Car Stereos: Articles & Videos

You Can Do This!

You Can Do This!

by John Pollard

When you upgrade the audio gear in your vehicle, you'll treat yourself to better sound quality. And when you install it yourself, you'll feel pride and satisfaction from a project well done. If you're reasonably handy and can follow directions, you can do it too, with our help.

 
Video: Demo of the Alpine CDE-HD149BT CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Alpine CDE-HD149BT CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Alpine's CDE-HD149BT CD receiver packs a serious sonic punch and includes features like an HD Radio® tuner, built-in Bluetooth®, and Pandora® Internet radio control, too. Alpine's user-friendly controls round out the package, with the innovative new TuneIt™ smartphone-based app for tuning your system. Take a look at it in action in this demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the Alpine CDE-147BT CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Alpine CDE-147BT CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Alpine's CDE-147BT CD receiver is Bluetooth® equipped, so you can make and take calls hands-free when you're in the car. And you can stream audio from your Bluetooth devices too. Alpine's Quad illumination lets you choose from four different colors for the receiver's control buttons for a style that'll work in your car. Pandora control for your iPhone® or Android™ is built in. Take a look at the CDE-147BT in this demo video.

 
Video: Kenwood Excelon 2013 In-dash CD Receivers

Video: Kenwood Excelon 2013 In-dash CD Receivers

by Zak Billmeier

Watch this video for a quick overview of the 2013 line of Kenwood Excelon CD receivers at Crutchfield. A Kenwood Excelon receiver gives you outstanding sound, whether your music is stored on your phone or thumb drive, or streamed through your phone from the Internet.

 
Video: How does Pioneer MIXTRAX Work?

Video: How does Pioneer MIXTRAX Work?

by Zak Billmeier

Pioneer is a worldwide leader in professional DJ gear, and they've developed their MIXTRAX technology to bring a DJ-inspired experience to your car. In this video, we get a quick explanation of how it works.

 
Video: Sony Tune Tray receivers, USB, and the iPhone® 5

Video: Sony Tune Tray receivers, USB, and the iPhone® 5

by Ken Nail

Crutchfield Car A/V writer Ken takes a trip to the Crutchfield Labs to talk about USB and iPhone 5 use with Sony Tune Tray car stereos. He examines the issues involved when you attempt to use the Tune Tray while employing the adapters necessary for use of iPods and iPhones with the Lightning connector.

 
Video: Demo of the Alpine CDE-143BT CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Alpine CDE-143BT CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Alpine's CDE-143BT CD receiver has built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, and has controls for your iPod® and iPhone®. Alpine's App Mode lets you tap into music streaming apps, too. Check out the CDE-145BT in this display and controls demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the Alpine CDE-SXM145BT CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Alpine CDE-SXM145BT CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

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.The SiriusXM programming (subscription required) comes through the SXV200 SiriusXM tuner that's included with this receiver. Take a look at some of the CDE-SXM145BT's features in this display and controls video.

 
Video: Demo of the JVC Arsenal KD-A95BT CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the JVC Arsenal KD-A95BT CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

The JVC Arsenal KD-A95BT CD receiver features a 4-line display that makes it easy to read song info no matter which source you choose. So you'll know what's playing at a glance. The KD-A95BT also has Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Check out this slick-looking receiver's moves in our Crutchfield display and control demo video.

 
Video: Double-DIN CD Receiver Roundup

Video: Double-DIN CD Receiver Roundup

by Dominic Devito

Lots of vehicles have dashes that can accommodate double-DIN (4" tall) receivers. However, many owners of these vehicles aren't necessarily looking for a touchscreen or video receiver. Double-DIN CD receivers keep things simple, yet still take advantage of all that dash real estate. We hit the Crutchfield Labs to compare six of our most popular models.

 
Video: Demo of the Sony WX-GT90BT CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Sony WX-GT90BT CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Sony's WX-GT90BT CD receiver begins its impressive list of features with built-in Bluetooth®. You can pair up your mobile phone and talk hands-free when you get a call, plus you can stream the music stored on your mobile device wirelessly to this Sony receiver — it adds a new level of convenience and capability to your car's audio system. Even cooler, you can choose from over 35,000 colors to customize the big display on this receiver. No matter the model or make of your car, it'll lo

 
Video: iPhone 5 Video Compatibility with Car Stereos

Video: iPhone 5 Video Compatibility with Car Stereos

by Video Team

Apple's new Lightning connector causes some temporary compatibility issues in the car, but as Crutchfield expert Buddy explains, all is not lost while we wait for in-dash receiver manufacturers to catch up to the new technology.

 
Video: Demo of the JVC KD-X250BT Digital Media Receiver

Video: Demo of the JVC KD-X250BT Digital Media Receiver

by Ken Nail

JVC designed their KD-X250BT digital media receiver to handle all your music devices, as well as give you a significant upgrade in power over your factory radio. Plus, the convenience of built-in Bluetooth® hands-free calling and streaming audio.

 
Jordan B's 2000 Chevrolet Camaro

Jordan B's 2000 Chevrolet Camaro

by Dominic Devito

Jordan B. from Florence, SC, wasn't happy with the sound in his 2000 Chevrolet Camaro, so he took care of business with a new stereo from Pioneer, plus speakers from Kenwood and Pioneer.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X6600BT CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X6600BT CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Pioneer's DEH-X6600BT features built-in Bluetooth®, iPhone® and Android™ connectivity, Pandora® control and the audio/visual blast of MIXTRAX. Take a look at this sharp-looking Pioneer in this short demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X2600UI CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X2600UI CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Pioneer's DEH-X2600UI CD receiver provides plenty of bang for the buck. It boasts iPhone® and Android™ connectivity, Pandora® control with your iPhone, plus some sophisticated sound controls. Check it out in this demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X3600UI CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X3600UI CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Pioneer's DEH-X3600UI CD receiver stretches the color spectrum with a multi-color, dual-zone display that lets you choose from thousands of colors - you can even set up one color for the display and another for the buttons. Plus there's iPhone® and Android™ connectivity, and Pandora® control with your iPhone. Check it out in this demo video.

 
A Dentist Learns the Joys of Car Stereo DIY

A Dentist Learns the Joys of Car Stereo DIY

by Dave Delamere

A local dentist performs his first installation procedure on his car's stereo. And with help from Crutchfield, the process left him smiling.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer FH-X500UI CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer FH-X500UI CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

The Pioneer FH-X500UI has iPhone controls, plays music files from Android devices and plays Pandora. For some extra visual excitement, MIXTRAX syncs the audio from many of your sources, adding transitions between songs along with a light show. Take a look in this demo video. Check it out in this demo video.

 
Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X5600HD CD Receiver

Video: Demo of the Pioneer DEH-X5600HD CD Receiver

by Ken Nail

Pioneer's DEH-X5600HD CD receiver boasts a built-in HD Radio™ tuner, along with a front-panel USB input. You can enjoy the best-sounding radio around, plus plug in your iPhone® for access to your music files and Pandora®. Check it out in this demo video.