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5 features that can make a difference CHOOSING A NEW CAR STEREO As you're probably aware, smartphones are a major part of life. Understandably, the next step in smartphone evolution is getting them totally involved in your car. That's where stereos that offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come in. This software is designed by the same companies who make the phones, so the interface is familiar. You get quick access to your apps, texts, calls, and maps regardless of the stereo brand or model. You can run the show using the stereo's touchscreen controls or by voice commands, just like you would on your iPhone or Android. Advisor pick: Pioneer AVH-4200NEX DVD receive r This stereo gives you the best of both phone integration options. #1304200NEX $699.99 $599.99 after $100 mail-in rebate Rebate offer ends 7/31/16. These may not seem like a big deal, so why are they important to consider? Preamp outputs provide connections for amplifiers and powered subwoofers to further improve your sound. And even if you're not adding amps, it's sometimes the case that retaining your factory amp when you replace the radio requires at least front and rear preamp outputs to connect to one of the factory integration adapters we offer. It's also good to choose preamp outputs rated at 4 volts or better to ensure a clean signal gets to your amp or integration adapter. Advisor pick: Alpine CDE-HD148BT CD receiver This Alpine stereo includes six 4-volt preamp outputs for an ultra-clean audio signal. #500HD148BT $249.99 Price Break $189.99 C rutchReld carries over 200 car stereo models, and most include a USB port and Bluetooth , the two most sought- after features. If youre in the market for a new stereo, it helps to consider some other stu you might want, to reRne your choice. Recently, I sat down with some of our Advisors to get a feel for the features that are real dierence-makers to many of our customers. Heres what we came up with. Many of my customers are pleasantly surprised when I tell them this type of phone integration is possible." - Eddie These outputs provide versatility, letting customers take their systems to the next level by adding an amp." - Marlon Preamp outputs Apple CarPlay Android Auto and BY DAVID DELAMERE 24 Get deeply discounted installation gear when you buy any car stereo. See crutchReld.com/carDIY

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