July August 2016 Page 13 July 2016

Will CrutchReld gets his passion for car audio naturally and puts his years of DIY knowledge to good use as a member of the CrutchReld Merchandising team. "The bass was substantial. I had to keep reminding myself I wasn't listening to a pair of Martin Logans...I was in a car." How 'bout that bass? Even with a JL Audio Stealthbox installed in the Tahoe, the low frequencies lacked punch when streaming via standard Bluetooth. In contrast, aptX delivered a richer audio signal with real thump for rap and rock. "I'm a big Bluetooth fan, but aptX brought more clarity to the mids. It was like going from two dimensions to three." The whole sound Production on pop songs tends toward impact rather than nuance, but that doesn't mean fine musical details aren't there. Parker chose a remastered '80s classic to hear overall dynamic performance - aptX didn't disappoint. "With aptX, there was way more depth and detail. It felt like the entire orchestra was on the dash in front of us." Detailed soundstage Listening to classical or jazz should feel immersive, and that's exactly the kind of experience we had using aptX. Marlon, a movie buff, chose the recent Star Wars film score, and we heard clean, textured highs, especially from the woodwinds. Check out all our receivers equipped with aptX at crutchReld.com/aptXstereos Marlon plays the Star Wars score Parker plays "Sussudio" remaster Cosmo plays Notorious B.I.G. What our advisors say: 13

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