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Crutchfield: The Podcast

Discover what Crutchfield employees are buying and why

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Why we started a podcast

Most employees join Crutchfield with some interest in audio and video gear, but something special happens after a short time with the company... With access to thousands of products designed to enhance music, TV, and more, that interest blossoms into total enthusiasm.

Our Advisors receive weeks of training with car and home electronics before helping customers. And popular brands like Sonos, Klipsch, Kicker, and more regularly visit Crutchfield to update us on essential information about their latest gear.

So, with all that knowledge and hands-on experience, what do Crutchfield employees choose to buy for themselves at home, in the car, and on the go?

Check out "Crutchfield: The Podcast" to find out. In each episode, hosts J.R. and Eric interview a Crutchfield employee about gear they loved so much... they bought it. If you're contemplating a big audio/video purchase but don't know where to start, check out what our experts have to say. 

Episode 48: The art of the home theater demo

Cohosts J.R. and Eric are joined by Crutchfield's in-house A/V demo expert, Dave. The trio talk about what makes a great demo as well as their favorite (and least favorite) demos that they've experienced during their time at Crutchfield. Then, J.R. reveals results from a company-wide poll of Crutchfield employees' favorite scenes to throw on and put their home theater system to the test.

Tune in to hear if any of your favorite scenes are included in the conversation. If they aren't, be sure to let us know in the comments below.

Looking for some great music to test an audio system? Check out our Spotify profile! And if you want to get a sense of what new speakers can do before you buy them, try out our SpeakerCompare tool.

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Episode 47: Andrew Jones & MoFi Electronics

Acclaimed speaker designer Andrew Jones returns to the podcast... er, Crutchfield LIVE... to discuss his latest creation, MoFi's SourcePoint 10 bookshelf speakers. He discusses an assortment of topics with J.R., from his decision to join MoFi's team to his thinking behind his newest design to his feelings on car audio. It's a casual and always entertaining conversation. And if video is your preference, check out the interview on our YouTube channel.

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Episode 46: Tara and her treehouse A/V system

J.R. and Eric can't resist kicking off the show with a little hard selling in the spirit of Black Friday deals but then quickly segue into an easygoing interview with Crutchfield employee Tara.

Tara leads our video and social media team — she's a self-professed headphone addict and has also been a Sonos fan from the very start. During their chat, she and J.R. discuss their history as onscreen cohosts way back when, their favorite old gear, and Tara's totally one-of-a-kind treehouse, which is a full-functioning listening and screening room.

If you're in need of A/V inspiration, this episode is not to be missed!

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Episode 45: Norm answers customer questions

When we talk about Legendary Service at Crutchfield, Norm is always top of mind. In this audio version of our live-streamed show, Crutchfield Live, which you can watch on YouTube and Facebook, J.R. chats with Norm about his history as an A/V installer, his expertise, and what he does at Crutchfield these days. Plus, the duo answer customer questions about all kinds of gear. 

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Episode 44: Legendary mixing engineer Manny Marroquin

Our headphone guy Jeff got the rare opportunity to chat with Grammy award-winning mixing engineer Manny Marroquin. A veteran of the music industry for over 30 years, Manny has worked with the best artists in the business, including Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, and Kendrick Lamar. Check out his full Spotify playlist here.

Marroquin Studio

Jeff talks with him about his history in the business, his studio (shown above), his groundbreaking restaurant and live venue, and his recent work with Audeze designing the Audeze MM-500 open-back planar magnetic studio headphones.

Eric and Audeze MM-500

Before, after, and at spots in between the interview, J.R., Eric, and Jeff provide the "Crutchfield take" on Manny's philosophy and work. Before all is said and done, J.R. breaks out the new Audeze MM-500 headphones for Eric and J.R. to try out for themselves! 

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Episode 43: Mark from Car Audio Fabrication 

J.R. introduces this audio version of our live-streamed show, Crutchfield Live, which you can watch on YouTube and Facebook. He talks with Mark of Car Audio Fabrication, a YouTube channel devoted to making the car audio gear we sell look and sound great in all sorts of vehicles.

Be sure to check out the Crutchfield Live episode with Mark to see the custom builds that he talks about in the episode!

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Episode 42: Dolly and her home entertainment system

Eric H. returns as co-host and as you can see below, he has to improvise a sound booth at his desk. Find out why at the start of this episode.


Then, J.R. interviews Dolly from our corporate sales department. They discuss building a home entertainment system over time, musical tastes, and Dolly's work designing A/V systems for retail clients. Plus, J.R. decides he might have a future as a music rights enforcement officer! 

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Episode 41: Chris Stringer and Chris Kyriakakis of Syng

J.R. and Crutchfield staff writer Eric A. (not to be confused with regular cohost Eric H.) chat with Chris Stringer (Syng CEO/Chief Design Officer) and Chris Kyriakakis (Syng Chief Audio Scientist) about Syng's Cell Alpha powered speaker. They discuss balancing design with audio performance, the true meaning of stereo, the concept of "sweet spots" and a lot more. It's an informative discussion that might challenge your ideas about what home audio should be.

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Episode 40: Installing audio gear in Tony's 2010 Mazda

J.R. welcomes Advisor trainee Tony to the show in this mash-up of two episodes of Crutchfield Live, which you can catch every other Thursday on YouTube and Facebook. The duo walk us through the process of qualifying Tony's 2010 Mazda 3 using our vehicle selector tool and then using filters to narrow down choices for all types of car audio gear.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

Hertz car speakers

Boss car stereos with Apple CarPlay

Kicker subwoofers

JL Audio amplifiers

Plus, J.R. answers a number of customer questions, including one that a listener named Buzz sent into the show! If you'd like to have your question answered on the podcast, send an email to us at

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Episode 39: Rodell, his wireless gear, and how not to "reject the projector" 

Cohosts J.R. and Eric are back in the studio to discuss a recent interview with Advisor Rodell, who's really into wireless gear. They chat about all kinds of topics, from similarities between Crutchfield and a fine dining experience, specialized short throw projector screens, covering songs by Katy Perry, and JBL's recent visit to our HQ. 

Check out some of the gear they talk about:

Eton Aqualite solar powered lantern and water bottle

NAD D 3020 V2 integrated amp and DAC

Sony WH-1000XM5 over-ear noise-cancelling headphones

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 portable Bluetooth speaker

Portable chargers

Studio monitors

Plus, don't forget to check out what's happening on our livestream show, Crutchfield LIVE.

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Episode 38: The "ported vs. sealed" sub game, our AXPONA recap, and an interview with Andrew Jones of MoFi

In this episode we have something very special — Jeff, our resident headphones pro, conducts an exclusive interview with speaker visionary, Andrew Jones. Andrew shares his philosophy behind speaker design, his reasons for joining the team at MoFi, and what's next for him. 

But before that, enjoy this audio version of our live-streamed show, Crutchfield Live, which you can watch on YouTube and Facebook. J.R. plays the "ported vs. sealed" game with Matt, our mobile electronics catalog editor. They take music suggestions from Live viewers and compare notes on the best sub style for job. Then, Jeff walks J.R. through his visit to AXPONA, an audio electronics expo in Chicago. Intrested in finding out more about Jeff's AXPONA experience? Check out his photos and read the full story.

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Episode 37: Wendy and her upgraded Jeep Wrangler

J.R. and Eric are joined by Chris, Crutchfield trainer and resident Jeep pro, to discuss the ups and downs of owning a Wrangler, as well as ideas for customization. J.R. also interviews Crutchfield employee, Wendy, about her Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, all the upgrades she's made since buying it, her many off-road adventures, and the cool stuff she does with our Corporate Sales department.


J.R.'s dog, Sherzer, checks out Wendy's Wrangler, L'il Burro.


Wendy's next-level spare tire situation.


JBL's 8-channel amp/DSP combo found a perfect hiding spot.


Wendy and her husband modified her Wrangler to be an off-road beast.


Every Wrangler needs a buddy, and Li'l Burro has Steve (the 4-door Wrangler).

Some of the gear discussed in this episode includes:

Polk Audio car speakers

JBL's DSP4086 8-channel amp with digital signal processing

JBL BassPro 12 ported powered sub

Garmin's Overlander® portable navigator for off-road use

Wrangler-specific audio gear

If you'd like to find gear for your Jeep Wrangler, be sure to enter your vehicle info before shopping. And if you need a little inspiration, check out the gear Chris installed in his '06 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

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Episode 36: J.R. & his Sony Mobile ES car stereo, Jeff & his audiophile headphone picks, and more 

Who doesn't love free stuff? J.R. delivers the details on our regular gear giveaways which we announce on our live-streamed video show, Crutchfield Live. You can catch it every other Thursday on YouTube and Facebook. This special audio version of Crutchfield Live #10 reveals the latest gear J.R. has added to his Subaru Crosstrek, Advisor Dylan's experience with the Bose SoundLink Flex Bluetooth® speaker, staff writer Jeff's picks for best audiophile headphones, and more.

Be sure to tune in next time when cohost Eric returns for a roundtable discussion of Jeep Wrangler-specific audio gear.

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Episode 35: Tips on streaming high-res audio, Crutchfield shopping tools, and what's up with tinned wire

J.R. and Eric introduce this audio version of our live-streamed show, Crutchfield Live, which you can watch on YouTube and Facebook. First, J.R. talks with Peter, one of our in-house marine audio experts, about the benefit of using tinned copper wire. Then, he chats with Advisor Cam about our handy Connect ID shopping tool that makes getting help from an expert easier than ever. And finally, J.R. circles up with Zak from our video team to discuss DACs and some quirks he found when streaming high-resolution audio using a web browser. Plus, J.R. answers customer questions about ported vs. sealed sub boxes and more!

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Episode 34: Charlie and his ever-expanding home audio system

J.R. and Eric are back for Season 3! This time, J.R. interviews Crutchfield legend, Charlie Pastorfield, who helps craft our online experience for mobile electronics shoppers. Charlie is also a well-respected musician with decades of experience in the music industry. He chats with J.R. about writing songs during the pandemic, his gear-buying addiction, and the philosophy behind his enviable home audio system.

Meanwhile, Eric grapples with his feelings about Steely Dan, and they guys discuss big questions like, "What makes an audiophile?" and "Does quality speaker wire really matter?" If you're into high-fidelity audio, this is an episode you won't want to skip.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

Polk floor-standing speakers

Elac amplifiers and speakers

NAD amplifiers

McIntosh amplifiers and more

Panasonic DP-UB9000P1K 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player

You can see some Charlie talks about in his home studio, including his Linn Sondek turntable and his guitar collection, in this video. Also, check out the story of his one-of-a-kind Telecaster guitar, made from the wood of a tree Thomas Jefferson planted.

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Episode 33: CES 2022 recap, what's new with TVs, a Klipsch visit, and more

It's our final bonus episode before Season 3 arrives in March. Check out this audio version of our live-streamed show, Crutchfield Live, which you can watch on YouTube and Facebook. J.R. and Eric review news from this year's Consumer Electronics Show and what technology to look for in 2022. Some of the gear discussed, like Mark Levinson's No. 5909 wireless noise-canceling headphones and Sony's Airpeak S1 quadcopter drone, are available for order or pre-order now. Plus, J.R. gets exclusive access to a virtual walkthrough of Klipsch's CES booth and finds out what's next from them. Enjoy, and we'll talk to you again in Season 3!

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Episode 32: OLED vs. LED, upgrading car audio gear in EVs, and more

It's yet another special audio version of our live-streamed show, Crutchfield Live, which you can watch on YouTube and Facebook. First, J.R. talks with Advisor Francis about the differences between OLED and LED TVs. Then, he and Cris from Crutchfield Tech Support talk discuss we know about upgrading car audio gear in electric vehicles.

J.R. and Eric A. wrap up the show chatting about cool home audio gear from WharfdaleELACParasoundSyng, and more!

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Episode 31: IMAX theater vs. home theater comparison, a visit from Tech Support, and more

Check out another special audio version of our live-streamed show, Crutchfield Live, which you can watch on YouTube and Facebook. After watching Dune in both an IMAX theater and Eric's home theater, J.R. and Eric chat about the best parts of each experience. Also, Cris from Crutchfield's Tech Support stops by to talk about component car speakers and how his team of experts help customers every day. Staff writer and demo pro, Dave wraps up with the show with J.R. and they chat about integrating new and vintage gear.

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Episode 30: Sony Mobile ES Series, Andover Audio, and more

Check out this special audio version of our live-streamed show, Crutchfield Live, which you can watch on YouTube and Facebook. J.R. talks with a bunch of our category experts about the latest car and home audio, answers viewer questions, and shares holiday shopping advice.

Some of the gear discussed in this episode includes:

Be sure to stick around until the end of the episode for helpful tech tips!

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Episode 29: J.R. and Eric answer popular customer questions

It's the end of Season 2, and what better way to celebrate than by answering real questions from real customers. J.R. and Eric cover a range of topics from car and home audio to vehicle warranties to whether you should buy or rent a modem.

Here's a full episode breakdown:

  • Why do your holiday shopping now?
  • What's a good way to compare speakers when shopping online?
  • Will buying a router improve home internet speed?
  • What's the best way to build a home audio system around one component you love?
  • What's the best way to wire a sub (for your home and your vehicle)?
  • Can you add a new stereo to a '17 Wrangler Unlimited on a budget?
  • What should you keep in mind when matching car amps and subs?
  • Will upgrading factory audio gear void your vehicle's warranty?
  • What should you keep in mind when matching car speakers and stereos?  
  • Will you lose your factory USB and aux inputs when installing a new car stereo?
  • What are J.R.'s and Eric's ideas for outfitting a '94 Ford Probe?

And, of course... the links!

Check out J.R. and guests every other week on Crutchfield Live, streaming on YouTube and Facebook

Make shopping home and car speakers easier by using SpeakerCompare™.

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Episode 28: Robin and Crutchfield's ReadyHarness™ service

J.R. interviews Robin, part of the team responsible for our ReadyHarness service. They chat about his work, the gear he loves, and some of his all-time favorite concerts. Plus, J.R. and cohost Eric react to a YouTube video review from Ryan at Silly Reviews — he purchased a car stereo for his Volkswagen Jetta and used a ReadyHarness wired by Robin!

Some of the gear discussed includes:

J.R. and Eric also preview the next and final episode of the season. They'll be answering listener questions, so be sure to submit yours — use the Comments below or email the team at

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Episode 27: Aaron, his McIntosh amp, his MoFi turntable, and more

J.R. catches up with Aaron Cochran of Balaton Marketing about the mountain of gear he owns and the select pieces he allows to take permanent residence in his home. A manufacturer's representative for companies like Yamaha, Klipsch, and Sennheiser, he's a familiar face in the halls of Crutchfield, thanks to his popular training sessions on the latest and greatest gear. 

J.R. and Aaron talk about his history in the industry, the pleasures of listening to vinyl, some awesome benefits of streaming high-res content, and audio gear that's made in the U.S.A.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

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Episode 26: Michael from Klipsch talks speakers, the Klipsch sound, and their 75th anniversary

J.R. interviews Michael Buratto, a musician and Senior Product Manager at Klipsch, about his history with the company, the gear he uses to make and enjoy music, and what has made Klipsch an enduring brand for 75 years. Michael also hints at some fun speaker projects in the works. After the interview, J.R. and cohost Eric explore wireless home theater solutions when they answer a customer comment on our small home theater ideas article.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

For more on Klipsch, check out J.R.'s recent Facebook Live overview. Thanks to Michael for letting us use his song "Rule The World" in the episode outro. Find more of his music on Spotify.  

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Episode 25: Talking video games and the best gaming gear

J.R. brings in special cohost Colin to assist with a panel discussion about video games and the gear that makes gaming more immersive. J.R. talks to four Crutchfield employees about their console preferences, the A/V gear they use when they game, and the gear they wish they owned! 

Some of the gear discussed includes:

For more info about great gear for gaming, check out Colin's guide to the best gaming headsets for 2021, Logitech gaming accessories, and our best TVs for next-gen consoles.  

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Episode 24: Sujan from Qobuz talks high-res streaming, music history, and her home audio gear

J.R. introduces a Crutchfield exclusive — an interview with Sujan Hong, Head of US Music Content for Qobuz. Our headphone and high-res streaming expert Jeff caught up with Sujan to talk about all sorts of music-related topics, including music curation at Qobuz, Sujan's indie music credentials, and her favorite recent albums, available in high resolution. For video extras and photos, check out Jeff's full review of Qobuz.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

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Episode 23: Ziggy and the new system on his pontoon boat

J.R. leaves shore for a lake tour on Advisor Ziggy's Bentley Cruise pontoon boat. Naturally, that boat had a rockin' audio system on board, and Ziggy got to show it off at (almost) full volume. If you'd like to follow along and see the boat, check out our full article about the installation.

Dan Gauger interview

Some of the gear discussed includes:

Also, J.R. and cohost Eric answer a customer question about wakeboard tower speakers and their recommendations include Kicker's 46KMC4 marine digital receiver and JL Audio's M3 Series wakeboard tower speakers.

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Episode 22: Maria and her family's favorite headphones 

J.R. interviews Maria, one of Crutchfield's sales team leaders, about her history as a pro musician, the headphones that her husband and son love, and car installation whoopsies. After the interview, J.R. goes deep into the mail bag with co-host Eric, answering three customer questions about headphones.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

For more headphones resources, check out our Top 5 Most Comfortable Headphones article and our headphones buying guide.  

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Episode 21: J.R., Eric, and Francis talk smart home gear

Co-hosts J.R. and Eric catch up with Francis, who works on our Crutchfield Business team, to take a deep dive on smart home gear and smart assistants. Eric, a big fan of Amazon Alexa, and Francis, who's all in with Google Assistant, discuss their home setups and how they made their choices.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

Also, the gang answers a few customer questions about integrating smart controls with existing audio gear. If you'd like more info on integrating smart home products into your home, check out our smart home buying guide. Some other great resources are our wireless router buying guide, our guide to Alexa in the car, and our guide to Brilliant smart home control.

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Episode 20: Carlos and his drones

J.R. talks to Carlos, one of our in-house drone experts, about growing up in Puerto Rico, his drone-racing experience, and what brought him to Crutchfield. From great starter drones for kids to professional-grade drones, Carlos also shares some of his favorite picks.

For more drone recommendations, check out this year's buying guide which also includes tips related to drone safety, laws, and regulations.

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Episode 19: Brooke outfits her home gym and talks classic cars  

J.R. talks to Brooke, a Crutchfield Advisor for over 15 years, about how gear has contributed to the expansion of her family compound, which includes a large home gym and classic car garage. For more on what's in that garage, check out this spotlight on the audio gear she installed in her 1971 Chevy Blazer and the car shows her family attends.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

More articles on the topics discussed:

After the interview J.R. and Eric answer a customer question about affordable true wireless headphones

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Episode 18: Simon, his drones, his cars, and his screening/gaming room

J.R. and Eric head over to our Returns Processing Center (RPC) to talk to Simon about his involvement with The Crutchfield Outlet and our in-house employee store. With incredible access to so much cool gear, Simon has been able to build "dream" systems for his cars and his home, including a one-of-a-kind screening and gaming room.


Simon's home theater system for movies & TV.


Simon's gaming setup in the very same room!

Check out some of the gear discussed:

Check out the articles referenced:

Plus, J.R. and Eric answer two customer questions about car audio.

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Episode 17: J.R. upgrades the audio in his 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Season 2 of the podcast kicks off with a new formula — host J.R. is the interview subject this time. Co-host Eric digs in on the what, why, and how of J.R.'s recent 2020 Subaru Crosstrek audio upgrade. If you'd like to follow along, check out our full article about the installation.

Dan Gauger interview

Some of the gear discussed includes:

Also, J.R. and Eric answer a customer question about options for upgrading the audio gear in a leased vehicle.

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Episode 16: Paul from SiriusXM on the history (and future) of satellite radio 

If you're a satellite radio fan or if you just plain love music, you won't want to miss J.R.'s interview with Paul Trueman from SiriusXM. A roadie at the age of 16, a car audio installer in his 20s, and a member of the SiriusXM team for decades, Paul has a lifetime of rock 'n' roll stories. He gives us a peek behind the scenes at SiriusXM headquarters, shares a preview of what's coming next from the company, and of course, reveals his favorite gear for enjoying SiriusXM content.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

After the interview, co-hosts J.R. and Eric reveal a little bit about their plans for Season 2. 

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Episode 15: Dan from Bose® reveals the history of noise-cancelling headphones

Co-hosts J.R. and Eric (safely) reunite in person to present a very cool Crutchfield exclusive — an interview with Bose Distinguished Engineer Dan Gauger. Our headphone expert Jeff chats with Dan about the origins of noise-cancelling headphones, his involvement in 1986's Rutan Voyager flight, what Bose fans can look forward to next, and more. For video extras and photos, check out Jeff's full article.

Dan Gauger interview

Also, J.R. shares his experience as the proud owner of Bose QuietComfort® Earbuds. And for more on the headphone comfort ratings test Eric references in the episode, check out our Top 5 most comfortable over-ear headphones.

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Episode 14: Meet our new Advisors

Recorded late summer 2020, J.R. and Eric take a "lightning round" approach to interviewing the latest class of Crutchfield Advisors, who are now available to help find the right home and car gear for your needs. Each Advisor tells a little about themselves and the fun stuff they couldn't resist buying since joining us.

Check out our new Advisors and their gear:

For updates on Season 2, be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast app.

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Episode 13: Emily auditions Arc from Sonos

Emily writes articles and product copy on a wide range of home electronics including TVs and smart home gear. She's also clocked a lot of critical listening time, putting sound bars to the test. Her Best Sound Bars for 2020 article is among our most popular and is a great companion to this bonus episode, in which she and J.R. share their experiences with Sonos' latest sound bar, Arc. Check out Emily's full review.

Some of the gear discussed in this episode includes:

After the interview, J.R. catches up with Chris from Sonos (check out Ep. 6!) to answer a customer question about Arc. Plus, Chris offers some pro tips on working from home.

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Episode 12: The gang talks podcasting gear and behind the scenes of Season 1

The gang's (virtually) back together for the finale of Season 1. J.R. and Eric catch up on their work-from-home lifestyle and chat with Lex (aka Alexander H.), Crutchfield: The Podcast producer. They talk about the origin of the podcast, what they've learned along the way, some of their favorite podcasting gear, and what to look forward to in Season 2. For more info on how to start your own podcast, check out this article referenced in episode.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

J.R. also answers a customer comment about replacing a Dynaudio speaker in his home theater system. If you have a question for J.R. and Eric, post it in the comments below, and they'll get back to you as soon as they can!

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Episode 11: Chris, his dream home audio system, and his Jeep Wrangler audio system

Chris, Crutchfield training manager, chats with J.R. about the in-house demo system he designed for our Southwest Virginia call center. It lets Crutchfield Advisors get hands-on with new home audio gear as often as possible so they can share their listening experiences with customers.

Want to demo our wide selection of home speakers too? Check out our online SpeakerCompare tool.

Some of the home audio gear discussed in this episode includes:

Chris and his Jeep

Chris also talks to J.R. about the system in his Jeep Wrangler. If you’d like to see his '06 Wrangler Unlimited and follow along, check out his vehicle profile.

Some of the car audio gear discussed in this episode includes:

After the interview, J.R. and Eric answer a customer’s question about whether he can use an Alpine Power Pack amplifier in his Wrangler.

If you're interested in upgrading your car audio and have compatibility questions, find out what fits your vehicle by using our online vehicle selector.

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Episode 10: Marisa and her DSLR camera

Marisa, a Crutchfield Advisor who decided to revisit her love of her photography, discusses the fun of her DSLR camera and the challenges of using manual mode. Here's some of her work, spotlighting the wildlife around her new home...


Marisa uses manual mode to experiment with depth of field.


Her DSLR captures action with energy and detail.

Marisa and J.R. also talk about the importance of a solid home audio system. Some of the gear discussed includes:

For more info on DSLR cameras for beginners, check out our shopping guide.

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Episode 9: Carter and his Bose® Frames

Carter, former Crutchfield Advisor and unabashed headphone-phile, talks to J.R. about his Bose® Frames and why they're a unique sound solution for him. J.R. and Eric also chat about headphone comfort, other Bose wearables, and the legendary Bone Fone.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

After the interview, J.R. and Eric answer a customer question about the best use cases for noise-canceling headphones

Note: In the time between recording this interview in 2019 and its publication in 2020, Carter moved on from working at Crutchfield, so you won't find him in our current list of Advisors. We miss him already, wish him the very best, and hope to see him at Crutchfield again someday!

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Episode 8: Gary Yacoubian, his history at SVS, and his Dolby Atmos® home theater system

In this episode SVS president Gary Yacoubian talks with J.R. about how he started in the electronics industry, his history at Beats, and how he transitioned SVS from being all about that bass to being all about great sound (and that bass). He also reveals his Top 6 favorite movies to enjoy on his Dolby Atmos-equipped home theater system. Plus, Gary talks 2-channel audio and the fun of his Linn Sondek turntable and Mark Levinson amplifier.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

And here's a peek at some of the gear Gary mentions in the interview...

Gary Y's components

The ability to swap out components for testing is a must for Gary

Prime Elevation

SVS designed Prime Elevation speakers as the ideal solution for challenging rooms

Prime Elevation

Sound where there was no sound before

SVS Ultra Surround

SVS Ultra Surround speakers offer bipole, dipole, and SVS's Duet Mode

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Episode 7: Rex and his work-from-home setup

Rex is a Crutchfield Advisor, musician, and major music fan. Like most Crutchfield employees, he's been working from home since Virginia's shelter-in-place order began. He chats with J.R. about how he makes working from home work for him, his new-and-improved man cave, and his most recent Crutchfield purchase.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

After the interview, J.R. calls up co-host Eric to compare notes on who has the better work-from-home setup. Eric also does a deep dive on a pair of headphones that are so comfortable he's used them for twenty years.

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Episode 6: Chris from Sonos and his multi-room home audio system

Chris, regional trainer for Sonos, pays a visit to Crutchfield and discusses his 7-zone multi-room audio system with J.R. Plus, he explains the latest updates from Sonos, including their decision to create a separate app for use with legacy Sonos products.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

Also, J.R. explores how the latest news from Sonos will affect co-host Eric's elaborate home audio system. For more on multi-room audio solutions, check out our Sonos buying guide.\

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Episode 5: Brady and the marine audio system on his Godfrey Hurricane

Brady, a Crutchfield Advisor and full-time yacht-rocker, gives J.R. a virtual tour of the marine audio gear he installed on his boat. Check out this article to follow along with Brady's installation.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

After the interview, J.R. and Eric answer a question from the customer comments on one of our many marine audio articles.

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Episode 4: Drummer, his turntable setup, and transitioning to digital

Drummer, a Crutchfield Advisor and serious vinyl collector, talks about his analog roots and how his listening routine has changed since investing in digital media. J.R. also references our helpful video on setting up a turntable.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

After the interview, J.R. and Eric respond to a customer comment on our turntable buying guide about reviving a retired turntable — invest in restoration or buy a replacement?

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Episode 3: Jess and her home theater system

Jess, a Crutchfield Advisor who's a serious classic rock fan, talks to J.R. about the resurgence of cassettes, her mega-sized home theater system, and listening to vinyl on her days off. J.R. also references our handy TV sizes and viewing distances article.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

After the interview, J.R. and Eric answer a question from the customer comments on our Intro to home theater speakers. They dig into finding an alternative to in-ceiling speakers for enjoying Dolby Atmos®.

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Episode 2: Darren and his VW Golf Alltrack audio system

Darren, a Crutchfield employee and car audio integration guru, walks J.R. through the "head unit back" audio upgrade he installed in his '17 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. Check out these articles to follow along with Darren's installation and his custom fiberglass work.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

After the interview, J.R. and Eric answer a question from the customer comments on our "What are line output converters?" article about where to tap into audio signal when keeping a factory radio in an audio upgrade.

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Episode 1: Mac and his home stereo system

Mac, a Crutchfield Advisor who's a big fan of British audio engineering, invites J.R. to his home and explains the thinking behind his home audio system. Plus, they talk about Mac's experience watching the infamous dark episode of Game Of Thrones on a Sony TV.

Some of the gear discussed includes:

After the interview, J.R. and Eric answer a question from the customer comments on our Stereo receivers buying guide about powering indoor and outdoor speakers from the same stereo receiver.

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Have a question for the podcast?

Puzzling over a new purchase or old gear? Got a question about a category? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below or email us at podcast[at], and we'll do our best to follow up in an upcoming episode. If you'd prefer to have an answer right now, reach out to an Advisor at the top of the page.

(Note: Some of the gear above may be discontinued. Reach out to us if you have questions about recommendations for similar gear.)

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  • Linda from Washington DC

    Posted on 12/11/2023

    Nice to have found your podcast. My late husband and audiophile, Tim, and I used to make pretty frequent trips to Charlottesville and Crutchfield. Lots of our home theater came from Crutchfield too. Speaking of that, I suggest a roundtable about migrating from an older setup to a new one. I have an old Sony AVR (STR-DN1030!) in our setup and want to change over to the STR-AV5000ES. We are almost entirely wired with DVD player, an old LaserDisc, and plenty of speakers. I plan on labelling all the cables/wires one snowy or rainy day soon, but I was surprised not to find anybody on YouTube or elsewhere discussing what to remember in the changeover process.

  • David from Scottsdale

    Posted on 9/1/2023

    When is the podcast returning?

  • Samir from Mount Laurel, NJ

    Posted on 8/10/2021

    The episode with Aaron Cochran of Balaton Marketing was the best one yet! I really enjoyed hearing his perspective on the industry, the various equipment he has at his home (including that fantastic McIntosh MAC6700), his thoughts on various music formats, and his overall enthusiasm. Plus he has good taste (I'm a fellow Klipsch fan).

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    J.R. Stoffel from Crutchfield

    on 8/16/2021

    Hi Samir, First of all, thanks for the great feedback, and thanks for listening to our little show. We have a lot of fun making it, so it's nice to know there's people out there picking up what we are putting down. Aaron is more than just a business partner to Crutchfield, he's a true friend. We love it when he comes to our contact centers to deliver some of the best product training we see all year. He knows what our Advisors need to see and hear to best help our customers. He's also hilarious, with great taste in music and gear. He was a natural fit for one of the very few non-Crutchfield employees we've interviewed on Crutchfield: The Podcast. We will make sure to pass along your comment directly to Aaron himself. Thanks again for your support, tell your friends about us! JR
  • Tanner from Oklahoma City, OK

    Posted on 3/10/2021

    Great podcast! I'm looking forward to Bill's interview.

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    J.R. Stoffel from Crutchfield

    on 3/11/2021

    Thanks for listening, Tanner!
  • Maryanne Young from State College,PA. 16

    Posted on 6/11/2020

    Very informative interview ! I hope that when I call, Marisa will be on the line as my personal sales advisor ! She sounds down to earth and willing to lead me in the right direction for my needs .

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    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 6/12/2020

    Thanks for listening, Maryanne!
  • Kevin from Montour Falls, NY

    Posted on 5/13/2020

    Great podcasts. Fun to listen to folks talking about their top tier gear. Luckily I'm having good luck with my budget line of Polks and El Cheap-O Sonys. But, I sure would like to be able to side by side listen to some more expensive speakers against my current ones. The SVS products look great and I have thought they must be much better than my cheap speakers. Proof is in the pudding. Like so many other folks, I can't afford to drop a mortgage payment into speakers that may or may not be better. I tried to get in on the SVS contest, but must be the $2000 shopping spree has been closed? The link goes to a holding page.

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    J.R. Stoffel from Crutchfield

    on 5/20/2020

    Kevin, as far as listening to some new speakers side-by-side with your old speakers, that would indeed be the best way to know for sure if they are worth the price tag. We've been asked this question a lot over the last 45 years. Here's what I recommend you do: First, call or chat with one of our Advisors. We train our Advisors to be able to discuss with you your music, your room, your power source, your listening preferences. By doing that, you and your Advisor will likely be able to determine which new speakers are the most likely to blow your mind. And when you buy them, and get them home, you'll have 60 days to make sure that you and your Advisor did indeed pick the right speakers. That's enough time to play all sorts of different songs, from all your different music sources, and in as many situations as possible (parties, critical listening, background music, home theater, etc). If they're not for you, you can get a refund, minus a small return shipping fee, if you choose to return your speakers within 60 days.
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    J.R. Stoffel from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/5/2020

    Hi Mike! Thanks for reaching out to us. We did not carry Dynaudio back in 1999. So, to be 100% sure I had correct info for the speakers you have, I spoke to our Sales Rep and he assured me that Dynaudio still uses similar materials today for their soft dome tweeters as they did in your Audience 50s. So, a Dynaudio center channel is likely the closest thing to a perfect voice match as you are going to find. Besides tweeter materials, the other things to consider are mid/woofer size, impedance, frequency response, and sensitivity. Your Audience 50s are 4-ohm speakers, with a sensitivity around 87dB, with a 6-1/2" woofer, and a frequency response of around 46Hz -27kHz. The current Dynaudio center channel that is closest to those specs would be the Emit M15C. The tweeter is similar, the woofers are a tad smaller, but there's two of them that drop down almost as low as the 6-1/2" woofer on your 50s. They are 4-ohm, with a sensitivity of 86 dB, so, it really doesn't get much closer than that. If you want to have a perfect, voice matched front three home theater speakers, you'll want to upgrade those Audience 50 speakers to something that can be matched exactly to a modern center channel. And if you were to upgrade all three speakers, I'd recommend the Dynaudio Emit M20 to go with that same center channel.

  • Mike from Mequon

    Posted on 4/29/2020

    Love the podcast and look forward to it each week. I am wondering what you would recommend for a center channel in this setup. We have Dynaudio Audience 50 bookshelf speakers from 1999 and a Klipsch R-10WI sub we added a couple years ago. The receiver is a Denon AVRX2300W. Dynaudio no longer makes the Audience line and I am planning on getting new equipment in 5-6 years after a remodel, but am unsure what brand I would ultimately go with at that time. What would be a good option for the near term? Thank you.

  • Norm Hawes from Lynchburg, VA

    Posted on 3/5/2020

    Good job you guys!!! :)

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    J.R. Stoffel from Crutchfield

    on 3/5/2020

    Thanks, Norm!
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