Christmas has passed and everyone has treated their loved ones with gifts. You may have gotten a gift card or money as presents and some of you may be in the market to upgrade your head unit. Here are three of the best receivers at different price points that may interest you.
Pioneer AVH-220EX DVD receiver (6.2in)
6.2″ WVGA Clear Resistive Touchscreen
Back-up Camera Ready
The AVH-220EX is an entry-level receiver with a 6.2-inch display that is compatible with both Android and Apple devices. It doesn’t include Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, but it’s a great option for people looking to upgrade on a budget. This head unit has built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling as well as Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) that will make this head unit recognize your Android or Apple device as a music storage device. This will allow the head unit the ability to Operate basic functions like Fast forward, Rewind, Play, Pause, Random Play, and repeat without having to pick up your device. The AVH-220EX allows you to view information such as track, artist, and album name on the display without having to pick up your device. This is a great sounding unit if you’re looking for a $200 upgrade.
Sony XAV-AX5000 digital multimedia receiver (6.95)
- 95″ (diag. ) touchscreen
Apple car play
Quick-access key panel
Dual USB ports
Sirius XM Radio ready
If you have a little room in your budget the Sony XAV-AX5000 is a great Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible device. This will give you the same in-display features when compared to the Pioneer AVH-220EX, but You get so much more. You get the ability to get directions with your choice of Navigation Apps such as Google Maps, Waze, or Apple Maps. You also get to make calls, send and receive text messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road instead of having to view these things on your device which will distract you from driving.
Alpine Halo9 iLX-F309 digital multimedia receiver (9in)
9″ capacitive touchscreen with adjustable vertical mounting positions and viewing angles
fits single-DIN dash openings
Apple CarPlay compatible
Android Auto compatible
compatible with iDatalink Maestro
retains factory features in a wide selection of vehicles
displays engine performance data on touchscreen
If your budget isn’t an issue and you want the newest most cutting-edge touch screen receivers you may want to take a look at the Alpine Halo9 ILX-F309. It comes in two pieces with a 2-inch chassis that has an adjustable 9-inch touchscreen display. With this massive display, you can adjust it in ways other touch screens aren’t able to be. This is a great display if others seem to block your ac vents or control knobs since this display can be raised or lowered in 5 different positions as well as tilted 45 degrees forward or 20 degrees backward. This receiver does lack a disc drive, but that helps with it not being so deep and giving it the ability to be able to fity into more vehicles. It includes all the newest features and technology like Built-in Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple Car Play as well as an HD Radio reception, Pandora internet radio, and Satellite radio as well as many more features that are listed in the link. This receiver packs a punch!