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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?

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

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.

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.

MHL/HDMI, Bluetooth, and USB for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are three of the ways to connect a smartphone to a car stereo. We'll examine them all in this article.

Car video buying guide
by Alexander Hrabe

From in-dash DVD players to easy-add-on portable systems, car video makes your trips a lot more fun, and this article covers the topic from front to back.

Rear-view cameras buying guide
by Alexander Hrabe

Rear-view video systems simply make backing up safer, but finding the right backup camera can feel daunting. This introduction will help you shop with confidence.

Marine stereo buying guide
by Tim Sprinkle

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.

Car audio for the first-time buyer
by Charlie Pastorfield

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.

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.

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.

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."

A wireless microphone can free you up to concentrate on your performance. This buying guide will help you find the right gear to match your needs.

Life with a factory stereo
by Charlie Pastorfield

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.

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.

Pioneer's MIXTRAX technology analyzes your music library and creates transitions between songs, so you get a smooth mix in your dash wherever you go.

For many, the iPhone has become an essential part of their lives. It stores music, movies, and a plethora of apps that entertain or help with productivity. Nowadays,

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

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

You want to get the most out of your gear. Noise and interference compromise signals from your source components, resulting in a sub par listening or viewing experienc

Learn which key features to look for on portable navigation devices, so you can make the best decision about which one works for you.

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.

Pioneer's 2013 navigation receivers give you great sound, smartphone connectivity (including iPhone 5, with an adapter), and snappy, accurate navigation.

Kenwood designed their 2013 marine receivers and remotes to be seaworthy, with a conformal-coated circuit board that helps prevents moisture from seeping in.

What's the best place to set up your home theater receiver? This article offers helpful tips for deciding on the perfect spot.

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.

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.

Dual's DXDM227BT CD receiver features classic styling with a large, bright 10-digit LCD display and a set of easy-to-use buttons. See it in this demo video.

With Bluetooth and robust smartphone integration, Kenwood's DDX774BH DVD receiver offers plenty of media options for short or long hauls. See it in this demo video.

With Kenwood's KDC-168U CD receiver you can integrate your your iPhone to the front-panel USB port, with Pandora and iHeartRadio when your iPhone is connected.

JVC's KW-V330BT DVD receiver features a big 6.8" touchscreen to access Spotify®, or other media options on your smartphone. Take a look in this car stereo demo video.

JVC's KD-R988BTS CD receiver lets you control the show using the crystal-clear 2-line display, and it comes with Bluetooth for music streaming and hands-free calls.

JVC's KD-R780BT CD receiver offers Bluetooth with dual-phone connectivity, a 13-band EQ, and smartphone compatibility. Check it out in this demo video.

Kenwood's KMM-BT318U digital media receiver puts great sound, handy control, and Bluetooth® connectivity into a compact chassis. See it in this demo video.

JVC's KD-R888BT CD receiver boasts great smartphone compatibility. And the variable color "Accent Key" controls give quick access to phone calls and streaming music.

Soundstream's VR-345B DVD receiver has a 3.4" fold-down LCD display in a s small chassis. Add DVD/CD playback, Bluetooth®, a USB port, SD card slot, and you're set.

JVC's KD-R680S CD receiver has a USB port to connect your iPhone or Android. Plus, you'll enjoy variable-color lighting, and you can add a satellite radio tuner too.

The JVC Arsenal KW-V820BT DVD receiver includes Apple CarPlay® and cool media options, like Pandora® and SiriusXM, as well. Take a look in our demo video.

Dual's DC525Bi CD receiver blends classic design with a large, bright 10-digit LCD display with 32,000 color possibilities. Check it out in this demo video.

Pioneer's AVH-291BT DVD receiver has Bluetooth, for hands-free calling and audio streaming. And there's a 6.2" touchscreen to access all your other entertainment.

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