Best affordable Bluetooth car stereo units for your Android, iPhone, BlackBerry or Windows Phone
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Best Bluetooth car stereo units for your smartphone
It combines audio sources like your music player app, podcast and audiobook reader or navigation app in one single "hub", and lets you choose the input source, change tunes and set radio stations, and can even read text messages out loud for you through the car speakers, all without fumbling with the (typically) clunky head unit controls on the dashboard, but quickly picking stuff up from your familiar Android or iOS app interface.
As for features, it has all the usual bells and whistles like Bluetooth music output and calling, separate noise-canceling mic, USB port for charging/connecting, iPhone/iPad control compatibility, Pandora streaming and so on. The head unit also offers the hearty 7-band equalizer split from roughly 20 to 20,000 Hz of audible spectrum, and you get 17 actual watts of RMS per output channel, which, if used with good speakers, will make for a nice replacement of your often crappy stock stereo.
3. Pioneer FH-X700BT In-Dash Double DIN CD/MP3/USB Car Stereo Receiver w/ Bluetooth, Pandora Link, MIXTRAX & iPod Support ($129.99)
Not much more that you'll need, and the unit offers great features for the price like Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming, a detachable face, bright screen, and USB 1A connection that will charge your modern big-screen smartphone quicker. For Apple device owners, there is a two-way iPod/iPhone control, too.
1. buccob (Posts: 1305; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Sony's MEX BT-3100 P/U is really an awesome car stereo... It display phones battery, and also phone's signal strength, so you know if you are able to make and receive phone calls...
Also if you have a Sony Xperia with android 4.1.2 it will show ID3Tag from songs so you can easily recognize what's playing (does not work on 4.0.4).
App remote is very good... but you have to "activate" it everytime you want to use it... and your phone have to be unlocked in order to be launched by the stereo... But I find it useful when I play a CD or radio and then the phone is the one that can act as a remote with screen info and such...