Car audio, as previously discussed in last week’s History of Car Audio, have improved significantly during the last decade or so. Turntables and cassettes might be the thing of the past for modern-day car stereos and receivers. These types of receivers can be further subdivided into categories but for today we’re going to discuss the 4 most common types of car receivers in the market.
CDs might slowly becoming a “thing of the past” now, but you’ve got to admit that there’s something special about playing a CD on your car stereo that makes us all feel nostalgic. CD receivers are what people mostly think of when someone says “car stereo”. CD players come in both single-DIN (2in) and double-DIN (4in) sizes. CD receivers nowadays not only have the CD-player as their sole feature. They also commonly feature a USB and/or AUX input, and some still have the classic radio tuner.
Also more commonly known as “in-dash DVD players”, DVD receivers not only play DVDs that makes long car rides so much more entertaining, but also features the functions that a digital media receiver and CD receivers do like playing CDs, USB/AUX input, Bluetooth connectivity, car assistant systems (Android Auto, Apple CarPlay). They also come in single-DIN and double-DIN sizes.
Digital Media Receivers
As the name suggests, digital media players ditch the whole CD player feature altogether (mechless receivers). They also come into single-DIN and double-DIN sizes like the CD receivers. These types of receivers are for people who mostly play their music through their digital music players (like the iPod), through music streaming services (Spotify, Pandora, etc) and their smartphones. However, some digital media receivers still retain some of the CD receiver features like the USB/AUX input and Bluetooth connectivity, and some also feature the car assistant systems like the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Digital Multimedia Receivers
These type of receivers mostly have touchscreen capabilities, unlike digital media receivers that still have buttons and knobs. Its clear difference with digital media receivers is that it can also play video, hence the word "multimedia". Digital multimedia receivers also have integrated features like apps, car assistant systems among others.
Navigation receivers are perfect for those people who travel a lot and constantly on the road. The built-in GPS navigation makes it more convenient rather than constantly relying on the smartphone’s GPS features. And not only do navigation receivers function as the “modern-day map”, some navigation receivers also retain the rest of the other receivers’ cool features such as the USB/AUX input, Bluetooth connectivity, car assistant systems among others.
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