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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.
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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.
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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When adding an aftermarket receiver, you need a steering wheel control adapter to keep the functionality and convenience of your steering wheel controls.
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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.
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
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HDMI connections deliver outstanding picture and sound quality. This article explains how HDMI works and how to choose the right cables for your gear.
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Android Auto takes what you need from your Android phone and puts it in your dash. With a compatible car stereo, you'll gain hands-free features for safer driving.
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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.
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The Kenwood Excelon KDC-X501 CD receiver includes Bluetooth, controls for select Internet radio services, and an option for satellite radio. See it in this demo video.
JVC's marine-rated KD-X33MBS digital media receiverincludes built-in Bluetooth® and plenty of connections for all your digital devices. See it in this demo video.
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.
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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-X340BTS digital media receiver features built-in Bluetooth, a USB port and aux input, and you can add a satellite radio tuner. See it in this 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.
The Kenwood Excelon DDX594 DVD receiver plays music from CDs, DVDs, and USB drives, plus Bluetooth for wireless convenience, and a built-in HD Radio® tuner.
Kenwood's KDC-X301 CD receiver has built-in Bluetooth® for music streaming, and hands-free calling. And it's great with your digital sources. See it in this demo video.
Pioneer's AVIC-5200NEX navigation receiver boasts Apple CarPlay, and delivers accurate GPS guidance, and plays your favorite media sources. See it in this demo video.
The AVH-4200NEX DVD receiver incorporates Bluetooth, HD Radio, and it'll work with Apple® or AndroidT phones, too. See it in action 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.