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Features to Look For in a Car Stereo Receiver

When it comes down to choosing a new car stereo receiver for your vehicle, it’s always nice to have a few extra features that your old one didn’t have. There are many new ways to communicate, search for music or even navigate with a stereo receiver and we are going to touch on just a few.

Bluetooth Technology is one of the most sought after technologies in the car stereo world. It allows you to receive or make calls completely hands free, using a wireless communication between your stereo and your Bluetooth enabled phone. Bluetooth car stereos equipped with A2DP will additionally support Bluetooth audio streaming.

HD Radio is great when you live in urban or metropolitan areas with lots of radio signal. An HD Radio stereo will receive high definition digital AM/FM audio signals, resulting in very clear music. Many times, an HD receiver will allow you to tag songs that you like to later view in iTunes for download.

GPS Navigation is important for those daily drivers and commuters who do a lot of traveling. There are many different types of map databases in receivers. Some include helpful details like traffic tuning or points of interest searching. Navigation is also useful for finding the most economical routes to your destinations.

Pandora Internet Radio integration has quickly become huge in car stereos. If the receiver supports it, simply start up the Pandora app on your smart phone and plug it in through a USB connection. The stereo will typically be able to skip tracks, and sometimes it will support the use of ‘Thumbs Up’ and ‘Thumbs Down’ buttons.

iPod and iPhone Support are becoming a must in today’s industry. A good majority of people in the United States now own an Apple device to store their music, so why not utilize the iPod to bring your whole music library into the car.

These are some common features to look for when shopping for your new stereo. We hope this guide helps you track down that perfect receiver that does everything you need. If you have any suggestions of other popular features, please let us know in the comments field below!


The Parrot Asteroid: An Android Powered Car Stereo

If you’re in the market for a new stereo for your car, maybe it’s time you overlook the rest and step into the world of Android. The Parrot Asteroid is an intuitive in-dash receiver with many features that make your life easier on the road. Android is an open source operating system, meaning you can expect many updates with new features, even after the Asteroid is installed.

Conveniently Packed with Features

Expect more for your money with this digital media receiver. If you’ve got an iPod or iPhone, you’re in luck; use the included iPod connector cable to plug in your Apple device for full access to your music and other media at the tip of your fingers. If you are ever on the verge of getting lost, use the built-in navigation that displays clearly and beautifully with up to date maps on the display. For the talkers out there, hands-free Bluetooth by Parrot allows you to take and make calls with your hands comfortably on the steering wheel. There are a total of 4 USB inputs on the back of this receiver that can be used for your iPod, the included GPS antenna, and 2 additional devices that such as a flash drive or other storage device.

  • Built-in Bluetooth Technology
  • Pandora Internet Radio Support
  • Map application offers advanced navigation

Do It All with Android Apps

The Parrot Asteroid receiver has a multitude of apps available to you. For example, with the TuneIn radio you may listen to one of 50,000 different radio stations. There is even an app to lookup information on your destination before you ever leave the driveway. If you’re worried about being disconnected from the internet, this receiver is for you. With tons of updates to come, the Asteroid can only get better. As the first official Android OS car receiver, the Parrot Asteroid is revolutionizing the industry. To read more about the Asteroid, check out our product page.