Articles & Videos: Car Stereos

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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
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...

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
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.

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.

It's not enough that the Kenwood KIV-BT901 digital media receiver can play audio and video from most USB devices. When you connect your iPhone®, you can also stream and control PANDORA® Internet radio. Watch our video for a quick demonstration of the stereo's capabilities.

When installing a new car stereo or speakers, you'll need specialized installation hardware to do the job. 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.

Crutchfield's Marketing team decided to give their outgoing manager a parting gift: a new sound system for his 1998 Jeep Wrangler. Only one thing stood in their way - this would be the first time they had installed audio gear in a car. Watch them install a receiver and two sets of speakers, proving once and for all that with Crutchfield's help, you CAN install it yourself - and save a lot of money in the process.

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