If you are thinking about purchasing a car stereo mp3 player but have no idea where to start then read on to get the information you need. Getting a car stereo mp3 player that does everything you want at a price you can afford is not an impossible mission; you just need to know what to look for. By understanding this, you will be able to get the best car MP3 player based on your current needs.
Features To Look For In Your Car Stereo MP3 Player
The first thing you want to find out is what kind of media the car stereo mp3 player will play. It is important that the unit will play most if not all types of CD-R and CD-RW discs. This is because you are going to want to take your MP3’s from your player or computer and copy them to CD so the unit will need to play these discs. Most units will play both kinds, but do a quick check before you buy just to be absolutely sure.
Next up is the audio quality. You are going to want to first off see how much power the unit has. I would recommend a unit that puts out at least 20 watts per channel with a peak of around 50 watts per channel. This will ensure that you can listen to your music at a reasonable volume and that you can have some headroom when listening to music at a lower volume. You also are going to want to see what features the unit has as far as equalizing the sound is concerned. Many units will offer some kind of sculpting to the sound. You want to find a unit that not only does this but has customer settings as well. I would recommend finding a unit with around 6 presets and then a seventh option to do your own customer equalizer. This way you can have one for music, then another for music on the radio, then all the others for whatever situations might come up.
This also brings up the next feature that you want to look for – the radio options. If you can, I would highly recommend finding a unit that can connect up with either Sirius or XM Radio. While you will have to pay for the service, having XM or Sirius gives you over 200 channels to choose from. If you are any kind of sports fan it is a must have because in addition to the talk radio they have every game is broadcast via the satellite radio. This means you never have to miss a moment of the action.
Those should be the main features you look for when shopping for a car stereo mp3 player. If the unit is lacking in any of these areas, I would recommend finding one that has them.