13 best car radios

Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.

Over the past 30 years radio managed to become an integral part of the configuration cars, and incorporate many advanced developments and technology. Until recently, no one could think of an intricate key and display design: all control was through hard buttons, information was displayed on segmented black and white screens, and the design of the front panels could be called clumsy, rather than beautiful and authentic.

At the present stage of industry development, leading manufacturers car radios have identified new standards of quality and configuration, gradually integrating liquid crystal systems into music systems displays, giving them additional functions (messenger, channel mobile communications, etc.), as well as giving the image of futurism and elegance. Having carefully studied this market segment, editors magazine selected 13 of the best car radios that deserve popularity among domestic users. Additional the parameters for selecting goods in the rating were assessments from experts, and also a comparison of personal technical indicators among themselves.

How to choose a car radio

The reliable and time-tested choice of car radios relies on Six key parameters:

Standard size. Height aspect systems and, accordingly, the installation socket on the front panel auto. All of them are divided into two types: 1 DIN (or 50 millimeters), and 2 DIN (100 millimeters). Although the vast majority of other parameters are independent of size car radio, there is a whole range of differences between 1 DIN and 2 DIN models. So, the second category of devices has a higher value, has more pronounced and enlarged elements management, as well (in the vast majority of cases) equipped with a full display. True, and single-radio can also have a retractable screen. In general, on this basis We recommend starting from personal preferences and the size of the staff places for installation.

Output power. Power indicator which can give a regular amplifier radio. For most standard stereo systems, this figure does not exceed 4×50 watts, however, today you can find models whose output power It is 4×80, and even 4×100 watts. Always pay attention to acoustics in cars and read carefully recommendations for power indicators to the chosen car radio.

Amplifier channels. This parameter shows which the number of speakers can be connected to a particular car radio. Usually this number comes first in terms of maximum power. For example, 2×40 W, 4×50 W, etc.

Type of display. There are two principal types of displays. for car radio:

  1. segment – screens of ordinary systems that allow you to see the necessary information about the track or radio station in the form of a running strings. They have a minimum set of features, but they are inexpensive execution, due to which they can reduce the cost of finished radio tape recorders;
  2. LCD, TFT, LED displays – a new generation of integrated screens, whose functionality is often comparable to the capabilities of the screens smartphones and other smart gadgets. Some of them support touch control and voice input but add to the cost more than others.
  3. When choosing a radio with a segment display, be sure to attention to studying the possibilities of backlighting: how many colors it supports and whether there is control over its brightness. In case of LCD displays (and similar ones) look at the display menu items and the interface as a whole: aren’t the icons, labels and icons, whether the screen is too dim or overexposed.

Front and rear panel connectors. In matters with the number of connectors on the car radio can act two fundamentally different methods:

  1. choose a model equipped with the maximum number of ports, interfaces and connectors. This choice will provide high the versatility of the device, and also allows you to implement the principle interchangeability in case of breakdown of one of the most used data transmission channels. This method is the easiest, but for acquiring something quality will require serious enough costs;
  2. Thoroughly consider what and how you will connect to the car radio. In the case of the rear panel, this may be the number of full-time speakers and a subwoofer, and from the front – USB, microSD, AUX, etc. Such systems will have high flexibility. selection and, accordingly, represent different price segments.

The presence of a Bluetooth channel. In modern conditions driving this function has become very important because the driver does not always have time to be distracted by switching car radio or receiving an incoming call. Bluetooth versatility this is exactly what: this type of wireless connection allows you to implement a hands-free model – manage the playlist via smartphone or receive phone calls through stereo headset.

Rating of the best car radios

Nomination a place Name of product price
The best car radio with 1 DIN housing 1 Pioneer dex-p99rs 49 020 rub.
2 Alpine CDE-178BT 14 690 rub.
3 Prology MDD-720 10 800 rub.
4 Pioneer SPH-10BT 6 400 rub.
5 KENWOOD KDC-X5200BT 6 610 rub.
6 Alpine IVA-D511R 55 990 rub.
Best car radio with 2 DIN housing 1 Pioneer AVH-X8800BT 36 990 rub.
2 Pioneer SPH-DA120 23 490 rub.
3 Alpine IVE-W585BT 35 890 rub.
4 KENWOOD DMX7017BTS 25 110 rub.
5 Alpine IVE-W530E 22 980 rub.
6 Mystery MDD-6280NV 10 443 rub.
7 Pioneer MVH-S610BT 7 220 rub.

The best car radio with 1 DIN housing

Pioneer dex-p99rs

Rating: 4.9

Pioneer DEX-P99RS

Absentee winner in the “Best Sound” nomination super expensive Pioneer DEX-P99RS car radio. Made by music lovers for music lovers, she has nothing superfluous and pathos, allowing just enjoy the music in the cabin. Yes, the car radio can connect with devices on the iOS system (and even compatible with alac format – unique to Apple products), however there is no Bluetooth connection here at all.

The full-fledged 8-thread Asahi Kasei 4396 UF processor allows to get surprisingly clear and accurate sound, however it requires good work on the selection and installation in car speakers appropriate level. The design of the front panel is designed in strict style, extremely concise and thoughtful (unlike competitors from Alpine). Included is a remote control, which, in general, plays the role of rudiment, since switching songs can also be through the steering buttons. Perhaps this is all that can say about the car radio Pioneer DEX-P99RS. This radio – definitely the best choice for those who like high-quality sound and do not hesitate to spend a lot of money on it.

Advantages

  • 8-line processor from Asahi Kasei Microdevices;
  • perhaps the best sound quality in all categories of this rating;
  • very strict and concise design;
  • Compatible with Apple Gadgets.

disadvantages

  • extremely high price.

Alpine CDE-178BT

Rating: 4.8

Alpine CDE-178BT

The third line of the rating goes to a high-quality car radio from Alpine with a wide display that not only serves identification of playing compositions and radio stations, but also for acceptance Facebook notifications. This feature is implemented in the CDE-178BT with using the TuneIt application, available for download to smartphones on iOS platform. In Android systems, control through the application is not implemented, so the only way to receive calls and playlist management is a bluetooth connection.

Judging by the customer reviews, the Alpine CDE-178BT car radio – this is an excellent system for reproducing exactly high-quality sound with a lot of settings, in which not everyone is given sort out. Extended frequency range from 5 to 20,000 Hz – not more than an advertising move, but the built-in crossover and equalizer – already a more real and tangible plus. In conclusion, I would like to comment on the appearance of the front panel. She is enough logical and complete, but for personal taste – very stupidly assembled. The scatter of buttons and the abundance of small elements does not look like something whole and pleasant – but there is nothing to be done: such is originality and the reality of almost everything manufactured by Alpine.

Advantages

  • very high-quality sound work and complex integration settings
  • the ability to directly connect the radio with gadgets on iOS;
  • implementation of playback and call control through Bluetooth
  • built-in crossover and equalizer.

disadvantages

  • stupid panel design.

Prology MDD-720

Rating: 4.7

Prology MDD-720

Multimedia system with a “moving out” screen and built-in drive, which has become a bestseller among others (let’s not dissemble – not the best) products of a manufacturing company. Car radio Prology MDD-720 received an exquisite design built on combination of sharp and strict lines with well-chosen color scheme. The gray base of the plastic case is combined with one of the most winning colors (green), which brings contrast and allows detailing to look even more elegant.

In terms of power, the car radio shows a standard 200 W, without trying to stand out from the competition. Not big the number of presets and settings, but there is a mandatory current environment Bluetooth interface with which you can Listen to music (but not answer calls). Exit display in turn, received a diagonal of 7 inches with a resolution of 800×480 dpi Not much, but for the asking price – it’s a sin to complain. And finally, we note the presence of a remote control, which can either be put on the back row or left in a box for better times (you can control the radio from the steering wheel).

Advantages

  • profitable price;
  • the presence of a 7-inch screen;
  • very beautiful design (combination of gray with green backlight);
  • implemented steering wheel buttons;
  • a stable connection via Bluetooth

disadvantages

  • traditionally weak quality.

Pioneer SPH-10BT

Rating: 4.6

Pioneer SPH-10BT

A very interesting representative of the line from Pioneer, impressing customers with an original approach to the design of the front panel. Done in futuristic style, it has a very organic layout control buttons with central light designation, extremely Elegant backlight and a small central display.

In turn, the filling of the Pioneer SPH-10BT car radio can call standard: there is a 13-band equalizer with enough precise sound settings (both high / mid frequencies, and bass), integrated radio module with a symbolic number presets (total 6), as well as Bluetooth for implementation call management and wireless music playback. how users note, no problems with interference with this type they do not test the connection: at least before KENWOOD KDC-X5200BT this model has an advantage. Yes and in general expose the authority of the car radio from a South Korean grand not it turns out: a stylish implementation, coupled with an exposure to the proper level quality and not the most “biting” price – what you need for domestic user.

Advantages

  • very high-quality implementation of sound reproduction and visual parameters;
  • Great front panel design
  • complete rejection of the CD / DVD-drive;
  • acceptable price;
  • 13-band equalizer with really fine tuning sound;
  • segment display with video output and even connecting the parking sensors system.

disadvantages

  • not found.

KENWOOD KDC-X5200BT

Rating: 4.5

KENWOOD KDC-X5200BT

Solid representative of car radio size 1 din, caught to the rating due to the quality implementation of the volume of settings sound and pleasant appearance. According to manufacturer’s standard KENWOOD KDC-X5200BT is represented by a combination of black housing with chrome elements and multi-color illumination of buttons and display, which fits into absolutely any environment. Maximum output power is 200 W at a rated power of 88 (22 W each for each of the four speakers). There is a standard equalizer, which significantly increases the range of settings for the most demanding people.

In general, everything related to sound is embodied in the KENWOOD KDC-X5200BT traditionally high quality. For this special thanks to the central a processor that is installed in all models of a given price segment. Among other things, the car radio has a Bluetooth module, with which the driver can not only play music with devices, but also receive calls (hands-free system in action). On the the front panel of the car radio has a CD drive, a thing is enough rudimentary in the current conditions of the development of technology. In its turn, with the rear there are USB, AUX and ISO connectors. Generally, no flaws in connection methods – as well as in quality combined with cost performance.

Advantages

  • The optimum ratio of price and quality;
  • Fine-tuned 13-band equalizer sound;
  • the ability to control using the buttons on the steering wheel (relevant for modern cars);
  • nice design and backlight (true, no adjustment brightness).

disadvantages

  • weak connection via Bluetooth – there are stumbles playback and poor voice transmission during a conversation.

Alpine IVA-D511R

Rating: 4.5

Alpine IVA-D511R

Alpine IVA-D511R – Japanese-Chinese premium system origin, received a 7-inch display as a supplement to the capabilities of a standard radio. As in the whole line Alpine products, this model has an extended range reproduction of frequencies (from 5 to 20,000 Hz), which is no more than a standard trick for naive buyers (for which they know try to avoid the products of this company). Appearance, if not devoid of any elemental style, but in general it looks rather dull and incomprehensible. At this moment of humiliation you can to finish.

In other aspects, Alpine IVA-D511R shows very good results. In particular, the most powerful components became sound quality and the ability to flexibly adjust the equalizer for custom taste. It should also be noted a large number supported formats (both video and audio), and with them Ability to integrate with Apple devices. As an additional option is the integration of the Bluetooth module, which when looking at the price looks like a mockery. Nevertheless this car radio is suitable for everyone who is personal a fan of Alpine products and value playing quality favorite songs.

Advantages

  • acceptable sound quality with deep options;
  • an abundance of playback formats;
  • the ability to integrate with devices on the iOS platform;
  • Segment 7-inch display.

disadvantages

  • optional Bluetooth connection;
  • another incomprehensible concept of the front panel;
  • high price.

Best car radio with 2 DIN housing

Pioneer AVH-X8800BT

Rating: 4.9

Pioneer AVH-X8800BT

Similar to the SPH-DA120, the Pioneer AVH-X8800BT is the top the model of its line and the unspoken flagship of the entire mission South Korean company in the Russian market. It is implemented almost the same set of functions as described below opponent: 200 watts of power distributed across four sources sound, the ability to connect and fine-tune the subwoofer, custom speaker power distribution as well crossover and 13-band graphic equalizer.

Even the management features for Android and iOS have migrated to full volume. Plus, the ability to control navigation straight from your smartphone by installing the appropriate applications. The main difference lies in the execution of the interface and appearance of the front panel. The menu is traditionally authentic, dramatically different from that on the SPH-DA120. At all, the overall design of the Pioneer AVH-X8800BT can be characterized as a classic, especially for the Asian segment. Buttons became more, and they all “moved” to the bottom of the frame, getting spectacular red backlight. The rest is nothing special to say: and in terms of cost and level of performance, this model is fully corresponds to the system described below.

Advantages

  • nice appearance of the 7-inch display and frame with red backlit buttons;
  • wide range of implemented functions and integrated technology;
  • the presence of a 13-band equalizer with graphic tuning and built-in crossover;
  • high quality workmanship.

disadvantages

  • not found.

Pioneer SPH-DA120

Rating: 4.8

Pioneer SPH-DA120

Another Pioneer representative, SPH-DA120, presents a complete multimedia system for cars with independent operating system and implemented function full smartphone support. Its main advantage is in the execution level of the visual part – the control menu looks perfect, and the frame of the case with control buttons perfectly complement.

In terms of permissible sound power, the indicators remained at the level of 200 W, however, the hardware noticeably freshened up: in number The model’s full-time capabilities were added with a 13-band equalizer and crossover, which made the sound more lively and voluminous. In addition, the Pioneer SPH-DA120 offers the option fine-tune the sound of the subwoofer, as well as prioritize sound for speakers in a car (if there are more than four or I want to emphasize the volume on one of the quartet). Don’t forget talk about the main “chip” of the technical part: integrated MirrorLink function, which allows you to use all Applications installed on the smartphone directly through the system. Is worth this car radio is quite expensive, but fully justifies price tag with a combination of positive features.

Advantages

  • excellent implementation of the design of the control part (display + front frame);
  • the presence of a built-in crossover and a 13-band equalizer;
  • implementation of MirrorLink control technology;
  • the presence of a voice assistant Siri Eyes Free;
  • The optimum ratio of price and quality.

disadvantages

  • not found.

Alpine IVE-W585BT

Rating: 4.7

Alpine IVE-W585BT

The Alpine IVE-W585BT multimedia system is presented at the Russian market for a long time, but enjoys stable popularity even despite the outdated design. the main thing the key to car radio success is a markedly reduced price: back in 2017 in the year it amounted to more than 35 thousand rubles, but now hardly exceeds 20 thousand.

Alpine IVE-W585BT is a system for true music lovers, which Allows you to take into account absolutely all the nuances and sound requirements. IN models implemented a whole range of settings, including graphic Equalizer with 9 bands. Menu navigation is intuitive: all labels and sections are indicated by large icons with signatures, so that even a person far from such a technique will be able to figure out functional, as they say, by typing. But for more advanced call management and playing music via Bluetooth – hands-free system very helps out drivers on a trip. There is a predefined FM module and the ability to connect parking cameras, as well as rudimentary disk receiver. In general, the car radio was released at the junction of transition technologies, which is why it has absorbed almost all the best that the segment could offer at that time time.

Advantages

  • pleasant and clear menu design;
  • sharp decline in value over the past two years;
  • withstands up to 200 watts of power;
  • implemented a communication system via Bluetooth and work through application with devices on the iOS platform;
  • there is an equalizer and interfaces for connecting cameras parking;
  • very stable operation of the system.

disadvantages

  • rather austere front panel design.

KENWOOD DMX7017BTS

Rating: 4.6

KENWOOD DMX7017BTS

Expensive and bright high-performance car player, able to work with devices on platforms iOS and Android, as well as integrate with devices via the network Bluetooth. Actually, it would be strange to have technical capabilities any other parameters: strict compliance with the highest segment provokes stringent requirements for functionality. Standard four-channel amplifier KENWOOD The DMX7017BTS is capable of supporting up to 200 watts of power – this the indicator is no different from the competitors.

But a full-fledged multimedia system is equipped with a GPS module, thanks to which it can perform (when loading maps) a function navigator. Also worth noting is the implementation of the interface: the menu and other “chips” of the car radio are located in such a way that even a person far from technology will be able to understand navigation on them. The diagonal of the touch screen in KENWOOD DMX7017BTS is 6.95 inches, which eliminates the ability to miss the button even the course of motion. Summarizing the above, we note – this is a great device for freelance picking a car, the biggest drawback which is expressed in the purchase price.

Advantages

  • very nice appearance (both the display frame itself and software component);
  • standard functions for working with devices on Android and iOS (+ connection via wired interfaces and via Bluetooth);
  • high quality of work (guarantee of smooth operation in within 5-7 years);
  • wide display – 6.95 inches.

disadvantages

  • high price – a psychological barrier to mass consumer.

Alpine IVE-W530E

Rating: 4.5

Alpine IVE-W530E

High-tech 6.1-inch car radio high resolution display (800×480 pixels), still capable of reproducing information from disk media. AlpineIVE-W530E does not have any pre-installed modules, in connection with which it cannot help with navigation, work via Bluetooth or Wi-fi Instead, manufacturers decided to work hard with sound reproduction quality, allowing the device to pair with subwoofers, and also work quietly at a power of 200 W, distributed over four sound channels.

In addition to reading information from Alpine IVE-W530E media provides the ability to connect a rear view camera for facilitate parking and review of the situation on the road behind the car, as well as supports control via buttons on the steering wheel. Important the plus featured in user reviews is touch management and quite easy to understand menu. In the end let the view of the car radio refer us to visual features techniques ten years ago, but the sound is displayed here on good modern level.

Advantages

  • The optimum ratio of price and quality;
  • withstands up to 200 watts of total power;
  • Can connect subwoofer, rear view camera and remote Remote Control;
  • touch control and a convenient navigation menu.

disadvantages

  • mediocre appearance;
  • no Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules.

Mystery MDD-6280NV

Rating: 4.5

Mystery MDD-6280NV

A fairly inexpensive radio with a built-in TV tuner, the main stream of problems in which is associated with a long read information from microSD drives. Mystery MDD-6280NV is case of successful use of the main competitive advantage for sustainable implementation: a very well-known brand and low, relative to major competitors, prices. For this, consumers get good quality performance and playback, as well as moderately mediocre faceplate design.

According to the established standards, the Mystery MDD-6280NV is implemented four-channel amplifier with a peak total power of 200 W (50 watts for each channel). There is a built-in equalizer (purely nominal – the settings in it do not reach any acceptable level), as well as a GPS module that allows you to use car radio as a navigator. From cards loaded into it current assembly for 2018 from Navitel. Implemented by the ability to control music and video sequences from the steering buttons, and FM radio with 30 presets. Of the other little things can be distinguished the presence of a remote control and the ability to connect a rear view camera with parking label system.

Advantages

  • good indicators of maximum sound power;
  • low price;
  • Preset navigation maps from Navitel and integrated GPS module;
  • steering wheel playback control function;
  • the ability to connect a rear view camera.

disadvantages

  • long data processing on microSD cards;
  • ascetic design of the front panel.

Pioneer MVH-S610BT

Rating: 4.4

Pioneer MVH-S610BT

Model 2019 release, ranked at the expense of good sound quality and configuration of the technical part. In fact, Pioneer MVH-S610BT is the ideological embodiment of visual best practices of past years – the style clearly shows in appearance South Korean company. Clear lines of the case and control buttons together with the volume wheel successful combination and make consumers extremely pleasant feelings.

The rated output power of this car radio is 22 W for each of the four columns. But the maximum possible value of short-term power without mechanical damage can be as much as 200 W (which is achieved by inclusion in the network of a standard MOSFET amplifier). In accordance with recent trends in the Pioneer MVH-S610BT implemented the ability to control from the steering wheel using the appropriate buttons, and quite competently. There is a possibility pairing your device with smartphones via Bluetooth, as well as playing music from USB sticks and using AUX interface.

Advantages

  • a sufficiently high threshold of permissible power;
  • nice design and front panel design;
  • the ability to control the radio from the steering buttons
  • reasonable price in retail;
  • the presence of a radio and 24 preset channels.

disadvantages

  • not found.

Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.

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