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Car Stereos: Articles & Videos

Adding a Receiver and Speakers to a Ford F-150

Adding a Receiver and Speakers to a Ford F-150

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: Tips to Avoid Glare on your Car Stereo Display

Video: Tips to Avoid Glare on your Car Stereo Display

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: Pioneer DEH-80PRS CD receiver

Video: Pioneer DEH-80PRS CD receiver

by Video Guest

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.

 
Video: New JVC Navigation Features

Video: New JVC Navigation Features

by Zak Billmeier

JVC has added some cool new navigation features for 2012. Check out this demo from the floor at CES.

 
1821-up Flying Sleigh

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.

 
CES Spotlight: Parrot ASTEROID Smart Digital Media Receiver

CES Spotlight: Parrot ASTEROID Smart Digital Media Receiver

by Zak Billmeier

Parrot's multi-talented ASTEROID Smart digital media receiver keeps you connected on the road, runs your mobile audio show, and even gets you where you need to go with built-in GPS navigation.

 
Alpine ICS-X7HD Digital Media Receiver iPhone Features

Alpine ICS-X7HD Digital Media Receiver iPhone Features

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
CES Spotlight: Alpine INE-W927HD Navigation Receiver

CES Spotlight: Alpine INE-W927HD Navigation Receiver

by Zak Billmeier

Alpine's INE-W927HD navigation receiver gives you a high-res touchscreen, accurate maps, plus advanced smartphone connectivity. Throw in Bluetooth, HD Radio, and nice tuning features and you've got a worthy road trip copilot in your dash.

 
Alpine ICS-X7HD Digital Media Receiver Android Features

Alpine ICS-X7HD Digital Media Receiver Android Features

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: Kenwood KMM-100U Digital Media Receiver

Video: Kenwood KMM-100U Digital Media Receiver

by Zak Billmeier

If you use an iPod® or iPhone® for your music, the Kenwood KMM-100U digital media receiver makes it easy and safe to use your player in your car. Just plug into the convenient front-panel USB input, and you'll enjoy outstanding control over your playlists right from the receiver. Plus, the KMM-100U will give digital music aficionados what they've been clamoring for: FLAC support.

 
Video: Kenwood 2013 Double-DIN CD Receivers

Video: Kenwood 2013 Double-DIN CD Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

Kenwood's 2013 double-DIN sized CD receivers let you replace your factory stereo without creating a pocket in your dash. They're stylish, sound great, and give you some handy features not found in your factory deck.

 
Video: Kenwood 2013 CD Receivers

Video: Kenwood 2013 CD Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: JVC App Link Mode

Video: JVC App Link Mode

by Zak Billmeier

JVC's App Link mode lets you add some cool functionality, like GPS navigation and streaming music, to your compatible JVC DVD receiver by connecting your iPhone 4 or 4S. Android users can control Pandora Internet Radio through the Bluetooth connection in the Bluetooth-enabled models.

 
Video: JVC 2013 Navigation Receivers

Video: JVC 2013 Navigation Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

JVC's navigation receivers give you quick access to its maps of the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus 8 million points of interest. And they're loaded with features that'll come in handy, like Bluetooth®, voice guidance, smartphone compatibility, and more.

 
Video: Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD Navigation Receiver

Video: Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD Navigation Receiver

by Zak Billmeier

Kenwood's DNN990HD digital media receiver has its head in the Cloud - it works with Wi-Fi hotspots, like ones you can create in your car with your smartphone or a mobile hotspot device. From there, you can take advantage of access to web-based content, including music you've stored online.

 
Video: Smartphones and Car Receivers

Video: Smartphones and Car Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

With so many smartphone-controlling receivers out there, it can be tricky to sort them out. To help you understand how some of the latest options work, we spent some time with them in the Crutchfield Labs.

 
Video: Clarion 2013 CD and Digital Media Receivers

Video: Clarion 2013 CD and Digital Media Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: Pioneer 2013 Navigation Receivers

Video: Pioneer 2013 Navigation Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: Pioneer 2013 DVD Receivers

Video: Pioneer 2013 DVD Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: Alpine High-End 2013 CD Receivers

Video: Alpine High-End 2013 CD Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

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.