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Car Stereos: Articles & Videos

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.

 
Video: Sony XAV-601BT and MirrorLink™ Connectivity

Video: Sony XAV-601BT and MirrorLink™ Connectivity

by Zak Billmeier

Sony's partnered with the Car Connectivity Constortium to develop a cool new technology called MirrorLink for some of their 2012 head units (including the Sony XAV-601BT). It's designed to provide easy-to-use in-dash control over compatible smartphones. We had the opportunity to see it in action at this year's CES show out in Las Vegas.

 
Introducing MirrorLink™

Introducing MirrorLink™

by Matt Freeman

With the MirrorLink™ smartphone interactivity system, car stereos will finally be compatible with many Android, Blackberry, and Nokia smartphones.

 
Pioneer AppRadio 2: It's All About the Apps

Pioneer AppRadio 2: It's All About the Apps

by Zak Billmeier

Smartphones have become our main source of entertainment, holding tons of music and videos, plus con­necting us to the Internet. Pioneer's original AppRadio broke new ground by being the first receiver dedicated exclusively to iPhone® apps. AppRadio 2 continues that innovation by bumping up the screen size and adding support for select AndroidT phones.

 
Video: Demo of the Axxera XDMA7200 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Axxera XDMA7200 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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

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

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.

 
Sean M's 1994 Toyota Celica ST

Sean M's 1994 Toyota Celica ST

by Matt Freeman

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Clarion CZ702 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Clarion CZ702 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Clarion CZ401 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Clarion CZ401 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Clarion CZ202 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Clarion CZ202 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Harness the power of PANDORA® on your next road trip with the Clarion CZ202 CD receiver. With the help of your iPhone® and a free app, you can play your PANDORA® stations right from your dash. And you can take control and tweak your sound too, with a 3-band parametric equalizer that gives you precise control over the lows, mids, and highs. Take a closer look at the CZ202 in this display and controls demo video.

 
Video: Pioneer DEH-80PRS CD receiver

Video: Pioneer DEH-80PRS CD receiver

by Video Guest

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Alpine CDE-134HD CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Alpine CDE-134HD CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Alpine designed the CDE-134HD CD receiver for all you AM/FM radio lovers. Its built-in HD Radio™ tuner lets you dial in digital HD Radio broadcasts to get FM that sounds almost as good as a CD, and AM that sounds like traditional FM — a huge leap forward in sound quality.

 
Video: Demo of the Alpine CDE-135BT CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Alpine CDE-135BT CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Pandora® lovers, good news: you can bring your stations in the car and play them through your speakers with Alpine's CDE-135BT CD receiver — all it takes is the free Pandora app and your Android™ or Blackberry® smartphone. See what this receiver will look like doing its thing in your dashboard in this display and controls demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X3500UI CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X3500UI CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Pioneer's DEH-X3500UI is the first CD receiver in their lineup with MIXTRAX technology. Turn on MIXTRAX, and you'll get a DJ-inspired audio/video experience with the music stored on your iPod®, iPhone®, or other USB device. You'll enjoy seamless musical transitions with cool effects, as the receiver's illumination pulses with the beat of your tunes. Take a look at that and more in this demo video.

 
Anatomy of an Amazing Car Receiver

Anatomy of an Amazing Car Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X6500BT CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X6500BT CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Pioneer's DEH-X6500BT CD receiver will bring Bluetooth® convenience to your ride, plus a great-looking display jazzed up with the DJ-inspired MIXTRAX feature. This versatile receiver also offers iPod® controls and Pandora® Internet radio control with your iPhone®, giving you a great mix of style, form, and function.

 
Sony App Remote

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.

 
Light up your dash with Pioneer MIXTRAX

Light up your dash with Pioneer MIXTRAX

by Dominic Devito

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.