The Ten Most Unbelievable In-Car Audio Systems

You spend a lot of time in your car. While a raucous engine note is all well and good, sometimes you just want to sit back and enjoy some music over the long haul. These are the best in-car sound systems you can buy. » 6/27/13 2:40pm 6/27/13 2:40pm

Fit This Radio Into Your Classic Caddy, Play It With Your Smartphone

You have a vintage car, but you have normal ears and want a sound system that's up with the times. RetroSound's new classically styled Model Two in-dash radio runs like a new-fangled modern setup because it is a new-fangled modern setup, with Bluetooth and all. » 2/13/13 2:20pm 2/13/13 2:20pm

Pioneer's AppRadio, the iPhone Controlled Car Audio System, Is…

Pioneer's AppRadio, which put your iPhone and car audio system in harmony with one another, is now available for $400. The companion app has also been updated to include access to the iPhone's Contacts, Calendar and Photo apps. » 6/22/11 4:31pm 6/22/11 4:31pm

Pioneer AppRadio: Imagine Your Entire Car Stereo System, Powered By a…

You want to play music from your iPhone when you're in the car. You want to control everything from the in-dash head unit. Rarely do these two pieces of hardware work together in harmony, even if we wish that was the future of all car stereo systems everywhere. Pioneer's AppRadio might just change that. » 5/25/11 4:52pm 5/25/11 4:52pm

FYI: Car Stereos Don't Get Viruses From iPods

If a car dealership ever claims your stereo unit got a virus from pirated MP3s on an iPod connected via 3.5mm audio cable, they're wrong. Dead wrong. So wrong, in fact, you should punch them in the face. [Reddit] » 2/11/11 5:44pm 2/11/11 5:44pm

Bose Energy Efficient Sound to Debut in Chevy Volt

Electric cars sound great until you realize that turning on the stereo costs you mileage. So Bose is hopping on the bandwagon with low-power speaker systems early. » 2/11/09 8:30am 2/11/09 8:30am

Hide Your Fancy Car Stereo Behind a Very Crappy Car Stereo

So you got yourself a fancy new stereo for your car. It's all well and good while you're driving, but when you're out of the car you know damn well that it's a magnet for ne'er-do-wells who are just itching to take a crowbar to your window and forcibly remove your fancy apparatus from your dash. What to do? Simple:… » 7/08/08 7:20pm 7/08/08 7:20pm

JVC and Kenwood Will Join Forces, Merge in October

JVC, the group behind the scenes of popular projectors and thin LCDs, and Kenwood, known for their car stereo equipment, will merge in October. The new company, JVC Kenwood Holdings, has been discussed for almost a year, when the two first collaborated on car electronics. So what happens when you merge TVs and car… » 5/12/08 11:00am 5/12/08 11:00am

Eclipse CD7200 mkII, Kickass CD Tuner for Audiophiles on the Road

The Skinny: Encased in copper, this Eclipse CD7200 mkII audio head end for your car is strictly high-end. The catch: iPod songs and playlists show up on screen, but for that you'll be buying an optional connector. » 1/05/08 8:19pm 1/05/08 8:19pm

Kicker Warhorse 10,000-Watt Car Stereo Amp Ensures Complete Neighbor…

If you're looking for the biggest, baddest-ass mofo car stereo amplifier you can get, you might want to consider this 10,000-watt Warhorse from Kicker. The WX 10000.1 weighs a hefty 67 pounds, and that 10kW power stream is enough to slam-dunk you and your subwoofers with its highly refined power. You're not going to… » 11/09/07 8:27am 11/09/07 8:27am

Peiker BlueTouchMusic: Music from Cellphone to Car via Bluetooth

You might have completely up-to-date, 2007-era gear everywhere else, but what if your car is still stuck in 1995? That's where you can hook up the Peiker BlueTouchMusic system, linking your cellphone to your car's music system via Bluetooth. It lets you wirelessly play back tunes from your cell phone with A2DP… » 1/17/07 8:35am 1/17/07 8:35am

Pioneer Car Audio Collections

It's a Pioneer Christmas for the car audio world today, as Pioneer has announced a boatload of new speakers, amplifiers and subwoofers. The TS-A line of speakers start at $65 and are optimized for compressed audio like MP3. In the amplifier realm, the new GM line (GM-3300 through GM-7300) are priced from $100 to $200… » 1/07/07 5:07pm 1/07/07 5:07pm

Digital Power Station: DSP Turns Crappy Speakers Into Honkin' Muthas

Jon Bon Jovi's cousin, audio engineer Tony Bongiovi has figured out a novel way to make cheap-ass speakers sound a whole lot better. His device, an unusually sophisticated equalizer he calls the Digital Power Station, originally filled a refrigerator-sized unit with its analog components. » 12/06/06 10:36am 12/06/06 10:36am

Sony MEX-BT5000 Bluetooth Car Stereo

Wow, Sony. Welcome to the car audio market, it is good to see that you have finally decided to embrace Bluetooth and integrate it into car stereo head units. There isn
t anything too spectacular about this head unit:mdash;it can connect to your Bluetooth enabled mobile device for some hands-free goodness with the… » 3/16/06 10:49am 3/16/06 10:49am

Griffin Ships TuneFlex for iPod nano


Griffin is now shipping TuneFlex, a dock and recharger that mounts the iPod nano on a flexible steel arm, bringing the music player up in your face where you can conveniently control it. We first saw one of these from Belkin at CES, and wondered why no one had thought of it before. You just plug the $40 TuneFlex into… » 2/22/06 9:27am 2/22/06 9:27am

The $11,000 Car Stereo

Audi s A8 and S8 are going to be outfitted with a sound system incorporated by Denmark s Bang & Olufsen. This is not your standard luxury car stereo. For starters, it costs $11,000. For that kind of money you get 14 speakers strategically positioned throughout the cabin and two sets of amplifiers each pumping out… » 2/06/06 4:06pm 2/06/06 4:06pm

Live at Macworld: Acheive Trendvana With iPod Bluetoothed To Volkswagen

While we wait for the auto world to bow to the iPod (Jobs plans to have 40% of the new auto market in his grasp by the year's end, and our tire-kicking brother has news on BMW's Apple deal), Ratoc has bluetooth iPod transmitters for the Volkswagen and Toyota factory radios. » 1/13/06 2:49pm 1/13/06 2:49pm

Live From CES: Arc Audio's PSGrill


Arc Audio is showcasing all kinds of over-the-top car, boat and, of course, Grill Master audio gear. This beauty has a PS2 inside of it and two screens for playing Grand Theft Auto, along with two huge speakers and an FM radio on top. I'm not too keen on that game controller coming out from behind the grill—kinda hot… » 1/06/06 3:39pm 1/06/06 3:39pm

iBiquity Design to Bring Easy HD Radio

The idea of HD Radio has been around for a while, but with satellite taking center stage, we haven't heard much about it. iBiquity is trying to put things into perspective for us with a reference design that consists of an universal HD Radio tuner box, separate protocol converter and an adapter cable, and would use… » 1/06/06 10:20am 1/06/06 10:20am