Best Car Stereos
These days it often seems like we spend more time sitting in our cars stuck in traffic than not which makes it incredibly important to get the best stereo. It’s the only thing that can prevent you from dying of boredom whilst sitting in that jam; in fact it may even become a pleasure!
It can be a bit tricky to decide which one to go for as there is such a vast choice of brands, technical specifications, price, and quality. Let’s be honest most of us just want to know what can it do, does it sound good and how much does it, so for that reason I am going to not get too mixed up in all the jargon and just tell you what you want to know! So here a few car stereos in a simple rundown of the best of the best!
- Double Din Pioneer FH-X720BT Double Din Car Stereo for MIXTRAX EZ/iPod/iPhone and Android Media Access £209.00
This sleek looking stereo is fantastic quality at a very reasonable price. This comes with loads of handy functions such as iPod and iPhone compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity; perfect for those hands free calls.
As well as all those features it also is used for CDs and the FM radio. The Bluetooth connectivity is also for music, not just calls and doesn’t have that nasty habit of dropping out midway through a song, not ideal when you are belting out your favourite to suddenly find yourself singing with no backing!
The controls are unfussy making them very easy to use. The large display also makes it easier to see what you are doing!
It’s also very easy to make it compatible with your own steering wheel controls. For around £10 you can purchase a wire harness to do just that.
- Bluetooth Sony MEX-N4100BT CD/MP3 Car Stereo with Built-in Bluetooth Front USB and AUX – Black, £89.00
Compact, stylish and practical, this car stereo has all the functions you would want from car audio. Bluetooth audio transfers, front aux port, you can also connect your phone so you can you the display to scroll through contact and give them a bell. The sound quality of the microphone is very clear, something which can be an issue with other car stereos.
The sound quality is superb, especially the bass which you would hope it would be as of course this is one of the most important aspects to buying a car stereo
The display can be adjusted to colours to suit your dash and with options to adjust the brightness overall.
At only £89.00 it doesn’t break the bank but offers so much and also does them well!
- Pioneer DVH-340UB DVD/CD Player with Front USB £172
When music isn’t enough and you need some visuals there is this, a CD and DVD player. Of course you will have to have already had monitors installed but once you do then this is the product you need.
Fantastic sound quality, front USB and a remote control, perfect for the kids to flick through whilst they are sat in the back.
- DAB enabledPioneer DEH-X8700DAB Car Stereo with DAB+ Tuner £159.99
Considering this little gem does so much it is still incredibly easy to use. It has all of them USB to connect your Android phones enabling you to scroll through your music through your phone. Bluetooth music streaming and calls, you can even connect two devices at a time, Siri eyes (voice control) and DAB capabilities. You will have to purchase an antenna in order to get DAB radio but at a small cost and in my book well worth it.
Magnetic mounted antenna (For the roof, if you can find an easy way into the car it will give you a great signal) £10.99
Window mounted antenna (Easier option than the magnetic version and still possible to get a good signal.) £17.79
- Pumpkin 8 inch Android 5.1 Lollipop Head Unit Double Din Car Radio for Jetta Golf Passat Polo EOS with Quad Core 1.6GHz Support GPS Navigation Stereo Bluetooth 1080P Multimedia System 3G WIFI CAM-IN OBD2 DAB+ £269.99
Now when I mean bells and whistles, I mean bells and whistles! This stereo offers everything and anything you could speak of. Of course the usual, Bluetooth, USB, but also SD card to watch films, DVD player to watch even more films. It also has microphones for hands free calling, DAB capabilities, reversing camera capabilities and GPS.
Some car stereos can look a bit over complicated when containing so many features but this one manages to avoid it and remains looking beautifully simple.
It offers everything you will ever need from an in car unit, by far not just one of those average car stereos! My advice is to get someone who knows what they are doing with car stereos to install this so you can reap the full benefits!