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.
Kenwood's 2013 in-dash navigation receivers give you snappy GPS navigation, including free traffic updates. You can listen to Internet radio through your smartphone, talk hands-free, and play music from all kinds of sources. They're the perfect in-dash command center for your ride.
Crutchfield car A/V editor and longtime musician Charlie put a new system in his convertible a little while back, and while his sound vastly improved it was missing something at first. After tuning his system with AudioControl, he could turn it up without any distortion.
Clarion's XC1410 4-channel amp delivers 50 watts RMS per channel from a chassis that's about as long and wide as a dollar bill. This micro-sized amp can fit almost anywhere, even behind many dashboards. And Clarion managed to pack more watts per square inch inside the XC1410 than almost any other 4-channel amp made.
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.
Clarion's NZ503 navigation receiver sports a retractable 7" color touchscreen display that gives you access to detailed maps and a whole lot more. You control the action just by flicking your finger across the screen, like you'd do with your smartphone. You'll also have DVD playback, hands-free calling through your compatible phone, and a plethora of sound source options right at your fingers.
Pioneer's AppRadio is great for iPhone 4 and 4S app lovers. It takes certain apps and puts them front and center in your dash on its big touchscreen monitor. As new apps become available, you can download them to your phone right from AppRadio's menu. And AppRadio is even built into several of Pioneer's DVD and navigation receivers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crutchfield car audio expert Dominic takes a look at five popular in-dash DVD receivers in this roundup. DVD receivers give you a nice touchscreen for your dash, along with a slew of fun and useful features.
Adding an amplifier to your car audio system doesn't just make it louder - it makes every instrument sound clearer, it makes subs hit harder, and helps raise your soundstage to head level. Check out this overview of a typical installation to see the steps involved when you install an amplifier in your vehicle.
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.
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
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).
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.
Kenwood's DDX470 raises the bar for in-dash DVD receivers, offering compatibility with many iPhone® apps, comprehensive iPod® controls, and built-in Bluetooth®. Its bright 6.1" touchscreen and simple menu interface make it easy to use, so you can spend your time enjoying its many features and less time reading the manual.
Kenwood's DDX770 DVD receiver is a multimedia car stereo that's loaded with cool features. You'll find Bluetooth®, plus iPod® controls, while Kenwood's app control lets you access select navigation, video, and music apps when your iPhone® is connected. If you're a Pandora® Internet radio fan, you'll enjoy control of it from the receiver with the iPhone®, Android™, and Blackberry devices.
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.
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
The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD navigation receiver offers the lastest in Garmin navigation, combined with cool features like Bluetooth®, an HD Radio™ tuner, and Pandora® control with iPhone® and Android™. Take a look at it action in this Crutchfield display and controls demo video.
Alpine's BassLine subwoofers will add some serious rumble to your vehicle's sound system, but they won't break your budget. These subs also live up to Alpine's reputation for making subs that bass lovers want.
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.
Kenwood's DDX370 receiver offers compatibility with many of your iPhone®® apps, extensive built-in iPod® controls, a bright 6.1" touchscreen, variable color illumination, and an easy-to-use menu interface. Another big plus —if you've got Garmin's impressive Street Pilot app loaded, you can display maps and directions on the DDX370's screen while you drive.
Made to link wirelessly to a Kenwood's DNN990HD or DNN770HD navigation receiver, the LZ-T700 acts like a backseat tablet, providing your passengers with all the audio and video content available through the in-car network that you set up through your Kenwood DNN receiver, your compatible smart phone or other Wi-Fi® source, and the LZ-T700 7" touchscreen.
The Kenwood Excelon DDX790 DVD receiver comes with a 2-year warranty and is loaded with cool features. You'll find Bluetooth®, plus iPod® controls, while Kenwood's app control lets you access select navigation, video, and music apps when your iPhone® is connected. If you're a Pandora® Internet radio fan, you'll enjoy control of it from the receiver with the iPhone®, Android™, and Blackberry devices.
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.
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.
This little gem of a CD receiver gives you a lots of flexibility in a small package. The JVC Arsenal KD-A645 has a front-panel auxiliary input handy for plugging in your phone, a game console, or a Dock & Play satellite radio. You can plug your iPhone® iPod®, or USB drive into the front USB port and use the receiver's driver-friendly controls to access and enjoy your playlists.
Pioneer's 2013 line of DVD receivers gives you much more than movie playback. Advanced App Mode allows you to launch and control compatible iPhone apps from the face of your receiver, putting a variety of music, navigation, and social media apps at your command. Pioneer's intuitive touchscreen controls allow you to make changes by tapping, swiping, or dragging your finger, along with user-friendly menus that you can customize to your liking.
Smartphone lovers have a friend in Pioneer. The 2013 line of Pioneer receivers features unparalleled connectivity to your iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 (with separate adapters), and you can connect your Android phone through the Bluetooth connection. Plus you'll get all the other things Pioneer brings to the table: sweet sound, snappy navigation, and reliability.
Kenwood's Excelon XR-1800P speakers feature a huge 7" cone, packed into a frame that will still fit into the factory openings of many Dodge, GM, and Toyota vehicles. A bigger cone moves more air, so your music can have the fullness and punch you don't get with most factory speakers.
Kenwood's DNN990HD digital media receiver has its head in the Cloud - it works with Wi-Fi hotspots, like ones you can create in your car with your smartphone or a mobile hotspot device. From there, you can take advantage of access to web-based content, including music you've stored online.
With so many smartphone-controlling receivers out there, it can be tricky to sort them out. To help you understand how some of the latest options work, we spent some time with them in the Crutchfield Labs.
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.
Parrot's ASTEROID Mini multimedia system with Bluetooth offers you the same handy features you'll find in their ASTEROID in-dash digital media receiver, but with a 3.2" screen that you can mount on your dash or another convenient location in your vehicle.
Kenwood's 2013 double-DIN sized CD receivers let you replace your factory stereo without creating a pocket in your dash. They're stylish, sound great, and give you some handy features not found in your factory deck.
If you use an iPod® or iPhone® for your music, the Kenwood KMM-100U digital media receiver makes it easy and safe to use your player in your car. Just plug into the convenient front-panel USB input, and you'll enjoy outstanding control over your playlists right from the receiver. Plus, the KMM-100U will give digital music aficionados what they've been clamoring for: FLAC support.
Pioneer has equipped the AVH-X5500BHS DVD receiver with their largest screen plus an impressive set of features — features that improve not only the sound in your car, but your mobile experience too. Features like built-in Bluetooth®, HD Radio™, and optional SiriusXM radio. You can control Pandora® with your iPhone® or Android™, plus enjoy compatibility with many iPhone apps for navigation, music, and video. Check it out in this demo video.
JVC's KD-R640 CD receiver offers the choice of over 30,000 different colors for the display and controls on this receiver. You can assign different colors to the display and controls, and even set the receiver to cycle through all colors for constant variety. And this versatile CD car stereo receiver controls your iPod® too. Take a closer look in this display and control demo video.
JVC's navigation receivers give you quick access to its maps of the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus 8 million points of interest. And they're loaded with features that'll come in handy, like Bluetooth®, voice guidance, smartphone compatibility, and more.
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.
The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD57 CD receiver lets you tune into the superior sound quality of digital HD Radio™ broadcasts, including multicasting, so you have more listening choices. JVC's radio timer ensures you'll never miss your favorite drive-time radio programs — you can program it to automatically switch the receiver to your favorite stations at the times you want. Visit crutchfield.com for detailed information and to find out if this stereo fits your car.
JVC's App Link mode lets you add some cool functionality, like GPS navigation and streaming music, to your compatible JVC DVD receiver by connecting your iPhone 4 or 4S. Android users can control Pandora Internet Radio through the Bluetooth connection in the Bluetooth-enabled models.
Kicker's Front Row digital signal processor puts your music where it should be: right up in front of you, instead of down around your knees. A wired remote control panel lets you center the music to your listening position, add bass, and engage a simulated 5.1 Surround Sound that makes it seem like you're sitting in the front row.
The Soundgate Powerstage system upgrade by Kicker will transform your compatible vehicle's stock radio and speakers into a high-fidelity sound system capable of giving you full, accurate, and richly-textured musical pleasure. And it does it without changing the look of your interior or dash.
The Reference Fit line of amplifiers from Kenwood Excelon packs a ton of power into a small chassis. These amps hit hard and can fit into tight spaces, if needed. And with mono, 4-channel, and 5-channel versions available, you're sure to find one that fits into your car audio upgrade plans.
Pandora® is one of the most popular streaming music sources around, and JVC's KD-R540 CD receiver makes it easy to tune in. Connect your iPhone® to this JVC's USB input, and you'll be able to access your favorite stations through the receiver's controls. You'll enjoy quick access to all your stations and you'll be able to check out song, artist, and album information on the receiver's screen while you're listening.That's not all this versatile car stereo can do — check it out in th
Pioneer's versatile 2013 car amplifiers help you get needed power to your speakers and subs. They're compact, powerful, and even 1-ohm stable so it's easy to match subs. Check out the new line from the Pioneer booth at CES 2013.
Kicker's Yellow Series of amps, speakers and subs gives you the performance you expect from Kicker at a more affordable price. And this year's models are better than ever.
Alpine made their V-Power amps 40% smaller for 2013, so they'll fit in more places than ever. Plus they employ some smart technology called Enhanced Shutdown Performance, which rolls back the output a bit when the amp threatens to overheat from playing at its limits too long.
Kenwood's KDC-BT555U CD receiver gives you more choices in streaming music. Once you plug your iPhone® into the front USB input or connect your Android™ or Blackberry via Bluetooth®, you'll enjoy easy access to the musical resources of Pandora® Internet radio and iHeart Radio. You'll also be able to tap into Aha Radio, with its personalized on-demand stations that run the gamut from news to talk to music. Check out this car stereo in this display and controls demo video.
Kenwood built an HD Radio™ tuner into their KDC-HD455U CD receiver, so you can join the ranks of radio fans who are stepping up their listening experience. You'll find participating stations all across the nation, broadcasting FM programs that approach CD quality and AM programs that are close to today's FM in sound quality, free of charge to listeners with the right gear. And this full-featured car stereo offers iPod® and Pandora® Internet radio controls too. Take a look in this C
Focal's IFVW Golf 6 system provides you with a huge improvement in sound quality by letting you replace the VW's front door tweeters and woofers with a set of custom speakers that fit right into the factory locations and plug into the existing wiring.
Kenwood's Excelon KDC-X497 CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio™ tuner, plus controls for your iPhone® or iPod®. Kenwood's Music Control App also lets you plug in your Android via the front-panel USB input. Take a look at this stylish car stereo in this short demo video.
Kenwood's Excelon KDC-X597 CD receiver has built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. And this sharp-looking car stereo sports variable color illumination for the buttons and controls, so you can match it up to your car. It'll control your iPod® or iPhone® and you can plug your Android™ via the USB when you use Kenwood's Music Control app. Take a closer look in this Crutchfield demo video.
The first thing you'll notice about Kenwood's KDC-355U CD receiver is its looks. The controls are well laid out, the display is easy to read, and the eye-catching variable color illumination lets you adjust the button color to match your dash. Take a look at it in action in this demo video.
The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X397 CD receiver will expand your sonic boundaries with a nice blend of audio features and sophisticated styling. Thanks to its selectable color feature, you can pick a button color that matches your vehicle's illumination so the receiver will look perfect in your dash. Check it out in this demo video.
Screen size matters — with a larger touchscreen, controls are easier to use and video content has more impact. Pioneer's AVH-X4500BT DVD receiver sports an expansive 7" screen with some pretty cool features. You can browse video files through thumbnail images - just touch them to check out a sneak preview. This car stereo also sports built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling. Take a look at in this demo video.
Pioneer designed the DEH-X9500BHS CD receiver with all the convenient features you want in a modern car stereo: Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, an HD Radio™ tuner for improved AM/FM, Pandora® Internet radio control, and dual USB inputs. You'll also find sophisticated sound controls and a variable-color display, along with the crowd-pleasing MIXTRAX feature, in this impressive car stereo. Take a look at it in action in this demo video.
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.
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.
Alpine's INE-W927HD navigation receiver gives you a high-res touchscreen, accurate maps, plus advanced smartphone connectivity. Throw in Bluetooth, HD Radio, and nice tuning features and you've got a worthy road trip copilot in your dash.
If you've got an iPhone®, you know that the music you've stored on it is only part of the story — streaming apps let you tune into a plethora of music and other programs. Alpine's CDE-141 CD receiver features App Direct Mode, giving you access to select music apps, so you can tune in and enjoy this content. Add some comprehensive sound controls, plus iPod® controls and you've got a great addition to your car. Take a look in this demo video.
Sony's smart-looking MEX-GS600BT CD receiver offers built-in Bluetooth®, variable color display, and plenty of cool audio controls. And its App Remote feature turns smartphone interactivity into a two-way street. With your phone's touchscreen, you can do things like selecting sources, picking radio stations, and launching apps. On the other side of the App Remote's two-way street, you can select apps using the stereo's source button, the same way you'd choose the CD player or radio as your s
Parrot's multi-talented ASTEROID Smart digital media receiver keeps you connected on the road, runs your mobile audio show, and even gets you where you need to go with built-in GPS navigation.
Pioneer designed the AVH-X3500BHS DVD receiver to entertain you and improve your driving experience. You'll find Bluetooth®, an HD Radio™, and impressive app controls among its features. Take a look at this in-dash entertainment machine in this display and controls demo video.
Pioneer loaded their DEH-X8500BS CD receiver with plenty of great features, like built-in Bluetooth® and Pandora® Internet radio control. It also gives you the option of adding a SiriusXM tuner — so you'll always be in touch with your favorite team, breaking news, or a wide variety of commercial-free music channels. Take a closer look in this display and controls demo video.
In this day and age, you really can't afford to be driving with one hand as you talk on the phone, or squinting at your iPod to find the next song. Pioneer's AVH-X2500BT DVD receiver brings all the advantages of a touchscreen receiver to your vehicle, along with the convenience and safety of Bluetooth®. Take a closer look at this DVD receiver in this display and controls demo video.
Whatever you look for in a CD receiver, you'll probably find it in Pioneer's DEH-X8500BH. It's got plenty of media options, sharp styling, a great-looking display, plus plenty of power and expansion options. And Pioneer also built Bluetooth® and HD Radio™ into this receiver. Check it out in this demo video.
Lynn wanted better sound in her minivan, but didn't want to lose some factory features. So she installed a digital signal processor from Rockford Fosgate to take over the tunes, and added new speakers, an amp, and a sub for a complete overhaul.
Kenwood's KDC-255U CD receiver delivers solid performance and plenty of features at a pretty nice price.You get variable color illumination for the buttons so you can set the color to match your dash lighting perfectly. The front USB port allows you to control the music on your iPhonereg; or Androidtrade; phone too. Check it out in this demo video.
You take pride in your car, and you want your new car stereo to look good in the dash. Sony's CDX-GT575UP CD receiver offers sharp styling and user-friendly controls, and you can choose from over 35,000 color choices for the display and button illumination to create the right look for your vehicle. And this receiver has the sonic punch to match its good looks. give the CDX-GT575UP a closer look in this display and controls demo video.
Sony built the CDX-GT570UP CD receiver around the same Digital Reality amp you'll find in their higher-priced car stereos. This unique amp design delivers surprising power combined with an accurate, deep soundstage so music sounds more natural inside your vehicle. And this powerful receiver will look great in your car. Check it out in this display and controls demo video.
Sony's MEX-BT3100P CD receiver makes it easier than ever to use a smartphone in your car. Its App Remote feature lets you launch smartphone apps from the receiver, while your smartphone acts as a remote control and a second display for apps and song info. Check this smart-looking receiver out in this display and controls demo video.
Sony's CDX-GT270MP CD receiver combines a user-friendly front-panel design with some nice options that'll keep you entertained. Designed with a sleek face that's detachable for security, this receiver features red button illumination that makes for maximum visibility at night. But it's more than just a pretty face — take a look in this demo video.
Pioneer offers a fresh take on the lower-priced end of their car stereo lineup, and their DEH-2500UI CD receiver is strong on style and performance. Pioneer made the 12-character LCD display much larger so you can scope out song and artist info with a quick glance. The prominent buttons make it easy to access the intuitive menus and controls so you can get to the songs you want quickly. Take a look at in action in this demo video.
Soundstream's VR-931NB DVD receiver isn't cut from the same cloth as most in-dash multimedia units. Most are built to be installed in a double-DIN (4" tall) dash opening, so the screen size is by necessity limited to about 7" max. Soundstream's built the chassis of the VR-931NB so it fits into a single-DIN (2" tall) opening, and they've placed a detachable 9.3" screen onto the front. Car A/V writer Robert takes a closer look at it.
Sony's App Remote feature allows your iPhone® and Sony's CDX-GS500R CD receiver to work together. With your iPhone's touchscreen, you can do things like selecting sources, picking radio stations, and launching apps. Check it out, and more, in this demo video.
The AVH-P8400BH sits at the top of Pioneer's DVD receiver lineup, offering a 6.95" touchscreen display, customizable display colors, built-in Bluetooth®, and an HD Radio™ tuner, along with some cool new features that'll really enhance your car audio and video experience. Check it out in this display and controls demo video.
Kenwood's upped the speed limit with their Excelon DNX9990HD navigation receiver. It offers a user interface that's way faster than last year's models, so you can dive right in and explore easy-to-read maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. And there are a lot of other attractive features to explore — check it out in this demo video.
We're passionate about car audio. Our Mobile Audio Listening Lab lets us get hands-on experience with all kinds of car audio gear, from speakers and subs to amplifiers and receivers.
Maps and driving directions are great, but they assume you're the only driver on the road. JVC not only gives you turn-by-turn directions with the KW-NT500HDT navigation receiver, but also uses a traffic info receiver to give you an alert if there's trouble up ahead. In addition, you'll get built-in Bluetooth®, HD Radio reception, and Pandora Internet radio control, along with the fastest GPS processor in town. Take a look in this video demo.
If you're looking for an in-dash system that gives you the most up-to-date maps, easy access to music and entertainment, plus fabulous sound, Clarion designed the NX702 navigation receiver to be the ultimate copilot. It'll help keep you on course, warn you of traffic jams, play all your tunes, let you talk hands-free...the list goes on. Take a look at it in this video demo.
Kenwood's KIV-701 digital media receiver offers the functionality and fun of a video receiver, but in a slim size that'll fit in most dashboards. Gone is the CD slot, replaced by a 3" color screen and a user-friendly click-wheel interface. But you'll have plenty of music to play — with an iPod® ready USB input, A/V input, and a built-in flash drive, you'll stay entertained no matter how long the drive. Check it out in this demo video.
JVC's KD-X50BT digital media receiver is a stylish blend of great sound and good looks, with colorful variable illumination display and controls. And the built-in Bluetooth® offers convenience for calling and audio streaming. Take a look at it in action in this display and controls demo video.
Parrot's MINIKIT Neo universal Bluetooth car kit clips on your visor, then links up with your compatible phone to give you hands-free calling and much, much more.
Pioneer designed their DEH-X5500HD CD receiver to be the perfect vehicle for adding great sound, expanded musical capabilities, and the best-sounding radio available to your dash, thanks to an HD Radio™ tuner. This receiver lets you control your iPod® or iPhone® playlists when you connect them via the USB input, and offers Pandora® Internet radio control with your iPhone too. Check it out in this demo video.
Jensen's VM9115 DVD receiver features a big 7" display that motors out of your single-DIN dash opening. This receiver's touchscreen controls give you easy access to all functions, and you can adjust the screen angle so the picture looks its best. When the screen's retracted, a secondary display keeps you posted on system information.Take a closer look in this display and controls demo video.
Sony's efficient GS car amplifiers give you clean, effective power to make your car audio system sing. There are two GS models: a 4-channel, and a mono subwoofer amp. Both feature RCA and speaker-level inputs and are backed by a 3-year Sony warranty.
SiriusXM's compact SXV200V1 tuner lets you receive satellite radio programming in your car. You can pause, rewind, and replay up to an hour of live broadcasts, plus see alerts when your favorite song, artist, or team is playing on another channel.
Factory speakers are not built to last, so over time they'll deteriorate to the point where they sound truly awful. We set up a blind listening test in our Labs and invited some of our most critical listeners to drop by and see if they could tell a difference in the sound.
Factory speakers are the bane of every music lover's existence. They're just not built to withstand the conditions inside your car over time. Fortunately, we carry all kinds of aftermarket speakers that are built to survive - and thrive - in these harsh conditions.
Pioneer's DEH-X6500BT CD receiver will bring Bluetooth® convenience to your ride, plus a great-looking display jazzed up with the DJ-inspired MIXTRAX feature. This versatile receiver also offers iPod® controls and Pandora® Internet radio control with your iPhone®, giving you a great mix of style, form, and function.
Pioneer's DEH-X3500UI is the first CD receiver in their lineup with MIXTRAX technology. Turn on MIXTRAX, and you'll get a DJ-inspired audio/video experience with the music stored on your iPod®, iPhone®, or other USB device. You'll enjoy seamless musical transitions with cool effects, as the receiver's illumination pulses with the beat of your tunes. Take a look at that and more in this demo video.
Put video entertainment and Bluetooth® functionality into your dash with Axxera's AVX820 DVD receiver. This double-DIN car stereo features a bright and clean 6.2" touchscreen, with large icons and a layout that puts control at your fingertips. Take a look at the AVX820 in action, in this display and controls demo video.
Sony's XAV-601BT is the first aftermarket receiver that works with the MirrorLink system, which makes it the easiest way to get in-dash control over select smartphones, such as some Android™ and Nokia Symbian models. And this Sony has the other features you expect from a full-featured DVD receiver, including Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Take a closer look in this display and controls demo video.
The Alpine CDE-133BT CD receiver lets you talk hands-free without messy wires. If your phone or another device supports Bluetooth® music streaming, you can beam your tunes and control playback with the receiver. Take a look at it in this display and controls demo video.
Alpine designed their IVE-W530 DVD receiver for anyone who doesn't need in-dash navigation but wants a nice audio/video setup in the car. It's got everything you want in a system controller, including a sharp, clear 6.1" VGA touchscreen, powerful audio performance, and plenty of great A/V options. Take a look in this display and controls demo video.
You trust Sony to provide outstanding in-home video products, so why not enjoy the same quality in your car? Their XAV-63 DVD receiver will serve as your mobile A/V center, with a high-resolution 6.1" touchscreen that offers outstanding video performance and great system control. Take a closer look in this control and display demo video.
Sony's XAV-64BT DVD receiver has Bluetooth® for audio streaming and hands-free calling. If you're a Pandora® fan with an Android or Blackberry device, that means you can pair your phone to the XAV-64BT for complete Pandora® control without ever connecting a wire. Take a closer look at the XAV-64BT in this display and controls demo video.
A few weeks ago, we installed new speakers and an amp in Mathilda's car. Once she got used to how great the upgrade sounded, we came back to add an amp and subwoofer. We installed a Rockford Fosgate P2 sub and then asked Mathilda to share her thoughts on the added bass. We think she likes it.
The popular Alpine KTP-445U Power Pack is a universal amplifier that connects directly to almost any factory and aftermarket stereo. This tiny amplifier pumps up your system power to 45 watts per channel, and it's easier to install than normal external amps.
Play and charge your iPod® or iPhone® through this sweet-sounding Alpine CD receiver. Just connect your player to the CDE-121's front-panel USB input, and you can use the rotary controller to search for tunes. And it's no problem if you have a lot of music — Alpine's Percentage Search lets you jump through your list quickly using the radio preset buttons. Take a closer look at this receiver in this display and controls demo video.
Pandora® lovers, good news: you can bring your stations in the car and play them through your speakers with Alpine's CDE-135BT CD receiver — all it takes is the free Pandora app and your Android™ or Blackberry® smartphone. See what this receiver will look like doing its thing in your dashboard in this display and controls demo video.
Alpine designed the CDE-134HD CD receiver for all you AM/FM radio lovers. Its built-in HD Radio™ tuner lets you dial in digital HD Radio broadcasts to get FM that sounds almost as good as a CD, and AM that sounds like traditional FM — a huge leap forward in sound quality. And for in-car convenience, there's also built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Take a look at the CDE-134HD in this display and controls video.
Alpine's CDE-HD137BT CD receiver lets you put your Pandora® stations right where you want them — in your dash. You can change stations, skip tracks, and rate songs just like you do online. And this receiver also features Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. Take a closer look in this display and controls demo video.
The Clarion Next GATE is a 7" touchscreen controller for your iPhone 4 or 4S. It lets you harness the power of certain apps, and lets you talk hands-free.
Clarion's NX602 navigation receiver looks great in your dash, and gives you tons of road-friendly features, like built-in navigation, Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, and Pandora® Internet radio controls. Take a look at it in this display and controls demo.
When it's time to rock out, can your factory stereo keep up? With this nifty Clarion CD receiver in your dash, you'll rock harder than before without laying out too much cash. And it'll look pretty cool, too. You'll find the front auxiliary input handy for plugging in your iPod®, and you can play discs you've loaded with MP3 and WMA files too. Take a look in this display and controls demo video.
It's like getting twice the Alpine for your dash — the CDE-W235BT CD receiver fills your vehicle's double-DIN (4" tall") opening, giving you an easy-to-read two-line display and easy-to-reach controls. You'll also enjoy that legendary Alpine sound quality, and a stereo that looks pretty handsome in your dash. See it in action in this display and controls demo video.
JVC has added some cool new navigation features for 2012. Check out this demo from the floor at CES.
Crutchfield writer Dominic Devito hits the road with five popular navigation receivers to see how they perform in the real world.
Harry from Pioneer Electronics dropped by to give all of us here at Crutchfield a look at Pioneer's vision of future data usage with AppRadio.
Harry from Pioneer Electronics visited us here at Crutchfield and showed us some of the cool features available on their AVH-P8400BH DVD Receiver.
Harry from Pioneer Electronics came to visit us here at Crutchfield and showed us some of the great features available on their DEH-80PRS CD receiver.
You love local radio — why not experience it to the fullest? Clarion's CZ401 CD receiver lets you enjoy the crystal-clear reception and high-quality sound that HD Radio™ technology brings to AM and FM broadcasts. On participating stations, you'll hear AM that's as clear as FM, along with FM that's almost CD quality. Check out more features in this short demo video.
Harness the power of PANDORA® on your next road trip with the Clarion CZ202 CD receiver. With the help of your iPhone® and a free app, you can play your PANDORA® stations right from your dash. And you can take control and tweak your sound too, with a 3-band parametric equalizer that gives you precise control over the lows, mids, and highs. Take a closer look at the CZ202 in this display and controls demo video.
Pioneer's AVH-P1400DVD DVD receiver sports a 5.8" screen with intuitive touchscreen controls. You can even tailor the receiver's appearance to your taste by choosing from five display colors and 112 key panel illumination options. Take a look at some of its moves in this display and controls demo.
Pioneer's AVH-P2400BT DVD receiver boasts excellent A/V capabilities and functionality, while built-in Bluetooth™ adds the convenience and safety of hands-free calling. The receiver sports a 5.8" screen with user-friendly touchscreen controls, plus simple menus that you can customize to your liking. Take a closer look in our display and controls demo video.
Clarion lets you tap into the power of Pandora® in your car with their CZ702 CD receiver. And they've also outfitted the CZ702 with built-in Bluetooth® so you can talk hands-free. When a call comes in, the receiver mutes the music while you talk to your caller over your car's speakers. Take a look at the CZ702 in this demo video.
Clarion made the FZ502 digital media receiver for everyone who has moved beyond CDs. Its 7-way rotary control works a lot like an iPod's control wheel. You can push, tilt, and turn the wheel to navigate your music library, as you see song info on the two-line display. When you leave the car with your music player, you can slide the built-in protective cover back over the USB slot to keep dust out. See it in action in this demo video.
Bluetooth® is fast becoming a popular feature on car receivers. We take a look at eight different in-dash receivers equipped with Bluetooth connectivity and run them through a series of tests at the Crutchfield Labs.
One of our employees shares the excitement of having an amplifier in her car for the first time. We installed the Rockford Fosgate Punch P400-4 amplifier in her car, and she's more excited than ever to listen to her favorite tunes on the way home!
If you're looking for a do-it-all car stereo or have eyes on building a system, Alpine's CDE-HD138BT CD receiver packs a serious punch. You'll get features like an HD Radio™ tuner, built-in Bluetooth®, and Pandora® Internet radio control. Alpine's legendary sound quality rounds out the package, along with plenty of audio adjustments. Take a look at in this display and controls demo.
If you want a car stereo that's more than just a radio and a slot for a disc, you've come to the right place. With features like Bluetooth® and a sharp-looking display, Axxera's XDMA7200 CD receiver steps outside the bounds of bland to put a whole new set of capabilities in your dash. Take a look in this demo video.
With JVC's knockout JVC KD-X80BT digital media receiver in your dash, you'll see plenty of song info, caller info, and Pandora® station info. And JVC gives you complete control over the look — you can choose from over 30,000 different colors for the left and right sides independently, plus control brightness for each side separately. Take a closer look in this demo video.
The elegant design of Pioneer's DEH-P9400BH CD receiver gives you quick and easy access to a wealth of features. You'll find Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, an HD Radio™ tuner for the best in radio sound, and dual USB inputs for your music, too. Take a look at it in action in this display and controls demo video.
Sony's MEX-BT4000P CD receiver employs Bluetooth® technology that gives you hands-free calls in your car with your compatible phone. You'll hear your callers through your car's speakers, and answer just like they're sitting next to you. The result? You'll drive more safely with your hands on the wheel and your phone stashed away. Take a closer look at it in this demo video.
Take a look at how most new car receivers are connected to the car's existing wiring in this DIY video.
Sony's partnered with the Car Connectivity Constortium to develop a cool new technology called MirrorLink for some of their 2012 head units (including the Sony XAV-601BT). It's designed to provide easy-to-use in-dash control over compatible smartphones. We had the opportunity to see it in action at this year's CES show out in Las Vegas.
Part 3 of our series: Jeff upgraded his speakers again, ran higher-quality wire, and added a processor to sculpt the sound. He had to modify his door a little to get the speakers to fit — but when you want the best, there's no need to let a little modification get in the way.
The SiriusXM Lynx gives you satellite radio wherever you go. We gave J.R., a Supervisor in Crutchfield's Advisor group and long-time satellite radio fan, a Lynx to check out recently. He took it with him everywhere, and let us know what he thought.
DVD receivers are more affordable than ever, and are experiencing a surge in popularity. People love having a big touchscreen in the dash, but these handy receivers do much more than that. Crutchfield editor Matt Freeman takes a closer look at five popular models in this video.
Ford owners can upgrade to Kenwood navigation and still keep their factory-installed SYNC system, thanks to this adapter from iDatalink.
The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD75BT CD receiver gives you a built-in HD Radio™ tuner that pumps up the FM sound quality to near-CD level, while making AM broadcasts sound like traditional FM. And that's not the only attractive feature of this receiver. Take a closer look in this demo video.
Pioneer's DEH-P7400HD CD receiver feature MIXTRAX technology to spice up your in-car listening experience. Once you plug in your iPod®, iPhone® or USB device, you'll experience pulsing lights and DJ-like transitions from song to song - it's like having your own virtual DJ on board. Take a look at MIXTRAX and it's other features in this demo video.
Music sources like your iPod® or Pandora® Internet radio pack a lot of info along with your music — info like song titles, artists, and albums. If your car's radio doesn't give you the full picture, why not step up to a receiver with a better display? The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X496 boasts a selectable 2- or 3-line display that puts song info in front of you in large easy-to-read characters. And the display and button colors can be varied to match almost any dashboard, so your new rec
Kenwood's KDC-BT752HD CD receiver offers a great one/two punch with Bluetooth® hands-free calling that'll help you stay focused on the road, and HD Radio® reception that will keep you entertained when you're driving. The crowning touch — you can adjust the button lighting to match the color of your dash illumination. Take a look at it in action in this demo video.
Why settle? If you want to roll with the latest from Kenwood, the KDC-BT952HD CD receiver gives you hands-free calling, HD Radio™ reception, and PANDORA® Internet radio streaming, along with a number of cool features that'll liven up your time on the road. Take a peek at this sharp-looking receiver in this demo video.
The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X896 CD receiver not only plays music from your CDs, iPod®, and more, but it also comes equipped with Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. And the built-in HD Radio™ tuner lets you tune in the very best in radio. And this receiver boasts a display that'll look great in your dash. Check it out in this demo video.
Alpine's KTP-445U Power Pack is the easiest way to pump up the power of your in-dash receiver. It gives you a robust 45 watts RMS x 4 channels, so you can give your aftermarket speakers the power they need to sound your best. This amp installs inline with your receiver's wiring harness, so there's no need to run a wire to your battery. It's compact and fits behind many dashes.
Alpine's made it easier than ever to find the perfect box for their 2012 subs, because each sub size has one enclosure that's a perfect match. Included in that list are Crutchfield's own Sound OrdnanceT enclosures.
Alpine's Perfect Fit installation kits make it easy to add Alpine navigation to complicated factory dashes. They are molded to be an exact match for the contours of your dash, and you'll find all climate controls are an exact match as well. All wiring harnesses are also included.
Alpine's HD RadioT receivers feature a smart tuner that keeps you tuned in to secondary channels even if you're at the edge of reception and lose the digital signal briefly. The main channel automatically switches between digital and analog as needed.
Pioneer's AVH line of A/V receiver is better than ever in 2012. Check out this preview from the Pioneer booth at CES 2012 with Harry, Pioneer's head trainer.
Pioneer's advanced app mode gives you touchscreen control over select apps in certain Pioneer A/V receivers. It puts the apps right where they're most useful, in your dash on your receiver's big screen. It's a great way to add functionality like navigation, Internet radio, and traffic updates, all from your iPhone®.
We got the chance to check out Alpine's X-Power amplifiers at the Alpine booth at CES 2012. The new sleek design masks the amount muscle under the hood and Alpine has added new models so that there's an X-Power amp for nearly every need.
Alpine's line of Bluetooth enabled receivers has expanded in 2012, so you'll have a lot more choices if you're in the market for a good hands-free calling solution. And you can also stream music from yor phone or another device, a great way to get Internet radio in your car.
While we were at CES 2012, we got a quick look at the new Kenwood DVD receivers. Watch this video for a quick rundown on these exciting new models.
While at CES 2012, we got the inside scoop on the new Kenwood Excelon line of amplifiers - three models featuring a small footprint, clean design, and covered by a reassuring 2-year warranty.
Watch this video to find out how to add Garmin navigation to new Kenwood DVD receivers. Hint: purchase a Garmin app for your iPhone® and the Kenwood receiver becomes the navigation display.
The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD65 CD receiver lets you tune in digital HD Radio™ brodcasts, cranking up the sound quality significantly. And JVC makes it easy to play your favorite Pandora® stations. With your iPhone® connected, you can skip songs, change stations, and rate songs using the receiver's controls. Take a look at this sharp receiver in this demo video.
Local radio never sounded so good. JVC's KD-HDR61 CD receiver uses its built-in HD Radio™ tuner to tune in digital HD Radio broadcasts, pumping up the sound quality significantly. And this JVC makes it easy to play your favorite Pandora stations. Take a closer look in this display and controls demo.
Kenwood's KDC-BT652U CD receiver takes your phone out of your hand when you're driving and lets you stay focused on the road. When a call comes in, just touch the dedicated "phone" button and talk hands-free — it's as if the caller is sitting next to you. And outgoing calls are easy too, since the receiver can store your phone book in its memory. Check out more in this display and controls demo video.
The Alpine PDX-V9 is the "do it all" version of Alpine's popular digital PDX amps. It's small, stackable with other PDX amps, and gives you 100 watts RMS x 4 for your speakers, plus 500 watts RMS x 1 to drive a sub. Serious power, with a tiny footprint.
Zak had the chance to check out Alpine's INE-Z928HD navigation receiver at the Alpine booth at CES 2012.
At CES 2012, we got an early look at the Clarion CZ702 CD receiver. It's their flagship model and loaded with features. Watch this video for all the details.
The 2012 line of JVC receivers feature USB inputs with higher power than former generations. The full 1-amp power flow means that your connected device will charge while you're using it, or charge faster if you're not actively using the device.
Alpine was the first manufacturer to introduce Pandora® Internet radio into the car with your iPhone, and now they've added Pandora support for Android and BlackBerry phones to many of their 2012 receivers. Those phones get in-dash Pandora control over the Bluetooth connection.
Make a statement in your dash with the JVC KW-R500 CD receiver — it'll look right at home in your large dash opening and it'll give you the great sound and features you want. Take a closer look in this display and controls demo video.
If you're looking for a car stereo with Bluetooth functionality plus awesome Kenwood Excelon sound quality and features, take a look at the KDC-X696 CD receiver. This receiver's built-in Bluetooth helps keep you focused on the road - you'll talk hands-free when you answer a call, just like talking to someone who's sitting next to you. Check out more of its moves in this demo video.
In this video, we explored the difference in sound quality and listening experience made by adding a bass system (subwoofer and amp), and an amplifier to the vehicle's speakers. Anyone who's ever done this won't be surprised by our results: the music opened up and sounded better.
Pioneer's MIXTRAX is a DJ function and software package included with some of some of the new Pioneer receivers. It brings the musical fun and excitement of a real DJ to your car.
Getting loud bass in your car isn't just about power - where you place your sub in the trunk can make a huge difference. We decided to find out for ourselves just how much of an effect placement has on the quality of a sub's bass.
We got an good look at the Clarion NX702 navigation receiver at CES 2012. This receiver has 3D navigation, an animated source screen, and much more. The NX702 does everything a good nav receiver should, and does with gorgeous style and color.
Bright glare on the stereo display has plagued us for as long as we've had the sun and car stereos. Sometimes there's just nothing you can do about it. But sometimes there is. Check out our examination of the problem in this video.
Zak had the chance to check out Alpine's INE-S920HD navigation receiver at the Alpine booth at CES 2012.
Zak got a chance to check out Kenwood's 2012 line of DNX-series navigation receivers and to see how fast their processors are. This upgrade means faster response times from the receiver with everything it does, whether you're searching for music, navigating to a destination, or just changing sources.
Our video team traveled to Polk Audio to check out the extreme tests that their car speakers and marine speakers undergo.
HD Radio™ broadcasts offer FM reception that approaches CD quality, and they're available almost everywhere across the country, free of charge to listeners with the right gear. Kenwood built an HD Radio tuner into their KDC-HD552U CD receiver, so you can join in this radio revolution. Check out the KDC-HD552U in this short demo video.
Enjoy the best sound in radio, hands down, with HD Radio™. Broadcasts are available almost everywhere across the country, offering outstanding digital sound quality free of charge to listeners with the right gear. And this Kenwood Excelon KDC-X596 CD receiver has everything you need to listen in. Take a look at more features in this short demo video.
What's cooler than taking charge of your music from the big touchscreen on a great-looking DVD receiver? Kenwood's DDX419 DVD receiver adds Bluetooth® to the mix, along with unparalleled iPod® control, access to music and video apps through your iPhone®, and hands-free calling and audio streaming. Take a look at it in this short demo video.
Got all your tunes on an iPod®, iPhone®, or another player? JVC designed the KD-X40 digital media receiver to get the most out of your digital music collection. It doesn't play CDs, but in your car, it doesn't need to. Give it a look in this demo video.
The right illumination color can really make a new receiver look at home in your dashboard. Kenwood's KDC-352U CD receiver is the first model in their 2012 lineup with variable-color illumination. You can choose a color that matches your vehicle's illumination, or pick something totally wild - it's a cool feature to have, but that's not all this receiver offers. Take a look in this demo video.
Kenwood Excelon receivers are a great choice if you want to push the sonic boundaries of your system, and enjoy reliability that's backed with a 2-year warranty. The KDC-X396 CD receiver kicks off the Excelon lineup with a nice blend of audio features and styling. Take a look in this display and control demo video.
Kenwood's KDC-X796 CD receiver looks great in your dash, with adjustable button lighting to match your dash colors. But it's more than just a good looker — this well-equipped receiver also features built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, along with an HD Radio™ tuner for better AM/FM sound quality. Plus, you get the reassuring Kenwood Excelon 2-year warranty. Check it out in this demo video.
Powered subs include all the elements of a subwoofer system — subwoofer, amplifier, and enclosure — in one easy-to-install package. Here's a look at how you install a typical powered subwoofer.
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.
Zak, Crutchfield video producer, checks out JVC's Smart Remote app for Android phones at CES 2012.
Zak got a chance to check out the new JBL GTO car amps at CES 2012. Chris from JBL takes us through the line and shows us that no matter what you've got planned, JBL has a GTO amp for you.
Bluetooth is best known as the way you can talk hands-free in your car. But did you know it can do a whole lot more, too? JVC's Arsenal Series KD-A735BT CD receiver will pair up with your iPhone®, Blackberry™, or Android™ smartphone, allowing you to realize Bluetooth's true potential. Take a look at this and more in this demo video.
The JVC KW-AV50 DVD receiver won't just transform the look of your dash — it'll give your daily commute, road trips, and grocery runs a makeover, too. It gives you a touchscreen entertainment command center that'll handle all your tunes, become best friends with your iPod® and iPhone®, and even play movies while you're parked. Give it a look in this demo video.
iPod® and iPhone® lovers, here's a great car stereo for you — the JVC Arsenal KD-A535 puts control over your player right in the dash. With your iPhone connected, you can also stream PANDORA® Internet Radio through a free iPhone app. Check out some of its moves in this demo video.
Bluetooth is great for talking hands-free, but that's only the tip of the iceberg. Pair up JVC's KD-R730BT CD receiver and your phone, and you can harness the true potential Bluetooth has to offer — you'll be able to receive text message notification, stream music, or access Internet radio stations, depending on your phone's features. Take a look at this receiver in action in this demo video.
If you're looking to upgrade the sound in your car without shelling out serious cash, take a good look at this striking JVC. The KD-R330 CD receiver is perfect for a teenager's first car, for a family's second car, or any car with a factory radio that's on its last legs. Check it out in this display and controls demo video.
Can't live without your iPod®? JVC's KD-R530 CD receiver makes it easy to take it in the car. All you need to do is connect your player to the front USB slot and you're good to go. You can dive into your music library using the KD-R530's controls, and enjoy better sound quality than you get with an auxiliary input connection. With your iPhone® connected, you can also stream PANDORA® Internet Radio through a free iPhone app. Take a look at this and more in this short demo video.
It's amazing how far your dollar goes these days when it comes to buying a new car stereo. Kenwood's KDC-152 CD receiver lives at the budget end of the their lineup, but you'll be pleasantly surprised at the performance and features it offers. Check it out in this demo video.
Do you like listening to your iPod® in the car? You do? Great - but if you're just jacking it into an aux input, you're missing out on some nice features and better sound quality. Kenwood's KDC-252U CD receiver is the least expensive model with built-in iPod controls in their 2012 lineup. Take a look in this demo video.
You love your iPhone®. It's a music player, a movie viewer, a camera, a phone, and a friend. But what if the stereo that's in your dash right now won't let you hook it up? Step into JVC's Arsenal KD-A525, and you'll get iPod® and iPhone control, plus some other nice features. Check it out in this short demo video.
JVC packs two USB inputs into the KD-R720 CD receiver, giving you lots of playback options. And attention, PANDORA® lovers — you can play all your stations through the KD-R720 when your iPhone® is connected. And if you like a look that's all your own, JVC's Variable Color display lets you pick your own combinations. Take a look in this demo video.
The Sony Xplod CDX-GT700HD CD receiver combines the ability to play all your favorite media with a built-in HD Radio™ tuner that'll take you to the cutting edge of radio. Plus, you can connect and control your iPod® without having to buy an optional adapter, and you'll even find convenient front panel USB and auxiliary inputs for your portables. Check it out in this display and controls demo.
The JVC Arsenal KD-AHD79 CD receiver lets you tap into the wicked digital sound of HD Radio™ when you tune into a participating AM or FM station. You'll really notice the difference in fidelity and reception, plus you can check out the alternate programming offered by many stations. And here's another cool feature — you can adjust this receiver's variable-color display to match your dash lighting. Take a look in this display and control demo video.
The JBL MS-2 is a portable digital signal processor that improves the sound in your car when you use a portable player like an iPod. It does not require permanent installation, so you can take it from car to car. It'll clean up your factory sound, even "premium" amplified systems. And it also works with aftermarket systems, including those with subs.
Check out our quick and easy method for properly setting the gain on your car amplifier. This simple adjustment will have you on the road to stellar sound.
Sony's CDX-GT56UI CD receiver offers a front-panel USB input for iPod® connection and control, along with great sound and some pretty sophisticated audio controls. And you'll appreciate this receiver's ability to control your iPod in the car. Take a look at the CDX-GT56UI in action in this display and controls demo video.
Sony's CDX-GT660UP CD receiver puts an impressive set of visual and audio delights at your fingertips. It'll match its display and button colors to your dash or the beat of your music, and gives you a variety of musical options — including in-dash control of PANDORA® Internet radio. Take a look in this short control and displays demo video.
Do you want more variety in your music and radio programming when you're on the road? Sony's CDX-GT360MP CD receiver offers a big step-up in sound quality over most factory radios, along with an input for your portable player and the option of adding a satellite radio tuner. Take a look at it in this display and controls demo video.
The CDX-GT565UP CD receiver lets you control PANDORA® Internet radio stations in the car. Just plug in your iPhone® to the front-panel USB slot, and you can control it like you do any other source. But that's not all this receiver has going for it. Check out its other tricks in this demo video.
Infinity Kappa is Infinity's high-performance line of car speakers. They're designed and built to give you excellent sound, especially in an amplified system. Watch as one of our experts shows you why Infinity Kappa Series car speakers are such a popular choice when building a car audio system.
There's a reason you should replace your factory speakers if you want good sound in your car. In this video, we quickly cover why factory-installed speakers deliver sub-par sound.
It's nice when you can plug your iPod® into your car stereo and play all your tunes on the road, but where do you keep your player when you're driving? Sony's DSX-S310BTX receiver solves this dilemma with its innovative Tune Tray. It lets you connect your iPod and store it inside the stereo, keeping it secure and charged while you drive. Take a look at the Tune Tray and more in this demo video.
On the outside, Sony's DSX-210X looks a lot like your typical in-dash receiver. But it's what's behind the faceplate that counts on this neat design — flip the face forward, and out pops what Sony calls the "Tune Tray," a custom-made pocket for your iPod®. Take a look at that, and more, in this demo video.
Not only does Dual's XDMA6510 CD receiver offer built-in controls for your iPod® or iPhone®, but they've included a mount for it too. So, now you can keep your player right where you'd like it while you drive. Check out the '6510 in this short demo video.
JVC's Arsenal lineup steps up to a 2-year warranty, compared to the 1-year warranty of other JVC receivers. But that's just the icing on the cake for the supremely capable KW-ADV794 DVD receiver. Check it out in this short demo video.
JVC crafts receivers to match almost every need and budget. If you're looking for an in-dash DVD receiver that'll be a great match for your iPod® or iPhone®, the KW-AVX640 may be the right one for you. Take a look at its moves in this short demo video.
As the "BT" in the name suggests, JVC's KD-R820BT CD receiver has built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming. But that's not the end of the story for this capable in-dash control center. Check it out in this short demo video.
Do you want to enjoy the outstanding sound quality of HD Radio™ in your car? You can have that and more with JVC's KD-HDR70 CD receiver in the dash. Check it out in this short demo video.
Do you want a full-featured CD receiver that'll jazz up the look of the double-DIN opening in your car's dash? Axxera's X2DMA500 features iPod® controls and built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming along with some sharp styling. Check it out in this short demo video.
JVC's KW-HDR720 CD receiver features a clean, uncluttered face, and the clean sound of HD Radio™, courtesy of its built-in HD Radio tuner. But you get a lot more than great radio with this receiver. Check it out in this short demo video.
Brad, a DJ at 106.1 The Corner in Charlottesville, VA, tells us why he's so excited for the future of HD Radio. He likes the sound quality advantages, and thinks there is a lot of potential in multicasting, which lets radio stations publish additional content on the same radio frequency.
Bluetooth lets you talk hands-free in the car, but it can do a lot more. Many in-dash stereos also let you stream audio from your phone over your vehicle's speakers. Depending on your phone's features, you may be able to listen to driving directions, Internet radio, stored music, and more.
Clarion's VX401 DVD receiver boasts built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, plus a slick touchscreen interface and iPod®. Check it out in this short demo.
Don't play CDs in the car? Clarion understands — the FZ501 is ready to play your other media, thanks to a USB input, iPod® controls, and an auxiliary input. Check out this smooth-looking performer in this short demo video.
The cool blue glow of Clarion's CZ501 CD receiver will add a stylish touch to your car's dashboard. And you'll get iPod® controls, high- and low-pass filters, and a 3-band EQ too. Take a look at the CZ501 in action in this short demo video.
If you've got a 4" double-DIN opening in your dash, add some style and flash with Clarion's CX201. But it's not just a pretty face — check it out in this short video demo.
Alpine's CDA-117 is one good looking CD receiver, thanks to the combination of a luminous BioLite display and Alpine's classic styling. And you'll find it's more than capable when it comes to sound and features too. Take a closer look in this short demo video.
Axxera's XDMA7600 will be a colorful addition to your dash, thanks to the variable color choices for the large display and buttons. But there are plenty of features to go with the light show. Check it out in this short demo video.
Axxera's XDMA7800 CD receiver is packed with features you love to play with, plus a well-rounded set of inputs. Check it out in this short demo video.
Check out our demo of the Kenwood DDX418 DVD receiver. The touchscreen controls make it easy and fun to use, and the front USB and auxiliary inputs make it easy to connect your music device.
Alpine's CDE-123 CD receiver boasts the rugged build and great sound you expect from Alpine. But add in PANDORA® Internet radio control with your iPhone® and you've got a receiver that fits your connected lifestyle. Check it out in this demo video
If you have an iPhone, then you can add navigation capability to the JVC KW-AVX840 DVD receiver by purchasing the MotionX-GPS Drive app and JVC's KS-U30 iPod cable. Even without that, this receiver has a lot to offer. Check it out in this quick demo.
Clarion's NX501 navigation receiver is so much fun to use, you might forget to leave the driveway. Watch our demo to check out the 21st-century user interface that feels more like a smart phone than a car stereo.
If you need a double-sized stereo to replace the stock stereo in your car, Kenwood's DPX308U CD receiver is a great choice. Auxiliary and USB inputs on the front panel make it simple to listen to your tunes. You can coordinate it to look right at home in your vehicle by matching the button and display color to your dash lighting. See it for yourself in this quick video.
If they can do it, so can you. Crutchfield's Marketing team decided to give their outgoing manager a parting gift: a new sound system for his 1998 Jeep Wrangler. Only one thing stood in their way - this would be the first time they had installed audio gear in a car. Undaunted, they decided to follow the same instructions we send Crutchfield customers with every car audio purchase. Watch them install a receiver and two sets of speakers, proving once and for all that with Crutchfield's help, you C
It's not enough that the Kenwood KIV-BT901 digital media receiver can play audio and video from most USB devices. When you connect your iPhone®, you can also stream and control PANDORA® Internet radio. Watch our video for a quick demonstration of the stereo's capabilities.
Our Product Research team examines one of every product that we have in our warehouse. Check out the steps involved in databasing a product, and where to find the info when you're shopping at crutchfield.com.
See the Kenwood Excelon KDC-X395 CD receiver in action. This video will give you an idea of what it's like to have this stereo in your car, and help you decide if it's the stereo for you.
Check out our demo of the Clarion CX501 CD receiver.
Ever have trouble keeping your portable devices handy when you're driving? Pro.Fit mounts take away the worry and put them right where you can use them. Take a look at how easy it is to find the gear you need, including vehicle-specific mounts, universal mounts, and device holders.
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.
Crutchfield writer Jo knew her factory audio system wasn't cutting it...she needed a car audio intervention. So she decided to replace her factory speakers with Kicker, and power them with a Kicker amp. Check out Jo's new gear, and ride along with her as she talks about the huge difference Kicker made in her sound.
Watch our demo video of the Pioneer AVH-P4300DVD DVD receiver to see what it would be like to have this stereo in your vehicle. You can listen to and control PANDORA® or watch video from the web (both via an iPhone®). And the touchscreen makes it easy to adjust the stereo's audio settings and EQ.
See the Pioneer DEH-7300BT in action in this quick video.
The Crutchfield MasterSheet is a vehicle-specific set of instructions that shows you how to install a receiver and speakers in your vehicle. In this video, we give you a look at all of the work that goes into creating these instructions. What's more, this same research is used to fuel our massive vehicle database. When we tell you we know what fits, we really do.
Alpine stereos are some of the most popular that we carry. They're a reliable brand and the stereos are built to perform. In this video, we asked a few of our Advisors what is that they like about Alpine car stereos.
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.
In this video we listen to two different Kenwood bass systems. It's hard to hear the difference over the Internet, but it was easy to hear it in real life. The Kenwood trainer helps describe that difference and why it can be worth it to spend a little more sometimes.
The first step to choosing a subwoofer actually begins with the enclosure and how you want the sub to perform. In this video we'll tell you about the different types of subwoofer enclosures available, and find out which one best fits your vehicle and your needs.
We got the skinny on the Pioneer DEX-P99RS CD receiver directly from Pioneer. This stereo is unsurpassed for delivering audiophile-quality sound in the car.
This short video gives you an up close look at the Kenwood KDC-HD545U CD receiver. The stereo's highlight is the built-in HD Radio tuner; we'll talk about that and more.
Crutchfield shows you how to install an antenna in your vehicle for a satellite radio or GPS navigation system.
Another informal video shot by Matt sitting in the back seat with the Canon XSi camera. Gotta say, the content of the video aside, that the camera does an awesome job capturing HD...
We get the inside scoop on the JVC KW-NT3HDT navigation receiver from one of our coworkers. She tells what she loves about it and how she uses the navigation system and iPod controls.
Crutchfield Advisor Mac takes a look at Kicker's IX amplifiers powerful but small amplifiers perfect for tight spots.
Car audio systems need a subwoofer to fill out the bass in your music and give it a full-bodied sound. Watch this short Crutchfield video to learn about the subwoofer options available from Sound Ordnance.
Make your music sound lively and vital with a Sound Ordnance amplifier. Watch this Crutchfield video for a quick overview of what these amplifiers have to offer.
Sound Ordnance subwoofer enclosures, called Bass Bunkers, are available to house most standard-sized woofers. Watch this short Crutchfield video for a close look at them.
In this Crutchfield video, we discuss how Rosen navigation receivers are designed to be a direct replacement for your factory stereo. Rosen stereos look good and pack a lot of handy features that your factory radio doesn't.
For the best amplified sound in your car, turn to Focal. This brief video introduces the Focal FPS series of amplifiers.
Focal offers some of the best speakers on the market. This brief video discusses some of the benefits of Focal Access speakers.
This brief Crutchfield video takes a quick look at Focal Polyglass series speakers.
Sound Ordnance car speakers are your best option for replacing your factory speakers on a tight budget. Watch this quick video to learn more about them.
The XM SkyDock lets you use your iPhone or iPod touch to enjoy XM satellite radio through your car stereo. Plus, you can also use it to play music from your iPhone or iPod over the stereo. Watch this short Crutchfield video to see the SkyDock in action.
If you're interested in getting satellite radio, but not quite sure which kind of radio to get, then take a look at this video. We'll go over the basic kinds of gear to choose from and how you add it to your existing stereo, either in the car or at home.
The Audiovox VOD10PS2 overhead video system has a built-in PlayStation 2 for gaming on the road. Crutchfield car audio expert, Zak, gives you a quick look and offers tips for deciding if this is the right backseat video system for you.
This in-depth video walks through the major points to consider when choosing a new amplifier. It answers the questions: How many channels do you need? How much power should you get? What are the important features to look for? And why do some amplifier brands cost more than others?
One of the first steps in choosing an amplifier for your car audio system is to decide how you intend to use the amplifier, and thus how many channels it should have. This short video gives you a quick overview to help answer that question.
Good amplifier wiring is an essential part in making your amplifier - and your music - sound its best. In this video, we describe what you can expect in a wiring kit and what else you'll need for a basic amplifier installation. We'll also tell you about how Crutchfield helps you budget your system.
In this short video, we present four of the most common accessories you should consider when purchasing a new car stereo. Everyone who installs a new stereo is likely to need at least one of these items.
OK, so we finally got the video formatting worked out. It's very informal; Matt sat in the back seat with the Canon XSi camera capturing our back-to-front-and-back-again fading demo by moving...
This short video describes some of the common features you should look for when you're shopping for an amplifier for your car audio system. Not every amplifier will have all of these features, so make sure the amp that you get has the ones you need.
We describe the basics of deciding how much power an amplifier should have when you're trying to match it to your speakers or subwoofers.
If you can get the same amount of power from two different amplifiers, is there any reason to buy the higher-priced amp? What are you getting for that extra money? We'll discuss the differences in build quality and performance between lower-priced amplifiers and more-expensive options.
This video demonstrates how easy it is to install the Alpine KTP-445 Power Pack amplifier module. The Power Pack gives you the power and improved sound of an external amplifier at a fraction of the cost and with a much easier installation.
The JVC KD-S100 CD receiver features the unique Digital Power Station sound processor for creating lifelike sound in your car, and our man Ken tells you all about it in this short video.
In this video, a Crutchfield Web Editor tells us about the high-end audio system he designed for his Chrysler Sebring. As a professional musician, the car stereo system of his dreams included gear from Boston Acoustics, Eclipse, and a digital equalizer from AudioControl.
In this video, a Crutchfield Web Editor tells how he got his high-caliber sound system sounding just right. Not everyone goes to the extremes that he did, but then, not everyone chooses to fine-tune their sound with the DQXS digital equalizer from AudioControl.
The JVC KW-NT1 navigation receiver can guide you around town and make your music sound great. This video gives you an up-close look at some of the stereo's key features, including Bluetooth calling and iPod control.
If you're looking for a car stereo with a built-in HD Radio™ tuner, the Kenwood KDC-HD942U has a lot to offer. You get the great sound quality and other benefits of HD Radio, plus Kenwood's highly flexible sound control package.
Crutchfield's car audio experts Ken and Zak present an overview to Focal car audio products. Focal is a leading name in high-quality sound and Crutchfield is proud to have them in our lineup.
Crutchfield experts discuss some of the features that make Infinity Reference Series car speakers such a popular choice when shopping for car audio speakers on a budget.
Crutchfield experts discuss some of the high-performance design features that make JVC Arsenal car speakers a good choice for high-quality sound in your car.
Crutchfield experts discuss the Kenwood KDC-BT742U CD receiver. This stereo features built-in Bluetooth connectivity and direct control of your iPod via the stereo's handy USB connection.
A Crutchfield expert takes a hands-on look at the intuitive touchscreen controls of the Kenwood KVT-514 DVD receiver.
A Crutchfield expert demonstrates how the Kenwood DDX514 DVD receiver's touchscreen display makes it easy to take advantage of all of the great features that Kenwood built into this stereo.
Our experts take a quick look at the Kenwood DPX503 CD receiver and discuss some of the features that make it an excellent choice for cars with a double-sized dash opening.
Learn about some of the features that make Alpine V-Power amplifiers a strong choice for great-sounding car audio.
Learn about some of the features that make Alpine Type-S car speakers a strong choice for great-sounding car audio.
Learn about the features that make Polk Audio db series car speakers a popular choice for improved sound.
This video gives you a guided tour of Crutchfield's Outfit My Car tool. Learn how you can create a custom homepage for your car on Crutchfield's website and use it to put together a complete car audio system.
Crutchfield car audio experts discuss a new trend in car stereos: the digital media receiver.
A Crutchfield car audio expert takes a look at the Alpine IVA-W505 DVD receiver.
Crutchfield's experts take a look at the JL Audio CleanSweep sound processor.
Just because you can't replace your vehicle's factory stereo doesn't mean you have to live with a poor sound system. In this short video, Crutchfield experts take a look at how a fellow employee created a high-performance car audio system.
Replacing your vehicle's factory speakers is one of the easiest ways to get a dramatic improvement in your car stereo's sound quality. In this short video, Crutchfield experts discuss how and why to change your factory speakers.
A brief video covering the basics of installing car speakers.
A 5-minute video that shows the basics of installing a component speaker system in a car.
This brief video shows you how to install and use a portable video player in your car.