Car Stereos: Articles & Videos

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood KIV-BT901 Digital Media Receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood KIV-BT901 Digital Media Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Free Stereo Installation Gear

Video: Free Stereo Installation Gear

by Zak Billmeier

Check out how the free installation gear you get with most car stereos and car speakers bought from Crutchfield helps you do your own installation. 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.

 
Video: Newbies Install a Kenwood System

Video: Newbies Install a Kenwood System

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Clarion CX201 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Clarion CX201 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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

Video: Pioneer Stage 4 DEX-P99RS CD Receiver

by Robert Ferency-Viars, Video Guest

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Clarion CX501 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Clarion CX501 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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® protocols explained

Bluetooth® protocols explained

by Matt Freeman

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.

 
Video: A DJ's take on HD Radio™ programming

Video: A DJ's take on HD Radio™ programming

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Axxera X2DMA500 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Axxera X2DMA500 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Installing an Adapter for your Steering Wheel Audio Controls

Video: Installing an Adapter for your Steering Wheel Audio Controls

by Robert Ferency-Viars

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Dual XDMA6510 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Dual XDMA6510 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Sony DSX-S310BTX Digital Media Receiver

Video: Demo of the Sony DSX-S310BTX Digital Media Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Sony DSX-S210X Digital Media Receiver

Video: Demo of the Sony DSX-S210X Digital Media Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Demo of the JVC KD-R820BT CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the JVC KD-R820BT CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Axxera XDMA7600 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Axxera XDMA7600 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Axxera XDMA7800 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Axxera XDMA7800 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Axxera's XDMA7800 CD receiver is packed with features you love to play with, plus a well-rounded set of inputs. Check it out in this short demo video.