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Top 3 Digital Media Receivers of 2010

Top 3 Digital Media Receivers of 2010


This year has been all about digital media. In-dash stereo receivers have the ability to play digital media, but what about optimizing a stereo specifically to play digital media. This new innovation will clean your car of a loose CD clutter or a bulky CD changer, by simply removing them from the equation entirely! Gone are the CD’s with their small storage limits, and in are the flash drives, iPods, MP3 Players, and whatever other type of digital media store you may happen to own. As always, there are some brands that have gone above and beyond to deliver some amazing source units, and here’s a glance of the top three digital media receivers of 2010.

Pioneer MVH-8200BT

The Pioneer MVH-8200BT exceeded expectations with its affordable price point, TFT-LCD Monitor, and detachable face panel that reveals an SD memory card slot. This unit integrates Pioneer’s super tuner for superb AM/FM reception and sound quality. Paired along with its Advanced Sound Retriever to enhance digital media played back through the USB, this Pioneer receiver was designed for crystal-clear sound quality.

  • Advanced Sound Retriever
  • Detachable Face Panel

Sony DSX-S300BTX

Sony’s DSX-S300BTX has a new feature that helps it hold onto your MP3 player for you. The integrated Tune Tray replaces the area where your CD player once was. Upon flipping the faceplate down you’ll have a tray to slide out and connect with a USB device, or an iPod specific connection. This handy feature isn’t the only thing this excellent stereo has to offer. Integrating the Sony SensMe technology for music playlists generated by moods and other source selection modes make this stereo a convenient way to get your favorite tunes going with minimal setup!

  • Sony SensMe Technology
  • Integrated Tune Tray

Kenwood KIV-BT900

Finally, the radio that has really impressed us above and beyond would be the Kenwood KIV-BT900. This radio is also equipped with a TGT-LCD monitor, and integrates variable color lighting, but the amazing features don’t stop there. An iPod can playback a video directly through the USB connection onto the 3” display. If you’re more interested in tuning options and flexibility for larger storage space the KIV-BT900 has you covered. A 5-Band equalizer will help this radio tune your system to perfection. The USB port found on the back of the stereo is ready to be hooked up to a USB hub as well, allowing for connection of up to 3 USB devices simultaneously!

  • Variable Color Lighting
  • USB Hub Compatible

New Digital Media Receivers from Pioneer

Pioneer MVH-P8200

By Chelsey P. – Product Specialist

Buying a new receiver can be a daunting task. Do you go with a CD player, cassette player or a mixture of both? Cassette players are a thing of the past and CD’s are quickly becoming a fading memory, so what should you do in a time like this? The new age of Digital Media Receivers have been introduced to the public. They are unique in the fact that they do not have a built-in CD player. In place of a CD player they tend to have inputs such as USB or SD Card slots, auxiliary inputs and iPod connections. Multimedia receivers have definitely been designed for a consumer who loves music and has a ton of it on their MP3 player.

What should I look for in a Digital Media Receiver? An iPod Connection or USB Input is pretty much essential when it comes to choosing a good digital media receiver. Pioneer has recently introduced their 2010 line of multimedia receivers, including the MVH-P8200. This is Pioneers first mech-free single DIN In-dash receiver. It has iPod USB Direct connectivity making it perfect for iPod lovers. The iPod connection will charge, control and allow your iPod to playback through the receiver and stereo system.  If you do not have an iPod, just plug your thumb drive into the receiver for hours of music. An SD Card slot may be another expandability option to look for when choosing a receiver. The SD Card slot provides access to digital media such as MP3, WMA and DivX files. With both a USB input and SD card slot, you will have no problems choosing how to listen to all your favorite songs while in the car.

Have you ever thought about streaming Bluetooth audio directly to your car? Some new digital receivers come with built-in Bluetooth such as the Pioneer MVH-P8200BT. So not only can you listen to music through the USB Input and SD Card slot, you can stream music from a Bluetooth enabled phone! Digital media receivers will provide your vehicle with exceptional sound quality while being stylish at the same time.