Articles & Videos: Car Stereos

Introduction to car stereo
by Robert Ferency-Viars

A car stereo is the centerpiece of any car audio system. This introduction highlights the stereo's functions and makes it easier to find the right receiver for your car or truck.

His and her car stereo DIY
by Dave Delamere

A happy couple installs a new audio system in their Mitsubishi with a little help from Crutchfield.

The sharp-looking Clarion CX505 CD receiver comes loaded with a built-in HD Radio™ tuner, built-in Bluetooth® with aptX® for ultra-clear wireless sound, Pandora® Internet Radio controls for an iPhone® or Android™, and a brilliant 2-line, variable-color display. See it in action in this demo video.

Kenwood's DPX791BH CD receiver includes Bluetooth with aptX® processing for crystal-clear wireless audio streaming, Pandora and iHeartRadio Internet Radio integration for your smartphone, a built-in HD Radio™ tuner for superb AM/FM sound quality, and controls for an optional SiriusXM satellite radio tuner. See more in this demo video.

Kenwood's DNX572BH navigation receiver packs a lot of features into its double DIN (4" tall) chassis, but the real story is its versatility - it'll keep you both connected and informed, and allow you to enjoy most of your media and add accessories to enhance your travels. See it in action in this demo video.

Many new car receivers are equipped with USB ports. Is there a charging advantage for receivers that have USB ports rated at 1 Amp, versus those rated 500 milliamps?

Pioneer's stamped the DEH-150MP CD receiver with a sleek new look that's designed for user-friendly operation. And the 12-character display that makes it easier to read song info from music files or the RDS information from your favorite radio stations. Take a look in this demo video.

Kenwood designed their KMM-BT312U digital media receiver to play the music you've stored on your smartphone, thumb drive, or other portable players, so you can enjoy your entire collection when you're on the road. Without the need for a bulky CD player, this compact receiver will fit into a wide variety of vehicles where no radio dared to go before. And built-in Bluetooth® connectivity will make your driving safer and more entertaining. See it in action in this car stereo demo video.

If CDs just aren't part of your world any more, JVC's KD-X320BTS digital media receiver handles all your music devices, plus it gives you a lot more power than your average factory radio. You'll also enjoy hands-free calling and wireless streaming audio with this JVC, conveniences that'll make your driving time a little easier. Take a look in this demo video.

If you're just not listening to CDs anymore, Dual's XR4120 digital media receiver gives you a wallet-friendly way to enjoy your music collection on the road. You can listen to your favorite AM/FM stations, plug a thumb drive full of music into the USB port, jack your music player into the front minijack aux input, or fold down the faceplate to insert an SD card. Take a look in this car stereo demo video.

Android Auto takes what you need from your Android phone and puts it in your dash. With a compatible car stereo, you'll gain hands-free calling, music, and navigation features for safer driving.

Jensen's VM9116 DVD receiver puts a big 7" display into your single-DIN (2" tall) dash opening. Press a button and the screen motors out, giving you touchscreen controls with easy access to all functions. You can select from five different graphic backgrounds to suit your taste, and adjust the screen angle so the picture looks its best. Check it out in this demo video.

Dual's XRM405BT digital media receiver gives you a wallet-friendly way to add the convenience of built-in Bluetooth® connectivity to your daily drive. It's designed to work with a wide variety of Apple® and Android™ smartphones, plus other devices and music players, so you can make and take calls, stream Internet radio, or just enjoy your own music library. See it in action in this demo video.

With Kenwood's KMM-108U digital media receiver, you can enjoy your entire digital music library without missing a beat. With no CD player to worry about, Kenwood's engineers were able to pack this receiver with everything you need to enjoy MP3, WMA, WAV, and FLAC files from a variety of devices. Take a closer look in this demo video.

Sony built the CDX-G3100UP CD receiver for you. A robust amp design delivers surprising power combined with an accurate, deep soundstage so your favorite tunes deliver an impact that most stock radios just can't match. And if you like to tweak the sound, Sony includes a 5-band equalizer for shaping your tone curve, too. See it in this demo video.

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