Remember when having a stereo that could play MP3 CD’s in your vehicle was the latest, greatest thing? Did you jump onto the DVD player craze and have one installed in your car? The latest in technology is here for your car radio and it includes all of the advantages the other radios have, plus much more. Why? Because the modern car stereo is a Bluetooth car stereo!
What Can a Bluetooth Car Stereo Do?
Bluetooth car stereos have a lot of interesting features, but they need to work with another Bluetooth product to really make their functionality blossom. When tied with your cell phone, for example, your Bluetooth car stereo could:
- answer or make phone calls with voice commands,
- have your music automatically turn down or off when a phone call comes in,
- access the contents of your address book, or even
- stream music off of your phone or Bluetooth equipped MP3 device.
Some Bluetooth stereos even have a full color LCD display that can let you stream movies off of your phone or other device, though this feature is often disabled while the car is driving to prevent distractions. That’s why having one of these stereos installed in your vehicle could be a tremendous advantage to your hands-free functionality and overall driving enjoyment while in your car!
Which Bluetooth Car Stereos are the Best?
There are a lot of Bluetooth car stereos available on the market today. They run the range of features, from basic functionality to full compatibility with all of your Bluetooth equipped technology. The bottom line when determining which stereos are the best on the market today comes down to the value that you receive. In other words, these stereos give you the most value for the best price!
Pioneer DEH-X6500BT: With a combination of your standard radio, the ability to stream Pandora, and the MIXTRAX app that lets you mix your music library with different DJ effects automatically, you’ll get good value for your music with this Single Din system. Phone calls come through this radio crystal clear, separating the timber frequencies of the audio fantastically so that almost any stereo system in any car will experience an improvement.
This Pioneer model supports inputs three ways in addition to the Bluetooth connection: through the standard radio antenna, through USB, and through CD’s you may wish to play. Even though it is value-priced in the low to mid $100 range, it delivers a high-end quality product that rivals the high-end Bluetooth car stereos today. You can even rank songs through Pandora through the stereo!
The only real issue with this Pioneer model is the navigation methods – they take a bit of getting used to once the stereo is installed. Getting to specific menus isn’t always user friendly, but considering the end result, it’s one minor issue for a Bluetooth car stereo that delivers major value.
Pioneer FH-X700BT: If you are looking for a Double Din, then this is the Bluetooth car stereo for you. At first glance, you’ll notice how easy this Bluetooth stereo is to install – literally anyone can do it in with just a few spare minutes of time. It also integrates into the full functionality of the modern car, including steering wheel controls, with great ease.
From a phone call perspective, the stereo easily hooks up to any Bluetooth enabled phone. From there, you can store up to six of your most frequently called numbers and voice-dial directly through the stereo. The audio quality of phone calls with this stereo is excellent, as is the frequency separation in the audio.
You’ll also get those nice HD radio features, such as song title and artist, when you’re listening to the radio itself. With more than 2 dozen station presets available to program, this radio is easy to love! The only true concern with this Bluetooth car stereo is its automatic playback feature – when you connect a music-playing device, it will automatically stream your audio library. This feature must be manually disabled to utilize other Bluetooth features, such as your voice-activated GPS on your phone.
Is getting a Bluetooth Car Stereo the right choice for me?
Is a Bluetooth car stereo priced in the mid-$100′s a little too much for your budget to handle right now? That’s ok! There are some effective alternatives available on the market right now that can help you get the music streaming wirelessly, but at a fraction of the cost.
FM transmitters plug into your current stereo, then connect to your Bluetooth equipped device. For about 20% of the cost of a Bluetooth car stereo, an FM transmitter will replicate many of the features you’d get with the BT stereo, but in a plug-in package. You simply plug it into your stereo [or your speakers or even headphones, if you prefer] and then connect your MP3 player or smartphone. This lets you directly stream your music library!
FM transmitters will work with any car stereo, but you may need to broadcast a local radio signal to your car stereo to hear sound. Found lower on the FM dial, a low static station is often what will provide you with the best results. On the down side, these FM transmitters must accept local interference, which means you may get static or interruptions, and most do not allow for phone call audio to be played through the radio.
Aux-in receivers will stream music wirelessly from your device into your stereo or other audio equipped platform. If your stereo has an AUX input, then you may wish to consider using a Bluetooth AUX input receiver to stream music. These plug directly into your system and work much like a set of speakers, except they’re speakers for your preferred audio platform! Connect your Bluetooth equipped device with music to the AUX and then the audio plays from your preferred platform without interference.
Are you ready to go to Bluetooth?
If you haven’t upgraded to a Bluetooth car stereo or equipped device, then you’re missing out on the hands-free ease of modern technology! Listen to your favorite songs and playlists all the time, commercial free, and even take phone calls with simple voice commands! Whether you’re on a tight budget, need to replace your current car stereo, or just want to upgrade, these options work for almost anyone. Get yours today while prices are this good!