Have you ever wondered why regular car stereos are so boring? Didn't you think that it could be possible to make a more attractive and a more functional one? Why do cell phones and other electronics change so rapidly but car stereos stay almost the same? Well, there is a perfectly good answer to all of these questions. There are modern touch screen car stereos available today! Car stereo manufacturers have realized what we (as consumers) want! We want a gorgeous stereo to make our car interior look more beautiful and to make it more functional.
So, if you want to get rid of your regular boring stereo (I suppose you do) you should consider finding the right touch screen car stereo for your needs. What should you look for? There are a number of things to look for. The most important things to look for are: can it fit in your car (is it single or double din), what connectivity options does it have (maybe you would want to connect your iPhone, iPod or maybe some other gadget), how much does it cost (obviously) and maybe the screen size.
To make sure it fits in your car you can always ask your local dealer or you can check it online on many websites. Before I address the connectivity options, you should probably know everything there is to know about product values. The main touch screen car stereo manufacturers are Jensen, Sony, Planet Audio, Kenwood, Alpine, Pyle, BOSS, Absolute, TKO audio, Clarion, Soundstream and many others. As far as I am concerned, if you choose any of these, you should be good. The quality is more or less the same. The prices in this industry are going down every day.
The screen sizes are mostly around the 7-inch range, but you can also find a larger or even a smaller one. You can play both audio and video files on all touch screen stereos. Audio compatibility is great; MP3, WMA and AAC are supported as well as the regular CD format. Video file support features: WMV, DIVX, XVID, DVD, AVI, MPEG and others. CD/R, CD R/W and also DVD/R and DVD/RW are supported. You can also connect your files through a USB memory stick or MMC/SD card (these are mostly found in digital cameras).