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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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Add a touchscreen receiver with Bluetooth at a great price. Take a look at the Boss BV760B DVD receiver in this car stereo demo video.
Kenwood's DPX302U CD receiver works with iPhone or Android, and you can add SiriusXM satellite radio. The stereo features a variable color display.
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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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Clarion's FZ105 digital media receiver upgrades your car's audio capabilities. Just plug in your phone or USB device and you're ready to go. See it in this demo video.
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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.
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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.
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Pioneer's DEH-X6900BT CD receiver has excellent audio controls, plus Bluetooth, and lots of ways to use your smartphone. See it in action in this demo video.
JVC has packed great value into the KD-R880BT CD receiver, with excellent smartphone compatibility, a 13-band EQ, Bluetooth, and more. See it in this demo video.
Pioneer's MVH-X690BS digital media receiver is loaded. Play music from your smartphone, enjoy FLAC files from a USB thumb drive, or tune into Spotify or Pandora.
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Kenwood's DNX573S navigation receiver offers Garmin GPS navigation, Bluetooth® , and awesome Apple CarPlayT compatibility. Take a look in this demo video.
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Blaupunkt's San Antonio 640 navigation receiver offers reliable guidance and Bluetooth® compatibility for hands-free calls and wireless audio streaming.
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The Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS CD receiver has Bluetooth, an HD Radio tuner, and supports SiriusXM tuners too. Two USB inputs let you plug in your smartphone.
Pioneer's FH-X731BT CD receiver has variable color illumination and a big control knob. Built-in Bluetooth adds hands-free calling and audio streaming.
Pioneer's DEH-X7800BHS CD receiver puts great smartphone integration, Bluetooth, HD Radio, a satellite radio option, and more in your dash.
The Pioneer FH-X730BS CD receiver has 210,000 colors with 10 brightness levels, plus built-in Bluetooth, SiriusXM capabilities, and smooth smartphone integration.
Pioneer's FH-X830BHS CD receiver has 210,000 colors to choose from, plus Pandora and Spotify controls, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and SiriusXM add-on capability.
The Kenwood Excelon DPX792BH CD receiver has Bluetooth, offers a built-in HD Radio tuner, and an option for SiriusXM satellite radio.
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.
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.
Kenwood's DPX502BT CD receiver pairs up two phones via Bluetooth. You can use Use the receiver's variable color display to personalize it.
JVC's KD-AV31 DVD receiver has a 2" tall chassis that'll fit almost any vehicle. You can play DVDs and CDs, or USB drives full of music and videos.
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-V320BT DVD receiver has a 6.8" touchscreen display with customizable "hard" key controls and a 6.2" video display area.
The CDE-163BT CD receiver uses Alpine's TuneIt 2.5 smartphone app for extensive sound adjustment capabilities, including a 9-band EQ and time correction.
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.
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.
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.
JVC's KD-R775S CD receiver has satellite radio controls, plus a USB port, auxiliary input, CD playback, and a sensitive AM/FM tuner.
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.
]Pioneer's FH-X520UI CD receiver boasts a multi-color display that lets you choose from thousands of colors. And it offers plenty of ways to enjoy your music, too.
Kenwood's KMM-108U digital media receiver, has no CD player but plays MP3, WMA, WAV, and FLAC files from a variety of devices.
Dual's XRM405BT digital media receiver has built-in Bluetooth for Apple and Android smartphones, plus USB and aux inputs.
Dual's XR4120 digital media receiver has an favorite AM/FM tuner, plays thumb drives and SD cards with MP3 and WMA files. There's an auxiliary input and a remote.
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The Clarion CX505 CD receiver comes with a built-in HD Radio tuner, Bluetooth, plus Pandora Internet Radio controls for iPhone or Android. display.