Articles & Videos: Car Stereos

We wanted to answer the most basic question about car audio: is it really worth it to upgrade? With the help of the Crutchfield Labs, we set out to prove just how much better music sounds when it's played through a high-quality aftermarket system.

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.

Harry from Pioneer Electronics came to visit us here at Crutchfield and showed us some of the great features available on their DEH-80PRS CD receiver.

1821-up Flying Sleigh
by Jon Paulette

After almost two centuries, the Flying Sleigh remains the undisputed leader in the "worldwide overnight toy delivery vehicle" segment. A vehicle designed for high-speed delivery should have the very best in navigation and entertainment gear.

Not only does the Alpine ICS-X7HD connect to your iPhone or Android phone to take advantage of apps you've loaded, it also comes with built-in Bluetooth that lets you make hands-free calls and stream music wirelessly.

Not only does the Alpine ICS-X7HD connect to your iPhone or Android phone to take advantage of apps you've loaded, it also comes with built-in Bluetooth that lets you make hands-free calls and stream music wirelessly.

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.

Smartphone lovers have a friend in Pioneer. The 2013 line of Pioneer receivers features unparalleled connectivity to your iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 (with separate adapters), and you can connect your Android phone through the Bluetooth connection. Plus you'll get all the other things Pioneer brings to the table: sweet sound, snappy navigation, and reliability.

The top end of Alpine's 2013 CD receiver line gives you some exciting features, like Bluetooth, App Direct mode, and the ability to tune your sound using your smartphone.

JVC makes it easy to dial in just the right look for your in-dash receiver - their new 5-zone variable-color illumination puts thousands of color combinations at your fingertips. Certain JVC receivers let you adjust any of the five distinct zones on the face to your liking, for a custom look that'll match your car's interior or your sense of style. And you can even have selected zones change color with your volume adjustments.

Crutchfield car audio expert Dominic takes a look at five popular in-dash DVD receivers in this roundup. DVD receivers give you a nice touchscreen for your dash, along with a slew of fun and useful features. Find out which DVD receivers fit your car and shop Crutchfield's wide selection of DVD receivers by clicking here.

Clarion's NZ503 navigation receiver sports a retractable 7" color touchscreen display that gives you access to detailed maps and a whole lot more. You control the action just by flicking your finger across the screen, like you'd do with your smartphone. You'll also have DVD playback, hands-free calling through your compatible phone, and a plethora of sound source options right at your fingers.

Pioneer is a worldwide leader in professional DJ gear, and they've developed their MIXTRAX technology to bring a DJ-inspired experience to your car. In this video, we get a quick explanation of how it works.

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.

Lots of vehicles have dashes that can accommodate double-DIN (4" tall) receivers. However, many owners of these vehicles aren't necessarily looking for a touchscreen or video receiver. Double-DIN CD receivers keep things simple, yet still take advantage of all that dash real estate. We hit the Crutchfield Labs to compare six of our most popular models.

Bill W. from Upland, CA, loves classic cars. His 1964 Plymouth Belvedere was due for a stereo upgrade, so he chose a RetroSound Model One stereo to replace his old cassette deck, so now he can enjoy his favorite music from a thumb drive or MP3 player.

When you're looking at a good-sized receiver nestled in an expansive dashboard, it's only natural to assume that a touchscreen DVD/nav receiver will fit right in. Alas, that's not always the case.

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