Articles & Videos: Car Stereos

If you've got a 4" double-DIN opening in your dash, add some style and flash with Clarion's CX201. But it's not just a pretty face — check it out in this short video demo.

Video: Pioneer Stage 4 DEX-P99RS CD Receiver
by Robert Ferency-Viars, Video Team

We got the skinny on the Pioneer DEX-P99RS CD receiver directly from Pioneer. This stereo is unsurpassed for delivering audiophile-quality sound in the car.

Clarion's CX501 CD receiver strikes a handsome pose in your double-DIN dash opening, and you can tailor its look to your vehicle's interior by choosing from 728 possible illumination colors. Throw in iPod® and iPhone® control, built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calls, plus a 2-line display, and you're ready for the open road

Bluetooth isn't just about hands-free calling. It also gives you wireless music streaming from smartphones and other Bluetooth devices. In this article, Crutchfield walks you through what you need to know to about using Bluetooth in the car.

Brad, a DJ at 106.1 The Corner in Charlottesville, VA, tells us why he's so excited for the future of HD Radio. He likes the sound quality advantages, and thinks there is a lot of potential in multicasting, which lets radio stations publish additional content on the same radio frequency.

Do you want a full-featured CD receiver that'll jazz up the look of the double-DIN opening in your car's dash? Axxera's X2DMA500 features iPod® controls and built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming along with some sharp styling. Check it out in this short demo video.

One of the problems with replacing your factory radio with a new receiver, is that those handy stereo controls built into the steering wheel won't work anymore. The way to solve this dilemma is to install an adapter for the steering wheel audio controls. Watch this video to see what's involved in the process.

Not only does Dual's XDMA6510 CD receiver offer built-in controls for your iPod® or iPhone®, but they've included a mount for it too. So, now you can keep your player right where you'd like it while you drive. Check out the '6510 in this short demo video.

It's nice when you can plug your iPod® into your car stereo and play all your tunes on the road, but where do you keep your player when you're driving? Sony's DSX-S310BTX receiver solves this dilemma with its innovative Tune Tray. It lets you connect your iPod and store it inside the stereo, keeping it secure and charged while you drive. Take a look at the Tune Tray and more in this demo video.

On the outside, Sony's DSX-210X looks a lot like your typical in-dash receiver. But it's what's behind the faceplate that counts on this neat design — flip the face forward, and out pops what Sony calls the "Tune Tray," a custom-made pocket for your iPod®. Take a look at that, and more, in this demo video.

As the "BT" in the name suggests, JVC's KD-R820BT CD receiver has built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. But that's not the end of the story for this capable in-dash control center. Check it out in this short demo video.

Axxera's XDMA7600 will be a colorful addition to your dash, thanks to the variable color choices for the large display and buttons. But there are plenty of features to go with the light show. Check it out in this short demo video.

For many, the iPhone has become an essential part of their lives. It stores music, movies, and a plethora of apps that entertain or help with productivity. Nowadays, some stereos integrate with many of the applications on your iPhone. Some simply let you tap into the music from an app, while others give you full control on screen. In this article, we'll break down how it works.

Sony's CDX-GT660UP CD receiver puts an impressive set of visual and audio delights at your fingertips. It'll match its display and button colors to your dash or the beat of your music, and gives you a variety of musical options — including in-dash control of PANDORA® Internet radio. Take a look in this short control and displays demo video.

Alpine was the first manufacturer to introduce Pandora® Internet radio into the car with your iPhone, and now they've added Pandora support for Android and BlackBerry phones to many of their 2012 receivers. Those phones get in-dash Pandora control over the Bluetooth connection.

HD Radio™ broadcasts offer FM reception that approaches CD quality, and they're available almost everywhere across the country, free of charge to listeners with the right gear. Kenwood built an HD Radio tuner into their KDC-HD552U CD receiver, so you can join in this radio revolution. Check out the KDC-HD552U in this short demo video.

Video: Pioneer Mixtrax
by Zak Billmeier

Pioneer's MIXTRAX is a DJ function and software package included with some of some of the new Pioneer receivers. It brings the musical fun and excitement of a real DJ to your car.

Bright glare on the stereo display has plagued us for as long as we've had the sun and car stereos. Sometimes there's just nothing you can do about it. But sometimes there is. Check out our examination of the problem in this video.

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