Car Stereos: Articles & Videos

Elliot C's 1990 Mazda Miata

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Sony CDX-GT575UP CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Sony CDX-GT575UP CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

You take pride in your car, and you want your new car stereo to look good in the dash. Sony's CDX-GT575UP CD receiver offers sharp styling and user-friendly controls, and you can choose from over 35,000 color choices for the display and button illumination to create the right look for your vehicle. And this receiver has the sonic punch to match its good looks. give the CDX-GT575UP a closer look in this display and controls demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the Sony CDX-GT570UP CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Sony CDX-GT570UP CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Sony MEX-BT3100P CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Sony MEX-BT3100P CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Sony's MEX-BT3100P CD receiver makes it easier than ever to use a smartphone in your car. Its App Remote feature lets you launch smartphone apps from the receiver, while your smartphone acts as a remote control and a second display for apps and song info. Check this smart-looking receiver out in this display and controls demo video.

 
Car Audio for the First-Time Buyer

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.

 
Add a great new stereo, keep your SYNC® system

Add a great new stereo, keep your SYNC® system

by Jon Paulette

With iDatalink's Maestro radio replacement package, you can install a powerful Kenwood navigation receiver and keep your familiar SYNC features intact.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-255U CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-255U CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Kenwood's KDC-255U CD receiver delivers solid performance and plenty of features at a pretty nice price.You get variable color illumination for the buttons so you can set the color to match your dash lighting perfectly. The front USB port allows you to control the music on your iPhone&#reg; or Android&#trade; phone too. Check it out in this demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X8500BS CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X8500BS CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Pioneer loaded their DEH-X8500BS CD receiver with plenty of great features, like built-in Bluetooth® and Pandora® Internet radio control. It also gives you the option of adding a SiriusXM tuner — so you'll always be in touch with your favorite team, breaking news, or a wide variety of commercial-free music channels. Take a closer look in this display and controls demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X8500BH CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X8500BH CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Whatever you look for in a CD receiver, you'll probably find it in Pioneer's DEH-X8500BH. It's got plenty of media options, sharp styling, a great-looking display, plus plenty of power and expansion options. And Pioneer also built Bluetooth® and HD Radio™ into this receiver. Check it out in this demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the Sony MEX-BT4100P CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Sony MEX-BT4100P CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

The MEX-BT4100P CD receiver offers built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, plus Sony's App Remote feature — it displays your smartphone apps along with your audio sources, so you can launch apps with the receiver's controls. Even cooler, you can use your Smartphone as a remote control, choosing sources, changing radio stations, and viewing song and artist info. Take a look at this Sony in our display and controls demo video.

 
Rich H's 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe

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.

 
Video: Demo of the JVC KD-R330 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the JVC KD-R330 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

If you're looking to upgrade the sound in your car without shelling out serious cash, take a good look at this striking JVC. The KD-R330 CD receiver is perfect for a teenager's first car, for a family's second car, or any car with a factory radio that's on its last legs. Check it out in this display and controls demo video.

 
Alpine ICS-X7HD Digital Media Receiver iPhone Features

Alpine ICS-X7HD Digital Media Receiver iPhone Features

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Alpine CDE-141 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Alpine CDE-141 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Sony MEX-GS600BT CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Sony MEX-GS600BT CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Pioneer designed the DEH-X9500BHS CD receiver with all the convenient features you want in a modern car stereo: Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, an HD Radio™ tuner for improved AM/FM, Pandora® Internet radio control, and dual USB inputs. You'll also find sophisticated sound controls and a variable-color display, along with the crowd-pleasing MIXTRAX feature, in this impressive car stereo. Take a look at it in action in this demo video.

 
Alpine ICS-X7HD Digital Media Receiver Android Features

Alpine ICS-X7HD Digital Media Receiver Android Features

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-355U CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-355U CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.