All About Car Radios

If you’re like me, then you switch out your factory car radio as soon as you can. I bought a new car a few years ago (a stunning 2014 Dodge Charger), and the radio was the first thing to go. Why? Aftermarket car radios offer so many more options and features. If you’re using a cell phone lookup or address finder, you might try to find a reputable shop where you can get a professional car AV installation. Before you go, though, you need to know what kind of radio you want.

Types Of Car Radios


Looking for a simple car radio? Then you probably want single-DIN. These feature smaller displays, but you’ll still be able to see what song is playing or what number you need to do a cell phone lookup on later. They usually tend to be a little cheaper than double-DINs as well, unless they feature phenomenal sound quality.


Not only are these larger, but they tend to offer more features, such as touchscreen functionality, a backup camera, GPS navigation, and DVD/video capabilities. Also, it’s important to note that not all cars can support double-DIN radios. You need to look up your specific year, model, and make.

Audio & Video

A lot of people dislike factory car radios.
Standard, factory car radios just don’t cut it for a lot of people.

Bluetooth is one of the top features in car radios today. It makes it easy to listen to any smartphone, whether it’s Apple or Android, hands-free and while you’re on the go. Other popular audio sources include iPods, satellite radio, AM/FM, CDs, and DVDs. Most aftermarket radios are compatible with all of these, but you have to check. There are ones that are USB compatible with iPods, but not Android phones. That means in order to do anything on your phone, like a cell phone lookup, you’d have to use Bluetooth. It’s up to you to decide which sources you absolutely need to use with your car radio.

Sound Quality

A big reason why people upgrade their radio is because they want better sound quality. Aftermarket radios offer more customization options, such as preamps and amplifiers. This way, people can customize their audio output to emphasize certain parts of their favorite songs. Unsurprisingly, most people want to increase their bass and really feel it give that “oomph” to their car while they listen to music.


Now you can see why so many car owners upgrade to a new radio. Not only do aftermarket radios better meet their needs, but more often than not, they just look better. This tech has come such a long way over the past few years, and I’m excited to see what the future brings for car AV electronics.