I was shopping for a used 4×4 vehicle this weekend (currently it’s a toss up between a pathfinder, discovery II, and an xterra!) and almost all of them are pre 2005 models. This means the technology systems are junk, and since I’m a Pandora junkie on long road trips, I immediately did some checking around to see how much a new replacement head unit that’s bluetooth compatible would cost. Now I have a bit a car stereo experience, and worked at a car audio shop doing installs during high school for a few years. I’m by no means an expert installer or anything, but I do have above average audiophile experience… But let me just tell you, a LOT has changed in the electronic world since I was in the game everyday!
That said, there are tons of double din head units with all the modern USB and Bluetooth functionality that sync right with your Android and Iphone smartphones for under $200 bucks… Which is a STEAL compared to what we used to pay back in the day for a single din… not to mention a flip out!
Let’s take a look at the top sellers for 2017 double din head units, and then I’ll tell you which one I think is the best for your money at the end in the reviews…
- MVH-S600BS - Pioneer In-Dash 2-DIN Digital Media Receiver with Bluetooth, Pandora, and Spotify Control
- Digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (does not play CDs)
- Built-in MOSFET amplifier (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
- Built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calls and music streaming
- Plays MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, and WAV music files
- Size and Gifts: The Car Dual-Core MP5 Stereo Size(Fixed Panel) is 7.01(W) x 3.15(L) x 3.94(H)inch, please check your car radio size with our product before ordering, bundle gift: a free camera WITHOUT regular remote & steering wheel remote .
- Multifunction: Compatible with BT stereo car and hand free calling, FM Radio, USB, TF Card(Up to 32G), AUX IN, music player, video player, and reversing camera
- Various format: 7 inch 2 din HD 1080P car radio MP5 player, Built-in TF memory card slot up to 32G, High quality sound and bass,Support audio format:MP3/WMA/WAV/MKV/FLAC/OGG/APE,Support video format: RM/RMVB/DVD(VOB)/VCD(DAT)/MP1/MP2/DIVX/XVID/MP4/H263/H264/FLV/3GP/SWF/AVI/ASF/MJPEG etc(Please note: This is not a CD/DVD Player/GPS)
- Phonelink and navigation: Support PhoneLink and navigation function of most of the android cell phone(not iPhone), you can control your cell phone via the big screen of stereo, please use the original cellphone cable for avoiding disconnecting, and also can charge your cell phone in the same time, but please note: the stereo is not a GPS unit
- The line of the car stereo is a bit complicated, each color is connected with different functions, please compare with our picture or installation manual /Video to install patiently.We supply detailed user manual, and FAQ.24-hour technical support before purchasing and after sales,Customer service center:[email protected]
- 800 x 400 resolution, clear-resistive touchscreen, 24-bit True color panel, display & color customization, dedicated Spotify app control a/V source controls content from iPhone & Android devices
- Multilanguage display (attention/SP/Fr/chi), hands-free calling & audio streaming, Dual phone connection, DVD/DVD-R/RW/did-video/MPEG-2/MPEG-1/MPEG-4/favorite/DivX/WMV video playback
- Cd/CD-R/RW/WMA/WAV/MP3/AAC/FLAC audio playback, 1. 5a USB port, aux input, composite a/V input, backup-camera input, wired remote input, composite video output
- Mistral takes the music from iPhone/iPod, USB device or certain Android devices & plays it back with added transitions & effects to create a virtual DJ inside the PIONEER receiver
- Requires the Android Auto app on Google play and an Android compatible smartphone running Android 5. 0 Lollipop or higher. Includes wiring harness, USB extension cable, Bluetooth microphone and manual
- BLUETOOTH: Answer / make calls and be hands-free with no distractions. The built-in microphone picks up your voice and your car speakers let you hear the person on the other side. Play and control your music and apps like Spotify / Pandora wirelessly
- MEDIA PAYBACK: Watch your choice of videos through the DVD player, play music through your Bluetooth device, pop in a CD or use the USB/SD ports for more audio alternatives. Tune into the AM/FM radio stations for up to date music/news/sports and more
- AUXILIARY INPUT: This double din head unit is compatible with the audio output from smartphones as well as MP3 Players
- INPUTS: USB / SD ports. AUX input. Back up safely with the included rearview camera. The steering wheel interface allows you to use the existing functions on your steering wheel (interface module sold separately. We recommend the Metra ASWC-1)
- OUTPUTS: Use the front, rear & subwoofer pre-amp outputs to hook up your speakers (front left/front right and rear left/rear right) and subwoofer. The video output allows you to connect an extra screen for more viewing capability
- shallow-mount chassis design (2-13/16" deep)
- designed to pair with Alpine's KTA-450 power pack amplifier
- designed to work with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- ★Size and gifts: The Car Dual-Core MP5 Stereo Size(Fixed Panel) is 7.00(L) x 2.17(W) x 4.02(H)inch, please check your car radio size with our product before ordering, bundle gift: free reverse camera and 7 LED light versions.
- ★Multifunction: Compatible with Bluetooth and hands-free calling, FM Radio, USB, TF Card(Up to 32G), AUX-IN, music player, video player, and reversing camera
- ★Phonelink and navigation: Support PhoneLink and navigation function of most of the phone(support Android 9.0 and below, iPhone 8 and below, other versions will be supported in the future), you can control your cell phone via the big screen of stereo, please use the original cellphone cable for avoiding disconnecting, but please note: the stereo is not a GPS unit
- ★Various format: 7 inch 2 din HD 1080P car radio MP5 player, Built-in TF memory card slot up to 32G, High quality sound and bass,Support audio format:MP3/WMA/WAV/MKV/FLAC/OGG/APE,Support video format: RM/RMVB/DVD(VOB)/VCD(DAT)/MP1/MP2/DIVX/XVID/MP4/H263/H264/FLV/3GP/SWF/AVI/ASF/MJPEG etc(Please note: This is not a CD/DVD Player/GPS)
- ★Best customer service: We provide 24-hour technical support before purchasing and after sales! You can contact us firstly for your question by email before you leave a negative review. Warm tip:1, The stereo working temperature is -10~60 ℃, and there is a temperature protection system for this stereo, too high a temperature will stop working. 2, Please use the pink wire instead of your orange wire to connect your reverse detection wire if your stereo cannot receive the reverse image
- Bluetooth: Built-in Bluetooth, Hands-Free Profile (HFP), Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), Serial Port Profile (SSP), and Dual Phone Connection.
- 5 Display Colors With 112 Key Colors. Android and iPhone Compatibility
- Expandability: Single, Rear UBS Input, Rear AUX Input, Back-up Camera Input, Wired Remote Input, Composite Video Output, 1-3. 5mm (Audio/Video) Mini Jack AV Cable, and USB Direct Control for iPod/iPhone.
- Digital Media Playback: CD/CD-R/CD-RW Playback, DVD/CD/USB MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV Audio Playback, and DVD/DVD-R/DVD-RW MPEG-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4/AVI/DIVX/WMV/JPEG Video Playback
- *Developed from widely used & stable Android Marshmallow OS, deeply customized & optimized to let it perform better in vehicles. Lots of vehicle-based features - Specific FM/AM Radio tuner w/ RDS, preset max 4*45W amplifier with higher 4*24w RMS power out, AUX/Backup camera/dash camera input, Bluetooth handsfree, steering wheel key control & more (no DVD/CD Player,however). Quick Booting - Start the car & access system within 2 seconds!
- *If your car has factory Steering Wheel key Control feature (shorted for SWC,based on resistive analog signal input only; if your car happens to use digital CANBUS data signal, and you can find applicable digital-to-resistive converter), SWC feature can still be retained. WiFi receiption & builtin microphone have been significantly improved. The reception of ATOTO WiFi can be comparable to some phones! Drivers do not have to yell to the car stereo to talk with the other one!
- *Dual Bluetooth chips inside not only work as BT handsfree /media streaming, but also connect to phone's BT tethering to access internet, send/receive files, and even connect to BT gamepad /mouse &OBD. Built in GPS module, pre-installed map engine app: Google Maps(free),users need to download map data of certain area from the app setting for offline navigation. Waze/HERE WeGo/Tomtom are also supported. All ATOTO optional accessories/parts can be found here:https://www.amazon.com/atoto
- *Unlimited Micro USB Drive/ Micro SD storage supported (256GB confirmed OK). Which model of A6 series fits my need best? DETAILED DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A6 Models are available in this link: http://bit.ly/2F2k4uS, or see last images from left image area.[Find the reasons why ATOTO doesn't follow other Android Car Stereo brands in hardware,software and design from this link: https://bit.ly/2uxA4UP]. Helpful articles & Online product registration is available on AOCSS(http://support.myatoto.com)
- Continuous firmware update [latest firmware version ATOTO AICE OS 9.4]. Get continued firmware update when available to ensure less bugs and new features added. Doest this one fit my car? Do I need any other parts to finish installation? Which one fits my car better? Expert-support (we fully understand our products, as well as general installing issues). Remember to write to us ([email protected]) if you have any questions before purchasing, or need help with A6.
- Clear-resistive WVGA touchscreen with LED backlight
- Color customization display
- Display-off & power-off modes
- Siri eyes free with compatible iPhone & Google VR
- Android smartphone compatible
- 6. 2 inch Wide VGA Color LCD Display with LED Backlight
- Built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking and audio streaming
- Power Output: Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels / RMS: 22 watts x 4 channels
- Compatible with Apple iPhone 6/6+ and iOS 8 software
- Rear RCA Video Output: Used for connection to separate monitors and other devices
Pricing last updated on 2019-10-12 - Disclaimer
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