Car Stereos: Articles & Videos

Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X497 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X497 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Kenwood's Excelon KDC-X497 CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio™ tuner, plus controls for your iPhone® or iPod®. Kenwood's Music Control App also lets you plug in your Android via the front-panel USB input. Take a look at this stylish car stereo in this short demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597 CD receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-BT555U CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-BT555U CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-HD455U CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-HD455U CD receiver

by Ken Nail

Kenwood built an HD Radio™ tuner into their KDC-HD455U CD receiver, so you can join the ranks of radio fans who are stepping up their listening experience. You'll find participating stations all across the nation, broadcasting FM programs that approach CD quality and AM programs that are close to today's FM in sound quality, free of charge to listeners with the right gear. And this full-featured car stereo offers iPod® and Pandora® Internet radio controls too. Take a look in this C

 
Video: Demo of the JVC KD-R540 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the JVC KD-R540 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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

 
Video: Demo of the JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57 CD receiver

Video: Demo of the JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57 CD receiver

by Ken Nail

The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57 CD receiver lets you tune into the superior sound quality of digital HD Radio™ broadcasts, including multicasting, so you have more listening choices. JVC's radio timer ensures you'll never miss your favorite drive-time radio programs — you can program it to automatically switch the receiver to your favorite stations at the times you want. Visit crutchfield.com for detailed information and to find out if this stereo fits your car.

 
Video: Demo of the JVC KD-A645 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the JVC KD-A645 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Kenwood 2013 CD Receivers

Video: Kenwood 2013 CD Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

Kenwood's 2013 CD receivers are better than ever, bringing smartphone connectivity and great Kenwood sound quality to your dash. Check them out from the Kenwood booth at CES 2013.

 
Video: Clarion 2013 CD and Digital Media Receivers

Video: Clarion 2013 CD and Digital Media Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

Clarion's 2013 line of CD and digital media receivers combines great sound, good looks, and modern functionality. So no matter what you're looking for in a car audio system, you'll likely find it. Get the lowdown from the Clarion booth at CES 2013.

 
Video: Alpine TuneIt Car Audio Tuning App

Video: Alpine TuneIt Car Audio Tuning App

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X697 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X697 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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

 
Video: Alpine High-End 2013 CD Receivers

Video: Alpine High-End 2013 CD Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: Retrosound Car Audio Gear for Classic Vehicles

Video: Retrosound Car Audio Gear for Classic Vehicles

by Zak Billmeier

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.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-BT755HD CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-BT755HD CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Kenwood's loaded the KDC-BT755HD CD receiver with a lot of great features. This car stereo has built-in Bluetooth®, an HD Radio™ tuner, and it's compatible with some popular music apps when connected to your iPhonereg; or Android™. All these features are contained in a slick package that features variable color button illumination and a bright white display.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 CD receiver

by Ken Nail

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X797 CD receiver offers some of the latest smartphone integration features for your car, plus the security of a remarkable 2-year warranty. You'll be knocked out by the improved reception provided by the built-in HD Radio tuner, with FM that sounds more like a CD, plus sharp and clear AM. Built-in Bluetooth frees up your hands and keeps your attention on the road when you take a call. And it makes a pretty strong impression with its looks too — you can adjust the co

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-BT855U CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-BT855U CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.

 
Video: Alpine CDE-SXM145BT Receiver and SiriusXM Tuner Package

Video: Alpine CDE-SXM145BT Receiver and SiriusXM Tuner Package

by Zak Billmeier

The CDE-SXM145BT CD receiver gives you the great sound you expect from Alpine, plus SiriusXM satellite radio's amazing variety of music, sports, news, and entertainment (subscription required).

 
Video: JVC 5-Zone Variable-Color Illumination

Video: JVC 5-Zone Variable-Color Illumination

by Zak Billmeier

JVC makes it easy to dial in just the right look for your in-dash receiver - their new 5-zone variable-color illumination puts thousands of color combinations at your fingertips. Certain JVC receivers let you adjust any of the five distinct zones on the face to your liking, for a custom look that'll match your car's interior or your sense of style. And you can even have selected zones change color with your volume adjustments.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-X997 CD receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood KDC-X997 CD receiver

by Ken Nail

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X997 lets you enjoy HD RadioT broadcasts, and features built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Audiophiles will appreciate added features like digital time alignment, a 13-band equalizer, and a full complement of 4-volt preamp outputs, complete with onboard high-pass and low-pass filtering.

 
Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X897 CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X897 CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.