Articles & Videos: Car Stereos

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.

A car can be a great place to enjoy music, but many commuters still put up with marginal sound quality that they'd never tolerate at home. Here are some tips on how to improve your vehicle's sound, whether you're listening on a simple factory system or a multi-channel amplified setup.

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.

CD receivers buying guide
by Robert Ferency-Viars

With so many in-dash CD receivers to choose from, how do you pick the right one? This article will help you ask the right questions, narrow your choices, and find the car stereo that's right for you.

Digital media receivers are becoming a more common aftermarket in-dash receiver option. How do you pick the right one? Answering these questions below will help you narrow down your choices to get the right digital media receiver for you. The check out our selection at crutchfield.com.

A series of six driver profiles that will give you an idea of what should be in your next car stereo system.

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.

From sleek, retractable in-dash televisions to high-performance monitors, from in-dash DVD players to easy-add-on portable systems, it's obvious that mobile video is here to stay.

Car Stereo FAQ
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Crutchfield's car audio experts answer some of the most frequently asked questions about buying and installing car stereo equipment.

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.

Car Stereo Glossary
by Crutchfield Writing Team

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.

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.

Car audio for the first-time buyer
by Charlie Pastorfield

Buying car audio gear for the first time? Here are some tips to help you find the right stereo equipment for your car or truck.

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.

Most people spend a lot of their in-car time listening to the radio, so why not ensure time is enjoyable? Ken looks at the cool features you'll enjoy from many HD Radio receivers.

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.

Our new in-house Labs will help us dig even deeper into the equipment we sell. From acoustically optimized listening rooms to advanced test benches, we'll bring you meaningful measurements along with real-world impressions from our savvy experts.

Steve, Crutchfield A/V Editor, gives us a tour of the Crutchfield Labs. He talks about why we built the Labs and how they can help us find you the right gear.

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