Articles & Videos: Car Stereos

Ditching the discs and going digital doesn't have to break the bank. Sony's DSX-A40UI digital media receiver offers an impressive list of features for its price range, along with USB and aux connections for your devices. Check it out in this demo video.

A tale of two Mustangs
by Jon Paulette

A stock Ford Mustang is a beautiful thing, but for many owners, a stock model is just a starting point. A Mustang can always be made to go faster, look wilder, or, of course, sound better. Whether you own a classic or a contemporary model, we can help you build a stereo that's as legendary as the car you drive.

Kenwood's KDC-258U CD receiver delivers solid performance and plenty of features at a pretty nice price. You can adjust the variable color display so this Kenwood looks right at home in your dash, while the aux input and USB port give you plenty of options for hooking up your gear. Take a look in this demo video.

Kenwood's KDC-358U CD receiver will impress you with its looks. It boasts a bright 13-digit display, logical controls, variable color illumination, and a CD slot cover for a sleek appearance in your dash. But this budget-friendly car stereo isn't just about appearance. Check out some of its moves in this demo video.

Mike S's 2006 Ford Mustang
by Robert Ferency-Viars

Mike's Mustang stands out on the local car show circuit, and it's not just because of the color! He dressed up the trunk with custom video monitors and a JBL amp and subwoofer, and commands the show with a fully loaded Pioneer stereo.

Kenwood's KDC-BT318U CD receiver gives you Bluetooth for hands-free calling convenience, plus a wireless connection to the songs stored on your compatible music player. A USB input lets you hook up your iPhone or compatible Android phone. Take a look at some of what it offers in this demo video.

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X498 CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio tuner that allows you to haul in local participating stations with dramatically improved sound quality. And you'll find USB and aux inputs, plus Pandora control. Check it out in this demo video.

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598 CD receiver uses built-in Bluetooth to bring hands-free calling and audio streaming to your vehicle. And you'll find USB and aux inputs, along with built-in Pandora controls. Take a look in this demo video.

Bill W. from Upland, CA, loves classic cars. His 1964 Plymouth Belvedere was due for a stereo upgrade, so he chose a RetroSound Model One stereo to replace his old cassette deck, so now he can enjoy his favorite music from a thumb drive or MP3 player.

The HDMI input in certain Kenwood receivers lets you view your phone's screen right in your dash, and even control certain apps from Kenwood's touchscreen.

JVC's KD-R650 CD receiver puts you in command of your music with a handy front-panel USB port to access and control your iPod or iPhone playlists. You can even play music from many Android phones through the USB port using JVC's Music Control app. Streaming music fans are in luck - when you connect your iPhone, you can control Pandora® or iHeartRadio from the receiver. Check it out in this demo video.

If you're into music, JVC's Arsenal Series KD-AR555 CD receiver can ramp your car's audio performance up to a much higher level. Its built-in amp generates some pretty serious power, and you'll enjoy some options you may not have now, including a USB port, an auxiliary input, and a 3-band parametric equalizer. Take a look in this demo video.

When you're looking at a good-sized receiver nestled in an expansive dashboard, it's only natural to assume that a touchscreen DVD/nav receiver will fit right in. Alas, that's not always the case.

JVC's 2014 digital media receivers are great for everyone who uses their smartphone as their main source of music. These receivers don't play CDs, but they work great with popular music apps.

JVC's KD-R750 CD receiver offers the capability of selecting colors for three separate zones on the face, so you can personalize the receiver's looks to match your style. And you've got great music choices too, with iPod/iPhone controls, plus Pandora and iHeartRadio options. Take a look in this demo video.

Kenwood designed their KDC-BT858U CD receiver to be a simple, elegant control center for entertainment in your vehicle. A multi-function control knob and a few buttons give you quick access to this receiver's long list of features, including hands-free calling, music streaming, Internet radio access, and more. Take a closer look in this demo video.

JVC's KD-R950BT CD receiver lets you customize the illumination color in three different areas of the faceplate for any combinations you can think of. Combine that with super-clean CD playback, a USB input for charging devices and playing your music files, and Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, and you've got a solid receiver to go along with the visually-stunning display. Take a look at in action in this demo video.

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