Car Stereos: Articles & Videos

CD receivers shopping guide

CD receivers shopping 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.

 
Steering wheel audio control adapters

Steering wheel audio control adapters

by Bob Bihlmayer

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.

 
The advantages of having a touchscreen receiver in your car

The advantages of having a touchscreen receiver in your car

by Dominic Devito

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.

 
Video: Four Important Car Stereo Accessories

Video: Four Important Car Stereo Accessories

by Joshua Crane

In this short video, we present four of the most common accessories you should consider when purchasing a new car stereo. Everyone who installs a new stereo is likely to need at least one of these items.

 
Video: Connecting Your New Receiver to Your Car's Wiring

Video: Connecting Your New Receiver to Your Car's Wiring

by Ken Nail

Take a look at how most new car receivers are connected to the car's existing wiring in this DIY video.

 
12 Tips for Getting the Best Sound Quality in Your Car

12 Tips for Getting the Best Sound Quality in Your Car

by Jeff Fay

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.

 
Video: Bluetooth in Your Car

Video: Bluetooth in Your Car

by Todd Cabell

Bluetooth® hands-free calling can be a great benefit in the car, especially when it's integrated into your car stereo. Watch this video for a quick look at what it takes to add hands-free talking and wireless music streaming to your car stereo.

 
How to Choose a Mobile Video System

How to Choose a Mobile Video System

by Matt Freeman

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

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

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

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.

 
How to Tune a Car Stereo System

How to Tune a Car Stereo System

by Buck Pomerantz

Okay. Your new system components are out of their boxes, installed, and hooked up. Now what? How do you get the most out of your new car stereo system? What kind of hokey pokey do...

 

Is replacing a car stereo really that easy?

by Deb Gilbert

I was helping a friend get a stereo for his car recently, and he asked a good question: "Is installing a stereo really as easy as we say it is?" We used to say that a lot, and I...

 
Overhauling a factory stereo system

Overhauling a factory stereo system

by Michael Sokolowski

As you might have read in Crutchfield's Winter/Spring 2009 catalog ( read article ), I'm in the midst of a piece-by-piece overhaul of the factory sound system in my 2002 Yukon. While I...

 
3 Benefits of Using USB to Connect an iPod to a Car Stereo

3 Benefits of Using USB to Connect an iPod to a Car Stereo

by Ken Nail

When using an iPod in the car, USB is the way to go My old iPod® mini died a couple of weeks ago. No need to mourn, it had a good life. But when I...

 
Install Your Own Car Stereo  — With Help from Crutchfield

Install Your Own Car Stereo — With Help from Crutchfield

by Zak Billmeier

While surfing through the Internet one day, I found a blog post on the Gadgeteer website entitled " My Crutchfield Experience ." In the article, author Dave Rees...

 
The ultimate in system tuning

The ultimate in system tuning

by Michael Sokolowski

All along, I knew I was going to take advantage of the CDA-9887's IMPRINT ™ sound tuning capability as the final stage in the audio makeover of my SUV.  Let me explain: ...

 
Video: How to Install a Car Stereo

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.

 
Video: A Look Inside the Crutchfield MasterSheet™

Video: A Look Inside the Crutchfield MasterSheet™

by Robert Ferency-Viars

The Crutchfield MasterSheet™ is a vehicle-specific set of instructions that shows you how to install a receiver and speakers in your vehicle. In this video, we give you a look at all of the work that goes into creating these instructions. What's more, this same research is used to fuel our massive vehicle database. When we tell you we know what fits, we really do.

 
HD Radio™ Technology — Great Sound and Cool Features

HD Radio™ Technology — Great Sound and Cool Features

by Ken Nail

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.