What is the best aftermarket car radio


Not everyone is happy with the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) radio that comes with their car and many people want to buy a new one. However, with so many different types of car stereos for sale there, it is difficult to know which aftermarket stereo system is right for your car. There are many decisions to be made when buying a new radio for your vehicle, especially with regard to cost, size and technical components

If you don't know all of the options that are available to you, researching after market stereos is a good idea. This saves you time and confusion when you are ready to buy. To help you out, we've put together a few simple steps on how to choose the best new radio for your car, so you can be sure you're getting exactly what you want.

Part 1 of 4: Costs

The first thing to consider when buying an aftermarket stereo is how much you plan to spend on it. The more you spend, the better the quality.

Step 1: Think about how much you want to spend on the stereo. It's a good idea to give yourself a price range and look for stereos that will fit within that budget.

Step 2: Think about what kind of tech options you want with the stereo. Different options have different price ranges.

Identify which features you want in the new system. Some people may want more media options with the stereo and others may want to increase the sound quality with new speakers.

  • top: Be sure to speak to an installer to ensure that the options you want in the new stereo are possible with the type of vehicle you are driving.

Part 2 of 4: Size

All car radios are 7 inches wide. However, there are two different basic heights for stereo systems: single DIN and double DIN, which refers to the size of the head unit. Make sure to find the right size stereo before buying a new one for your vehicle.

Step 1: measure your current stereo system. Be sure to identify its height as this is the main specification you will need for the size of your new aftermarket stereo.

Step 2: Measure the depth of your current radio console in the dashboard of your car. It is recommended that you leave about 2 inches more space for the wiring that you will need to connect your new radio.

  • top: If you are not sure what size DIN to use, check your user manual or ask an electronics store representative to help.

  • top: Along with the DIN size, you need to make sure you have a fit kit, cable adapter, and possibly antenna adapter. These should come with the purchase of your new stereo system and are necessary for installation.

Part 3 of 4: Technical components

There are an incredible amount of options when it comes to stereo upgrades and features. In addition to the current technological possibilities, the stereo systems can be equipped with special audio functions such as new speakers and amplifiers. Below are the steps you need to take when deciding on some of the most popular options.

Step 1: Think about the type of audio source and receiver you will be using. This is important for your decision.

In general, you have three options. The first is the CD option: if you're still listening to CDs, you'll need a CD receiver. The second is DVD: if you plan to play DVD in your stereo, you will need a receiver that can read DVDs and you will also need a small screen. The third option is mechless: if you're over CDs and don't have discs playing in your new stereo, then you may want a mechless receiver that doesn't have a disc receiver at all.

  • top: Decide whether you want touchscreen controls, if that's an option, or physical controls.

Step 2: consider the smartphone option. If you are planning on plugging in your smartphone or MP3 player, you should do your research or speak to a professional stereo specialist.

Generally, you have two options, either a USB port or some other type of auxiliary port (1/8 inch) or Bluetooth (wireless).

Step 3: consider the radio type. Aftermarket receivers can receive either local radio stations or satellite radio.

If you want satellite radio, you are sure to find a receiver with a built-in HD radio tuner that can receive satellite signals. Also see the options and subscription fees to see which satellite station options you want to buy.

Step 4: think about volume and sound quality. These are determined by the speakers and amplifiers connected to your new stereo system.

Amplifiers are already built into factory systems. However, if you want to turn up the volume, consider buying a new amplifier and speaker.

  • top: RMS is the amount of watts per channel that your amplifier is releasing. Make sure your new amplifier isn't releasing more watts than your speaker can handle.

  • top: Depending on other upgrades to your sound, you may need to check how many inputs and outputs you have available on your receiver to ensure that any upgrades you plan to install can be accommodated. These are located on the back of the receiver.

Part 4 of 4: Install the system

Most retailers offer installations at an additional cost.

If possible, buy all of your stereo and any upgrades and additional parts at the same time so you can hear an example of what the new system will sound like.

Before buying an aftermarket stereo, be sure to follow the steps above to help you find the right stereo for your vehicle. There are many options on the market, so researching ahead of time will ensure that you are buying the best type of radio for you. If you notice that your car's battery is not working after a new stereo, get a Vermin-Club professional to do an inspection.

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