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The Most Important Car Audio Factors

If you’re in the market for a new car audio system, there are several key factors you should take into consideration before you make your choice. There are countless options available when it comes to car audio, so it’s important to know what to look for to make sure you choose the best option for your needs and wants.

Below are the most important factors you should consider when choosing a car audio system:

  1. Audio sources: Before you start your search, determine which audio sources you use most. Do you still use CDs, or do you need digital media options? Will you use your receiver for DVD playback when parked? Do you need a USB port or auxiliary input? Depending on your preferences, you may need a standard CD-receiver, an A/V receiver with a color screen or a mechless receiver.The Most Important Car Audio Factors
  1. GPS and navigation: Many car audio systems can do more than just play music — they can also help you get to your destination by providing turn-by-turn GPS navigation. If you’re interested in an audio system that includes GPS, look for flash memory-based maps that can be updated with a removable SD card.
  1. Amplifier power: Your in-dash receiver outputs audio to your car’s speakers through its internal amplifier. Amplifier power is measured in both “peak power” and “RMS.” In general, more peak power and RMS power are the way to go, especially if you plan to listen at high volumes.
  1. User interface: The actual interface of your audio receiver is an important factor in making your decision. Some receivers are small and less obvious to would-be thieves, while other models take up more dashboard space and feature large touchscreen displays. In addition, if your vehicle includes steering wheel audio controls, you’ll need to choose a receiver that is compatible in order to use that feature.
  1. Smartphone and app integration: If you want to connect your smart phone to your vehicle for phone calls and wireless media playback, you’ll need to look at car audio systems that offer smartphone integration. In addition, audio systems are available that include popular audio streaming apps such as Pandora and iHeartRadio.

You have a lot of options when it comes to car audio systems, so it’s important to take some time to decide exactly what you want in an audio system before you make your choice. While you’re shopping around for a new audio system for your vehicle, be sure to keep the key factors above in the back of your mind. You’ll also need a dependable battery for your system. The Kinetik Battery offers a modest 400 watt system for everyday driving, or a 10,000 watt system to give you that thumping bass.