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THE BEST HEAD UNITS AND MULTIMEDIA RECEIVERS FOR YOUR CAR

UPGRADE YOUR CAR STEREO IN SAN DIEGO

While it’s true that high-quality speakers, tweeters, and subwoofers are important for playing music with the best sound quality, if your head unit or multimedia receiver aren’t also top-of-the-line, then your listening experience will still suffer.


Our experts sat down and created a list of some of the best car stereo head units and multimedia receivers of the year. Here’s what we came up with.


WHICH CAR STEREO HEAD UNITS ARE THE BEST?

Customers leave happy with these car stereo head units from San Diego Car Stereo.


Kenwood KMM-BT328U


Get Alexa voice control in a slim head unit with lots of features for the price: Bluetooth, a USB port for music and phone integration, and the ability to control the receiver via a free JVC Remote app.


Pair two phones simultaneously with Bluetooth for music streaming and voice calling. Play your favorite internet radio playlists, without ever pressing a button. Just ask Alexa to do it for you. The stereo’s USB is compatible with lots of different music files, and Kenwood’s Sound Reconstruction technology restores the depth that often goes missing in compressed music files.


Tweak the sound with a 13-channel EQ, and enjoy preamp outputs and crossover controls to add amplifiers to your system for more power and boom.


Sony RSX-GS9-GS-Series


This sleek head unit looks simple, but underneath are some seriously high-performance audio components that deliver the same rich sound quality you’d expect to hear from Sony’s home audio line up. Connect your smartphone via Bluetooth, NFC, or the Sony SongPal app, or you can wire your phone through a USB or auxiliary cable port.


The unit plays almost every type of music file, so you can even play your music from a jump drive. The large volume knob makes it easy to control the volume.


Other outputs include three pairs of 5-volt preamp outputs and an optical digital output. The only downside of this is that you need to buy a new amplifier with this head unit; it is not included.


Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS


This single DIN CD receiver is equipped with an AM/FM radio and a 14-watt, 4-channel output with built-in Bluetooth and 13-band equalizer. Six-channel preamp outlets include a 4-volt front, rear, and subwoofer.


Despite its nondescript appearance (it looks pretty plain and traditional), it hides hot features, including dual Bluetooth and access to music streaming apps like Pandora and Spotify. The dual-zone color illumination also lets you customize what your screen looks like, so it can match your car’s interior features.


The system also comes with a remote control, which means you can run the head unit without touching it. This is ideal for backseat passengers who insist on being the road trip DJ.


Alpine CDE-HD149BT Head Unit


You can tune this head unit’s sound to meet your exacting specifications. Connect with the Alpine TuneIt app to create a user profile that lets you customize up to 100 different settings to suit your preferences.


Take hands-free calls,