Articles & Videos: In-dash Video Receivers

James G's 2012 Ford Mustang
by Dominic Devito

James G. from Bentonville, AR, revved up the sound on his 2012 Ford Mustang with a new Pioneer DVD receiver in the dash. A JL Audio system with two 10" subs, some Evolution speakers, and an amplifier rounded out his installation.

Stephen D's 2003 Jaguar X-Type
by Dominic Devito

Stephen D. from Farmington, NM, added a pair of hard-hitting 12" JL Audio w3v3 subwoofers and an Alpine DVD receiver to his 2003 Jaguar X-Type sedan to get more sonic miles per gallon.

If your smartphone is a big part of your life, it's only natural that you'd want to tap into it when you're on the road. Select JVC receivers work with the MirrorLink system to provide unparalleled in-dash control over an ever-growing list of smartphones. With MirrorLink, you'll enjoy touchscreen control over your music, phone contacts, and select apps - a seamless experience.

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.

Many receivers promise Android compatibility, but how many features you can access depends on your phone. We got hands-on with three touchscreens to get some answers. While we didn't find a one-size-fits-all solution, the hunt for the perfect fit proved more rewarding.

Improving her drive time
by Dave Delamere

As a busy working mom, Mendy's only alone time is when she's driving. When she'd had enough of the factory radio in her 2001 Toyota 4Runner, she turned to Crutchfield for help. She replaces her old factory radio with a new Pioneer DVD receiver.

A tale of two Mustangs
by Jon Paulette

A stock Ford Mustang is a beautiful thing, but for many owners, a stock model is just a starting point. A Mustang can always be made to go faster, look wilder, or, of course, sound better. Whether you own a classic or a contemporary model, we can help you build a stereo that's as legendary as the car you drive.

The HDMI input in certain Kenwood receivers lets you view your phone's screen right in your dash, and even control certain apps from Kenwood's touchscreen.

JVC's KW-V50BT and KW-V30BT DVD receivers integrate seamlessly with most smartphones and bring a big, bright touchscreen to your dash. You can cutomize the touchscreen interface to your liking, and make calls hands-free.

JVC's KW-V30BT DVD receiver offers an eye-catching 6.1" variable-color touchscreen display, a built-in DVD/CD player, USB port, built-in Bluetooth®, and lots of settings you can tweak. And you can enjoy apps like Pandora® too. Take a look at some of its features in this demo video.

JVC's KW-V50BT DVD receiver offers an eye-catching 7" variable-color touchscreen display, a built-in DVD/CD player, USB port, built-in Bluetooth®, and lots of settings you can tweak. Plus it works with your iPhone® or AndroidT to control Pandora, and other select apps. Take a look at some of the features in this demo video.

JVC's KW-V10 DVD receiver combines an easy-to-read, variable-color display with a DVD player, a USB input, and dual audio/video inputs. The 6.1" touchscreen display enables you to control all audio, video, and source functions, often with just a swipe of the finger. Check it out in this short demo video.

We discuss three approaches to upgrading the performance of the factory stereo system in a truck. Specialty products from Kicker and JL Audio make it possible to keep your factory radio and features, but give your audio system a complete overhaul.

JVC's KW-V40BT DVD receiver boasts a large 7" touchscreen display with variable-color illumination. You can pick different colors for the background, text information, and the touchscreen and hard-key controls, so you can truly design the right look for your dash. Take a look at it in action in this demo video.

Crutchfield takes a look at the 2014 Pioneer DVD receivers line up, including the AVH-X1600DVD, AVH-X2600BT, AVH-X3600BHS, AVH-X4600BT, AVH-X5600BHS, and the AVH-4000NEX. Learn more about them at

If you crave a big screen in the dash, install the Clarion VZ401 DVD receiver and its motorized 7" touchscreen. Combined with its slick interface and numerous bells and whistles, you'll have a touchscreen command center that powers out at the touch of a button. Check out some of its moves in this demo video.

JVC has made it a lot easier to link your phone with your DVD receiver with the KW-V50BT. This DVD receiver boasts an HDMI MHL input so you can see and control your apps from the receiver. Let's take a look at how it works in this Crutchfield video.

In this product video we take a look at the 2014 JVC DVD receivers lineup, including the KW-V10, KW-V20BT, KW-V30BT, KW-V40BT and the KW-V50BT. Learn more about these and other JVC DVD receivers at this link.

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X399 CD receiver merges cool multimedia features with built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming, and gives you a front-panel USB port for connecting, controlling, and charging an iPhone or Android phone. Take a look in this demo video.

With Pioneer's AVH-X1700S DVD multimedia receiver, you'll take charge of your entertainment using the 6.2" touchscreen, complete with intuitive controls.Plus this DVD receiver boasts twice the resolution of most multimedia receivers, so you'll have a clearer, sharper picture on your screen. Check it out in this demo video.

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