Articles & Videos: Car Stereos

Alpine's CDE-W265BT CD receiver fills your vehicle's double-DIN (4" tall") opening with an easy-to-read two-line display and easy-to-reach controls. And since Alpine puts great sound at the top of their "to-do" list when designing car stereos, you'll also enjoy some innovative technology for upgrading the sonic soundscape in your vehicle. Take a closer look in this demo video.

Kenwood's KDC-BT762HD CD receiver gives you plenty of choices for listening to your music, including wireless audio streaming using Bluetooth, satellite, Internet, and over-the-air radio options, along with a front-panel USB port and aux input for connecting outboard devices. Take a look at in this demo video.

Kenwood's DDX672BH DVD receiver blends big-screen wow factor with easily accessible touchscreen controls. Its 6.95" variable color display boldly shows off different sources, including a built-in HD Radio tuner for crystal clear AM/FM radio, Pandora® Internet Radio for iPhone® and Android™, and Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming. Check it out in this demo video

Kenwood Excelon receivers are all about sound quality, with powerful 4-volt preamp outputs for your amps and super-clean CD playback. The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X998 CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio tuner for crystal-clear radio broadcasts, along with Sound Excellence DSP - Kenwood's most impressive set of sound-sculpting tools. And Kenwood backs up this versatile receiver with a 2-year warranty. Check out some of the features in this demo video.

If your smartphone is the hub of your communication and entertainment, Alpine's UTE-52BT digital media receiver will make an ideal travel companion. This receiver works with both iPhone and Android models, so you can listen to stored music or stream Pandora and other Internet radio apps with your phone. Built-in Bluetooth connectivity lets you enjoy your tunes, plus hands-free conversations.

Introduction to car stereo
by Robert Ferency-Viars

A car stereo is the centerpiece of any car audio system. This introduction highlights the stereo's functions and makes it easier to find the right receiver for your car or truck.

His and her car stereo DIY
by Dave Delamere

A happy couple installs a new audio system in their Mitsubishi with a little help from Crutchfield.

The sharp-looking Clarion CX505 CD receiver comes loaded with a built-in HD Radio™ tuner, built-in Bluetooth® with aptX® for ultra-clear wireless sound, Pandora® Internet Radio controls for an iPhone® or Android™, and a brilliant 2-line, variable-color display. See it in action in this demo video.

Kenwood's DPX791BH CD receiver includes Bluetooth with aptX® processing for crystal-clear wireless audio streaming, Pandora and iHeartRadio Internet Radio integration for your smartphone, a built-in HD Radio™ tuner for superb AM/FM sound quality, and controls for an optional SiriusXM satellite radio tuner. See more in this demo video.

Kenwood's DNX572BH navigation receiver packs a lot of features into its double DIN (4" tall) chassis, but the real story is its versatility - it'll keep you both connected and informed, and allow you to enjoy most of your media and add accessories to enhance your travels. See it in action in this demo video.

Many new car receivers are equipped with USB ports. Is there a charging advantage for receivers that have USB ports rated at 1 Amp, versus those rated 500 milliamps?

Pioneer's stamped the DEH-150MP CD receiver with a sleek new look that's designed for user-friendly operation. And the 12-character display that makes it easier to read song info from music files or the RDS information from your favorite radio stations. Take a look in this demo video.

Kenwood designed their KMM-BT312U digital media receiver to play the music you've stored on your smartphone, thumb drive, or other portable players, so you can enjoy your entire collection when you're on the road. Without the need for a bulky CD player, this compact receiver will fit into a wide variety of vehicles where no radio dared to go before. And built-in Bluetooth® connectivity will make your driving safer and more entertaining. See it in action in this car stereo demo video.

If CDs just aren't part of your world any more, JVC's KD-X320BTS digital media receiver handles all your music devices, plus it gives you a lot more power than your average factory radio. You'll also enjoy hands-free calling and wireless streaming audio with this JVC, conveniences that'll make your driving time a little easier. Take a look in this demo video.

If you're just not listening to CDs anymore, Dual's XR4120 digital media receiver gives you a wallet-friendly way to enjoy your music collection on the road. You can listen to your favorite AM/FM stations, plug a thumb drive full of music into the USB port, jack your music player into the front minijack aux input, or fold down the faceplate to insert an SD card. Take a look in this car stereo demo video.

Android Auto takes what you need from your Android phone and puts it in your dash. With a compatible car stereo, you'll gain hands-free calling, music, and navigation features for safer driving.

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