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Best android auto head unit 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated December 1, 2018
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Arnold SimmonsHi, I’m Arnold Simmons. Here are the best android auto head unit for 2018 – based on my own expert opinion, feature sets, prices, and overall popularity.

In this article, I will be categorizing the items according to their functions and most typical features. Now I’m going to recommend a few android auto head unit you can pick from to get started quickly and easily.

Let’s get to it!

Best android auto head unit of 2018

I review the three best android auto head unit on the market at the moment. You can make a choice based on the my list as you shop.

Now, let’s get to the gist of the matter: which are the best android auto head unit for the money? Customers need to be careful on how they spend their money on these products.

Test Results and Ratings

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Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Ease of use
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4 points
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Materials
5 points
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Performance
5 points
4 points
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Price
5 points
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№1 – Henhaoro Android car stereo Head Unit 6.2″ screen In Dash Double 2 Din Car Dvd CD Gps Navigation Player receiver Touch Screen Radio

 
Henhaoro Android car stereo Head Unit 6.2

Pros
this series we choose the best radio chip, Can be comparable with the original car radio;Android 6.01 Marshmallow OS,CPU:Allwinner T3 Quad Core 1.6GHZ Cortex A7 ,WiFi Built In Capacitive Touch Screen,6.2inch Screen Resolution 800*480 iNand Momery 16GB panel dimension are not standard US 2DIN it is W: 7in(178mm) H: 4.02in (102mm);
Cons
Everything is OK.
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this android auto head unit win the first place?

I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product.

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Ease of use
4

4star

Materials
5

5star

Performance
5

5star

Price
5

5star

 

 

№2 – Henhaoro 7″ Android Car Stereo Gps Navigation Touch Screen Radio Receiver No DVD 2 Din Resolution 1024×600 Head Unit

 
Henhaoro 7

Pros
Android car stereo The face dimension are not standard US 2DIN it is W: 7in(178mm) H: 4.02in (102mm); install dimension: W:7in (178mm)xH:3.94in (100mm) Android 6.0 system,WiFi Built In Capacitive Touch Screen, Resolution 1024 x 600 iNand Momery 16GB Support DVR before buy this unit, please confirm your car install hole dimension, if you can’t confirm
Cons
Hard to use.
A bit expensive.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this android auto head unit come in second place?

Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made.

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Ease of use
4

4star

Materials
5

5star

Performance
4

4star

Price
5

5star

 

 

№3 – Sony XAV-AX100 6.4″ Car Play/Android Auto Media Receiver with Bluetooth

 
Sony XAV-AX100 6.4

Pros
Voice control with Apple Car Play and Android Auto
Control and view everything with the 6.4″ touch screen
Get powerful sound with the 4 x 55 W Dynamic Reality Amp
Cons
Length might be an issue with some customers.
I didn’t like the attitude of managers and the overall quality of service..
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this android auto head unit take third place?

It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time.

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Ease of use
4

4star

Materials
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4star

Performance
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Price
5

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android auto head unit Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy android auto head unit, right? No!

Kenwood DDX9703S

The first Android Auto head unit that made it to the list is the Kenwood DDX9703S. It features a 6.95-inch display with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and also has a few physical buttons at the bottom for easy access to certain functions and the menu. The unit has a built-in GPS and a couple of useful apps on board such as Pandora and Spotify.

Kenwood eXcelon DDX9902S

This is the second Kenwood device with Android Auto on this list. The eXcelon DDX9902S sports a 6.95-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It supports Bluetooth, can connect two smartphones at the same time, and is compatible with various internet radio apps such as Pandora, iHeartRadio, and others. It also has a built-in HD Radio tuner.

JVC KW-M730BT

The last Android Auto head unit on the list is the JVC KW-M730BT. Unlike some of the other devices, this one has a very clean design with only a few small buttons on top for adjusting the volume, among other things. It’s equipped with a 6.8-inch display that has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.

Pull Quote

If you have a double-DIN slot, you can still use a single-DIN radio, but a single-DIN slot cannot accept a double-DIN upgrade.

One of the first questions you’ll likely encounter when you consider upgrading your car audio system is whether you even can. If your car is older than, say, years (the approximate point when manufacturers began adding command screens that controlled multiple systems, not just audio) or contains a fairly straightforward audio setup, you’re probably okay—the only question is whether your car has a single-DIN or double-DIN design. Those terms refer to the measurements of the “hole” your car stereo sits in. A single-DIN slot measures 2⅛ inches high by 7⅛ inches wide. A double-DIN mount is twice as tall; most cars with LCD screens are double-DIN. If you have a double-DIN slot, you can still use a single-DIN radio (an adapter kit that you purchase for your specific vehicle simply creates open storage in the unused space), but a single-DIN slot cannot accept a double-DIN upgrade.

Another factor that will determine your ability to upgrade is whether other vehicle functions are integrated into your car’s audio system. For example, LCD screens that also include climate controls and the settings for other systems can’t be incorporated into a replacement stereo. But even if that isn’t the case in your vehicle, your car may have a complex, nonstandard dash setup that precludes such upgrades.

Some cars—the Ford Taurus of the late 1990s comes to mind—have oddly shaped panels around the stereo systems, or they use contoured surfaces that dispense with the “box cutout” configuration that persisted for decades. Carmakers do this kind of thing for design and functionality reasons, to increase button sizes and smooth out the dash appearance. In both cases, however, you might find adapters that will allow you to replace the unit even if the factory setup has funky dashwork going on.

Other vehicles, including my wife’s mid-2000s Mercedes, may be able to accommodate an upgraded unit, but they might require custom work on the dash to make it look right, something that’s beyond the scope of traditional plastic dash adapters. That’s the kind of job only a pro can do, and it will require extra time and money.

The process can be frustrating, but you can usually get a sense of what your car can or cannot accept by going to a good car-audio site such as Crutchfield and seeing what the online selection tool says about your vehicle’s upgradability. In addition, the better sellers usually offer installation instructions custom-made for your specific vehicle when you order the receiver, and will include any necessary parts and adapters to make the piece fit.

If you find that your car can’t deal with an upgrade, you have other options, such as Bluetooth kits that will allow you to stream music and place calls through a device that either plugs into your stereo’s aux-in jack or transmits to the stereo via an FM tuner. (For more details on the various pros and cons of these setups, check out our full guide to the best Bluetooth kits.) The trouble with kits, however, is the addition of still more cables and electronics to your car—stuff that can easily snag and tangle as you and your passenger come and go. Also, FM-tuner quality tends to be abysmal. A kit is cheaper, but if you can afford to upgrade the whole stereo, you’ll be rewarded with superior sound quality and ease of use.

If you already have a Bluetooth-capable stereo, you might still consider upgrading. Some older Bluetooth stereos, or those in less-expensive cars, might only accept phone calls and not support music. And the latest systems may have some inviting features—dedicated music apps, voice control, an adjustable display, or dual-phone capability—that didn’t come with your original car-audio system. Beyond that, you’ll also get a more modern, streamlined interface without the functional clutter of previous-generation head units.

Features to consider

As you shop for a replacement car stereo, you’ll have to decide which features are most important to you. And one of the first questions you’ll have to ask is whether you really need a CD player. In our survey of more than 400 Wirecutter readers, the vast majority of respondents—more than 80 percent—said they didn’t. That’s why digital media receivers, which come without a CD player, are the latest trend in replacement car stereos. The absence of a CD player often means a lower price, more user-friendly controls, a smaller chassis (which makes the unit easier to install), and fewer mechanical parts (which means fewer components that can break later on). Even so, car-stereo manufacturers say that a lot of buyers still want the option of playing a CD, so you have a lot of CD-capable receivers from which to choose.

One advantage of not having a CD player is that the receiver can be much smaller—about half the size of a normal stereo—which makes installation easier. Such a device also fits in older cars made before CD players became popular.

A feature we think is worth considering is Siri Eyes Free, which, when paired with an iPhone, boosts your safety and convenience on the road by offering voice control of your receiver. A lot of models include SiriusXM satellite radio and/or HD Radio capability, though we think those services are less important if you typically stream your music. Speaking of streaming, you’ll want to check for Pandora and Spotify support, which lets you control those apps directly from the receiver. And of course, you’ll want easy pairing of your smartphone, which is something most manufacturers are starting to master, plus a USB-input option to charge your phone or ease the integration of a guest’s device. Unfortunately, the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems, which provide much of the functionality of a compatible iPhone or Android phone with a more driver-friendly interface, aren’t available in single-DIN stereos because they need a larger display.

Some models come with a handheld remote. That may sound silly—a handheld remote for a device that’s inches from you—but on a long drive it’s more comfortable to flip tracks with your hand in your lap than to be constantly reaching for the head unit. (You can also hand over control to rear-seat passengers, if you dare.) Smartphone apps that control the receiver as a handheld remote does are increasingly available, too—though the results vary widely. Some are barely functional while others, like the Pioneer ARC app, are nearly seamless facsimiles of conventional smartphone music controls.

Relatively minor but handy features you’ll encounter include tunable colors, which let you coordinate your stereo with the lighting in your car’s interior, and multi-line LCD screens that provide more data.

How we tested

Instead of installing each of the units on our short list into an actual car, I bench-tested them head to head at my residence. Bench-testing them allowed us to experiment longer and more thoroughly with each product. After hooking each receiver up to a 12-volt power source and a set of moderate-quality speakers, I put it through its paces. We focused on Bluetooth functionality, not audio quality, since so much of that is dependent on the number and quality of speakers in your vehicle. While many readers in our survey indicated that they’d consider upgrading to better speakers at the same time they upgraded the head unit, that wouldn’t have affected our results, as great speakers will indeed sound better across the board. If you’re an audiophile, you can find plenty of options for expandable systems, which we’ll describe briefly later on.

Our bench-test setup, consisting of two speakers and a 1V power source.

I tried the test receivers with both iOS devices and Android phones, simulated hundreds of vehicle entries and exits to gauge Bluetooth reacquisition behaviors and speeds, placed and received calls to see how well the Bluetooth hands-free communication worked, and, of course, streamed music via Bluetooth and USB cables. I learned what sort of control each receiver permitted over music selection from the head unit itself versus the connected device, and I also hooked up multiple phones to see how easy it was to switch between devices.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

We don’t have much to complain about with the Pioneer MVH-X390BT. The primary LCD screen is only one line, which limits you to one category of information (track name, station, artist, and so on), but it scrolls smoothly and legibly for longer titles.

You can’t tune the display color to match the rest of your dash (it’s white), and the buttons are backlit in blue. This color scheme may make the unit less of a natural fit with your car’s dashboard, but it doesn’t affect overall functionality. While other units, such as the Sony MEX-N5000BT, automatically dim when your headlights come on, the MVH-X390BT’s display can be dimmed only manually, or programmed to dim at specific times of day. And the handheld remote control has no button to activate Siri Eyes Free; you have to reach for the multifunction knob on the head unit.

Hardcore car-audio geeks won’t be into this unit due to its limited options for expandability (in terms of extra speakers and subwoofers). But that is an exceptionally minor complaint, since most buyers won’t be interested in expanding beyond their car’s existing core capabilities.

Typically a little higher in price, this model is basically the same unit as our top pick, with SiriusXM compatibility and a few extra features.

If our top pick isn’t available, or if you want to be able to play satellite radio, the Pioneer MVH-S501BS is another great choice. This is a newer version of the MVH-X580BS and MVH-X560BT, which were our previous alternative picks, and typically it costs a bit more than our main pick. It has a similar interface and all the features of our top pick, along with SiriusXM compatibility, tunable display colors to match your interior, and a second line of display text, so you can see both the track title and the artist name simultaneously. Because we think those features are more minor ones (more than 80 percent of the readers who responded to our survey said they didn’t want satellite radio, for example), we’d rather get the MVH-X390BT and save some money.

If you want to expand your system

We think most people would prefer the simpler interface and superior Bluetooth capabilities of our top pick. Also, Kenwood’s handheld remote isn’t ideal: The buttons are too small and too close to one another for most people to use easily while driving, and for some reason it has a numeric keypad, which takes up a lot of space and is only occasionally useful.

The competition

The Sony MEX-N5100BT has a built-in CD player and supports near-field communication (NFC), which lets you pair a compatible phone with your receiver just by holding it up to the head unit and selecting the pair function in the menu. It has an app remote that lets you not only control the music but also adjust the audio settings; I’m not a fan of app remotes, however, and I find them of limited utility. This Sony unit currently costs about the same as our top pick, the Pioneer MVH-X390BT, but we preferred our Pioneer pick overall because of its lack of a CD player, its inclusion of Siri Eyes Free support, and its thoughtful elimination of unused sources from the menu.

If you do want a CD player—or at least don’t mind having one—you open up the door even further for more options. We considered many units from the key manufacturers but found most of them to be overloaded and generally too complex for people who want simple and streamlined operation.

The affordable Alpine CDE-143BT has good Bluetooth support but lacks Siri Eyes Free.

The Alpine CDE-SXM145BT adds SiriusXM radio but is too pricey.

The JVC KD-X240BT is an exceptionally affordable unit that’s extremely spartan and lacks the usability features and advanced smartphone connectivity of the Pioneers.

Double Din Car Stereos

The dimension of a single DIN car stereo measures – 1/inches in width and – 1/inches in height. Some cars come with this type of stereos, which is standard for them and if you have this, then it can be impossible for you to upgrade to a double DIN car stereo.

What you need to know about the din is that it doesn’t mean that a double din head is better than a single din head unit. The only main difference comes regarding display, and if that is what is your worry and yet you have a single DIN which cannot display, there are several modern single din head units which have a flip out or retractable widescreen touch display. So before you decide that you need a double DIN car stereo, it is important to remember that your personal preferences matter a lot.

It is another common type of car stereo which is standard worldwide. It is a bit wide and high as compared to the single DIN car stereos.

It has a built-in screen touch display, which varies in size: from 3.inches or as large as inches. You can be lucky if you have a vehicle which is equipped with a double din stereo due to the flexibility to replace or upgrade it with an aftermarket double DIN stereo.

It is also possible to downgrade, but which is not recommended and it can only be done using a mounting bracket kit. If you downgrade it to a single din, it can mean that it can make you remain with the space of your dashboard which you can use as a storage compartment or even be used as an additional compartment like a graphic equalizer.

Pre-Amp Outputs

If you are to get state of the art speaker systems for your car, it is important that you pay close attention to pre-amp outputs. It refers to the amount of signal which you are going to receive before it becomes amplified.

Your listening experience can go to a notch higher with an increase in the outputs as it enables you to be able to customize it to your liking. How does it work? Well, you can hook up to three amplifiers to your head unit, which can then enable you to adjust the sound as you please.

Power

If you love a stereo that sounds powerful, then you are better off going for a head unit which is strong. The more the power the double din head unit produces, the better you can enjoy the overall output. It is important to put into consideration the RMS and peak of different models that you explore the shops.  The peak power is the capability of your stereo to go up in short bursts, but in case you decide to sustain this type of system for longer periods at a high level, it can burst the speakers. You are better off going for an RMS as it can regulate energy for your stereo for a longer period.

For you to purchase, it is advisable that you don’t judge your double din head unit by its peak power rather, by the RMS.

Theft Protection

Thieves find car stereos to be an easy target for their praying hands as it is easy to sell on the street as compared to the entire car with the risk of being caught is low. To ensure that after spending cash to purchase your desired stereo nobody doesn’t come to steal it, you need to install a theft protection.

When leaving the car, take off the face of the head unit and keep it in a different location like the glove box, under the seat, trunk or anywhere you deem safe. It is unlikely that a thief can have to break into your vehicle to access your car stereo because it is not worth the trouble.

Good Display

Thus, it can give you various options to set it up with multiple changing colors. You can have the option of changing color theme or only in some areas of the display. There are models which can change colors in tune with the beat of the song being played in improving your driving experience.

Get a head unit, which has a bright display which might light up too much at night, forcing you to adjust it, but during the day, it can help you to read it when it is sunny. If the display is dim, it can become hard to read on very bright days, which can be inconvenient.

App Control

It is a feature which is present in the latest double DIN head unit. It is an App which allows you to control your phone through the head unit, thus, no need for you to look at the phone.

It is an awesome feature as it can be able to allow you to access the contacts on the phone and other features including radio internet.

Ease Of Installation

Before you choose a double DIN head unit, you should look out for one that is easy to install. There are some manufacturers who are considerate and have come up with gadgets which are easy to install. If you are going to do the installation on your own, it is important that you get a model which has a harness which can enable separation of wires which makes them easier to connect.

Handsfree Operation

A quality head unit can be used as a handsfree device making it possible for you to receive and make calls by connecting your phone to it via Bluetooth.

Your caller can be able to hear you on the other end through an inbuilt microphone or the microphone on the phone, and you can be able to hear them through the speakers.

Other Media Connection

You could have an option of getting a double DIN head unit that could enable you to use devices such as AUX jacks and USB ports. With those above, the upgrade could enable you to older MPplayers, charge your phone and other devices.

JVC KENWOOD

Boss Audio systems have been in the shops since 198It is a brand which since then, has been specializing in manufacturing brands which I could say, might be eye-catching and quality and that is why they have been able to compete favorably with other brands.

They are known for producing products for the water, the road, and off the road. Most if not all their products that I have been able to use come with warranties and I could say that they are fairly priced if I compare their prices to the quality of the brands.

It has branches all over the world thus making it easy to access its car audio and video products. In total, it has over 400 audio/video products for cars which are sold in over 130 countries.

Whatever fits your ride could be gotten from Pioneer. You could configure your audio sound that fits your pockets regarding price, functionality, and sound that can entertain you according to your test.

You can have a variety of them to pick from as there are varies series that some users claim could be the best. But to find out, you can try it for yourself.

According to those who have used it, they claim that it offers a different experience on the go. Their mobile entertainment technology has been modified year in year out, and reading about it on the internet makes one have this feeling that, their sleek looking MP1516BT single-DIN CD/MPcould compete well with other double din head units in the market.

Most of its audio products are claimed to have strong features which can allow the user to enjoy the music from external media devices. Some of its users have regarded the built-in Bluetooth system in its products as an added advantage.

JVC Kenwood is a big brand that spread their services to almost all countries in the world. The brand is also known to produce car audio components. The brand is the leading car streo head unit manufacturers in the world. Their car head unit are known to offer a user-friendly experience and produce high-quality sound.

JVC Kenwood products are made of high advance technology that boosts ease of use and performance. Most of their clients have given positive reviews about their products and customer services. Getting a product from this brand means getting a good quality product for your car. The company has been in existence on the market for more than 30 years.

JVC KW-V830BT Bluetooth Receiver Touchscreen

The JVC KW V830BT Double Din Bluetooth is one of the best car stereo receivers from JVC that comes with an inbuilt Bluetooth technology for audio streaming and hands free talking. The hands-free profile will allow you to connect to several mobile phones which are compatible.

Its video/audio remote control profile will make it possible for you to access functions of remote control which are basic such as pause and play through the Bluetooth. Also, the advanced audio distribution profile of the car stereo receiver will allow you to access high-quality audio streaming from an audio device.

Pioneer SPH DA120 Capacitive Touchscreen

For hands free calling and video streaming, it uses the built-in Bluetooth. And for display, it has a 6.inch capacitive touchscreen display. The built-in audio setting makes your music listening experience including a 1band EQ that has a slope adjustment supported with a FLAC, and pre outs file support.

It simplifies through the combination of all the information you need at your fingertips. You will be able to get easy access to information which is personalized needed while you are on the move including news, calendar, maps, and, media.

With the Pandora, you will be able to enjoy great music discovery in a free and effortless manner. With an activated Siri eye, you are going to enjoy voice prompts through your vehicle speakers.

Pioneer AVH-290BT Multimedia Receiver Bluetooth

When you purchase the Pioneer Multimedia Bluetooth DVD Receiver, you will be able to have the privilege of answering calls by use of just one button. On top of that, you will have the advantage of being able to access any media that is on a smartphone with the attached Bluetooth, wirelessly.

The screen at 6.inches, enables you to have a good time as it is user-friendly and at the same time, you have the advantage of being able to change the display color to your liking.

Pioneer AVHX3800BHS Receiver Bluetooth AppRadio

With the Pioneer AVH X3800 BHS double DIN Reciever with a 6.inches touchscreen with Bluetooth features a responsive, intuitive and powerful NEX user interface which comes with a dual Bluetooth connection to allow for two phones to be connected at the same time.

It has a home screen shortcuts customization and a 1background, splash screen displays. Its resolution is at WVGA 800 by 480 and a signal to noise ratio of 91dBA.

On the side of audio and playback features, it boasts of a 2bit digital to analog converter and a 3.mm rear av auxiliary input. It has a rear USB that can accommodate FLAC/AAC/MP3WMA/WAV/MPEG2/H.264/JPEG. For CD/RW/CD-R, it can play music and audio in the formats of MPEG4/MP3/WMA/MPEG2/AAC/MPEG1/DivX/.

How To Remove A Double Din Head Unit From Your Car

If you have an outdated double Din and You are thinking of replacing it with an ultramodern one, then there is an easier way of doing it. And because I did remove mine last week, the step by step is still fresh in my head I can reproduce it here so that it can be of help to you.

Step 1: 

First, the faceplate has to be removed. My stereo has a button placed at one corner, and I just pushed the faceplate forward.

If you model is different from mine, it might be one that all you need to do is to grab the faceplate and pull it off. After you remove the faceplate, keep it safe.

Step 3

After the trim, you should be able to locate the Key Holes. After removing the trim, it is easy to see the Key Holes which are on either side of the stereo. You need to insert the key s in the holes until they click in place. Once that is done, you need to get hold of the keys and pull the stereo out of the dashboard.

Step 4

The last thing is to remove the wires which are easy because at this point, you can see the back of the stereo and all you need to do is to unplug it. Before you do this, make sure that the car’s battery is off. All the wires should be unplugged from the back of the stereo to take it out completely.

How I Test My Double Din Radio Without A Car

You can touch the red, black and the yellow to an av battery and it will light up and act as a normal double din radio in a car. If it has extra features like USB, GPS, you will need a battery that is over volts.

It won’t be necessary to make a new set of a steering wheel just because you have installed a double din head unit. You can only need an adapter to make the new stereo to connect automatically.

For the USB connection, you can have to access your phone functions through the stereo, thus make it easier to use. For an auxiliary cord, you can have to play the audio and music from the jack of your phone’s headphone thus making the quality to depend on the phone.

The work of an antenna is to get hold of the radio waves, and anything that makes it be pulled down inside the car could make it your car stereo not to work well especially the AM/FM part of it. And all you will need to make it work correctly is to pull it back if you find it pulled in and this will automatically improve the reception.

It is also important to note that, any time you go to a car wash, make sure you check out the antenna as the attendant might pull it in and forget to pull it out and thus, affect the reception. If you have an aerial antenna that can be pulled in and out at will, and your reception has been poor of late, it would be worth checking the antenna and make sure that it is in its rightful position.

Before anything else, let us first discuss the differences between the two stereo units. By knowing how they are different from each other, you will find it easier to make the right choice.

First, let us talk about the single din car stereo, which is also the subject of the rest of this guide. In this case, the size of the main stereo unit, specifically the faceplate, is most probably x inches. It is also often characterized by the presence of three vertical stacked slots. This is the standard that has been set, which is why such stereo can be easily replaced.

A double din stereo, on the other hand, is bigger. It has the ability to accommodate larger screen displays and even multiple discs. The size is normally x inches, which means that you will be needing a bigger slot if you plan to have a stereo like such. It is a good choice for modern cars.

Again, for the sake of clarification, keep in mind that the discussions in this post will be centered to a single din unit car stereo. While most of the buying considerations tackled below will be applicable for both types, the five products that will be reviewed will be limited to those that fall under the category of single din.

In this section, we will have a quick roundup of some of the most important factors that will have an impact on the choice that will be made. Make sure to keep these things in mind, which will increase the likelihood of making a decision that you will never regret.

Aesthetics will play a key role when it comes to choosing the best single din head unit. They might be sleek, but this does not mean that there is no room for appealing design. Choose a style that will perfectly complement the interior of your car. A single din head unit is recommended because it is compact. If in case you have a car that has a slot for a double din unit, when you place a single din stereo, you will end up with an additional space that can be used for storage.

When talking about the design of the single din head unit, we are also dealing with its display. This will depend on the price of the unit. The more expensive ones have more advanced displays, including LED pixel count and the ability to have the brightness and color customized based on your individual preferences.

Controls

Generally speaking, this will have an effect on the ease of use of the single din stereo unit. It is good to look for one that has strategically-positioned controls, making it easy for you to have it configured as desired. The simpler the controls are, the less frustrating it is going to be. You must be able to take a call, skip a song, or do other things with the stereo while keeping your attention on the road. This is not only for your convenience, but more importantly, this is for your safety.

Power Ratings

You also have to take a look at the technical specifications of the single din stereo, which will provide you with an idea of how impressive will its performance be. In order to gauge its functionality, one of the most important things that should be looked at would be the power ratings. Look at the max power output, which will simply refer to the maximum amount of power that can be produced within a short period. Also, you have to consider the RMS Power Output, which is the power that can be produced at a continuous rate.

Pioneer AVH-X2600BT Din Unit

Designed for the consumer who wants to get the most possible use out of their stereo head, this model from Pioneer has plenty of options for every kind of user. If you’re a parent who wants to keep kids entertained on long car trips, this stereo head has a DVD player with a 6.inch WVGA resolution touchscreen; whatever movie you choose to watch, it’ll be easy to see and, thanks to the touchscreen controls, easy to choose where to start and end.

For the professional, the on-board Bluetooth support makes it easy to integrate a smartphone and make hands-free, eyes-free calls, either through your stereo head or (on compatible cars) right through your steering wheel. Whatever your purpose, whatever your style, the X2600BT can give you options you never even thought were possible before. Read more about this affordable car stereo unit.

Pioneer FH-X720BT Din Unit

If you just want to get the most out of your music without purchasing anything you don’t need, you’ll find that the X720BT from Pioneer is a nice balance of affordability and utility. One of the few affordable models that also has integrated Bluetooth as a standard option, this stereo head is perfect for a family with Bluetooth devices; you can simply search for music on your 720BT stereo head through wirelessly connected Bluetooth devices and play it without any hassle.

JVC KW-R910BT Car Audio Din

It may look like your stock stereo head with a few more lights, but that’s where the similarities end between the R910BT and anything you’re currently using. Sure, it does all the basic stuff like tune into terrestrial radio and play CDs, but you’re also getting two-way control for both Apple and Android products, as well as standard Bluetooth connectivity.

This way, you can play music from your mobile device either through the two USB ports or by connecting your Bluetooth ready device wirelessly though the stereo head, giving you the ability to play a huge library of music without the hassle of setup.

If you want to get really tricky, you can also stream satellite radio from your devices as well, using services like SiriusXM and IheartRadio without having to connect a single cord, thanks to on-board support that’s already installed on your stereo head.

Simple to use, powerful enough to improve on your stock head in every way, and affordable enough for any budget, the KW-R9can easily find its way into any driver’s setup. We consider this unit as one of the top JVC units available, explained in our review here.

Kenwood DPX501BT

For our second pick, this wonderful head unit is made no other than Kenwood. This product features a 2DIN USB/CD receiver for your audio. The Bluetooth technology is designed to promote safety when driving as it allows hands-free conversation when you are on the phone.

It also provides you with audio playback for those who are using iPhones or iPod. The USB connectivity also allows you to connect your thumb drives as well as external hard disk drive.

What We Don’t Like

Are you looking for something more modern than the usual head units you can find? If so then this is the best double din head unit you can find that’s worth every penny. For one, this product is seven inches in screen display Android 5.OS.

It supports 3G dongle, wifi and wifi hotspot. It can also be used for iPhone and has USB connect mirroring with an android phone. There dual USB ports and a single TF card slot for this unit. It also supports car DVR, mobile hard disks, thumb drives and other features. The software used for this one is iGo primo GPS software which is mainly used in the US and Canada maps.

Pyle PLDN63BT Double DIN Bluetooth

The last on our list of choices belongs to the brand Pyle with their Pyle PLDN63BT. This product is designed with a 6.inches receiver head unit that combines the wireless streaming of Bluetooth technology and call-answering capacities in one.

The dashboard entertainment system features a video receiver as well as a built-in CD and DVD player with a touch of your fingers. It can also be navigated easily and quickly.

How We Made Our Choices

Our research digs deep into the personal preferences and needs of a variety of consumers and considers their own after-purchase reviews, whether they are audiophiles who demand the best sound or drivers interested in the very latest smart device connections.

Pioneer AVH-X490BS

The WVGA screen is large and vibrant, perfect for the MixTrax effects. While not to everyone’s liking MixTrax is all about giving a fun element to your music.

Pioneer AVHX5800BHS 2-DIN Receiver

Hands-free calling and great music connectivity (including Spotify) add to a well-balanced unit. Also supports two phones at once.

While the connections are solid and Spotify performs as expected, the radio app can be flakey.

Pioneer AVH4200NEX 2-DIN Receiver

While short on the more frivolous customization features seen elsewhere the AVH4200NEX offers up various extras such as HDMI input, a detachable faceplate, and optional expansions. If adDINg versatility isn’t on the top of your priorities, the 4100NEX may be a better and slightly cheaper option.

No major issues but some users have reported the annoying nag screen.

Sony XAV-AX100

A unit that stands out due to the subtle and stylish Faceplate design, along with a rotary volume knob that doesn’t dominate the control panel. The effective sound “positioning” of the audio output via the host machine’s Dynamic Stage Organizer gives it a unique audio feature.

It would have been nice to have full customization of the screen. The curse of the Disclaimer Panel at startup has been reported by numerous users.

Size Matters 

If you’re not familiar with the world of single and double DIN head units, you may want to know how the two differ, and how much of an improvement the double unit holds over a single. Let’s clarify these points.

Single and double are the two standard sizes you’ll come across when looking to purchase a new audio system.

Some systems use this extra space to provide a larger button and control knob layout. So, even though the system is larger in size, that doesn’t necessarily you’ll be getting more screen space. Something to keep in mind if that’s important to you.

Size Requirements

The size factor is obviously important when looking at buying a new unit. A faceplate of 180 millimeters x 50 millimeters (inches x inches) will indicate a single DIN head unit. Whereas, a double DIN head unit has a doubled height, measuring 180 millimeters x 100 millimeters (inches x inches).

A double DIN head unit can be replaced with either a single or another double DIN unit. However, a single DIN unit can only be replaced with only another single.

Features and Tips

Popular ways of storing your music and movies include SD Cards and USB sticks. Though streaming from a smart device is gaining ground rapidly. If you’re going to rely on such a playback system a closer look into the inputs and outputs of the head unit is recommended. You’ll want to make sure the double DIN head unit you choose allows for such connectivity.

Practical and luxury features should always mix well with an ideal system and hopefully make a compelling case for purchase. GPS navigation is a high priority for some drivers, though this requirement can also be dealt with by using smartphone apps such as Google Maps. One of the units reviewed here does offer GPS but, don’t automatically assume all the units will have such a feature. Generally, this article deals with systems offering features such as Bluetooth calling, onboard cameras, and media playback.

Apple iOS

Siri Eyes Free. This system, introduced in iOS 6.0 neatly links Siri on your iPhone to the onboard voice system of your vehicle, enabling music playback, text messaging, and other smartphone features on your vehicles audio system from your iPhone or iPad.

Siri Eyes Free simply requires a Bluetooth connection allowing it to work with any Bluetooth equipped head unit.

A step up from this is Apple’s CarPlay system. Requiring a CarPlay compatible head unit, the user will basically have iOS running their unit display, benefiting from advanced Siri integration and voice control.

A growing number of apps are being added to the CarPlay compatibility list.

Google Android

Android Auto. As with Apple CarPlay, the Android Auto system needs a compatible head unit. An Android device can then project its display onto this unit’s touchscreen, delivering text messages, music, GPS map systems, and other data. It also delivers users access to the vehicle’s sensors such as the steering wheel buttons.

Voice control can be utilized for safer driving, just as with Apple’s Siri-based systems. Android Auto also has an expanding list of compatible apps, including Google Maps, Waze, Skype, Spotify, and WhatsApp.

Let’s dig right in!

The best way to go about purchasing a killer car stereo head unit is to outline your expectations in advance so that you know EXACTLY what to look for when you’re cruising the options available on the market right now.

You’ll need to know whether or not touchscreen capabilities are important to you, whether a high definition display that can playback video and DVDs is critical, and whether or not you want to have built-in navigation, a rearview camera, and other bells and whistles or if you’re looking for something a little bit more budget focused.

You’d also have to be at least a little bit crazy not to take advantage of all the advanced features and technology that Kenwood features in their amazing head units.

The touchscreens that they offer are considered to be amongst some of the best thanks to their responsiveness and high-definition clarity. Built-in navigation systems utilize advanced GPS technology and Google maps (the industry standard), and if you purchase a Bluetooth enabled Kenwood head unit navigating on long road trips becomes even easier when you pair your smart phone with your car stereo.

Make sure you’re getting all of the advanced features you’re most interested in as this is likely going to be the only time that you purchase a new car stereo.

It’s always a good idea to find a Kenwood Double DIN head unit that’s going to install effortlessly into your vehicle (hopefully without any extra wiring), but that may not always be the case.

You might have to do a little bit of wiring on your own when you upgrade your car stereo, so make sure that you’re going with a new Kenwood head unit that isn’t going to cause you a lot of headache and hassle along the way.

Of course, not everyone is confident enough to tackle the installation of a Kenwood Double DIN unit right out of the box – regardless of how many YouTube videos they may have watched that make it seem really simple and straightforward.

If that’s the case you want to make sure you aren’t shy about hiring professionals to handle the installation for you, taking care of all the heavy lifting so that your car stereo is installed perfectly and works the first time that you fire it up.

Now that we have knocked out those important details, we’ve put together a quick list to help you find the best Kenwood unit available on the market today.

Kenwood DDX9702S

This DDX9702S Receiver from Kenwood include a ton of new ways to enjoy your music. Connect your smartphone with Apple Car Play, Bluetooth or USB options. The CarPlay option can do things such as talk to Siri, show you your directions from your phone, make and listen to phone calls, send and receive texts and more.

Kenwood DPX502BT

This double din receiver from Kenwood is the perfect upgrade for your vehicle’s electronic system. Connect your device wirelessly with the Bluetooth connectivity. This receiver plays CD’s and connects to smartphones and MPplayers with the easy to access front USB and Aux connections.

KENWOOD’s DDX372BT DVD receiver elevates your mobile multimedia experience by offering comprehensive iPod and Android controls, along with built-in Bluetooth.

I suppose the bang for the buck price range im thinking of is about 500. Im just after an Android HU. Navigation isnt needed.

I was thinking something like this posted 2015-Jun-30, 6:5pm AEST ref: whrl.pl/RelboO posted 2015-Jun-30, 6:5pm AEST ref: whrl.pl/Relb2b posted 2015-Jun-30, 10:1pm AEST jezzba writes… ref: whrl.pl/Relb6d posted 2015-Jun-30, 10:3pm AEST phoenixfx writes… posted 2015-Jul-1, 1:1pm AEST (edited 2015-Jul-1, 1:2pm AEST) phoenixfx writes…

Android media player for what? most likely due to the car in question already had an in-built screen, and the media player has HDMI, 3.5mm & optical out, usb’s for camera, touchpad, etc etc…

LeDbelly writes…

I was thinking something like this posted 2015-Jul-1, 2:2pm AEST phoenixfx writes…

Android Auto / Apple car play is the future, therefore I see no point in wasting your money on head units with built in navi, apps n stuff. ref: whrl.pl/ReldPt posted 2015-Jul-1, 2:3pm AEST Konazz writes…

Specs & Features 

You can control your contacts, calendar, maps and more directly on your dash via a Bluetooth connection. It also comes with a DAB+ tuner so you can listen to your favorite radio stations in digital sound quality without distortion.

Kenwood’s DDX-4016BT is a great choice for those who are looking for a quality in-dash unit at a more affordable price point., the Kenwood DDX-4016BT includes a 6.2in touchscreen, a DAB + Tuner, an FM/AM radio, built-in CD and DVD player, and even USB and AUX inputs for music playback and charging.

Specs & Features

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OS:Android 5.Kit Kat, CPU:Rockchip PXCortex AQuad Core 1.6GHz, RAM:DDR1GB, Nand Memory:16GB, Audio output: 4*50W max, Screen Resolution:1024*600, Cold Boot time:about 25-30s, Screen Size:7-Inch Digital Screen, Capacitive Touch Screen (points).

GPS (WITHOUT map card included, support both online and offline Navigation apps.), DAB+Digital Radio (Extra DAB+ box required), OBD(Extra device required), WIFI (Built in WIFI modem)/3G (Extra device required), DVR (Extra device required), Cam-In (Extra device required).

It supports both online and offline navigation apps, such as Google Maps; the ability to mirror your Android via a USB connection; and best of all even has a built-in Wi-Fi modem so you can use a 3G dongle to share your 3G connection with everyone in the car.

Apple CarPlay

The newest apps let you safely drive the information superhighway.

In-car entertainment used to revolve around roaming the dial on the radio. Now it has emerged as the new automotive battleground, as car brands team up with technology providers to gain an edge on the opposition.

Here’s a guide to the emerging world of in-car entertainment.

Pairing

The first rule is to pair your phone before you play. It only takes five minutes and you only need to do it once.

After that your phone will reconnect automatically, provided you leave Bluetooth turned on.

There’s no sense risking a hefty fine, not to mention demerit points, if you’re caught on the phone.

Audio streaming

In most cases pairing your phone means you are also able to play music stored on your phone over the car’s audio, as if it were an iPod.

In fact, there’s a school of thought that the display screen in your car will eventually simply become a mirror for your mobile device.

Technology is evolving faster than car makers can keep pace so it makes sense for them to use smartphone hook-ups rather than develop their own tech.

CarPlay and Google made

Android Auto. Each is a way to connect your phone to your in-car entertainment system.

Of course, there are other ways to maximize the tech in (or on) the dash without replacing the head unit. Not all of them have to do with audio/entertainment, but they do make for a “smarter” vehicle experience.

Pioneer AVH-4100NEX

The baseline for Pioneer’s Double-DIN head units, this AVH-4100NEX model supports both AirPlay and Android Auto via a 7-inch WVGA touch screen. It naturally has Bluetooth integration to handle phone calls and streaming audio. It also supports Siri Eyes Free, so you can just tap the dash screen to activate Siri and get your iPhone doing all sorts of things. There is separate support for services like Pandora, SiriusXM, and others. The face of the unit detaches so you can take it with you to deter theft.

Kenwood eXcelon DDX6903S

There’s also this CarPlay-only head unit from Kenwood. This one features a 6.2-inch screen, but also comes ready for use with other phones via Bluetooth, and is SiriusXM ready.

Navdy is the first portable head-up display (HUD). It sits atop the dash and plugs into the OBD-II port. It projects info such as speed, engine rpm, and compass direction on a transparent screen in front you, and uses built-in GPS and Google Maps to show the surrounding area, display speed limits and street names, and route you to your destination. It also connects to your Android or iOS smartphone via Bluetooth to display data including calls, texts, music, and all manner of social media and alerts. Access to this info is largely controlled using a thumbwheel that attaches to your steering wheel and is supplemented by gesture control that’s activated by waving your hand in front of the device.

Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT

The Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT is a dash cam with several smart safety features found in many new luxury cars, such as forward collision and lane departure warnings. It also serves as a GPS with free map and live traffic updates. Its navigation, powered by HERE, is on point, and the inclusion of traffic helps you get where you’re going faster. Like most Garmin devices it’s easy to use, with loud and clear prompts and a simple interface. If you’re looking for a dash cam that does it all, the 50LMT is a great bet, and our Editors’ Choice.

Getting Connected

Making cars smarter isn’t always necessary—you’ve probably got a smartphone, after all. The key is to get the two to communicate or, at the very least, make it easier to use the smartphone in the car. These devices will assist you and your passengers in getting the most out of handsets while in traffic.

Verizon Jetpack MiFi 7730L

Mobile hotspots like the Jetpack MiFi 7730L put Wi-Fi in your car (or anywhere else you go where there is cellular service). This one sports the latest modem technologies, making it the best way to connect to Verizon’s network.

PIONEER AVH-4100NEX Double din Stereo

The Pioneer AVH-4100NEX is a wonder media receiver that includes different features in one box. The entire setup contains Android Auto, Mirror Link, and Apple CarPlay and produces one of the best quality sounds through its onboard audio and even the video sources are equally bright and sharp. It is one of the best NEX models that comes with a feature of detachable facelift security.

Everybody who loves driving will enjoy this amazing touch screen car stereo with Bluetooth that offers you a chance of turning your car into a hub of a multimedia center.

Pioneer AVH-X2800BS Double Din Head Unit

Pioneer introduces the new AVH-X2800BS which attributes the same customizable functions as the NEX line which are extremely responsive, potent and intuitive. It has a clear resistive touchscreen that is brighter, has more vibrant colors and great touch sensitivity.

Great head unit with lots of functions like Bluetooth, Touchscreen, FLAC, SIRIUS-XM etc. considering low price point.

 

 

 

 

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Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your android auto head unit wisely! Good luck!

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