Car stereo systems have come a long way since the first AM/FM radios and tape decks were installed, and today there is a vast world of music, radio and multi media at a driver’s finger tips.
So if you’re currently looking to upgrade your in-car audio and aren’t sure what to look out for, here are the top six most important features for an up-to-the-minute car stereo system.
1. Auxiliary input jacks
If you want to play music from your mp3 player over your car stereo, the easiest way to do it is with an auxiliary input jack.
Most modern stereo systems should come with a jack, so if the one you’re looking at doesn’t, it may be a sign that it’s not up to standard.
2. USB drive
A built in USB drive allows you to play music from a number of digital sources over your car stereo system.
In some cases, it may also allow you to access other media stored on a computer or USB through the in-car system.
3. Digital and HD radio
Both digital and HD radio are a massive improvement on traditional AM/FM systems and allow drivers a much wider choice of stations and improved quality sound.
4. Touch screen controls
Fiddling about with stereo controls when driving is distracting and can be dangerous. Touch screens, on the other hand, are normally much more user-friendly and are easier to operate while driving.
As most digital devices are moving towards tough screen controls, investing in a touch sensitive system now will help to future proof your stereo.
Having a Bluetooth car stereo will allow you to stream music from a computer or other Bluetooth ready device straight into your car’s system, which is ideal for back seat DJs and anyone who likes cable-free living.
6. Great sound
When all is said and done, the main feature that we all want from our in-car stereo system is a great sound.
After all, no amount of bells and whistles can make up for listening to your favourite songs on full blast as you head off into the sunset.