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.
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’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
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