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Best Car Stereos – Reviews and QP Ratings

A best car stereo is the epicenter of your entire car audio system. Many of the in-dash car stereo receivers we review include features such as MP3 or DVD playback, built-in Bluetooth, iPod integration, Android integration, MirrorLink technology, built-in touchscreens, flip-out monitors, advanced equalizers, and GPS navigation. We also research a wide variety of factory radio improvement interfaces to give your factory radio the benefits of aftermarket stereos, such as Bluetooth, HD Radio, Android integration, and iPod or iPhone integration.

NameQP Rating
Power Acoustik PDN 626B Double DIN Car Stereo with Navigation 9.5 See all reviews Check Price
Pyle Single PLTS73FX DIN In Dash Car Stereo Head Unit 9 See all reviews Check Price
Pioneer MVH-1400NEX Digital Multimedia Video Receiver with Blue Tooth 8.8 See all reviews Check Price
BOSS Audio BV9364B Car Stereo DVD Player 8.4 See all reviews Check Price
Pyle PLTS78DUB.0 Single DIN Head Unit In-Dash Car Stereo 7.9 See all reviews Check Price
Sound Storm SD726MB Single DIN Car Stereo 7.5 See all reviews Check Price
Volunteer Audio Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX Car Stereo Double DIN Radio 7.5 See all reviews Check Price
Pyle Audio PLR34MU Universal Car Stereo Headunit Receiver 7 See all reviews Check Price
JVC KD-RD98BTS Single DIN Bluetooth in-Dash Car Stereo 6.5 See all reviews Check Price

Power Acoustik PDN 626B Double DIN Car Stereo with Navigation

Key Specifications

  • Double-DIN in-dash GPS navigation multimedia receiver with DVD Player
  • 6.2" LCD touchscreen
  • 800 x 480 resolution

The PDN‐626B 6.2" double-din in-dash GPS navigation LCD touchscreen DVD receiver with Bluetooth from Power Acoustik is a media player can handle DVD, CD or 64GB SD card/USB flash drive and supports MP3 and WAV audio files and MP4 video files as well. It has turn-by-turn GPS navigation of USA, Canada and Mexico. And a database of 12-million POIs! you can also safely make and receive hands-free phone calls, scroll contact lists and stream audio with Bluetooth from your enabled smartphone. The unit has a 6.2" LCD touchscreen with 800 x 480 widescreen resolution with 400 nits LED backlight. The unit has 75-watt x 4 MOSFET speaker outputs, multiregional FM Frequency stepping, front and rear preamp audio outputs, variable subwoofer preamp Output, video Output for aux devices and rearview camera Input with trigger. It also accepts a Fahrenheit OEM and steering wheel control interface and includes Built-in microphone & external microphone.

Pyle Single PLTS73FX DIN In Dash Car Stereo Head Unit

Key Specifications

  • RELIABLE MULTIMEDIA DEVICE: The Pyle 7 Inch Head Unit Receiver is a great driving companion. It allows you to have full control over your car's music or visual entertainment!
  • CONNECT YOUR DEVICES:The indash car deck console allows you to connect devices such as iPhone, tablet, MP3, MP4, MP5 or any device w/ 3.5mm connectors to the AUX IN, USB port for flash drive
  • EQ SETTINGS: Enables you to adjust equalizer settings such as treble, bass, balance, fader, and encoder volume controls. Equipped with electronic shock protection
  • MOTORIZED FOLD-OUT MONITOR: This universal auto single DIN radio features a hi-resolution 7inch HD display monitor with touchscreen control operation.
  • DIGITAL LCD DISPLAY: The in dash car amplifier features a digital LCD screen with responsive feather touch sensor controls and rotary control knob for volume adjustments.

This motorized touch-screen headunit is the ultimate in-car media accessory. First, it's got everything you expect in a modern headunit: AM/FM tuning, 30 station presets, auto-store and scan modes, an LCD digital display. Easily play a CD, SD card, or USB drive with your favorite MP3s. The motorized screen telescopes out and up, easily folding away when you turn your car off. Plus, it's beautiful, boasting a 1440x234 pixel resolution, 400 nits brightness, and it's compatible with both PAL and NTSC inputs. Enjoy a DVD movie on the 7' screen and get relevant info using the on screen display and the wireless remote control. This unit is equipped with A/V inputs, so you can easily attach another video device like a backup camera. Provides 80 watts output over 4 channels for a maximum output power of 320 watts.

Pioneer MVH-1400NEX Digital Multimedia Video Receiver with Blue Tooth

Key Specifications

  • 800 x 400 resolution, clear-resistive touchscreen, 24-bit True color panel, display & color customization, dedicated Spotify app control a/V source controls content from iPhone & Android devices
  • Multilanguage display (attention/SP/Fr/chi), hands-free calling & audio streaming, Dual phone connection, DVD/DVD-R/RW/did-video/MPEG-2/MPEG-1/MPEG-4/favorite/DivX/WMV video playback
  • Cd/CD-R/RW/WMA/WAV/MP3/AAC/FLAC audio playback, 1. 5a USB port, aux input, composite a/V input, backup-camera input, wired remote input, composite video output
  • Mistral takes the music from iPhone/iPod, USB device or certain Android devices & plays it back with added transitions & effects to create a virtual DJ inside the PIONEER receiver
  • Includes wiring harness, USB extension cable, Bluetooth microphone and manual

Pioneer NEX or networked entertainment experience line of receivers feature an innovative and powerful user interface which is responsive and highly customizable. The NEX models of car stereos are designed especially for today's smartphone-driven lifestyle! this 6-2/10 in. Double-din in-dash digital media and a/V receiver with Bluetooth and Apple carplay Compatible is also siriusxm ready so you can add a satellite radio tuner! it can also handle a backup camera should you choose to add one of those as well. Since this is an all digital head unit, you can playback both video and audio from your smart devices or MP3 players. You can even enjoy FLAC this res audio files in your car! make those miles fly with Pioneer. Works with Pandora, SiriusXM-Ready

BOSS Audio BV9364B Car Stereo DVD Player

Key Specifications

  • Bluetooth - Answer/make calls and be hands-free with no distractions. The external included microphone picks up your voice and the speakers let you hear the caller. You can also play and control your music and apps like Spotify/Pandora wirelessly
  • Media Playback - Watch your choice of videos through the DVD player, play music through your Bluetooth device, pop in a CD or use the USB and SD ports for more audio alternatives. Tune into the AM / FM radio stations for up to date music/news/sports
  • Auxiliary - Compatible with the audio output from smartphones as well as MP3 players
  • Inputs - USB charging, USB/SD, AUX, rearview camera (camera sold separately). The steering wheel interface allows you to use the existing functions on your steering wheel (interface module sold separately. We recommend the Metra ASWC-1)
  • Outputs - Use the front, rear & subwoofer pre-amp outputs to hook up your speakers (Front Left/Front Right and Rear Left/Rear Right) and subwoofer. The video output allows you to connect an extra screen for more viewing capability

Ramp up your music choices on your next road trip with the Boss Audio BV9364B DVD Player and 6.2" Touchscreen Monitor. Slide in a DVD or CD, plug into the SD and USB ports or hook up your smartphone to the Auxiliary input to listen to your playlists. Bluetooth technology lets you stream music apps like Pandora and Spotify and make calls hands-free. Reverse with confidence in tight spots with the included rear-view camera. Change up the sound style with the Preset EQ. Make easy adjustments with the wireless remote, existing steering wheel controls (interface required, not included) and touchscreen monitor. Put your entertainment into high gear with the BOSS Audio BV9364B. Troubleshoot-if poor sound quality or distortion is caused by speaker power rating not compatible with unit corrective action is connect proper speakers or speaker is shorted corrective action is to check speaker contrast

Pyle PLTS78DUB.0 Single DIN Head Unit In-Dash Car Stereo

Key Specifications

  • MULTIPLE CONNECTION TYPES: The in-dash car deck console unit features various connection interfaces to allow you to link multimedia devices with ease. Features 3.55 mm front panel Aux input & rear panel RCA output connectors
  • SMART DEVICE COMPATIBILITY: The in-dash car deck console unit allows you to connect various devices such as iPhone, Android mobile, tablet, MP3, MP4, or MP5. It also has USB & SD memory card readers. The remote control is also included
  • 7” TOUCHSCREEN MONITOR: This car entertainment system features a touchscreen, multi-color LCD display to make watching videos & listening to music more fun and convenient. It also comes with a rear camera for your protection
  • HANDS-FREE OPERATION: This stereo features Bluetooth connectivity for wireless audio streaming. It also has hands-free call answering ability along with a built-in microphone to allow you to answer calls without taking your hands from the wheel
  • 320-WATT STEREO: This single din head unit receiver allows you to have full control over your car's music or visual entertainment. Equipped with AM FM radio & a CD DVD player input & allows up to 64GB USB/SD flash memory

The Pyle Touchscreen Stereo Receiver is the ultimate in-car media and entertainment accessory. The system comes loaded with features including Bluetooth for hands-free talking ability and wireless music streaming, motorized fold-out 7’’ -inch touchscreen display, built-in CD/DVD player, AM/FM tuning with 30 station presets -- along with USB flash and SD memory card readers. You will be able to playback compatible digital audio and video files for convenient vehicle entertainment, all within arm’s reach. Additional unit features include user-friendly control interface, front panel (AUX) input jack for connecting external devices, rearview backup camera support, multi-color receiver illumination display, detachable stereo face and more! Enjoy versatile multimedia playback capability with the Pyle Bluetooth Touchscreen Car Stereo Receiver System.

Sound Storm SD726MB Single DIN Car Stereo

Key Specifications

  • Bluetooth Hands Free (Make and receive calls), Bluetooth Audio Streaming (Play and control music and apps like Spotify / Pandora wirelessly)
  • Plays Bluetooth, DVD, CD, USB, SD, MP3, WMA, AM/FM, Digital Media from Smartphones, (No CD / DVD Player)
  • Compatible with Audio out from Smartphones and MP3 Players
  • Inputs: USB, USB Charging, SD, AUX, A / V, Rear Camera, Steering Wheel Control Input (Interface Sold Separately)
  • Outputs: Front, Rear & Sub Pre-Amp

Get your vehicle rocking with the Sound Storm SD726MB Single-DIN DVD Player with a 7" Motorized Touchscreen Monitor. Pop in a CD/DVD, turn up the AM/FM, connect your Smartphone or MP3 Player through the Auxiliary Input or plug into the USB and SD ports. Bluetooth technology lets you play and control music apps like Pandora and Spotify and make calls hands-free. Change up the sound style with the built-in Preset EQ. Take control with the wireless remote, existing steering wheel controls (interface required, not included), and touchscreen monitor. The front panel detaches to deter theft. Take your in-vehicle entertainment to the next level with the Sound Storm SD726MB.

Volunteer Audio Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX Car Stereo Double DIN Radio

Key Specifications

  • Wvga Resistive multipoint Motorized touchscreen
  • Fully detachable faceplate
  • Android Auto with wired or wireless connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay with wired or wireless connectivity
  • Wi-fi certified Miracast compatible for wireless mirroring

The AVH-W4400NEX features built-in Wi-Fi wireless connectivity specifically designed to support a cable free connection between your smartphone and the receiver. Supporting both Android Auto Wireless and Apple CarPlay via a wireless connection plus Wi-Fi Certified Miracast wireless mirroring for older devices, you no longer need to worry about taking your smartphone out of your bag or your pocket before you get into your car.

Pyle Audio PLR34MU Universal Car Stereo Headunit Receiver

Key Specifications

  • 4 x 60 WATT POWER: Let the music flow while on a road trip w/ this Pyle 12v car radio head unit receiver. It gives you 4 x 60 watt peak power output allowing you to enjoy high quality sound. This convenient / portable unit has a detachable face panel
  • CONNECT YOUR DEVICES: Connect your smartphone, iPad, tablet or any device w/ 3. 5mm connectors to the AUX in, it also has a USB slot SD / MMC card port for MP3 / WMA music file playback, AM / FM - MPX PLL tuning car radio, and rear RCA output jack
  • FINE TUNE YOUR AUDIO: This stereo radio receiver has an EQ function for sound configuration. With the ability to adjust the encoding volume, balance, bass, treble and fader to your liking, you'll get your sound how you want it.
  • DIGITAL LCD DISPLAY: The in dash single din vehicle receiver features a digital LCD screen w/ dot matrix white display and crisp front panel button and knob controls and it has an included remote control for easy operation
  • UNIVERSAL SINGLE DIN: This 12 volt easy to mount in dash console receiver system has a single DIN universal standard size design in a black color for a stylish look. Replaces single din size radios. The package includes power and wiring harness

The PLR34MU is a multi-featured head unit from Pyle Audio. Play music from four different sources. The AM/FM radio uses MPX PLL tuning, can seek/scan, and stores up to 30 presets (18 FM, 12 AM). You can plug in a USB stick or SD card loaded with MP3 or WMA files to listen to your favorite digital music - plus, the track info is displayed on the LCD screen. Or, use the conveniently located 3. 5mm (1/8") aux-in port to plug in virtually any audio playing device, including iPod, iPhone, and Zune. With 60 watts each on four channels, this head unit isn't lacking for power. Get the sound how you want using the bass, treble, balance, and fader controls. The front panel is also detachable for security. Wireless remote control is included.

JVC KD-RD98BTS Single DIN Bluetooth in-Dash Car Stereo

Key Specifications

  • CD/CD-R/RW, DVD/DVD-R/RW, MP3/WMA/AAC Playback / MP3/WMA/AAC/MP4/FLAC/JPEG Playback via USB
  • Compatible with Apple iPhone 6/6+ and iOS 8 software / Pandora/Spotify/iHeartRadio Control via Bluetooth
  • Built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking and audio streaming
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio Ready: SiriusXM SXV300v1 and subscription required, sold separately
  • 3.5mm Front Audio Auxiliary Input / Front USB Input / 2 Sets of 2.5V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)

JVC has made some awesome car stereos over the years, but what really impresses me now are the features that are showing up in their entry-level models. The CD receiver serves as a prime example by including digital time alignment, a new remote control app, a 13-band EQ, Bluetooth with dual-phone connectivity, and FLAC music support -features you'd generally expect to find on a more expensive model.

The best car stereo receiver car isn’t necessarily the loudest or most expensive. Rather, it’s the one that best allows you to control your in-drive experience. For that reason, you may want to start the selection process by determining what you want your new receiver to do.
Do you want to play CDs, stream music wirelessly, or connect and control your phone, tablet or music player? Is satellite or HD Radio important to you? Do you want GPS capability? You could also consider rear-camera connectivity or the ability to play DVDs for your passengers.
Be sure to determine the dimensions of the dashboard opening where your new receiver will reside. If the opening is too large, installation adapters can be added to provide a snug fit. You’ll also want to identify your power needs. You want enough power to maximize your speakers, but not so much as to cause distortion. While peak power wattage is often listed, you’ll want to focus on the average power output during normal use, sometimes noted as RMS.
Stereo Receiver Features
Supported Media: Many of today’s car stereo receivers can wirelessly connect through Bluetooth to your smartphone to play music from your library, stream Internet radio, make hands-free calls and access your favorite apps. Wired connections for your MP3 player or iPod can also be made through USB or AUX ports.
Satellite and HD Radio: Some receivers come equipped with built-in satellite radio, HD Radio or both. If the receiver is marked “ready” for HD Radio or satellite radio, you’ll be able to access these features by buying and installing additional hardware.
GPS: Some car stereo receivers double as in-dash GPS receivers, providing a multitude of navigation and driving benefits. If GPS is built-in, you’re good to go, while if it’s “GPS-ready,” you will need to purchase additional hardware to connect with the receiver.
With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can connect your smartphone to a digital media receiver to see everything you need right on your car display. Hands-free voice control lets you keep your eyes on the road while you listen to music or podcasts, hear text messages, navigate to your destination and more.


10 Best Car Stereos 2018

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