it comes to choosing a head unit for your car, or any other vehicle
for that matter it's important to pick one that is going to suit the
way you listen to music or other media. For example if you're a radio
junkie then the capability to receive digital radio is probably going
to rank higher than a auxiliary input socket for iPods in the list
of features you'll want.
So unless you have an unlimited budget and can buy the latest and
greatest stereo system for your car here's some tips which can help
you decide which head
unit will fit you and your vehicle.
Firstly decide what features are important to you. Despite the huge
number of ways in which music and radio are transmitted, most people
listen to music or radio in just a few preferred ways. So what's the
point in paying more for features you'll hardly ever use, you're better
off getting a product which will do what you need, and want it to
do, better. So if you have a ton of CD's then a head unit with a CD
player is a vital. Do you use USB sticks to hold your songs? If so
then a USB socket which is located in the faceplate is extremely handy.
If radio is your thing then perhaps a head unit which is digital radio
compatible would be a good idea. If you regularly make and receive
phone calls in your car a head unit which can be connected with a
bluetooth capable phone to provide hands free calling is a handy feature.
If you want to watch films in-car then a DVD player will be on your
Secondly how much of an audiophile are you? If you just want a stereo
system which puts out halfway decent sound, and can handle a few different
media sources, then most middle-of-the-range head units from reputable
manufacturers will suffice. But if you're a dedicated stereo junkie;
first of all you'll know what sort of head unit you need so why are
you reading this? And secondly it will be important to check out all
the audio output specifications concerning maximum power, impedance,
number of preouts, and equalizer options etc. It will also be important
to check out how the head unit will work with the rest of the audio
system if you are planning on hooking up additional amplifiers and
Thirdly is style. Which is subjective. So depending on who you are,
and what vehicle it's going in, different head units are going to
suit different people. However there are a few details which may be
helpful in choosing a head unit which will fit well with a vehicle's
overall interior design. The button and display illumination color,
if closely matched to the vehicles standard instrument
panel colors can help a stereo blend in nicely - especially at
night. The vast majority of aftermarket headunits are black or silver
and will fit quite nicely with modern vehicle interiors so really
it's up to to you to decide which looks, and feels right for you.
Another important consideration when making your selection is to consider
how up-to-date you want or need the head unit to be. There's new types
of media emerging all the time so depending on how you store your
music, whether its on CD's, USB sticks or on an iPod there's always
something new around the corner. It's up to you to decide whether
to jump on the bandwagon early and pay the premium for being an early
adopter, or wait a couple years before the prices start to come down
- but then again your budget may decide this for you!
If possible always go and test out different head units in a store
before you buy - even if you plan on buying on the internet, go and
check it out first somewhere else. Try to navigate around and through
some of the different functions to figure out how easy to use it is.
If it takes you 10 minutes to change the radio station it's probably
not the best unit for you!
Listed here is a range of different head units from a variety of manufacturers
with images, specifications and reviews - Head units index.
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