Articles & Videos: Car Stereos

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.

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.

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.

Sony's smart-looking MEX-GS600BT CD receiver offers built-in Bluetooth®, variable color display, and plenty of cool audio controls. And its App Remote feature turns smartphone interactivity into a two-way street. With your phone's touchscreen, you can do things like selecting sources, picking radio stations, and launching apps. On the other side of the App Remote's two-way street, you can select apps using the stereo's source button, the same way you'd choose the CD player or radio as your s

Waldo M's 1997 BMW Z3 Roadster
by Dominic Devito

Waldo M. from Centreville, GA, wanted to outfit his 1997 BMW Z3 Roadster 2.8 with a stereo to replace his tired one. He added the JVC KD-R730BT CD receiver for Bluetooth, iPod control, and better sound.

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.

Kenwood's KDC-BT555U CD receiver gives you more choices in streaming music. Once you plug your iPhone® into the front USB input or connect your Android™ or Blackberry via Bluetooth®, you'll enjoy easy access to the musical resources of Pandora® Internet radio and iHeart Radio. You'll also be able to tap into Aha Radio, with its personalized on-demand stations that run the gamut from news to talk to music. Check out this car stereo in this display and controls demo video.

Alpine puts pro-level audio tuning in the palm of your hand with TuneIt, an award-winning smartphone app designed exclusively for select Alpine receivers. Download the free app onto your iPhone® or Android smartphone, and you can create a user profile with information specific to you, your vehicle, and your Alpine system.

The top end of Alpine's 2013 CD receiver line gives you some exciting features, like Bluetooth, App Direct mode, and the ability to tune your sound using your smartphone.

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