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Sony built the CDX-G3100UP CD receiver for you. A robust amp design delivers surprising power combined with an accurate, deep soundstage so your favorite tunes deliver an impact that most stock radios just can't match. And if you like to tweak the sound, Sony includes a 5-band equalizer for shaping your tone curve, too. See it in this demo video.

Pioneer's FH-X520UI CD receiver boasts a multi-color display that lets you choose from thousands of colors - you can even set up one color for the display and another for the buttons. And it offers plenty of ways to enjoy your music, too. Take a look in this demo video.

Boss included lots of cool features with their 824UAB CD receiver, including an auxiliary input to plug in your portable player, plus front-panel USB port and SD card slot to let you play your MP3 music. Boss also serves up Bluetooth for hands-free calling and wireless music streaming.Take a look in this demo video.

The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X599 CD receiver combines audio quality with the latest car stereo technology. With its built-in Bluetooth® with aptX, you can get CD-quality wireless audio streaming from compatible devices. Its front-panel USB port provides a way to connect, control, and charge an iPhone or an Android. Take a look in this demo video.

JVC's KD-R860BT receiver offers CD playback, a front USB input for iPhone and Android, and Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming. And it supports Pandora and iHeartRadio Internet Radio stations with your smartphone. Check it out in this demo video.

Pioneer's DEH-X2800UI CD receiver epitomizes thoughtful design that values function first. Slip behind the wheel and you're ready to listen to your music from your iPod, iPhone, or Android music libraries, as well as your favorite CDs. And your favorite streaming music services are on tap when you plug into the front-panel USB input, too. See it in action in this demo video.

Pioneer's DEH-X3800UI CD receiver has a dual-zone multi-color display, so it'll look at home in your car. And you can plug in your iPhone or Android to take advantage of stored media or streaming audio. Take a look at it in this demo video.

With Pioneer's DEH-X3800S CD receiver you're only an optional tuner and a SiriusXM subscription away from a galaxy of satellite radio variety. Back on earth, you can plug in your iPhone or Android while enjoying the eye-popping good looks of a multi-color display. Take a look in this demo video.

Put Bluetooth in your car with Pioneer's DEH-X4800BT CD receiver. The DEH-X4800BT also is a well-rounded music machine, with aux and USB inputs, with Android and iPhone compatibility and Pandora controls. Check it out in this demo video.

Radio strikes back with Pioneer's DEH-X5800HD CD receiver and its built-in HD RadioT tuner. Stations that broadcast HD Radio programming offer the best sound you'll hear coming over the airwaves. For the rest of your media, the front-panel USB input allows you to connect your iPod or iPhone, then access your playlists with the Pioneer's controls. When your iPhone's connected, you'll also enjoy control over your favorite Pandora stations from the receiver. See it in action in this demo video.

Clarion's FX503 digital media receiver looks like your standard high-end multimedia receiver, but it's much, much more. Smart Access, Clarion's exclusive cloud-based platform, gives you hands-free entry to a wide variety of real-time services and dozens of apps through your iPhone or Android smartphone. Take a look at this receiver in this car stereo demo video.

Clarion's CZ505 CD receiver lets you upgade the sound in your car and add some cool features. You can stream music and talk hands-free with built-in Bluetooth, plus control Pandora from the receiver.

The KD-R875BTS CD receiver features ergonomic controls and an enlarged display that let you quickly make a hands-free call, choose your music, and set up your sound the way you want it. You can pair up two phones simultaneously, and you have several options for radio listening, including AM/FM, satellite, and multiple Internet radio choices. Take a look at it in action in this demo video.

You just want good music while you're cruising along. JVC's KD-R470 CD receiver delivers strong sound, while offering several ways to get your music going on the road - including a sensitive AM/FM tuner, a USB port for digital music on flash drives or your Android, and an auxiliary input. You can run the show using the simple controls on the detachable faceplate. Take a look in this demo video.

Connect your Android or iPhone to the JVC KD-R670's front-panel USB input, and you can control your music and charge your phone. iPhone users can even control and enjoy the playlists they've created on Pandora and iHeartRadio. The USB port also enables you to connect a flash drive filled with MP3, WMA, WAV, and FLAC music files for hours of listening pleasure. See it in action in this demo video.

A hybrid's new sound system
by Dave Delamere

Looking for better sound, a Crutchfield customer installs a new Alpine car stereo, speakers, and amplifier in her 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle.

We tackle the question "How can I use my smartphone with a new car stereo?" by looking at which specific phone functions the user wants to control through the stereo, and the methods of connection, including MHL/HDMI, Bluetooth, and USB for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

JVC's KD-R775S CD receiver gives you control over your favorite satellite radio stations with the addition of an optional tuner. Your music options don't stop there - the KD-R775S also features a versatile USB port, an auxiliary input, compatibility with multiple digital music formats, CD playback, and a sensitive AM/FM tuner. See it in this car stereo demo video.

You can enjoy loads of music with the Kenwood KDC-BT565U's controls for Internet radio stations, a USB input for your iOS or Android, and an optional SiriusXM tuner to tune in satellite radio goodness. Plus there's Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Take a look at some features in this demo video.

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