Car Stereos & Digital Media Receivers Q & A
- Will steering wheel controls still work?
- What do DIN and double DIN mean?
- What does the power rating mean?
- Any additional parts for installation?
- What does "ready" mean?
In most vehicles this is possible with some additional parts and labor. Before purchasing a new car stereo, make sure it's "steering wheel control compatible," which will be listed in the stereo features.
DIN is the acronym used to define the standard car stereo measurement in vehicles. Double DIN is simply a stereo that is twice the size of standard DIN. DIN units measure 2" x 7", while double DIN units measure 4" x 7". Most newer vehicles can support the larger double DIN size with additional parts to make the stereo fit.
The "W" refers to watts, the basic unit of power. The number following the wattage designates the number of output channels on the stereo. For example, "4" means there are 4 channels, or speakers. Therefore, 50W x 4 means 50 watts peak power is going to 4 channels, for a total of 200 watts peak power.
Most vehicles require additional parts to install a new stereo properly. Typical additional parts include a mounting kit to make the new stereo fit into your dash, and a wiring harness for the new radio to be wired to your existing wiring. Some vehicles also require an antenna adapter to receive AM/FM radio stations.
Most car stereos have the capability to add more features with extra parts, such as "satellite radio–ready" or "iPod®-ready." This means additional parts and labor are required to make this function work with your car stereo.
Why Choose Bluetooth Technology?
Pair your Bluetooth-enabled phone with a car stereo that has Bluetooth technology to enjoy easy and safe hands-free calling. Plus, did you know that you can also stream music from your phone and hear directions from your GPS unit through your stereo system?
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