Your car’s stereo is the heart of your audio system. You want it to look great in the dashboard and have a ton of features. A good car stereo is going to have a source that lets you listen to a CD, the tuner, an MP3 player, satellite radio, or a USB input. The preamp should allow you to control volume, source selection, equalizers, and time corrections. The amplifier should boost the sound signal that’s being sent to your speakers.

How to Get the Right Car Stereo

There are countless varieties of car stereos. How do you know which one is right for you? Evaluate your needs. Some things you should consider include the following.


Are you looking for something simple? Or do you want something that has detailed displays? A sophisticated car stereo offers touchscreen monitors. They allow you to do more than adjust the stereo.

Sound Controls

How much control do you want over speaker adjustments? If you are a sound snob, you are going to feel concerned about things like digital type correction and parametric equalization. You will want a higher end model that will give you the options you need to truly tweak the sound. However, even if you go for a lower-priced aftermarket stereo, you get more features than you get by sticking to the stereo your car came with.


If you are looking for something plain and understated, you can find quality models that meet this goal. There are other car stereos that have innovative layouts that can add to the appearance of your car’s interior. Touchscreen monitors may allow you to adjust background colors. You can even find stereos where the lighting changes to the beat of the music.


Would you like to expand your system by connecting other players, video screens in the rear seat, or additional amplifiers? If so, you may want to find one that has all the connection ports you need. At the very least, make sure the stereo offers Bluetooth capacity so you can listen to music from a variety of sources.

Outside of having a nice engine, nice wheels, and a pristine body, a car’s quality is judged by its stereo. The stereo should look good and sound good. It should also have convenient controls. The quality of your stereo will depend on the quality of the amplifiers, head unit, and audio output system or speakers.

Author's Bio: 

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber;