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Sony XAV-AX100 ($ 348 +)
Sony XAV-AX100 figures on the growing list of high-end car stereos compatible with Android Auto and / or Apple CarPlay. This unit works with both, offering users a 6.4-inch screen that they can navigate with their fingers, with voice commands, or by turning a comfortable turn. Music fans will appreciate the built-in 10-band equalizer, while those who get nauseous thinking of parallel parking will feel better after turning on a rear-view camera. Note the XAV-AX100 does not include the necessary hardware for your car to see what’s behind it; it is only compatible with the default system.
Best Car Stereo Brand
Pioneer MVH-X390BT ($ 94 +)
CDs in 1997, right? MVH-X390BT Pioneer should be your high-end car stereo if you think compact discs are included in the museum with the original Apple II, VCR, and Grand Theft Auto games. It’s a Bluetooth receiver that lets users stream music and make hands-free calls, as long as it’s installed in the car with a microphone. Do not worry, adding an aftermarket microphone is cheap and easy if needed. There is a USB port as well, but MVH-X390BT does not include a CD player. The cool part is compatible with the free Pioneer ARC Apps, which turn a compatible smartphone into a remote control.
Kenwood Excelon KDC-X701 ($ 155 +)
Kenwood Excelon KDC-X701 works well as a mid-range stereo. Not as misguided as the cheaper units on the market, and certainly not as upscale as the upscale models, but offers a good sound with bass boost function and 13-band equalizer. Bluetooth connectivity allows users to stream music directly from the smartphone, and turn the device into a remote control after the user downloads the free Kenwood remote application. Better yet, the KDC-X701 can connect to two phones at the same time.
Pioneer AVH-X490BS ($ 244 +)
The main component of the Pioneer AVH-X490BS is a 7.0 inch screen with an acceptable 800 × 480 pixel resolution. You’ll need a sizable slot on the dashboard to install it, meaning it probably will not fit in an older car without a sneaky fabrication job. Pioneers show USB cable connections make clean and clear sound when the smartphone or iPhone is plugged in, and AVH provides enough electricity to prevent your device battery from running low. Bluetooth connectivity and built-in amps are included, navigation is available at an additional cost, and users can download apps like Pandora, Spotify, and SiriusXM.
Alpine CDE-143BT ($ 113 +)
We would not recommend Alpine CDE-143BT to the original audiophile that is dyed-in-the-wool as this is a relatively basic unit. Instead, this is a great option for those who just want to replace a defective stereo, or those who buy a car without one to start. It combines the fundemental features you expect in a modern stereo (including Bluetooth connectivity, CD player, and high-speed USB port) in a straightforward easy-to-install package that will not break the bank. It’s also a unit that looks sensible, so it blends whatever type of car it uses.