Have you ever wondered why regular car stereos can be so boring? Well, to be honest, they can really be boring, but there are many fun and exciting ones available. Car accessory manufacturers have finally realized that consumers need something better, something to make those long car journeys more fun. And so the touch screen car stereo has been born. The great news is that these gadgets aren’t that expensive any more. You can buy one for $200-$300, which is great considering the product you are getting.
A touch screen car stereos is a multimedia device because it can reproduce photographs, video and audio. All main photo formats are supported (JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP). There is a wide range of video formats supported, here is just a short list: DIVX, XVID, DVD, MPEG, AVI and many more. The main audio formats are also supported (MP3, WMA and AAC). Now, while you are driving, for the pleasure of yourself and your passengers you can let’s say display pictures from your last vacation or just play a movie you bought. Video and audio quality is just amazing, you shouldn’t worry about that.
To connect your media files you can use “regular” stuff like a CD or a DVD, but also, you can use your USB memory stick (all sizes are good) or your MMC/SD card from your digital camera. Bluetooth and GPS are also available as an option for more demanding drivers.
The best touch screen stereo manufacturers are: Kenwood, Alpine, Planet Audio, Sony, BOSS, Pyle, Soundstream, TKO Audio, Jensen, Phase Linear and JVC. If you are planning to get yourself one, I suggest going with one of these. And also, you should make sure the model you selected fits in your dashboard (single or double din). To get that information, you can use the internet (there are many websites offering such information) or just ask one of your local dealers.
Many models, not all of them, have the option of connecting your iPhone or iPod. The screen sizes are different, 7-inch ones are the most common, but smaller or bigger touch screen car stereos can also be found. These are the most important things to know about a touch screen car stereo . Have a good and fun day!