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A few of our favorite things… Our Advisors share what they love this holiday season

Anthony, Advisor

More about Anthony

  • Favorite holiday movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Vinyl or digital? Vinyl!
  • Favorite holiday treat: Egg nog & pies
  • Favorite holiday song: "The Christmas Song"
  • How do you stream music? SoundCloud
  • My first car: ’96 Chevy Blazer
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Superior car stereos

by Anthony, Crutchfield Advisor

I've always loved cars. And having an awesome car stereo in my dash is a big part of what I enjoy about driving. So, as soon as Alpine's Halo9 receiver became available, I installed it in my Toyota. I knew I'd love the giant 9" touchscreen, Apple CarPlay®, and the sound enhancement tools, but what I didn't expect is how fast it would be, loading, tuning, and switching sources. So cool!

My Alpine Halo9 has everything I've ever wanted in a car stereo, but everyone's needs are different. That's why I put together this list of some of my favorite stereos and what makes them superb.

Anthony's holiday picks

Jess, Advisor

More about Jess

  • Favorite holiday movie: Home Alone
  • Favorite holiday song: "Father Christmas" by The Kinks
  • On my wish list: a new car stereo
  • Favorite concert: Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra
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Home speakers

by Jess, Crutchfield Advisor

Spend some time around me, and you'll discover that music is the driving force of my life. It's why I fell in love with my local concert scene early on — there's something magical about the energy of a live show!

When I started working at Crutchfield, I knew I wanted to re-create that vibrant emotional experience at home. So I chose speakers that let my family feel like we're at our own concert. Here are some of my favorite speakers for doing the same at your house.

Jess's holiday picks

Allen, Advisor

Allen's holiday favorites

  • Movie: Die Hard!
  • Song: "Feliz Navidad"
  • Dish: banana pudding
  • Lights: multicolor
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Best-sounding car speakers

by Allen, Crutchfield Advisor

I like artists who play with sound and music that's well-recorded. And I love having speakers in my car that play textured sound that reveals all the subtle details and transitions between notes. When I talk to customers, I try to share how exciting it is to put together a great system. I really just try to be as passionate as possible.

To find out what customers need, I ask lots of questions. Some really like thunderous bass, and others like things to be as clean as possible. With that in mind, here are some speakers I like to recommend.

Allen's holiday picks

Jess, Advisor

River's holiday favorites

  • Movie: The Family Stone
  • Album: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Soundtrack by Burl Ives
  • Gear to listen on: Klipsch speakers
  • Dish: my mom's Christmas cookies
  • What I want from Santa: an SVS subwoofer
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Sound bars for TV & tunes

by River, Crutchfield Advisor

I like things loud. Very loud. I love going to movies, live shows, and festivals, so I'm all for anything that can help create a similar experience at home. And sound bars are getting better and better at that. I especially like ones that come with a sub, or the option to add one, because let's face it — almost everything is better with some rumble. Check out my top picks for any room in the house.

River's holiday picks

Tatum, Advisor

More about Tatum

  • Favorite holiday movie: Polar Express
  • Favorite holiday song: Jingle Bells
  • My go-to holiday dish: Ham and turkey
  • Album I loved most as a kid: Europop by Eiffel 65
  • Favorite concert experience: My first one, Colt Ford & Tyler Farr
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Awesome amps and subs

by Tatum, Crutchfield Advisor

I like to feel the bass — I like it when my quarter panels vibrate. I have a Rockford Fosgate Punch 12-inch subwoofer powered by a 350-watt amplifier. When I first got it, I took it to my mother-in-law's house to let her hear it. And when I turned it up, her neighbors actually called the cops on us. I'm not kidding.

Sometimes I listen to Spotify. I put it on my SoMo channel — it's sort of a pop/semi-rap kind of thing — and just get into the bass groove (even when it's not blowing the doors off). Here are some of the subs I recommend to customers who like bass as much as I do.

Tatum's holiday picks

Oliver, Advisor

Oliver's holiday favorites:

  • Movie: Christmas with the Kranks
  • Song: "The Christmas Song" by The Raveonettes
  • Gear to listen on: Pro-Ject turntable and Klipsch speakers
  • Gift: a signed copy of "The Firewatcher's Daughter" by Brandi Carlile
  • Wishlist item: Bose QC 35 wireless headphones
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Wireless speakers

by Oliver, Crutchfield Advisor

Growing up in a small town, I didn't have many chances to hear high-quality audio. Working at Crutchfield has broadened my knowledge. One thing I've learned — you don't have to spend much to get more from your music. That's what I love about Bluetooth® speakers — they are a budget-friendly way for anyone to enjoy better sound. Plus their portability allows me to share music I love with my friends and family (including my pup Mara!) wherever I happen to be.

Oliver's holiday picks