Buyer’s Guide: Headunits

The car stereo head unit is the in dash reciever and the main control center for your car audio system.  There are a few factors to consider when purchasing a head unit.  As with all audio equipment, its more than just a matter of budget and popularity.

Head units can can be single or double din, include mutiple input sources such as AM/FM Radio, CD, DVD, USB, Blutooth, and AUX.

Most cars fit a single din and some may or may not require a Dash Kit.  The choice between single or double din may come down to what you have room for.  As an SPL Competitor, a single din may be your choice due to the buttons being more prodominant versus a double din touch screen.

Double Dins may include additional features such as DVD players and GPS Navigation.  Usually the main advantage of a double din head unit is the display and graphics versus functionality.

Dont forget about specs when it comes to head unit purchases. Check to be sure the unit has the right number of rca outputs, check the built in amplifier and extra features for tuning and quality control. Also research the propering wiring diagrams for your vehicle in verify if a harness is required and how to install correctly.



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For more on how to install a car head unit check out this video from Sonic Electronix


Find the right balance between quality and budget.  Buying products that are cheap and not quality could result in replacement and expenses in the future.  Best Practice is to start right and not have to do anything twice.

***PLEASE NOTE*** All information on this site is for educational and informational processes.  Any guidelines, tips or recommendations are considered general knowledge and we strongly encourage you to consult with a professional before installing, adjusting, or altering a car audio system.