Car Stereos: Articles & Videos

Video: How does Pioneer MIXTRAX Work?

Video: How does Pioneer MIXTRAX Work?

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: JVC In-dash Receivers and MirrorLink™

Video: JVC In-dash Receivers and MirrorLink™

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: Double-DIN CD Receiver Roundup

Video: Double-DIN CD Receiver Roundup

by Dominic Devito

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.

 
Video: Pioneer NEX in-dash receivers

Video: Pioneer NEX in-dash receivers

by Video Team

Pioneer's 2014 NEX receivers give you a touchscreen command center in your dash. You'll get the sound quality you expect from a Pioneer, plus a whole lot more.

 
Bill W's 1964 Plymouth Belvedere

Bill W's 1964 Plymouth Belvedere

by Dominic Devito

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.

 
Why won't a double-DIN receiver fit in my car?

Why won't a double-DIN receiver fit in my car?

by Jon Paulette

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.

 
Morgan D's 2003 Honda Civic gets a new stereo

Morgan D's 2003 Honda Civic gets a new stereo

by Matt Freeman

Crutchfield Advisor Morgan walks us through installing a receiver in a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid

 
Video: 2014 JVC digital media receivers

Video: 2014 JVC digital media receivers

by Video Team

JVC's 2014 digital media receivers are great for everyone who uses their smartphone as their main source of music. These receivers don't play CDs, but they work great with popular music apps.

 
Video: JVC KW-V50BT and KW-V30BT DVD receivers

Video: JVC KW-V50BT and KW-V30BT DVD receivers

by Video Team

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.

 
Testing the Bluetooth® features of six car receivers

Testing the Bluetooth® features of six car receivers

by Alexander Hrabe

Bluetooth compatibility has become a top priority for shoppers when deciding on a new car receiver. We tested six receivers in the Crutchfield Labs to find out which ones made the most of this convenient technology.

 
Video: Voice control and in-dash receivers

Video: Voice control and in-dash receivers

by Video Team

With a smartphone connected, more and more in-dash receivers let you control certain functions just by speaking commands. This lets you keep your eyes on the road while you access certain receiver functions.

 
Video: Clarion Intelligent  VOICE

Video: Clarion Intelligent VOICE

by Video Team

Clarion's Intelligent VOICE software, found in their NX604 navigation receiver, delivers relevant results quickly and with less input information than most other voice-recognition platforms on the road, thanks to incorporated Google Voice technology.

 
Video: Apple CarPlay™

Video: Apple CarPlay™

by Video Team

Apple CarPlay lets you use your iPhone more safely in the car by adapting familiar apps and icons for your compatible in-dash receiver. Siri voice control lets you send and receive messages, make calls, play music and more while keeping your eyes on the road.