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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.

Digital media receivers are becoming a more common aftermarket in-dash receiver option. How do you pick the right one? Shop for them at crutchfield.com

CD receivers buying guide
by Robert Ferency-Viars

With so many CD receivers to choose from, how do you pick the right one? This article will help you narrow your choices and find the right stereo for your car or truck.

Crutchfield looks at the 2014 Pioneer CD receivers, including the DEH-X2600UI, the DEH-X3600UI and DEH-X3600S, the DEH-X5600HD, and the DEH-X6600BT and DEH-X6600BS.

Many new car receivers are equipped with USB ports. Is there a charging advantage for receivers that have USB ports rated at 1 Amp, versus those rated 500 milliamps?

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.

Crutchfield reviews the 2014 Pioneer DVD receivers line up, including the AVH-X1600DVD, AVH-X2600BT, AVH-X3600BHS, AVH-X4600BT, AVH-X5600BHS, and the AVH-4000NEX.

Car stereo buying guide
by Robert Ferency-Viars

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.

An overview of wireless speakers and audio, including Bluetooth portable speakers, AirPlay and Wi-Fi receivers, Sonos, MusicCast, and other multi-room audio systems.

Double-DIN dashes offer lots of options when you upgrade your stereo, including double-DIN CD receivers and DVD receivers with touchscreen controls.

When adding an aftermarket receiver, you need a steering wheel control adapter to keep the functionality and convenience of your steering wheel controls.

NFC (Near Field Communication) offers an easier way to pair your Bluetooth smartphone with some newer car stereo receivers. See how it works in this short demo video.

The HDMI input in certain Kenwood receivers lets you view your phone's screen right in your dash, and control certain apps from Kenwood's touchscreen.

Sony App Remote
by John Pollard

For years, the industry has focused on controlling smartphones with stereos. Now Sony has taken the next logical step forward with their new CD receivers equipped

Video: Pioneer Mixtrax
by Zak Billmeier

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

What you need to know before you buy wireless microphones. Includes information about the FCC 600MHz spectrum auction.

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.

HDMI cables buying guide
by Steve Kindig

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 RZR rock. They let you upgrade your sound without cutting or modifying your ATV.

DTS:X vs. Dolby Atmos
by Kramer Crane

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X are two exciting surround sound formats that add overhead sound effects to home theater systems. How do they compare?

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.

An introduction to Bluetooth features for home and car audio/video gear, including NFC, aptX, speakerphones, headsets, and sports options.

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