Car Stereos: Articles & Videos

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.

 
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: Kenwood KMM-100U Digital Media Receiver

Video: Kenwood KMM-100U Digital Media Receiver

by Zak Billmeier

If you use an iPod® or iPhone® for your music, the Kenwood KMM-100U digital media receiver makes it easy and safe to use your player in your car. Just plug into the convenient front-panel USB input, and you'll enjoy outstanding control over your playlists right from the receiver. Plus, the KMM-100U will give digital music aficionados what they've been clamoring for: FLAC support.

 
Video: Kenwood 2013 Double-DIN CD Receivers

Video: Kenwood 2013 Double-DIN CD Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

Kenwood's 2013 double-DIN sized CD receivers let you replace your factory stereo without creating a pocket in your dash. They're stylish, sound great, and give you some handy features not found in your factory deck.

 
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.