Car Stereos: Articles & Videos

Three Degrees of iPhone® Control in the Car

Three Degrees of iPhone® Control in the Car

by John Pollard

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Sony CDX-GT660UP CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Sony CDX-GT660UP CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Sony CDX-GT700HD CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Sony CDX-GT700HD CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

The Sony Xplod CDX-GT700HD CD receiver combines the ability to play all your favorite media with a built-in HD Radio™ tuner that'll take you to the cutting edge of radio. Plus, you can connect and control your iPod® without having to buy an optional adapter, and you'll even find convenient front panel USB and auxiliary inputs for your portables. Check it out in this display and controls demo.

 

Streaming Music Services: How Do They Compare?

by Amanda P.

This article compares key features of a number of today's most popular cloud music services.

 
Video: JVC Smart Remote App

Video: JVC Smart Remote App

by Zak Billmeier

Zak, Crutchfield video producer, checks out JVC's Smart Remote app for Android phones at CES 2012.

 
Video: Alpine Receivers and Pandora

Video: Alpine Receivers and Pandora

by Zak Billmeier

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: Alpine's Smart HD Radio™ Reception

Video: Alpine's Smart HD Radio™ Reception

by Zak Billmeier

Alpine's HD RadioT receivers feature a smart tuner that keeps you tuned in to secondary channels even if you're at the edge of reception and lose the digital signal briefly. The main channel automatically switches between digital and analog as needed.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-HD552U CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-HD552U CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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

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.

 
Video: Pioneer Advanced App Mode

Video: Pioneer Advanced App Mode

by Zak Billmeier

Pioneer's advanced app mode gives you touchscreen control over select apps in certain Pioneer A/V receivers. It puts the apps right where they're most useful, in your dash on your receiver's big screen. It's a great way to add functionality like navigation, Internet radio, and traffic updates, all from your iPhone®.

 
Video: Tips to Avoid Glare on your Car Stereo Display

Video: Tips to Avoid Glare on your Car Stereo Display

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: Demo of the JVC KW-R500 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the JVC KW-R500 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Make a statement in your dash with the JVC KW-R500 CD receiver — it'll look right at home in your large dash opening and it'll give you the great sound and features you want. Take a closer look in this display and controls demo video.

 
Video: Clarion CZ702 CD Receiver

Video: Clarion CZ702 CD Receiver

by Zak Billmeier

At CES 2012, we got an early look at the Clarion CZ702 CD receiver. It's their flagship model and loaded with features. Watch this video for all the details.

 
Crutchfield's Car Audio Proving Ground Series

Crutchfield's Car Audio Proving Ground Series

by Zak Billmeier

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:

 
Video: Demo of the JVC Arsenal KD-AHD65 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the JVC Arsenal KD-AHD65 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD65 CD receiver lets you tune in digital HD Radio™ brodcasts, cranking up the sound quality significantly. And JVC makes it easy to play your favorite Pandora® stations. With your iPhone® connected, you can skip songs, change stations, and rate songs using the receiver's controls. Take a look at this sharp receiver in this demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the JVC KD-HDR61 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the JVC KD-HDR61 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Local radio never sounded so good. JVC's KD-HDR61 CD receiver uses its built-in HD Radio™ tuner to tune in digital HD Radio broadcasts, pumping up the sound quality significantly. And this JVC makes it easy to play your favorite Pandora stations. Take a closer look in this display and controls demo.

 
Video: JVC's USB Input with 1-amp Power Supply

Video: JVC's USB Input with 1-amp Power Supply

by Zak Billmeier

The 2012 line of JVC receivers feature USB inputs with higher power than former generations. The full 1-amp power flow means that your connected device will charge while you're using it, or charge faster if you're not actively using the device.

 
Video: Kenwood iDatalink "Maestro"

Video: Kenwood iDatalink "Maestro"

by Zak Billmeier

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

 
Video: Demo of the JVC Arsenal KD-AH75BT CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the JVC Arsenal KD-AH75BT CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD75BT CD receiver gives you a built-in HD Radio™ tuner that pumps up the FM sound quality to near-CD level, while making AM broadcasts sound like traditional FM. And that's not the only attractive feature of this receiver. Take a closer look in this demo video.

 
Crutchfield Labs Video: Aftermarket vs. Factory Sound in the Car

Crutchfield Labs Video: Aftermarket vs. Factory Sound in the Car

by Zak Billmeier

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.