Everyone has their own idea about which electronics manufacturer provides the best quality, offers the biggest bang for the buck or simply has a name you can trust. Now, we can't tell you what brand of aftermarket electronics to purchase, but we can give you an idea of what's on the market from a few of the major automotive electronics manufacturers.
Sony offers a fairly complete line of in-car entertainment electronics. Sony in-dash car stereos, available at several different price points, will not only play MP3 music files off of CDs, but will take input directly from digital music players and from USB thumb drives, which can be plugged directly into the unit. The inexpensive MEX-BT2600 will even serve as a Bluetooth hands-free receiver when not playing pre-recorded audio [source: Sony Xplod]. Not surprisingly, given Sony's expertise with television development, they also offer relatively cheap all-in-one DVD video units. The DVP-FX820, priced at less than $200, includes an 8-inch (20.3-centimeter) LCD video display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution. It comes with a 6-hour battery that can be recharged in the car [source: Sony Style USA].
Kenwood has a complete assortment of gadgets for your car, too, including in-dash CD and DVD players, GPS navigation systems, speakers, amplifiers and CD changers. Remember the useful Kenwood CarPortal on the previous page? The DNX8120 includes a navigation system, DVD player with video display and an integrated Bluetooth interface for your cell phone. It will also work with an iPod [source: Kenwood]. The CCD-2000 is a backup camera so that you can see behind your car when maneuvering in reverse [source: Kenwood].
Alpine makes a line of car stereos, but their IVA-W205 DVD player provides a 6.5-inch (16.5-centimeter) LCD screen that will work in double-sized dashboard slots. It will also play CDs, DVD audio and digital music files in MP3 and WMA formats [source: Alpine Electronics of America, Inc.].
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- Sony Xplod. "Sony MEX-BT2600 CD Receiver with Bluetooth™ Connectivity."(Feb. 3, 2009)http://www.xplodsony.com/xplod/headunits/MEX-BT2600
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