July August 2016 Page 25 July 2016

Whether you want your new gear to draw attention or simply blend in with your dash, a big display and variable-color illumination let you personalize your new car stereo. Many offer a choice of colors to match the display and buttons with your interior lighting, while several touchscreen models let you change the background wallpaper and rearrange icons for easier access to functions you use the most. Advisor pick: Clarion NX605 navigation receiver Clarion lets you set up the display for the quickest access and best look. #020NX605 $899.99 Price Break $499.99 "My customers want a certain look in their dash, so having the ability to adjust the colors is huge." - Artie "Many folks I talk to want to control the radio, even if it's out of sight, such as in a vintage vehicle. App control opens up different installation options." - Chance In the excitement of shopping for new gear, this one may not pop into your head right away. A typical receiver has a 1-year warranty, but many manufacturers offer models with longer warranties. These generally reflect an upgrade in construction and materials, which can help durability and performance. They also often include some extra feature upgrades, like more robust sound-shaping tools to customize your sound and preamp outputs with higher voltages (see previous page). Advisor pick: Kenwood Excelon KDC-X599 CD receiver All Kenwood Excelon receivers include a 2-year warranty. #113KDCX599 $149.99 Price Break $119.99 "Longer warranties offer customers the peace of mind they want." - Brit Ever have a car stereo that was a little tough to reach? Many car stereo makers offer smartphone apps that work directly with select stereos in their lineups. These apps let you control your radio directly from your phone's touchscreen. With these apps, your phone also doubles as a great display to see all your media info - something remote controls simply can't do. Advisor pick: Pioneer DEH-X8800BHS CD receiver Pioneer's ARC app provides control over the stereo from your phone. #130X8800BS $179.99 2-YEAR WARRANTY SAVE $400 App control Longer warranty Customizable display Select the right car stereo by using our Rlters to reRne your choices at crutchReld.com/omc Before writing about car stereos, David Delamere spent 16 years as an Advisor helping customers choose the right one. 25

Previous Page
Next Page