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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?

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 JVC KD-R670 has a front-panel USB input, and iPhone users can control Pandora and iHeartRadio. The USB port plays flash drives with MP3, WMA, WAV, and FLAC files.

A hybrid's new sound system
by Dave Delamere

Looking for better sound, a Crutchfield customer installs a new Alpine car stereo, speakers, and amplifier in her 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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