We’re not sure why tax season gets such a bad rap—according to the IRS, about 80% of taxpayers get tax returns after filing each spring, and the average return amount is $2,800! You probably don’t need help imagining all the awesome things you could do with a sudden cash infusion like that, but we’ll make a suggestion: invest in a new car audio system!
Of course, there are so many brands and products to choose from, shopping for a new car stereo system can be overwhelming at best, discouraging at worst. Our professional car audio experts at Stereo Depot can help you narrow down your options based on your needs and budget, but there’s nothing wrong with doing a little legwork beforehand. Here’s a list of the best car stereo system and audio brands to get you started:
Alpine Car Stereo and Audio in San Diego
Alpine is one of the most innovative audio brands out there, continuously staying ahead of the curve in terms of features and functionality. In addition to an excellent range of in-dash head units (otherwise known as receivers), Alpine offers an esteemed line of subwoofers and amplifiers that you can combine for a rocking brand-specific stereo system, or select a-la-carte to work seamlessly with other brands.
Clarion car stereo system installation at Stereo Depot
Clarion excels at in-dash head units, from affordable basic units to high-end digital car stereo systems with large, intuitively designed touchscreens. Some of Clarion’s key receiver features include integrated Bluetooth, 6-channel preamp outputs (for more flexibility with adding amps and subs), and built-in low- and high-pass filters that ensure your speakers only get the frequencies they’re best equipped to handle.
Kicker Car Audio, Subwoofers, Amplifiers and Speakers
Kicker specializes in quality car audio products mostly hidden from view—subwoofers, amplifiers, speakers, full-range component systems, signal processors, and wiring that can work with any head unit to deliver high-quality sound. Their star product is the iconic square-shaped L7 subwoofer, so if you’re only going to choose one Kicker product for your new car stereo system, that’s definitely the one to pick.
JVC Car Stereo in San Diego & El Cajon
There’s a reason JVC head units are some of the most popular in the market: they’re high-quality units offered at reasonable prices. JVC has been around for 80 years, innovating all along the way. Their standard receivers boast all the basic features, plus Bluetooth compatibility and music streaming wrapped in a sleek, slender design.
Kenwood car audio products at Stereo Depot San Diego
Kenwood covers the full spectrum of car audio products, from receivers to speakers, subwoofers, and amplifiers. And if you want to go to the next level of entertainment and flexibility, Kenwood offers video players and GPS systems as well. But out of all Kenwood’s offerings, their head units are the most popular, thanks to user-friendly designs and intuitive features.
JBL Subwoofers and Car Stereo Systems
If you already have a suitable head unit and decent after-market speakers, you might not need an entire car stereo system overhaul. But if you’re thinking of adding a subwoofer, consider JBL’s line, which is extremely popular among audiophiles. JBL subwoofers will add emphasis to low frequency signals without making your car shake like The Big One finally hit California, giving your music the quality boost it deserves.
Pioneer Car Stereo Installation in San Diego & El Cajon
Pioneer is another full-spectrum car audio brand, with a wide range of head units specializing in multimedia, speakers that blow factory speakers out of the water, shallow-mount subwoofers that make the most of the least space, and amplifiers that give you more watts per dollar compared to other brands. As an added bonus, Pioneer amps are bridgeable, which means you can add more as you continue to upgrade your car stereo system.
Your music deserves the best audio brands, and your car deserves the best audio installation
At Stereo Depot, we’re so confident in our products and our staff of professional car stereo installation experts that we offer a lifetime warranty on labor, and we stand behind all product warranties. To make that tax return stretch a little further, we also offer free installation on any stereo components purchased at our stores in San Diego and El Cajon. So stop by or give us a call today at (619) 494-3944.