Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
Car radios of standard size 2 DIN have long acquired touch displays and complex microprocessor devices, becoming a kind of regular on-board computers. At the present stage of technical development, the number of functions of such radio tape recorders has ceased to be limited to standard listening to tracks and the ability to watch videos. Many of them allow you to manage mobile applications, as well as use the navigation function with GPS and GLONASS.
As part of this article, the editors of the magazine have selected 6 of the best car radios with a navigator, which are in greatest demand among domestic buyers. The distribution of seats among the goods was made based on user ratings, as well as on the verdict of competent experts in the field of automotive technology.
Rating of the best radio tape recorders
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Rating of the best radio tape recorders||1||Pioneer AVH-Z5100BT||RUB 24,940|
|2||Alpine INE-W990BT||RUB 49,990|
|3||CARMEDIA OL-7002||RUB 26 900|
|4||FarCar s170 Universal (L370)||RUB 27,500|
|5||RedPower 31140 IPS DSP||35 400 rub.|
|6||Mystery MDD-6280NV||RUB 8,812|
The promising development of the past years from the Pioneer company took the first place in the rating. Without deviating from the canons of external design, the Korean company has released a device with a very nice thin frame and the ability to customize the key backlighting. Yes, there are keys, but touch control is also implemented in a couple of them. The rear panel of the AVH-Z5100BT houses three pairs of line outputs for amplifiers, a video input for a second monitor, a connector for connecting a rear view camera, as well as AUX and USB with an extension cable for output to the salon.
In general, the Koreans did not violate the production standards for 2 DIN radio tape recorders, but they integrated several interesting technologies characteristic of premium models. We are talking about systems Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow you to pair smartphones with a radio tape recorder to expand the list of functions: control using voice commands (Siri and Google), using navigation (for each service own, however, the model itself has support for the Waze navigator) and music playback from online services.
- an abundance of connectors for connection (USB, AUX, line inputs, output to the parking assist camera, etc.);
- support for technologies Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with their standard navigation systems;
- the presence of its own navigation program (Waze);
- high quality of the picture on the display (Full HD – resolution: 1920×1080 pixels);
- attractive design and combination of touch-button controls.
- high price.
The second line of the rating goes to the radio tape recorder from the famous Japanese-Chinese company Alpine. The high price predetermined her not the best sales figures, but did not “offended” in terms of equipment. The INE-W990BT can be characterized as stable regardless of the type of program being executed and the connected playback device. The radio tape recorder works great with gadgets on the platform iOS (iPod and iPhone), and can also play files from USB-media, MicroSD and AUX. It also has a voice interface through which calls can be controlled remotely.
As far as navigation functions are concerned, the Alpine INE-W990BT also has something to present to its competitors. The catalog of maps from NaviTel includes roads from 46 countries of the world with a whole database of voice prompts in several languages, including Russian. When planning a route, the navigator uses the current data of the system, allowing you to avoid areas with congestion and repair work. As a pleasant addition to the existing application package, manufacturers have provided the ability to connect a rear view camera, which turns the car radio into a full-fledged parking sensor.
- button-touch control;
- the ability to integrate with devices from Apple;
- modern algorithms for building routes;
- large navigation base;
- the presence of a rear view camera.
- high purchase cost.
In third place is the CARMEDIA OL-7002 radio tape recorder – a more budgetary analogue of devices from Alpine and Pioneer with approximately the same set of functions. The model is based on the platform Android 6.0 (with the possibility of updating to a more current version), and therefore can use applications from the Google Play Market. It is not surprising that the application from Yandex, installed in the system by default, is prescribed to her as a navigator.
For the performance of CARMEDIA OL-7002, there is an 8-core microprocessor MTK 3562 with a frequency of 1.5 GHz – a budget chip installed on medium-sized tablets. However, there will be no freezes and slowdowns during operation, even if the internal space is fully loaded with files. As an addition (albeit of lower quality, but on a larger scale), the radio has the ability to connect two cameras – respectively, rear and front views. Outwardly, it looks good: the combination of gray plastic with red button illumination (despite the touch control there are buttons here) looks advantageous, especially when it matches the interior color. In general, a small loss in the quality of implementation of everything looks very appropriate, especially in light of the decline in market value.
- optimal ratio of cost and quality parameters;
- pleasant visual performance;
- based on Android 6.0 with full interface russification;
- voice control capabilities;
- high stability of work.
- less high quality compared to leaders.
FarCar s170 Universal (L370)
Universal car radio FarCar s170 was created for practicality reasons and the needs of car owners Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda for a more budgetary replacement of the standard system. It has everything that modern technology standards require: a powerful 4-core processor Intel Quad-Core Atom x3-C3200RK with a frequency of 1.6 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and a base on the platform Android 6.0, upgradeable to a later version.
The appearance of FarCar s170 is very laconic and pleasant, and the control interface combines a combination of keys and a touch screen (with a resolution of 1400×600 pixels). For those who like to listen to music from erased disc media, the developers have left the drive, cleverly 'removing' it to the top of the radio. As for the navigator, for domestic users it invariably remains an application from Yandex. However, the system allows you to install whatever your heart desires. In terms of quality, this model is comparable to CARMEDIA OL-7002, but limited use does not allow putting it above the fourth line of the rating.
- The optimum ratio of price and quality;
- good design;
- operating system Android 6.0;
- Intel Quad-Core Atom x3-C3200RK as processor.
- can be installed only on cars of brands Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda.
RedPower 31140 IPS DSP
RedPower 31140 IPS DSP is a head unit for cars of the brand Ford (dorestyling Focus, Kuga, Transit and Fusion) with a rather high price tag, but under the control of the system Android 6.0. There is practically no limit to the variety of functions in it: the ability to work with widgets and read information from the on-board network of cars allows real-time control of the climate, view data on the direction and strength of the air flow, temperature overboard, etc.
As a navigation system, RedPower 31140 IPS DSP uses the Yandex.Navigator application: a worthy competitor to less efficient maps from NaviTel and a number of other companies. Actually, all the pros and cons come from user preferences. A nice advantage of this radio is that it allows you to connect a subwoofer with a rear view camera without any intermediate devices. At the same time, all functions work without failures and slowdowns: the presence of an Allwinner T3 Cortex A9 processor at 1.6 GHz and 2 GB of RAM affects. This is a good analogue for standard systems, which, unfortunately, has a narrow range of applicability.
- platform Android 6.0;
- good characteristics of the processor and RAM;
- supports connection of subwoofers and rear view cameras;
- quick response to program calls;
- the ability to connect USB drives and external hard drives (with the NTFS file system).
- full-fledged work is possible only on cars of the brand Ford;
- high price.
The sixth line of the rating went to the MDD-6280NV radio tape recorder from the Mystery company, based on the use of the operating system Windows CE. This model was created with a clear bias towards the budget segment: it has nothing of the conveniences that we are used to seeing in modern on-board computers. With the exception of navigation software from NaviTel, which is not very friendly with the performance on systems of this type.
However, in MDD-6280NV, the stability of operation is in complete order, at least at the initial stage of operation. Despite the fact that Mystery knows how to create pleasant designs (which usually hide mediocre quality), everything here is decorated in a minimalist style. And to the abundance of connectors, manufacturers did not forget to add a CD-drive, which (like FarCar) they tried to hide in the upper part of the radio.
The most frequently mentioned disadvantage of the model is the long reading of information from the USB-drive and the actual inoperability of the ports at temperatures below -20 degrees Celsius. As a result, the variation is not bad, but the quality is clearly not up to its opponents.
- large navigation base from NaviTel;
- an abundance of connectors for connecting with various drives;
- the ability to connect subwoofers;
- stable software operation.
- obviously lower quality of performance than competitors;
- long reading of files from the media and the 'blade' of the USB-drive at low temperatures.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.