Wondering Which Music System is Best for Your Car? Here's a List of the Top Car Audio Systems Which Deliver a Mind Blowing AV Experience! (2020)

Wondering Which Music System is Best for Your Car? Here's a List of the Top Car Audio Systems Which Deliver a Mind Blowing AV Experience! (2020)

Car audio systems have evolved dramatically over the years. From being simple audio devices they are now a comprehensive multimedia navigation system which deliver a complete mix of audio, video and data content, with seamless connectivity to your smart phone. If you are looking for a good audio system for your car, we have compiled this list just for you.

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Few Important Facts about a Music System for Car

With long commutes, most of us are eager to have the best music system in our cars! Nowadays, music systems in cars are not only used for listening to music, but for taking calls, navigation, online help, video player and front and rear view camera output, etc. However, till the 1950s a simple AM radio was ‘The Music System’ in a car, subsequently FM radio was introduced in 1952, then came the eight track tape players followed by cassette players, then CD players in 1984, DVD players in the 21st century and then; the Blue-ray players, Bluetooth phone integration and the latest Android Auto features were introduced in the last decade. Once it was all manual and there were separate hard buttons for different controls, but now music systems in cars have touch screens, steering wheel controls and voice command controls as well.

Initially what was meant for listening to music and radio is now used for telecommunication, telematics, security of the vehicle (both inside and outside), remote diagnostics system and with the help of active noise control, the loudspeakers of the music system can also minimise road and engine noise. Before you decide to purchase a music system for your car, you need to have a fair idea about the features you need in your in car music system and your total budget.

Different Components of a Music System for Car

Remember those ugly looking music systems where you could listen to a few radio channels and you had to fit in, rewind, forward and eject out the cassettes multiple times to get the right song playing? Though those systems are a thing of the past now, but the basic components still remain the same. The three major components of a music system for a car are - the head unit, amplifiers and speakers. Let’s check out a few more details about all the three components:

  • The Head Unit – Also known as the main unit, a stereo receiver or a deck; this is like the CPU of your music system and all the instructions are given from this main unit. This is the place from where the volume, bass and equaliser, etc. are controlled and it also helps in distributing superb quality audio and video to the other components of the music system. You should set a budget for the head unit separately as you have to keep a separate fund for the amplifiers and the speakers as well. Check for the size of the stereo before purchasing one to ensure that it fits properly in the space meant for the music system of your vehicle. If you are planning to ditch the amplifier, then make sure to have a powerful enough ‘head unit’ which has enough ‘watts per channel’ to provide enough wattage, directly to the speakers. Check what all multimedia features you want in your vehicle and how practically you are going to use them. Also, check for smart device integration like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB, and inbuilt GPS navigation.

  • Amplifiers – If you are the ‘soft and soothing stereo music type' person, then you can choose to skip the amplifiers and directly attach the speakers to the ‘Head Unit’. However, if you want to listen to the beats, the bass, each and every frequency clearly and sharply, then a good amplifier is a must as it boosts the AV signals and increases the listening and viewing pleasure. You can get the amplifiers mounted internally if there is enough space in the front panel; else external mounting can be done under the seats or in the trunk space of your vehicle. Amplifiers are available in different configurations, from a mono-channel (powers a single speaker) to six-channel amplifiers. So, choose the amplifier type depending upon the number of speakers you are planning to install in your car.

  • Speakers – The final performance comes out of the speakers and they are the last and final leg of your music system. The most popular ones are – Coaxial speakers (full range) which are quite economical and include a tweeter (for the treble sounds) and a woofer (for the bass sounds) in a single set. These speakers take less space and are cheaper than the other types of speakers. Component speakers are formed by a group of different types of speakers viz. woofer, tweeter and mid-range speakers. They are meant for the music lovers who would like to listen to HD quality sound with superior bass and treble sounds. Component speakers require a bigger amplifier as each individual speaker in the set requires separate drivers. These speakers also take more space and are costlier as compared to Coaxial speakers, but the sound quality is premium and far better than that of a Coaxial speaker. And finally, if you are an avid music lover and ready to shell out some extra for your sound system, then an independent sub-woofer is a must in your car. The sub-woofer would provide you a different kind of experience of the sounds, especially the low frequency bass notes.

A right mix of the stereo, amplifier and speakers can provide you an amazing experience and the best music system for your car.

8 Best Music Systems for Your Car in 2020

In this category, we have picked the most popular and economical music systems (main units). You can check them according to your budget, requirements, multimedia connectivity and the right size which would fit into your vehicle.

Blaupunkt New Jersey 220 BT Car Audio System Double-DIN (1 Piece)

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The New Jersey 220 BT model by Blaupunkt is an easy to install double DIN size (4 inch x 8 inch) Bluetooth enabled audio system with a 3 band parametric equaliser which provides high quality sound and is capable of playing music from multiple sources like FM, USB and Bluetooth to provide you a pleasant experience. There is no touch screen or video display available in this car audio system and it is available on Paytm Mall for Rs. 8,999.00.

Blaupunkt San Marino 330 - 6.2 Inch Touchscreen

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Equipped with a big 6.2 inch digital TFT touch screen display (800 x 480 pixels), the San Marino 330 model by Blaupunkt is capable of supporting USB, AUX, MP3, Bluetooth and micro SDHC. The multimedia feature provides front AV output, rear view camera input, video output and steering wheel control input. This audio system has a 2 DIN measurement and the 10 band Parametric Equaliser along with the 24-bit D/A converter gives superb sound experience. The Blaupunkt San Marino 330 model is available for Rs. 9,495.00 on Amazon.

Sony WX-800UI Car Stereo (Black)

The double DIN black colour car stereo by Sony looks very stylish and compact. Various options like USB, AUX, iPod and Bluetooth are provided to let you play uninterrupted music. The Dynamic Soundstage Organiser (DSO) feature gives the perfect sound ambience with virtual speakers. The mega-bass characteristic adds quality to the overall sound experience and variable illuminations are provided to match your mood and the colour of the car’s interior. The Sony WX-800UI Car Stereo is available on AutoFurnish for Rs. 8,539.00.

Sony XAV-AX1000 (6.2 Inch) Media Receiver

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If you are an Apple user, then Sony XAV-AX1000 (6.2-inch) Media Receiver can be the right multimedia system for your car, as it supports Apple Car Play and you can communicate with Siri to get correct information on real time directions. The 6.2 inch touch screen is very responsive and wakes right after you turn on the ignition. The DSO feature adjusts the signals of the different speakers, tweeters and sub-woofers, etc. to improve the stereo positioning and the sound feels like coming straight from the dashboard. The 4 x 55 W Dynamic Reality Amp 2 advanced signal processing removes interference, thus providing clear sound even at high volume. With three outputs, you can add extra amplifiers and sub-woofers to the system and the output power of 55 W can be attached with a rear view camera. This iPhone compatible Sony audio system for your car is available for Rs. 12,362.00 on Amazon.

JVC KW-V11UID Car Stereo (Double DIN)

A powerful car stereo by JVC, with a maximum output of up to 50 W is compatible with iPhones, iPods and Android phones. Also, it supports DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW apart from the usual USB and AUX inputs. The media system is equipped with crossfade and balance control, built-in equaliser (normal, rock and pop) and supports MP3, WAV and APE audio formats. The 6.2 inches touch screen supports MPEG-1 and JPEG video formats and the system has features like steering wheel controls and a built-in microphone. The double DIN system from JVC comes with a remote and is available on Flipkart for Rs. 6,499.00.

JVC KD-X152 Car Stereo (Single DIN)

A powerful car stereo by JVC, with a maximum output of up to 50 W is compatible with iPhones, iPods and Android phones. It also supports DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW apart from the usual USB and AUX inputs. The media system is equipped with crossfade and balance control, built-in equaliser (normal, rock and pop) and supports MP3, WAV and APE audio formats. The single DIN system by JVC comes with a remote and is available on Flipkart for Rs. 2,811.00.

Woodman Neo 2 Android 8.1 with Gorilla Glass & IPS Display Double DIN (2 GB/16 GB) (with Camera)

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A latest product launched in 2019, this Neo 2 model by Woodman supports Android 8.1 and the car media player comes with a rear view camera, 1 GPS, connectors, USB connector cable and power connectors. It has a 7 inch HD touch screen (1024 x 600) with IPS panel (viewing angle of 178°) protected with scratch resistant Gorilla Glass. The multimedia player for car supports calling with Bluetooth, 2 GB DDR RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 2 USB port, mirror link, access to Google Play Store, online and offline maps; connectivity to sensors, speakers and camera with video output. The Neo 2 by Woodman is available for Rs. 8,999.00 on Amazon.

Kenwood DPX-M3100BT Digital Media Receiver with Double DIN (Black)

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One of the best rated products of Kenwood, the DPX-M3100BT Digital Media Receiver comes with ‘2 phones’ hands free calling option and the Wideband Speech Hands-free Profile 1.6 provides better quality reception while taking calls. You can control Spotify from your iPhone or Android phones and listen to unlimited number of songs. The Kenwood Music Mix lets you connect up to 5 Bluetooth devices at the same time and audio streaming can be enjoyed by switching the devices just at the touch of the screen. Bright adjustable LED lighting to match your mood and interiors is available on this media receiver, which is available for Rs. 7,499.00 on Amazon.

Best Speakers for Your Car

Choosing the right speaker is equally important to have a complete and enthralling experience of your car audio system. Let’s check out a few of the bestselling and popular speakers for the music system of your car.

Sony XS-FB693E 3-Way Coaxial Car Speakers (Black)

These easy to install coaxial speakers from Sony are 6 x 9 inches in size and have a mica matrix cone woofer which offers strong and deep bass sounds. The super tweeter enhances the high frequency music and the 420 W speakers can produce a sound of up to 90 decibels. The pair of car speakers is made of polypropylene in tray panel shape and can be purchased from Flipkart for Rs. 2,315.00.

Pioneer TS-R6951S 3-Way Coaxial Speaker (Black)

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One more coaxial speaker which is a 3-way oval shaped speaker set with dimensions of 6 x 9 inches and has nominal power of 50 watts and peak of 400 watts. The set contains 2 woofers, 2 woofer grills and 2 speaker wires along with a 1 year warranty card. The lightweight speaker set for car by Pioneer can be purchased from Amazon for Rs. 2,132.00.

JBL GTO609C High-Fidelity Component Speaker System (Black)

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A component speaker system to produce high quality sound and crisp details of different frequencies by JBL is the GTO609C High-Fidelity Component Speaker System. It has a normal power output of 75 W and peak power output of 270 W and has a 2-way speaker system (360 W), 2 grills, 2 crossovers and 2 tweeters to give you a wonderful music experience in your vehicle. It has gold-plated terminals and the speakers are made of titanium laminate which helps them to produce sounds of up to 93 decibels. This component speaker system for car by JBL can be purchased from Amazon for Rs. 5,890.00.

Rahul Banerji
Rahul began his stint as a freelance writer after working in the corporate world for ten years. He enjoys writing on various topics and is an avid blogger. His interest in science, technology, politics, current affairs and the latest trends helps him to back his writing with well researched facts. Rahul finds solace in gadgets, nature and spirituality.
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