Articles & Videos: Car Stereos

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

We wanted to answer the most basic question about car audio: is it really worth it to upgrade? Using a 2004 Ford F-150 as our test vehicle, we installed some great gear, then documented the system performance and improvements along the way:

Ford owners can upgrade to Kenwood navigation and still keep their factory-installed SYNC system, thanks to this adapter from iDatalink.

We wanted to answer the most basic question about car audio: is it really worth it to upgrade? With the help of the Crutchfield Labs, we set out to prove just how much better music sounds when it's played through a high-quality aftermarket system.

Introducing MirrorLink™
by Matt Freeman

With the MirrorLink™ smartphone interactivity system, car stereos will finally be compatible with many Android, Blackberry, and Nokia smartphones.

With features like Bluetooth® connectivity and a sharp-looking display, Axxera's XDMA7200 CD receiver steps outside the bounds of bland to put a whole new set of capabilities in your dash. Take a look in this demo video.

HD Radio® FAQ
by Ralph Graves

Get the answers to frequently asked questions about HD Radio technology.

Discover the Joys of DIY
by Matt Freeman

It's fun and gratifying to hear about people discovering just how satisfying doing it themselves can be. Recently, two customers shared their first time experiences with us.

Doug F's 2001 Ford Explorer
by Matt Freeman

Doug F, a retired chemist from Mesa, AZ, installed his very first stereo in his 2001 Ford Explorer.

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