your dash? Large touchscreens, loads of built-in features, and easy viewability are just some of the advantages to building your stereo around one of these receivers. You'll also have expansion options like navigation and a rear-view camera available in the future.

Car video buying guide
by Alexander Hrabe

From in-dash DVD players to easy-add-on portable systems, car video makes your trips a lot more fun, and this article covers the topic from front to back.

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.

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.

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.

Our exclusive Mobile Video Installation Guide provides details on suggested system layouts and wiring routes for several major types of mobile video systems. The large, easy-to-read format is modeled on our MasterSheet® instructions, and includes helpful diagrams and a list of the tools you'll need.

Car stereo installation guide
by Robert Ferency-Viars

This installation guide walks you through the process of installing a new in-dash receiver in your car.

What are firmware updates?
by Robert Ferency-Viars

What exactly is firmware, and why is it so important? This article answers those questions, and offers some advice on how to keep your gear's firmware up to date.

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.

Minivan makeover
by Buck Pomerantz

Like most high schoolers, Morgan didn't particularly enjoy getting stuck driving the family minivan. And a minivan isn't a vehicle you'd normally think of to put in a rockin' aftermarket sound system. Now, it sounds better than a new car's stereo and she has a place to plug in her iPhone, too.

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.

Alpine designed their IVE-W530 DVD receiver for anyone who doesn't need in-dash navigation but wants a nice audio/video setup in the car. It's got everything you want in a system controller, including a sharp, clear 6.1" VGA touchscreen, powerful audio performance, and plenty of great A/V options. Take a look in this display and controls demo video.

Sony's XAV-64BT DVD receiver has Bluetooth® for audio streaming and hands-free calling. If you're a Pandora® fan with an Android or Blackberry device, that means you can pair your phone to the XAV-64BT for complete Pandora® control without ever connecting a wire. Take a closer look at the XAV-64BT in this display and controls demo video.

Sony's XAV-601BT is the first aftermarket receiver that works with the MirrorLink system, which makes it the easiest way to get in-dash control over select smartphones, such as some Android™ and Nokia Symbian models. And this Sony has the other features you expect from a full-featured DVD receiver, including Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Take a closer look in this display and controls demo video.

Michael H's 2009 Kia Spectra
by Robert Ferency-Viars

Michael decided that the factory stereo in his Kia Spectra wasn't nearly up to the task. He shopped around and found affordable gear that could give deliver the sound he wanted.

After a little over a year of driving my 2011 Subaru Impreza, I knew it was time to change out the system from factory equipped to an aftermarket setup. It also made sense to upgrade since I write all things speaker and subwoofer related for Crutchfield, and I get to hear amazing car stereo equipment on a regular basis thanks to our labs. The final product sounds amazing, and helps me enjoy riding around town even more.

Duke's 2008 Toyota Yaris
by Lynn Thorne

Crutchfield advisor, Duke, drives a 2008 Toyota Yaris. While its size and gas efficiency make it great for road trips and long drives, its factory system was lacking. When one of his back speakers blew, he knew it was the perfect time to address his sound system.

Pioneer's AVH-X2500BT DVD receiver brings all the advantages of a touchscreen receiver to your vehicle, along with the convenience and safety of Bluetooth® connectivity. Take a closer look at this DVD receiver in this display and controls demo video.

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