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What works with Nest?
by Eric Angevine

Through the Works With Nest program, other smart home manufacturers make their devices compatible with the famous thermostat. The lineup includes smart lighting, smart door locks, and voice assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa. Learn what you can do with the family of Nest-friendly products.

Best car speakers for 2018
by Alexander Hrabe

If you're in the market for new car speakers but don't know where to start, take a look at this list of our best-selling car speakers. These speakers are perennial customer favorites, getting reviews of 4 or more stars after being installed by our customers.

What are Crutchfield Demo Videos?
by Robert Ferency-Viars

At Crutchfield, we try to provide the best information possible about our products, so that customers can make informed purchasing decisions. One of our video producers creates demo videos of nearly every car stereo we sell. I asked him a few questions about how these videos help our customers.

Blu-ray players play discs with high-definition picture and sound. Most also let you stream movies and music. How do you know which player's right for you?

What are the best surround sound speakers for your home? The answer largely depends on the size of your room. This guide walks you through how to build a well-matched home theater system. Learn the role that each speaker plays, along with tips for choosing the right ones for your system.

With the right installation tools and connectors, you'll be ready to handle most car audio installations. And YES, you CAN do this yourself! This Crutchfield article highlights some of the tools you'll need for your car stereo installation project.

Whether you're training for a big event or just getting started, an activity tracker is a big help for measuring your success. We'll explain the difference between the three basic categories of fitness trackers and help you find the best tracker or sport watch to match your activity level.

We humans use GPS to find our way, and activity monitors to optimize our daily health routines. Now, we can do the same for our beloved pets. Learn about wearable technology that can track how much your pet eats, when and how often she exercises, and help you reunite if you get separated.

Clever electronic devices have given pet parents new ways to understand and control pet behavior. Let's take a look.

We all want to get the most functionality out of your smartphone in the car. The three best ways to connect a smartphone to a new car stereo are via Bluetooth, USB, or with an MHL/HDMI connection. We'll examine them all in this article.

What is Roon? It's not just management software for your digital music library. It also can control multi-room audio playback, control the quality of sound, and provide additional info about your tracks. In short, it makes your music library fun to enjoy again.

Do your TV's built-in speakers sound weak? Learn about four ways to get better TV sound: a sound bar, stereo speakers, a pre-matched home theater system (also known as a home theater in a box), and a full-blown component home theater system.

Here are 10 wireless speaker systems that combine stylish design with high-performance sound. Some use Bluetooth, others Apple AirPlay or DLNA.

TV wall mount buying guide
by Steve Kindig

Which kind of wall mount should you buy for your flat-panel TV? Do you want to be able to tilt or swivel your TV? Is your TV going to be mounted above your fireplace or in a corner? Learn about the different types: fixed mount, tilt mount, full-motion, mantel mount, and ceiling mount.

Home speakers 101
by Kramer Crane

What you need to know before you start shopping for home speakers.

Confused about wiring your subs and picking the right amplifier? Crutchfield will get you on the fast track to big bass with this simple guide.

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

Want home theater without all the wires? Learn about the latest wireless surround sound systems from Sonos, Polk Audio, and more.

With a 4K TV, you can sit as close as 1 to 1.5 times the screen's diagonal measurement. Say your sofa is 5 feet from your TV. Your screen can be as big as 60 inches. Sitting that close to a big TV gives you an immersive, theater-like viewing experience. The image fills more of your field of vision.

Subwoofers in sealed boxes play "tight" bass, while ported boxes sound "boomy." Which type you need depends on the style of music you like and how you want it to sound.

Making the most of HDR TV
by Steve Kindig

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is being added to 4K TVs and video content to show a much wider and more realistic contrast range, beyond even what we see in movie theaters.

Devices that support HDCP 2.2 copy protection are more likely to be compatible with current and future 4K content. Every link in your video chain must support HDCP 2.2 - your TV, video source, and any component the video signal passes through. If one does not, you won't see a 4K picture.

Learn how Smart Pet products can help you keep your dog from running away, and help you track him down if he does manage to get out.

Wi-Fi speakers are the building blocks for wireless multi-room audio systems from Sonos, Bose, and many other brands. Learn how to choose the best system for your home.

What do you need for 4K TV?
by Steve Kindig

Learn how to make the most of a 4K TV. You'll need to know where find 4K shows and movies. You may need to upgrade your A/V receiver and your HDMI cables, too.

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