Car stereos these days are no longer limited to your usual tape and CD player. With manufacturers trying to up the ante by incorporating as many features as possible in their car stereos, consumers can now find automobile stereos that are dubbed as “all-in-one entertainment package.”
You will find that sizes of car stereos do not vary much since most of these are designed for in-dash installation. However, when it comes to choosing the right audio equipment for your vehicle, sizes of car stereos are but secondary considerations.
With car stereo selection, it’s all about the features.
Sizes of Car Stereos
Okay, sizes of car stereos may be secondary considerations but it will still help to know some of the more common sizes that car stereos come in just so you’ll have an idea of how big or small these are.
Sometimes, getting the wrong size will result in the car stereo jingling and jangling on the dash as you drive around.
A few of the more common sizes of car stereos these days include 7 inches in width by 6.1 inches in depth by 2 inches in height. The weight of the car stereo of these dimensions is approximately 2.2 pounds.
Finally, a slightly wider model would be approximately 7.2 inches in width by 6.3 inches in depth by 2 inches in height. This one weighs approximately 4.9 pounds.
Now that you have a basic idea of the various sizes of car stereos, it’s time to look at the features.
Car Stereos: Features
One of the most popular types of car stereos today, and in fact is regarded by renowned reviewers of gadgets and electronics as the best there is today, is a car stereo integrated with a GPS tracker.
With this model, you not only get the full entertainment package, i.e. video and music player in various formats; you also get a navigation tool that will help you find streets and routes that will take you to your destination.
These also include FM and AM radio player; and is Bluetooth-enabled for hands-free phone calls as well as audio and video sharing from your mobile phone to the stereo;
On the other hand, if you wish for just a basic music player, there are also models that simply play music files either from your mobile phone or portable music player via Bluetooth; and also via an SD card.
This type of player may or may not come with a CD player which limits your music options.
Basically, the more features your car stereo has, the higher the price. Car stereos these days cost from a few hundred dollars up to more than a thousand dollars depending on the model and the features included in the unit.