Articles & Videos: Car Stereos

When Sean, a high school junior in Charlottesville, VA, decided it was time to upgrade the stereo in his Celica, he wanted to do the work himself. Wisely, he turned to Crutchfield for the gear he needed and then shared photos of his new stereo installation with us.

Clarion lets you tap into the power of Pandora® in your car with their CZ702 CD receiver. And when a call comes in, the receiver mutes the music while you talk to your caller over your car's speakers. Take a look at the CZ702 in this demo video.

Harry from Pioneer Electronics came to visit us here at Crutchfield and showed us some of the great features available on their DEH-80PRS CD receiver.

Pioneer's DEX-P99RS flagship receiver is the first choice of many car audio audiophiles and sound-quality competitors. For music that's reproduced as accurately and faithfully as possible, you'll find few others that match its musical-reproduction capabilities.

Sony App Remote
by John Pollard

For years, the industry has focused on controlling smartphones with stereos. Now Sony has taken the next logical step forward with their new CD receivers equipped with App Remote, turning smartphone interactivity into a two-way street.

Pioneer's unique MIXTRAX technology emulates techniques used by DJs to provide you with uninterrupted entertainment as you drive. MIXTRAX links together songs from your iPod® or thumb drive using club-inspired audio effects to create a continuous mix at the push of a button. The illuminations on the receiver's display move in rhythm to the music to keep the party vibe going.

If Bojo Trim Panel Tools can help a writer get through a month of installs without gouging a door or splitting a dashboard in half, they'll make you look like a DIY genius.

Some budding audiophiles look at building a car stereo as an "all or nothing" proposition. They make a wish list, look at the total cost, get nervous, and do nothing. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Installing a system in stages improves your sound without breaking the bank.

Brittany purchased this 2010 Dodge Charger just a few months ago. She loved the car immediately, but she quickly grew tired of the underpowered factory stereo. With help from our friends at Kenwood, the Crutchfield team gave Brittany a stellar Kenwood Excelon system that's every bit as cool as her car.

Crutchfield Advisor Kramer equipped his 2009 Honda Element with a budget-friendly sound system. The system is built around a Kenwood receiver, complemented by Infinity speakers, and two amps and a sub from Alpine.

Pioneer offers a fresh take on the lower-priced end of their car stereo lineup, and their DEH-2500UI CD receiver is strong on style and performance. Pioneer made the 12-character LCD display much larger so you can scope out song and artist info with a quick glance. The prominent buttons make it easy to access the intuitive menus and controls so you can get to the songs you want quickly. Take a look at in action in this demo video.

Elliot C's 1990 Mazda Miata
by Dominic Devito

Elliot C's sweet, low-mileage 1990 Mazda Miata needed new speakers, so he upgraded the whole system with Polk speakers, an Alpine receiver, and a powered sub from Sound Ordnance.

Sony built the CDX-GT570UP CD receiver around the same Digital Reality amp you'll find in their higher-priced car stereos. This unique amp design delivers surprising power combined with an accurate, deep soundstage so music sounds more natural inside your vehicle. And this powerful receiver will look great in your car. Check it out in this display and controls demo video.

Car audio for the first-time buyer
by Charlie Pastorfield

Buying car audio gear for the first time? Here are some tips to help you find the right stereo equipment for your car or truck.

Pioneer loaded their DEH-X8500BS CD receiver with plenty of great features, like built-in Bluetooth® and Pandora® Internet radio control. It also gives you the option of adding a SiriusXM tuner — so you'll always be in touch with your favorite team, breaking news, or a wide variety of commercial-free music channels. Take a closer look in this display and controls demo video.

The MEX-BT4100P CD receiver offers built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, plus Sony's App Remote feature — it displays your smartphone apps along with your audio sources, so you can launch apps with the receiver's controls. Even cooler, you can use your Smartphone as a remote control, choosing sources, changing radio stations, and viewing song and artist info. Take a look at this Sony in our display and controls demo video.

Rich H's 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
by Dominic Devito

Rich H's 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe was in need of a sonic upgrade after he determined its factory Monsoon system wasn't up to par. He added a new JVC double-din receiver and some component speakers from Crutchfield, as well as some speakers, an amp, and a powered sub from his personal collection.

Not only does the Alpine ICS-X7HD connect to your iPhone or Android phone to take advantage of apps you've loaded, it also comes with built-in Bluetooth that lets you make hands-free calls and stream music wirelessly.

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