Articles & Videos: Car Stereos

Kenwood Excelon receivers are all about sound quality, with powerful 4-volt preamp outputs for your amps and super-clean CD playback. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio tuner for crystal-clear radio broadcasts, along with Sound Excellence DSP - Kenwood's most impressive set of sound-sculpting tools. And Kenwood backs up this versatile receiver with a 2-year warranty. Check out some of the features in this demo video.

If your smartphone is the hub of your communication and entertainment, Alpine's UTE-52BT digital media receiver will make an ideal travel companion. This receiver works with both iPhone and Android models, so you can listen to stored music or stream Pandora and other Internet radio apps with your phone. Built-in Bluetooth connectivity lets you enjoy your tunes, plus hands-free conversations.

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.

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