If you’re about to update your car stereo and you want to use one which is compatible with Bluetooth then don’t miss out on my tips for choosing a great bluetooth car stereo. I’ve already done all the research and I have a fantastic car stereo – I get compliments every time I turn it on! There’s nothing better than driving along listening to your favourite music and when the sound is awesome – it immediately uplifts your mood.
Firstly, no matter what you need a docking port. This is because there’s no doubt at some point you will want to use it for your iPhone or other compatible device or indeed a media player. Make sure your new car stereo has a USB port for MP3, AAC or WMA from a flash storage device. Along with this you’ll need a 3.5mm analogue auxiliary input. This gives you universal connectivity.
You will also want something which easily connects to your smartphone so look for an USB port that is compatible with your device. If you have an iPhone or an iPad which uses a lightning connector, you must use a plain vanilla USB port rather than the 30 pin connector which is an older piece. Of course, you’ve chosen Bluetooth so whatever you select you must have audio streaming for wireless media playback and if you stream from your device seek out a receiver that has controls using these apps so you don’t need to flick through your phone while driving (completely illegal). Some stereos have these tools embedded in the dashboard for ease and safety.
Some systems are so advanced these days they allow immediate access to navigation such as Waze, Scout etc. so look for this feature too. When you’re actually looking for your perfect Bluetooth car stereo the best place to find one is on Amazon.com and this is purely because of the choice, the price point and of course the customer reviews which gives you a strong indication as to whether the product you’re considering is suitable for what you want.
The following in car Bluetooth compatible stereos are the ones I feel are best suited to providing a great quality system along with excellent connectivity. All are available on-line on stores like Amazon.com.
Pioneer DEH-X68800BT Single DIN Bluetooth Car Stereo
This is a superbly priced in-car Bluetooth stereo at about $100 that is highly rated on Amazon.com.
It gives you fantastic features including wireless audio-streaming. You can also listen to your music direct from your tablet device via the USB port and it offers good quality hands-free calling – a must-have in today’s world.
If you use Pandora, it’s ready for connection for both iPhone and android and as a huge bonus, it pairs with SIRI so works via voice recognition technology too. Design wise, it’s sleek and modern, very appealing and eye-catching.
This bluetooth car stereo proves to be pretty easy to instal and you will get all you need in the box: harness, frame and a small tool to help you pop it in. here is the back of the device to have an idea:
You will get also a small but useful remote control to use from the back seat. Here it is:
Pioneer DEH-X4800BT Single DIN Bluetooth Car Stereo
I love this cool looking theft-deterrent bluetooth car stereo and the price is impressive too at just about $95.
It has all the features you could possibly want including CD/AM.FM Bluetooth receiver which is compatible with android or iPhone/iPod using a USB port. It also has Pandora for those who need it and voice recognition.
It’s sleek and neat with a larger than average display in blue, bright and easy to read and the sound is extremely good. You can make hands free calls because there’s a microphone which easily plugs in although it is an external microphone so does have a cord (just mount it out of the way).
It’s loaded with excellent features – for example Spotify. If you still want to play your CD’s then it gives you the option too. You might need an adaptor to connect the stereo to your factory connector. As it’s theft deterrent it comes with a removable faceplate with a release button.
It is fairly easy to instal and you will also get a aux cable and a remote control. Here is the content of the box:
Kenwood DPX502BT Double-Din CD Receiver with USB & Bluetooth
Here’s another Bluetooth car stereo which i found on-line on Amazon.com. The price, at the time of my review, was about $114. It’s a little more expensive than the other products I’ve reviewed here but it gives good audio performance and has plenty of features and benefits if you have the available space for a Double DIN.
It’s a good looking piece of kit with a luminous bright blue display and connects with your Bluetooth without any problems. It also plays CD’s for those of you who still use them and has incredible audio.
If you use Pandora or IHeartRadio then this is perfectly compatible and connects to MP3 players too using USB and Aux connections. The microphone is not wireless but it works well for hands-free calls.
With 50 watts of power for each channel it’s pretty awesome and it comes with a remote control. It appears to be very easy to install. The microphone is strong for hands-free (often mics aren’t great on these kits but this one is truly excellent). The one downside is the bright blue display which becomes difficult to read in very bright daylight.
Here is the back of the stereo so you will get an idea about how to connect the device and what you will find in the box:
All of the above in-car Bluetooth stereos are well worth the money and recommended, if I had to choose one, it’s the one I use and I’m delighted with its performance, the Pioneer DEH-X4800BT Single DIN In-Dash CD/AM/FM Bluetooth Car Stereo.