Are you an avid music lover? Then you should have a special space and the gear you need to properly indulge your passion. This article will help you put together a high-fidelity stereo music system that suits your lifestyle and the space you have in mind.
In this article, we'll explain the ins and outs of setting up your receiver, so you can get all the audio and video performance you paid for.
Check out how the free installation gear you get with most car stereos and car speakers bought from Crutchfield helps you do your own installation. Our vehicle-specific instructions, wiring harnesses, adapters, and expertise will save you time and money, and most importantly, help ensure that you enjoy your gear for years to come.
Check out our demo of the Clarion CX501 CD receiver.
The JVC Arsenal KD-A725 CD receiver has a lot to offer. It has two USB inputs, lets you play PANDORA through your iPhone, and is backed by JVC Arsenal's 2-year warranty.
If you're considering replacing your factory radio with an aftermarket receiver, adding a steering wheel control adapter lets you keep the full functionality and convenience of your steering wheel controls. In this article, we'll cover how steering wheel adapters work and how to choose one that works for you.
Watch this video for a step-by-step overview of a basic car stereo installation. The installation shown in this video is only one example - the actual steps involved vary from car to car.
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Learn about the features and specifications found in today's wide variety of CD receivers.
One of the problems with replacing your factory radio with a new receiver, is that those handy stereo controls built into the steering wheel won't work anymore. The way to fix this dilemma is to install an adapter for the steering wheel audio controls. Watch this video to see what's involved in the process.
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.
Not only does the Alpine ICS-X7HD connect to your iPhone or Android phone to take advantage of apps you've loaded, it also comes with built-in Bluetooth that lets you make hands-free calls and stream music wirelessly.
We wanted to answer the most basic question about car audio: is it really worth it to upgrade? With the help of the Crutchfield Labs, we set out to prove just how much better music sounds when it's played through a high-quality aftermarket system.
The redesigned 1999-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee was slightly larger than the previous version and had a new interior layout, yet it retained that classic Cherokee look and style. As time has shown, the new Grand Cherokee was here to stay, and our profile discusses what you need to know about replacing the stereo and speakers, and adding an amplifier and subwoofers.
The 2007-13 FJ Cruiser is the spiritual descendant of Toyota's original FJ40 Land Cruiser, a rugged machine known for its legendary off-road prowess. The modern FJ combines the original's trail-breaking, dune-climbing ability with modern conveniences and retro styling that helps it stand out from ordinary SUVs. All you need now is a stereo that stands out from other FJs.
In a world full of dull, grey sedans, the Chrysler PT Cruiser's combination of retro form and modern function attracted a large and loyal fan base. The PT is one of those rare designs that still stands out, even after a decade-plus on the road. If you want your car to sound as nifty as it looks, the PT is a great platform for an aftermarket stereo system.
Some budding audiophiles look at building a car stereo as an "all or nothing" proposition. They make a wish list, look at the total cost, get nervous, and do nothing. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Installing a system in stages improves your sound without breaking the bank.
After a little over a year of driving my 2011 Subaru Impreza, I knew it was time to change out the system from factory equipped to an aftermarket setup. It also made sense to upgrade since I write all things speaker and subwoofer related for Crutchfield, and I get to hear amazing car stereo equipment on a regular basis thanks to our labs. The final product sounds amazing, and helps me enjoy riding around town even more.
The 2008-10 Dodge Charger is handsome, roomy, comfortable and, if it's "got a Hemi in it," almost ridiculously powerful. Chargers are easy to shop for, easy to work on, and well worth the investment. If you're planning a killer stereo installation, you've purchased the right car.
For many, the iPhone has become an essential part of their lives. It stores music, movies, and a plethora of apps that entertain or help with productivity. Nowadays, some stereos integrate with many of the applications on your iPhone. Some simply let you tap into the music from an app, while others give you full control on screen. In this article, we'll break down how it works.