A car stereo is the centerpiece of any car audio system. This introduction highlights the stereo's functions and makes it easier to shop for a new one.
Your car can be a great place for music listening. Many commuters suffer for hours each day with inferior sound quality that they'd never tolerate from their systems at home. Here are some tips on how to improve sound quality in your vehicle, whether you're listening on a simple factory system or a multi-channel amplified setup.
Why put a large-screen receiver in your dash? Large touchscreens, loads of built-in features, and easy viewability are just some of the advantages to building your stereo around one of these receivers. You'll also have expansion options like navigation and a rear-view camera available to you for more convenience down the road.
From sleek, retractable in-dash televisions to high-performance monitors, from in-dash DVD players to easy-add-on portable systems, it's obvious that mobile video is here to stay.
An overview of satellite radio and the two service providers (XM and SIRIUS).
The radio you have determines which satellite radio plan you can get. Find out what's available for your particular radio, plus check out a channel guide.
If you want your music to be loud, amplifiers are definitely part of the picture. But an amp can do much more than just get other people's attention.
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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.
Factory speakers usually sound fine when they're new, but they deteriorate over time. We compared speakers of different ages to see how badly they fare.
When you're shopping for speakers, don't forget the tweeter. It's shape and the material it's made from have a direct impact on how your music sounds. Tweeters reproduce the upper frequencies in your music they're what makes your highs sparkle and come to life, and they're vital for proper soundstaging and stereo separation.
Subwoofers are speakers dedicated solely to reproducing low frequencies. No matter what kind of music you like, or at what volume you listen to it at, they can be a crucial part of your overall listening experience.
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.
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The type of bass you get from your component subwoofer doesn't depend on the woofer alone. You'll need a strong, tightly constructed enclosure for optimum subwoofer performance.
With the wide variety of subwoofers available, it's easy to get confused about the best way to wire up your system. These wiring diagrams will help you find the configuration that'll get the most out of your subs and your amplifier.
In just a few short years, iPod control and app compatibility have become prominent features of car stereos. Car A/V companies have acted just as quickly to develop stereos that let you take advantage of the iPhone's fantastic app capabilities while you're driving. In this article, we're going to take a quick look at four different types of app interactivity.
This short video describes your options for playing an iPod through your car's sound system.
Maybe you want both cassette and CD in your car. Perhaps you'd like to enjoy CDs while keeping the factory radio in your leased vehicle. Try a changer for the convenience of having multiple discs at the ready.
If your smartphone is a big part of your life, it's only natural that you'd want to tap into it when you're on the road. Select JVC receivers work with the MirrorLink system to provide unparalleled in-dash control over an ever-growing list of smartphones. With MirrorLink, you'll enjoy touchscreen control over your music, phone contacts, and select apps - a seamless experience.
JVC's KW-NSX1 DVD receiver works with the MirrorLink system to provide unparalleled in-dash control over an ever-growing list of smartphones. And you can view and control a wide variety of iPhone apps on the KW-NSX1's screen. You'll get basic control over audio apps like Mog and Tunein Radio for simple functions.
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.