There are far too many people driving around with a car stereo that has seen better days or a head unit that understands the concept of Bluetooth about as well as your great uncle. If you're guilty, you don’t have to limit yourself to your tape player and collection of early 90s cassettes (as impressive as it may be). These aftermarket car stereos will bring you up to date and let you discover a whole new world of XM Radio, Bluetooth and podcasts. Here are the top 3 single din and double din stereos that fit most vehicles. Make sure to check that your specific make, model and vehicle year are compatible and unless you're mechanically inclined, it's best to have a professional mechanic install your new device. 

Single Din Car Stereos 

1. Alpine CDE-HD149BT Bluetooth Car Stereo

Alpine CDE

Best suited for iPhone users, the Alpine CDE-HD149BT Single-Din Bluetooth Car Stereo ($229) offers great quality audio, Bluetooth wireless with Audio Streaming and a built-in HD Radio receiver. This device will let you connect to SiriusXm Radio so you can discover new music and gives you hands-free calling capability to make your trips safer. You'll be able to connect and charge your phone via USB cable to ensure you get all the way through your favorite song or podcast.  

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2. Sony MEX-XB120BT Bluetooth CD/AM/FM/SiriusXM Car Stereo 

Sony single din car stereo

The Sony MEX-XB120BT Single DIN Hi-Power Bluetooth In-Dash Car Stereo ($198) has a user-friendly, simple to set up interface. It gives you exceptional sound quality along with voice control and a high power amp so you can blast your favorite album and sing along like no one's watching - they probably are. Set up one or two devices via Bluetooth and then use your wheel controls to switch between tracks. One fun feature that sets the Sony apart is its multicolor screen that lights up in sync to your music (untz untz untz).

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3. Pioneer DEH-150MP CD Reciever

Pioneer car stereo

For a more affordable (albeit basic) option, the Pioneer DEH-150MP CD Reciever ($70) gives you MP3 and Windows Media Player connectivity. With the AUX input, you can take your music collection along for the ride. With the Advanced Sound Retriever and the Subwoofer Control in this model, you'll get clear and detailed sound even from compressed MP3 files. The trade-off for the lower price point is that you will lose the ability to connect with Bluetooth. 

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Double Din Car Stereos 

1. JVC KW-V230BT BT/DVD/CD/USB Receiver 

JVC Car Stereo

The JVC KW-V230BT BT/DVD/CD/USB Receiver ($290) gives both Android and iPhone users all the connectivity they want and more. Link up your phone with USB or Bluetooth and you'll hear your music like never before with JVC's K2 technology. The device is able to reproduce the original master sound for all your audio sources, including CD. You'll also be able to financially justify that digital music subscription since you can easily connect to Pandora, iHeartRadio and Spotify. The JVC receiver also gives you backup camera and steering wheel controls for a fully integrated experience. 

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2. Sony WX920BT 2-DIN CD Receiver with Bluetooth

Sony Double Din Car Stereo

Connect to the Sony WX920BT 2 - Din Reciever on one or two phones via Bluetooth and easily make calls, play your tunes and use voice controls through Siri or Android to navigate the user-friendly system safely. For the best possible sound quality, Sony put a built-in high-power amplifier to give you a loud and realistic sound. Go ahead and sell those concert tickets because the driver's seat will sound just like the front row. If you have a design eye, you'll get a kick out of the option to customize the device's lights to match your car's interior. 

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3. Pyle 7” PLDMB78I Double Din Car Stereo

Pyle Double Din Car Stereo

The Pyle 7" Double Din Car Stereo ($150) comes with a large HD touchscreen giving you all the functionality of a standard car infotainment system in a user-friendly device. Score a built-in microphone to make hands-free calls and avoid getting caught holding your phone which can end in a costly conversation. Additional features that make this device a great value are AM/FM radio with 30-station memory and a touchscreen control interface GPS navigation system.

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