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The Best Head Units/Multimedia Receivers for Your Car

Upgrade Your Driving Experience With a New Stereo Replacement in San Diego

With the new year upon us, you’ve probably been giving some thought to your 2021 resolutions. While many focus on things like fitness, organization, productivity, and more, many fail to think of things they’ve been putting off doing. If you’ve toyed with the idea of a stereo replacement for your car, there’s no better time like the present to install a new head unit or multimedia receiver into your car, truck, or SUV.

Not only will you get some incredible new features with your radio replacement, you’ll also get to choose from a wide variety of different head units, from those that offer connectivity to your phone via bluetooth, to units that incorporate touchscreen technology, and provide added convenience functions, such as built-in navigation, Apple CarPlayTM, and Android AutoTM.

With all these options and more available to you, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the possibilities. Luckily, our product and installation experts at Stereo Depot are here to offer some guidance. Below are a few of our favorite head units and multimedia receivers to consider for your car stereo replacement.

Kenwood eXcelon Reference DNR 1007XR Navigation Multimedia Receiver

We’re setting the bar high right from the start with this superior, navigation-enabled multimedia receiver from Kenwood. This bad boy brings the navigating power of Garmin to your fingertips, and combines it with other handy app and tech integrations, such as bluetooth, Apple CarPlayTM, and Android AutoTM. All of this is presented to you in a gorgeous, crystal-clear 10.1” display that allows you to customize the screen layout with movable widgets, meaning you can create a layout that’s specific to you and your driving needs.

With such a large display, you may be wondering if this particular head unit will be compatible with your vehicle. Luckily, Kenwood thought about this when crafting the DNR 1007XR. While it boasts a large screen size, the inner workings of this multimedia receiver fit within a compact double-DIN (4” tall) housing compartment, and there are also many adjustment options, meaning this unit will fit in most vehicle makes and models. If you’re still unsure, one of our installation experts will be happy to assist you in determining compatibility.

Pioneer DMH-WT8600NEX Multimedia Receiver

From another big name in aftermarket car stereo systems comes this powerhouse of a multimedia receiver from Pioneer. Like the aforementioned Kenwood DNR 1007XR, the DMH-WT8600NEX also comes with an expansive, 10.1” touchscreen display that’s compact enough to fit in many vehicles. This receiver also allows for floating display installation, which means you can move the screen up, down, left, and right to get it into the perfect position for optimal viewing from the driver’s seat.

Aside from the beautiful display, this multimedia receiver also comes equipped with plenty of functions and integrations, including bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlayTM, and Android AutoTM. And let’s not forget that you can talk to your favorite leading lady - Amazon Alexa - directly from this receiver. Check weather conditions, play music, and more, all without lifting a finger. You’ll feel like you’re driving a true smart car with this incredible multimedia receiver from Pioneer.

Alpine Halo9 iLX-F309 Digital Multimedia Receiver

Last on our list, but certainly not least, is the Halo9 from Alpine. This head-turning, 9-inch display offers the best in convenience and sound quality. The large, clear display integrates with Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM, and the layout mirrors that of your phone, meaning there’s no learning curve when it comes to usability. Like the Pioneer DMH-WT8600NEX, the iLX-F309 also offers floating display installation, allowing you to set the perfect height and angle of the screen.

If you like to feel connected, without actually being connected, you can stream music to the receiver wirelessly via bluetooth integration. And because this head unit comes from Alpine, it has standard compatibility with Alpine’s TuneItTM app, which gives you the power of custom sound tuning right from your iPhone or Android. All these features combined make this multimedia receiver a great option for those who want superior, custom sound, along with the conveniences of modern technology.

New Car Stereo Installation in San Diego

No matter which model you choose, Stereo Depot in San Diego has a wide selection of car audio accessories from some of the top brands in the industry. Our knowledgeable installation experts will ensure compatibility and functionality between your vehicle and whatever multimedia receiver or head unit you choose, so you’ll feel as if your new system came standard in your car. Plus, we offer financing options for every budget level, so getting a new car stereo replacement from Stereo Depot is a no-brainer.

If you’re ready to ring in the new year with a hot new car, without actually getting a new car, come visit us at one of our stores, conveniently located on Broadway in El Cajon, or on El Cajon Blvd in San Diego. Or, give us a call at 619-873-2210 (El Cajon store) or 619-514-2928 (San Diego store).

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