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Intro to home stereo systems
by Jim Richardson

How to put together a home stereo system (and why you need one). Been listening to a single wireless speaker? Learn why having two speakers is so important.

Pioneer's Smart Sync app works with new Pioneer CD receivers to add a multi-media experience to your car audio system. In this article, we take a look at this exciting new app.

Best car speakers for 2018
by Alexander H.

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.

From playing music in multiple rooms to delivering surround sound thrills, today's home theater receivers offer more than ever. Learn how to find the receiver that's best for you.

If you're feeling lost in your search for an in-dash navigation stereo, take a look at this list of our best-selling in-dash nav systems. These receivers are among our best-selling models and have garnered high satisfaction ratings from our customers.

What is a headphone amp and why do you need one? Learn about portable models that travel with your phone or laptop, as well as high-end models that bring out the best in expensive headphones.

Camera drone buying guide
by Eric Angevine

Camera drones offer some serious creative photography opportunities. Learn which type of drone is right for your needs.

Best car stereos for 2018
by Dave Delamere

If you're feeling overwhelmed by our big selection of car stereos, take a look at this list of great car stereo options. These receivers are among our best-selling models and have received high praise from our customers.

Best TVs for 2018
by Steve Kindig

TVs from Sony, Samsung, and LG top our list of best picks. Learn why we like them, and read our buying tips to better understand what to look for when shopping.

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

Tips on how to choose the right stereo speakers for your home. What size should you get? How much should you spend? How should you position them?

The Apple AirPods are great...but they aren't the only truly wireless game in town. Our headphone guy picks his favorite 100% wire-free alternatives.

Our team works hard to make buying car audio gear as easy as possible. But we'll also ask you to answer a few questions about your vehicle. The more we know about your car or truck, the easier it is to help you get the stereo gear you need.

What is Apple CarPlay®?
by Dominic DeVito

What exactly is Apple CarPlay, and how do I get it for my car? This article answers those questions, including news about updates and aftermarket stereos that feature it.

Backup camera buying guide
by Alexander H.

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

How to build an exceptional, immersive, audiophile-quality sound system for music and movies by choosing an individual preamplifier/processor and one or more stand-alone power amplifiers.

Video doorbells are a great way to keep an eye on your property, whether you're there or not. But what features should you look for? We wade through the latest and greatest doorbell offerings from Ring, Nest, August, and Wisenet to help you find the right one for your home.

Factory stereo systems leave a lot to be desired. The upgrade systems we discuss in this article improve the factory sound without replacing the factory stereo.

Crutchfield's drone expert Carlos has been flying and even building drones for years. He tried out two aerial and one underwater drone to see what they can do.

Sonos buying guide
by David Brown

Interested in an easy solution for wireless audio throughout your home? We'll help you decide what Sonos gear you need to make your multi-room-music dreams come true.

Having the right powered subwoofer is crucial to the home theater experience. Learn how to choose the best one for your system, along with tips for getting great bass in your room.

A Crutchfield Advisor answers common questions about underseat subwoofers -- who they're for, what to expect -- and recommends a few of our best models.

When our in-house photographer and resident outdoorsman took a drive on the Mid-Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route in his his Jeep Wrangler, we made sure he had the gear he needed to have a great time, get a great story, and get home safely.

We field lots of calls from customers who want to improve the bass in their car audio systems. Two Advisors at our Virginia call center and huge bass enthusiasts, give their recommendations for putting a subwoofer in a hatchback or small car.

We're getting a lot of questions about Qi wireless chargers for car and home these days. So we asked one of our expert Advisors to tell us more.

We integrated Brandmotion's Trailer Rear Vision kit with Advisor Missy's expansive rear-view system in her truck and horse trailer combo. Find out how vehicle camera solutions can help you too.

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