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From playing music to delivering surround sound thrills, today's home theater receivers offer more than ever. Learn how to find the one that's best for you.
An overview of wireless speakers and audio, including Bluetooth portable speakers, AirPlay and Wi-Fi receivers, Sonos, MusicCast, and other multi-room audio systems.
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If you haven't shopped for an audio/video receiver lately, you may be surprised at how much has changed. There are many good reasons to upgrade. Here are our top nine.
Building a great car stereo doesn't have to be an "all or nothing" proposition. With a plan and a budget, you can build a great audio system one step at a time.
Marine stereos are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and configurations. Our handy guide will help you find the receiver that's right for your boat.
Buying car audio gear for the first time? Here are some tips to help you find the right stereo equipment for your car or truck.
Learn more about upgrading your boat's audio system.
When adding an aftermarket receiver, you need a steering wheel control adapter to keep the functionality and convenience of your steering wheel controls.
Whether you're fishing, waterskiing, or just cruising around, boating is even more enjoyable when you have a quality marine audio system to provide the music.
FUSION is a company dedicated to bringing high-performance audio to the marine market. That's why their marine audio products are "designed from the water up."
What you need to know to replace the factory receiver in a variety of Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Chevy, Buick, Oldsmobile, Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth and Jeep vehicles.
Part 1 of our series on how incremental audio upgrades can improve the stereo sound in a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup.
If you want to upgrade the audio in your boat, look for a purpose-built marine stereo system that stands up to sunlight, spray, and salt.
A car stereo is the centerpiece of any car audio system. This introduction explains how to choose the right receiver for your car or truck.
HDMI connections deliver outstanding picture and sound quality. This article explains how HDMI works and how to choose the right cables for your gear.
These bolt-in audio component kits from Rockford Fosgate will make your Polaris Ranger rock. They let you upgrade your sound without cutting or modification.
These car audio tips can help improve sound quality in your vehicle, whether you're listening on a factory system or a multi-channel amplified setup.
These bolt-in audio component kits from Rockford Fosgate will make your Polaris RZR rock. They let you upgrade your sound without cutting or modifying your RZR.
From sunlight to rain to extreme temperatures, your boat's marine audio system has to endure a lot of abuse. This article will help you choose the right marine stereo.
We wanted to answer the most basic question about car audio: is it really worth it to upgrade to a high-quality aftermarket car stereo?
Bill Becker, founder and CEO of BDI, talks about special features of the BDI Mirage 8222 audio/video cabinet, designed to hold and hide your audio components.
Bill Becker, founder and CEO of BDI, talks about the special features of the BDI Valera audio/video furniture line. The open design keeps your components visible, and
Bill Becker, the founder and CEO of BDI, talks about their Avion audio/video furniture line and the improvements they made with Series II. Avion is perfect for anyone
Five key things you need to consider when shopping for a new car stereo. Crutchfield can help you find the new stereo that fits your needs.
What you need to know before you start shopping for home speakers.
How to put together a home stereo system (and why you need one).
Want to enjoy better sound with your TV? Here are four ways to make it happen.
Golf carts aren't just for the "back nine" anymore -- they're almost as likely to be seen driving around the neighborhood. Your cool cart deserves a stereo to match.
There are a number of different ways to power a house full of speakers. Here's an overview of things you need to know.
Thanks to NMEA 2000 technology, today's marine gear can work together seamlessly to give you more information and entertainment than ever before.
A great-sounding marine stereo can add a lot of enjoyment to your boating experience. If you're serious about sound, you need a set of quality, marine-rated speakers.
New marine speakers in your boat will give you an immediate upgrade in sound quality, but you'll also need a marine amplifier to get the best sound over open water.
This article highlights some of the tools you'll need for your car stereo installation project.
This article will help you figure out how to start building the car stereo system that's right for you, by deciding where the weakness is in your current system.
Many new vehicles make it difficult to install a new stereo. This article covers some of your options for improving the sound without changing the stereo.
Bill Becker, the founder and CEO of BDI, talks about what makes BDI furniture so special and gives an overview of the Novia, Avion, Cirrus, Valera and Mirage
JVC's 2014 digital media receivers are great for everyone who uses their smartphone as their main source of music, and they work great with popular music apps.
JVC's KW-V50BT and KW-V30BT DVD receivers integrate seamlessly with most smartphones and bring a big, bright touchscreen to your dash.
Alpine puts pro-level audio tuning in the palm of your hand with TuneIt, a smartphone app designed exclusively for select Alpine receivers.
Kenwood designed their 2013 marine receivers and remotes to be seaworthy, with a conformal-coated circuit board that helps prevents moisture from seeping in.
Blaupunkt's New Jersey 220 CD receiver offers a USB port, a CD player, and Bluetooth audio streaming. Check it out in this demo video.
Pioneer's MVH-X390BT digital media receiver works with your iPhone and select AndroidT phones, and has Bluetooth for audio streaming and hands-free calling.
Brendan B from Byron Center, MI, tricked out his 2007 Chevrolet Impala LT with a Kenwood DVD receiver, Rockford Fosgate speakers, a Kicker amp, and JL Audio subwoofers.
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.
Blaupunkt's San Antonio 640 navigation receiver offers reliable guidance and Bluetooth® compatibility for hands-free calls and wireless audio streaming.
Alpine's iLX-007 in-dash receiver gives you a better way to use your iPhone in your car. You can access maps, music, and other audio apps right from the touchscreen.
The Kenwood Excelon DPX592BT CD receiver streams wireless audio using Bluetooth. You also get satellite radio options, along with a front USB port for your smartphone.
Alpine's UTE-62BT digital media receiver lets you listen to stored music or stream Pandora and apps with your phone. There's Bluetooth for audio streaming, too.
Clarion's CZ105BT CD receiver offers Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming, plus sound-shaping tools to get the most out of your sound.
We've learned a lot about marine audio installations over the years. This article contains tips for installing receivers, speakers, subs, amps, and more on your boat.
With a compatible phone, a JVC receiver and MirrorLink, you'll enjoy touchscreen control over your music, phone contacts, and select apps - a seamless experience.
When you replace your factory radio with a new aftermarket receiver, you'll lose your steering wheel audio controls. Here's how to get them back.
When you're shopping for marine audio and electronic equipment for your boat, you run into a lot of jargon along the way. Our Marine Audio Glossary can help.
Clarion's NZ503 navigation receiver let's you put a 7" color touchscreen display and Bluetooth calling and audio streaming into your car's 2" tall radio opening.
The top end of Alpine's 2013 CD receiver line gives you exciting features, like Bluetooth, App Direct mode, and the ability to tune your sound using your smartphone.
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We install a new receiver, new speakers, and a new powered subwoofer on a pontoon boat docked at Lake of the Woods, Virginia.
Dual's DC505iBT CD receiver has Bluetooth, AM/FM reception, CD playback, plus a handy aux input and USB port on the front panel. Take a look in this demo video.
Pioneer's MVH-290BT digital media receiver lets you enjoy all the tunes stored on your AndroidT phone or a USB thumb drive, plus you also get Bluetooth® technology.
Clarion's NX605 navigation receiver features built-in navigation, a big touchscreen, and gives both Apple and Android users a way to use popular apps in the car.
The Kenwood DDX9703S DVD receiver combines a big 6.95" motorized face with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. See it in this demo video.
With the Boss 460BRGB digital media receiver, you can listen to your music. Built-in Bluetooth® connectivity means you can music apps and enjoy hands-free calling.
JVC's KD-R970BTS CD receiver lets you pick from a number ways to listen to your own music library. Variable color settings let you select the look you want.
Clarion's CX305 CD receiver offers streaming music from your smartphone, make hands-free calls, and play music on a connected iPod, iPhone, or USB drive.
JVC's KD-AV41BT receiver combines Bluetooth and iPhone control in a smaller 2" tall chassis. You can play DVDs and CDs, or pop in a USB drive full of music and videos.
Sony's WX-900BT CD receiver has built-in Bluetooth. Talk hands-free when you get a call, or stream your mobile device's stored or streaming content wirelessly.
JVC's KW-R925BTS CD receiver supports your iPhone or Android and has Bluetooth. You can also set your favorite colors in three different areas on its face.
Clarion's CX505 double-DIN CD receiver fills out your vehicle's dash and gives you some nice upgrades, like streaming music, hands-free calling, and Pandora® control.
Clarion's CZ505 CD receiver lets you upgade the sound in your car and add some cool features, like built-in Bluetooth for music streaming and Pandora control.
The Sony MEX-XB100BT CD receiver includes a small hideaway amp that delivers 40 watts RMS per channel, which is double the power output of similar receivers.
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We gave two Phorus wireless music devices a test run - separately and as part of a multi-room system. Find out how well they performed.
A mother and daughter install a new receiver and speakers in a 2007 Toyota RAV4.
Installing a new marine receiver, speakers, and amplifier on a deadrise workboat.
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
Upgrade the audio gear in your vehicle, and treat yourself to better sound quality. If you're reasonably handy and can follow directions, you can install it yourself.
You want your new car audio equipment to sound its best. Here are a few suggestions that will help you maximize your car stereo system's potential.
Alpine's CDE-HD149BT CD receiver has an HD Radio tuner, Bluetooth, and Pandora® control. The TuneItT smartphone-based app lets you tune your system.
The CDE-SXM145BT CD receiver gives you the great sound you expect from Alpine, plus SiriusXM satellite radio's great variety of music, sports, news, and entertainment.
Watch our video about the Alpine ICS-X7HD digital media receiver, which lets you connect to your iPhone or Android phone to take advantage of apps you've loaded.
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.
We wanted to answer the most basic question about car audio: is it really worth it to upgrade? To find out, we installed some great new gear in a Ford F-150.
The 9-5 is a smooth and silent car that's a great home for an audio system. Replacing the stock receiver isn't recommended, but new speakers will make a big difference.
Brian M. from Hastings, FL, complemented 2012 Honda Accord's radio with a Pioneer equalizer, then added a Pioneer receiver and Polk Audio speakers to improve the sound.
Stephen D. from Farmington, NM, added a pair of hard-hitting 12" JL Audio w3v3 subwoofers and an Alpine DVD receiver to his 2003 Jaguar X-Type sedan.
The automotive audio terms you'll need to know when you're shopping for aftermarket CD players, nav receivers, or digital media receivers for your car or truck.
Okay. Your new car stereo components are out of their boxes, installed, and hooked up. Now what? How do you make your new system sound as good as it should?
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.
The Highlander is a versatile vehicle that'll give you years of quality service. You'll enjoy those years a lot more if you upgrade to a higher-quality audio system.
Using a 7-channel receiver to power five speakers? That extra power need not go to waste. See how to put the two unused amplifier channels to work for better sound.
With a Crosstrek, you can do all sorts of SUV sorts of things without the hassle of trying to parallel-park an SUV. There's even room for an upgraded audio system.
These big, versatile trucks are up for pretty much anything you want to do, but it's probably time for a complete audio upgrade. This article shows you how it's done.
The CTS proved that Cadillac was serious about reclaiming its "Standard of the World" title. Comfortable and fun to drive, it's a great home for a new audio system.
The Ram ProMaster is a hard-working van that offers tons of space for audio upgrades. You can vastly improve your daily drive by upgrading the receiver and speakers.
For 2015, Jeep continued to improve the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, a process which included new stereos. The stock audio gear is good, but you can do better.
The Accord coupe is every bit as smart as the sedan, but with that extra sportiness that only a 2-door can provide. A new audio system will be a very smart upgrade.
Our friend Tim already had a cool boat, but the stereo wasn't keeping up. We decided to do something about that. Here's the gear we chose for a complete audio upgrade.
GM's line of full-size SUVs are always big favorites of people who need big trucks. These comfy, capable vehicles also offer plenty of room for audio improvement.
Toyota went big in 2007, and the result was the second-generation Tundra. This pickup is tough enough for work or play, and you have lots of audio upgrade options.
When it comes to so-called "cute utes," the Toyota RAV4 is one of the best around. The third-generation model is a capable vehicle with lots of audio upgrade potential.
Our Research Team has assembled a database of over 25,000 vehicles. No one else in the car audio industry does what we do. That's why no one else knows what we know.
Gary learns how to install a receiver and speakers in his Dodge Ram by using Crutchfield MasterSheet instructions and tech support.
Just because you're driving a tiny car doesn't mean you have to put up with a tinny stereo. We can help you find the audio gear you need to make your smart fortwo sing.
Inspired by Crutchfield, Marty C. upgrades his cooler with the Infinity INF-MPK250 receiver and speaker package and a Sound Ordnance B-8PTD powered subwoofer.
Eric G., a true DIY car audio enthusiast, tested several ways to improve the sound of his 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP before settling on JL Audio and Pioneer components
The Murcielago's V-12 engine sounds as good idling as it does at full shriek, but a little music can be nice, too. Upgrading the audio system is surprisingly easy.
Brent P, who works in Crutchfield's IT department, was able to improve his 2007 Saab 9-3's sound and functionality without installing a new receiver.
The Tiburon is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a sporty runabout that's easy on the wallet. Upgrading the audio will add a lot to an already-cool car.
With handsome styling and plenty of available options, the Fusion and Milan were immediate hits. Whichever one you have, there's plenty of potential for audio upgrades.
The 2005-09 Mustang re-ignited the "pony car" wars with its combination of retro style and modern performance. It's also a great home for a powerful audio system.
What happens when you add even a small subwoofer to a marginal audio system? Woody found out when he brought home a Polk PSW111.
The Challenger is a muscle car for grown-ups. It's fun between stoplights, but it's also a comfortable long-distance cruiser that will sound great with upgraded audio.
Alpine's Perfect FIT system lets you install certain Alpine receivers while keeping your factory look and feel, plus your steering wheel controls.
The 2003-05 350Z offers the performance you'd expect from a Z-car, but the stereo probably isn't as sporty as it was. An audio upgrade will add new zip to your Zed.
The Fit is a cool-looking, comfortable little car that can get out of its own way on the interstate. If you want to get more out of your audio, here's how to do it.
This Honda Civic was nice enough when new, but it's also an easy car to improve. If you want to upgrade the audio performance in your Civic, we have the gear you need.
Learn how to remove and install your new CD receiver's DIN sleeve in this Crutchfield DIY video.
The F-150 SuperCab gives you more room for family, pets, and audio upgrades. The interior is spacious, and the modular design takes the hassle out of installation.
With the Wrangler Unlimited, there's room for a powerful new receiver, plenty of space for speakers, and a variety of interesting options if you want to add a sub.
Ford must have had car audio fans in mind when they built this truck. The interior offers plenty of space, and the modular design makes installation surprisingly easy.
Crutchfield teamed up with "5.0 Mustang" magazine to design a custom audio system for this 2002 Ford Mustang project car.
Volkswagen really knows how to make a hatchback hot, and both the Golf and GTI can be a lot of fun. You'll have a lot more fun when you install a hotter stereo, though.
The Forte proves that "value-priced" doesn't have to mean "cheap." Your Forte should provide years of enjoyment, and a new stereo will make a very nice car even better.
If you're still enjoying your Explorer, Sport Trac, or Mountaineer, a new stereo and speaker will bring better sound and improved functionality to every trip you take.
Big enough to haul kids and dogs in comfort, but small enough to slice through the suburban jungle, this versatile SUV will be even better with a new stereo system.
If you're looking for a cheap, thrifty little car, a Metro might fit the bill. You'll want to drown out the buzzy little engine, though, so a new stereo is a smart buy.
The Impreza is a practical, economical family car that offers the added bonus of all-wheel drive. A new stereo will make a very nice car an even nicer place to be.
A lot of C3 Corvettes were sold over the years, it's no surprise to see plenty of them on the road. If you need a new stereo for your 'Vette, you're in the right place.
These classic sports cars are fun to drive, drop-dead gorgeous, and every bit as likely to turn heads now as when they were new. Turn up your tunes with a new stereo.
If you're into the classic definition of "grand touring," this GT is a blast. The V-6 sounds great, but you'll enjoy the drive a lot more with an upgraded stereo.
As factory systems go, Ram trucks aren't bad. But you can do better. In this article, we'll examine the radio, speaker, and sub options for each cab style.
The S2000 was made for fun, but it also starts, runs, and does all sorts of "normal car" things. Imagine how much fun it'll be with a stereo you can actually hear!
The tenth-gen F-150 is still a neat combination of beauty and brawn. No matter which can style you drive, a new stereo will make your daily duties more enjoyable.
Big enough for people and gear, yet small enough to park without a team of dockworkers, the GMC Envoy is a sensible SUV that's a great home for an aftermarket stereo.
Our profile of the 1821-up Flying Sleigh discusses what you need to know about replacing the stereo and speakers, and adding an amplifier, subs, or other stereo gear.
The Park Avenue is a winning combination of value and voluptuousness, but the stock stereos have aged. Building a better stereo for your Buick is easier than you think.
No one really needed a gargantuan sedan with sports coupe handling, but Mercury built one anyway. This is an awesome car, and a new stereo will make it even better.
These versatile mid-sized trucks are just the right size for just about any everyday thing you'd do in a pickup. A new stereo will make doing it a lot more fun.