Similar to other car accessories, the options available for double din car stereo systems can be overwhelming to a novice shopper. So before actually buying a double din audio system, it would be wise to familiarize yourself with the some of its features and utilities. Getting the stereo features that you need, will give you the best value for your money.
The main function of a car stereo is to play music that will relax and keep you company while on the road. However, poor signal reception can interfere with your listening enjoyment. Hence, you need a double din car stereo system that features an AM/FM radio tuner that is integrated with satellite radio capabilities to ensure uninterrupted and continuous music play. Also, look for stereos with low FM sensitivity, which is around 8 to 12 dbf. This feature basically corresponds to the stereo’s ability to clear up analog signals and remove static, which is a common problem with radio broadcasts.
If you are looking for an HD radio, think about its capacity to receive and manage digital signals. To enjoy static-free reception and better sound quality, an HD double din car stereo sounds like a perfect upgrade to your old and fussy car radio.
Do you love your CD and DVD collections? Then look for DVD/CD and mp3 player features to accommodate your music collection. But while double din car stereo systems are different from standard DVD and CD players, there will be a big difference when it comes to sound quality. Hence, be wary of the signal to noise radio of the double din stereo that you consider buying. Having higher decibel or dB ratings is a good thing as it refers to the stereo’s ability to produce cleaner sound to playback.
Common audio music formats include mp3, wma or windows media audio and AAC. These formats usually fit as much as 150 songs in a 650 MB CD. Hence, for your cruising pleasure and operating convenience, pick the unit that accommodates all three music formats. Also, consider buying a unit that can read USB devices upon plugging. This will allow you to enjoy more music with a single file source.
Not all double din car stereo systems have touch screen features. The option between touch screen or knobs and buttons is a question of personal preference. However, touch screen displays are generally safer and more convenient to use especially while driving. This allows you to easily locate the utilities you need to activate with the least hassle and without losing your focus on the road. Touch screen features also perfectly complement functions like GPS and hands-free phone answering or calling.
Popular brands for double din car stereo include Alpine, Panasonic, JVC and Kenwood. More of these car audio system digital technology leaders can be found in the Internet. Prices start as low as $200 to $800, depending on the utilities and features of the double din stereo unit. Visit some online shopping stores to conveniently get price quotes and compare stereo features. Take time to read some product reviews to get realistic expectations out of the double din stereo unit, which you consider buying.