Car Stereos: Articles & Videos

Installer's Toolbox #3: Bojo Panel Tools

Installer's Toolbox #3: Bojo Panel Tools

by Jon Paulette

If Bojo Trim Panel Tools can help a writer get through a month of installs without gouging a door or splitting a dashboard in half, they'll make you look like a DIY genius.

 
A Budget-friendly Car Audio Buildup

A Budget-friendly Car Audio Buildup

by Jon Paulette

Some budding audiophiles look at building a car stereo as an "all or nothing" proposition. They make a wish list, look at the total cost, get nervous, and do nothing. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Installing a system in stages improves your sound without breaking the bank.

 

Video: Demo of the JVC KD-X50BT Digital Media Receiver

by Ken Nail

JVC's KD-X50BT digital media receiver is a stylish blend of great sound and good looks, with colorful variable illumination display and controls. And the built-in Bluetooth® offers convenience for calling and audio streaming. Take a look at it in action in this display and controls demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood KIV-701 Digital Media Receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood KIV-701 Digital Media Receiver

by Ken Nail

Kenwood's KIV-701 digital media receiver offers the functionality and fun of a video receiver, but in a slim size that'll fit in most dashboards. Gone is the CD slot, replaced by a 3" color screen and a user-friendly click-wheel interface. But you'll have plenty of music to play — with an iPod® ready USB input, A/V input, and a built-in flash drive, you'll stay entertained no matter how long the drive. Check it out in this demo video.

 
Brittany G's 2010 Dodge Charger

Brittany G's 2010 Dodge Charger

by Jon Paulette

Brittany purchased this 2010 Dodge Charger just a few months ago. She loved the car immediately, but she quickly grew tired of the underpowered factory stereo. With help from our friends at Kenwood, the Crutchfield team gave Brittany a stellar Kenwood Excelon system that's every bit as cool as her car.

 
Kramer's 2009 Honda Element

Kramer's 2009 Honda Element

by Lynn Thorne

Crutchfield Advisor Kramer equipped his 2009 Honda Element with a budget-friendly sound system. The system is built around a Kenwood receiver, complemented by Infinity speakers, and two amps and a sub from Alpine.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon DNX9990HD Navigation Receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon DNX9990HD Navigation Receiver

by Ken Nail

Kenwood's upped the speed limit with their Excelon DNX9990HD navigation receiver. It offers a user interface that's way faster than last year's models, so you can dive right in and explore easy-to-read maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. And there are a lot of other attractive features to explore — check it out in this demo video.

 
Crutchfield's Honda Civic

Crutchfield's Honda Civic

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Crutchfield's Honda Civic delivers quality tunes in a low-profile fashion.

 

Video: A look at the Soundstream VR-931NB DVD Receiver

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Soundstream's VR-931NB DVD receiver isn't cut from the same cloth as most in-dash multimedia units. Most are built to be installed in a double-DIN (4" tall) dash opening, so the screen size is by necessity limited to about 7" max. Soundstream's built the chassis of the VR-931NB so it fits into a single-DIN (2" tall) opening, and they've placed a detachable 9.3" screen onto the front. Car A/V writer Robert takes a closer look at it.

 

Video: Demo of the Sony CDX-GT270MP CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Sony's CDX-GT270MP CD receiver combines a user-friendly front-panel design with some nice options that'll keep you entertained. Designed with a sleek face that's detachable for security, this receiver features red button illumination that makes for maximum visibility at night. But it's more than just a pretty face — take a look in this demo video.

 

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-2500UI CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Pioneer offers a fresh take on the lower-priced end of their car stereo lineup, and their DEH-2500UI CD receiver is strong on style and performance. Pioneer made the 12-character LCD display much larger so you can scope out song and artist info with a quick glance. The prominent buttons make it easy to access the intuitive menus and controls so you can get to the songs you want quickly. Take a look at in action in this demo video.

 
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

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

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

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

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

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.