Articles & Videos: Car Stereos

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

You love local radio — why not experience it to the fullest? Clarion's CZ401 CD receiver lets you enjoy the crystal-clear reception and high-quality sound that HD Radio™ technology brings to AM and FM broadcasts. On participating stations, you'll hear AM that's as clear as FM, along with FM that's almost CD quality. Check out more features in this short demo video.

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