What Is The Best Car Audio System?

Who doesn’t love a good stereo? It makes everything about your car better, especially when you’re stuck in traffic or heading on a road trip. Plus, there is a certain amount of nostalgia, back in the day when we all had crappy cars – like a 1985 hatchback mustang worth about $500 – yet a stereo system worth nearly twice that. Man those were the days. Luckily now we’ve got nicer vehicles. Sadly though, stock or factory car stereos just aren’t all that good. You’ll constantly find yourself fiddling with the treble and bass controls, just to have to turn down the volume because the next song sounds way too shrill. If these things are starting to bother you, then you know it’s time to explore the world of aftermarket stereo systems.

You will be able to cater your selection to whatever you want. With everything from sound, more power, more effective tone controls, and more entertainment options with USB inputs and Bluetooth connectivity, you’ll be able to find the perfect one for you.

So how do you choose the best car stereo system for you?

With the millions of choices out there, you’ll need to narrow down by looking at these top choices.

Best Overall: Pioneer AVH-4200NEX Receiver


Pioneer AVH-4200NEX Receiver
  • Dvd/CD receiver with Internal amp (14 watts RMS cea-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Siri eyes free with compatible devices
  • Built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control
  • Works with SiriusXM Sxv300 tuner

The Pioneer AVH-4200NEX is the best of the best when it comes to audio system. It features a seven-inch screen with an astounding level of sound.

It can play FLAC, MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV audio files and MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVI, DivX and WMV video files.

It is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As well as Spotify, Pandora, and SiriusXM and you can use its Bluetooth connectivity for both music and calling.

Second Place: JVC 6.8” CarPlay Digital Media Receiver


JVC 6.8” CarPlay Digital Media Receiver
  • JVC KW-M730BT 6.8″ In-Dash Car Bluetooth Receiver Android, Carplay, Dual USB, EQ.
  • Bass Boost. High-Pass Filter/Low-Pass Filter. 3-Way Crossover. High-Resolution Audio. K2 Technology.
  • Sound Optimization.
  • High-Resolution Audio Playback.
  • K2 Technology for Enhanced Digital Sound Quality.

This JVC model is a double-din receiver which lets you set and store a wide range of acoustic preferences, including subwoofer and EQW. The stereo possesses K2 Enhanced Digital Sound Quality and Bass Boost 3-way crossover which, together, ensure high-frequency sound.

The device is also compatible with MPEG-1, MPEG-2, BMP, JPEG, WAV, WMA, and AAC.

Best Budget: Pioneer DEH-X6900BT


Pioneer DEH-X6900BT
  • Car CD digital music Player receivers
  • Built-in Bluetooth for hands free calling and audio streaming Pioneer Arc app compatible with enhanced audio settings
  • Adjustable illumination and brightness USB quick charge
  • Best bang for your buck

If you want the best bang for your buck the Pioneer DEH-X6900BT in-dash car stereo system is the best choice.

You have the ability to personalize on-screen colors, as well as color choices for each of the buttons. As well it adds Bluetooth connectivity, so you can wirelessly stream music and answer phone calls hands-free through the car’s speaker. There’s also a front-panel USB and AUX input for hooking up various gadgets.There’s also room for tweaking the sound, thanks to an onboard EQ five-band equalizer.

Best for Android OS: Sony 6.1” Xav-60


Sony 6.1” Xav-60
  • Ready for Satellite/HD Radio, wired remote, rear-view camera
  • USB 1-Wire for iPod, iPhone, Walkman player, and other USB devices
  • 52 watts x 4 peak power with 2V front/rear/subwoofer preamp outputs with high- and low-pass filters
  • AM/FM radio, DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD, CD-R/RW, MP3/WMA/AAC, JPEG, MPEG-4 receiver
  • 6.1-inch WVGA TFT touchscreen display with 17:9 aspect ratio and 800 x 480-pixel resolution
  • AM/FM radio, DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD, CD-R/RW, MP3/WMA/AAC, JPEG, MPEG-4 receiver
  • 52 watts x 4 peak power with 2V front/rear/subwoofer preamp outputs with high- and low-pass filters
  • 6.1-inch WVGA TFT touchscreen display with 17:9 aspect ratio and 800 x 480-pixel resolution
  • USB 1-Wire for iPod, iPhone, Walkman player, and other USB devices

Sony is known for high-quality home entertainment products and this one is no different. It has a large and clear touchscreen, which responds to voice commands and features integrated buttons which launch sound control. Offering multiple options for navigating your Android apps and music.

It offers wonderful sound controls which can be adjusted via the Dynamic Stage Organizer on your dashboard. Its built-in 4 x 55W power amp gives you all the volume you can handle and offers EXTRABASS to support music that plays at a lower frequency.

And as a bonus it offers Bluetooth, rear-view camera compatibility,and is compatible with all speakers.

Best for Multi-Functionality: Pioneer AVH4200NEX

  • Did/CD receiver with Internal amp (14 watts RMS cea-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
  • Built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming; supports two phones at once
  • Siri eyes free with compatible devices
  • Built-in iPod, iPhone, and iPad control -optional adapter required for viewing video content
  • Works with Sirius Sxv300 tuner—supports new tune mix, traffic & weather now, and sports flash Features

The Pioneer AVH4200NEX has a 7 inch in-dash receiver that has a built-in DVD compatibility, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. So there is no shortage of wonderful specs this beauty offers you. Including built-in Bluetooth, support for Apple with Siri compatibility, as well as built-in iPod, iPhone and iPad control through an optional adapter.