An in dash car radio also simply called a vehicle audio, is mostly a piece of equipment that is usually installed into the deck of a car. The latter is made for car so as to provide entertainment and information in terms of songs and news. Until the 1950s, the in dash car radio consisted only of Am radio but two years after that, FM radio was included as well as many forms of equipment such as cassette and more modern ones such as CD players, DVD players and navigation systems. Todays In dash radio usually have different accessories and sockets integrated such as Bluetooth, 3.5mm earphone outlet and different types of controllers.
Although initially designed to listen to music and the radio, the in dash radio is now part of telematics, telecommunication, security, navigation and so on. As from now, the sound output is also used to create fake ending sound or noises. Called the active noise system or control, it has been developed to amplify the engine sound through the car speakers.
Without any further ado, let’s dive into the review.
Pioneer MVH-200EX Double Din Bluetooth In-Dash
Pioneer is one of the most recognizable brands when it comes to in dash car radios.
Pros and Cons
The pros of this in dash car radio is firstly the resolution which at 800 x 400 is one of the best resolutions for this type of radio. With a color of 24-bit it is enough to please you when choosing different radio stations or even playing your favorite soundtracks. As a plus, the color and display are easily customized. Since this pioneer in dash radio support android music, we found no problem with it recognizing our android devices (phone and tablet) and can even use it as phone storage for music. The In dash radio also support USB cables meaning you can keep your hard disk full of your favorite music around and just plug it for entertainment. Lastly, the in dash radio also support Bluetooth microphone which is great if you want to listen to music through them wirelessly.
As a matter of fact, we didn’t come across any huge inconvenience so that we could consider it as a con.
Pioneer AVH-X390BS Double Din Bluetooth In-Dash
Another one of pioneer’s products, which will not be the last in this review.
Pros and Cons
The pioneer in dash receiver or radio looks very good in the black color and will fit right in the middle of your deck perfectly. Light and easy to fit, it is one of the most convenient one. In addition to providing entertainment through radio, there is also a CD player within it and once you pop your CD in, it will display the name by title, artist or even album. The latter support all MP3 audio formats. With the mix track feature, you are sure to be entertained as your songs or playlist will be mixed together DJ-style. An additional feature that is also interesting is that there is a time alignment that will optimize the music depending on the time you are sitting in the vehicle. At 50 watts and 4 channels, it doesn’t consume lots of battery power either making it one of the best of its kinds.
The cons that we found were that some features doesn’t work as described but overall it is a good product.
Pioneer DEH-S4000BT Single Din Bluetooth In-Dash CD/Am/FM
Another one of pioneer’s products and probably the last for this review.
Pros and Cons
This pioneer in dash car radio is one of the latest available in terms on compatibility with smartphones and iPhone. The latter is compatible up to iPhone 6+ as well as the iOS 8 software. In addition to that, the built-in Bluetooth technology allows for hands-free talking as well as audio streaming making it very convenient if back seat passenger want to share a song or sound. The face plate is also detachable so as to stop thieves in their track if they want to steal it. Like its predecessors, with a power output of 50 watts and 4 channels, it doesn’t use that much power for the entertainment it provides, making it one of the best in its pioneer line.
As a matter of fact, there was no big inconvenience we came across to be considered as a con.
BOSS Audio BV9370B Double Din, Touchscreen
Along with Pioneer, Boss audio is one of the most recognizable brands in terms of in dash radio.
Pros and Cons
The pros of this in dash radio is that it is one of the latest and is compatible with most hardware. With the integrated Bluetooth, it is possible to take hands free call as well as audio stream through smartphones. Music can also be played wirelessly thanks to the latter. Since it follows the latest trends, this in dash radio support USB, MP3, SD card, WMA as well as the regular AM/FM radios. Channels are also automatically saved and can be saved as favorite if needed. With a resolution of 800 x 400, it matches the other of its kind as well as having sounds balancer and equalizers to provide an entertainment trip. As an added feature, it has a built-in subwoofer control.
The con that we found was that the inbuilt-clock isn’t really consistent as well as the touch screen doesn’t always function as intended. Brightness also have to be adjusted from time to time as it is not automatic.
Since we’ve reached the end of this review, it is time to reveal the one we would most likely bet on but before that we just need to remind you that even though we are choosing one, doesn’t make the other one bad products since they’re all pretty good. Now without any further ado, our choice was the Pioneer DEH-S4000BT Single Din Bluetooth In-Dash CD/Am/FM. This choice was simple since it doesn’t have any cons and does all the things it advertises very well.<>