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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.

 
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.