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If you've got an iPhone®, you know that the music you've stored on it is only part of the story — streaming apps let you tune into a plethora of music and other programs. Alpine's CDE-141 CD receiver features App Direct Mode, giving you access to select music apps, so you can tune in and enjoy this content. Add some comprehensive sound controls, plus iPod® controls and you've got a great addition to your car. Take a look in this demo video.

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.

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397 CD receiver will expand your sonic boundaries with a nice blend of audio features and sophisticated styling. Thanks to its selectable color feature, you can pick a button color that matches your vehicle's illumination so the receiver will look perfect in your dash. Check it out in this demo video.

The first thing you'll notice about Kenwood's KDC-355U CD receiver is its looks. The controls are well laid out, the display is easy to read, and the eye-catching variable color illumination lets you adjust the button color to match your dash. Take a look at it in action in this demo video.

Kenwood's Excelon KDC-X597 CD receiver has built-in Bluetooth® hands-free calling and audio streaming. And this sharp-looking car stereo sports variable color illumination for the buttons and controls, so you can match it up to your car. It'll control your iPod® or iPhone® and you can play music from your Android™ via the USB when you use Kenwood's Music Control app. Take a closer look in this Crutchfield demo video.

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.

Pandora® is one of the most popular streaming music sources around, and JVC's KD-R540 CD receiver makes it easy to tune in. Connect your iPhone® to this JVC's USB input, and you'll be able to access your favorite stations through the receiver's controls. You'll enjoy quick access to all your stations and you'll be able to check out song, artist, and album information on the receiver's screen while you're listening.That's not all this versatile car stereo can do — check it out in th

This little gem of a CD receiver gives you a lots of flexibility in a small package. The JVC Arsenal KD-A645 has a front-panel auxiliary input handy for plugging in your phone, a game console, or a Dock & Play satellite radio. You can plug your iPhone® iPod®, or USB drive into the front USB port and use the receiver's driver-friendly controls to access and enjoy your playlists.

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 Kenwood Excelon KDC-X697 CD receiver is a real head-turner, with a selectable two- or three-line display and variable color illumination that you can match to your dash or taste. But there's plenty to appreciate under the skin too, including an array of entertainment options and outstanding audio performance, including iPod® and iPhone® control, Pandora® control with your iPhone, plus two USB inputs and an aux input. Check it out in this Crutchfield display and controls demo vid

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.

Retrosound helps you bring the sound in your classic ride into the modern age while staying true to the look and feel of your interior. Their receivers fit into the small and odd-size dash openings found in classic cars and trucks, and they also make speakers designed to get the most out of their receivers.

You'll enjoy great sound and remarkable versatility with Kenwood's KDC-BT855U CD receiver. It not only plays music from your CDs, iPod®, and more, but it also comes with built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. This Kenwood's crystal-clear display gives you all the info you want, and you can switch the 3-line display to a 2-line format with a larger font that makes it easier to read phone numbers, song titles, and source data.

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X897 CD receiver not only plays music from your CDs, iPod®, and more, but it also comes with built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. You'll enjoy great sound, remarkable versatility, and the peace of mind that comes with Kenwood Excelon's two-year warranty.

When you upgrade the audio gear in your vehicle, you'll treat yourself to better sound quality. And when you install it yourself, you'll feel pride and satisfaction from a project well done. If you're reasonably handy and can follow directions, you can do it too, with our help.

Alpine's CDE-HD149BT CD receiver packs a serious sonic punch and includes features like an HD Radio® tuner, built-in Bluetooth®, and Pandora® Internet radio control, too. Alpine's user-friendly controls round out the package, with the innovative new TuneIt™ smartphone-based app for tuning your system. Take a look at it in action in this demo video.

Alpine's CDE-147BT CD receiver is Bluetooth® equipped, so you can make and take calls hands-free when you're in the car. And you can stream audio from your Bluetooth devices too. Alpine's Quad illumination lets you choose from four different colors for the receiver's control buttons for a style that'll work in your car. Pandora control for your iPhone® or Android™ is built in. Take a look at the CDE-147BT in this demo video.

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