Popular Questions and Helpful Ideas
How do I play my iPod® over my car stereo?

You’ll find lots of adapters out there offering iPod integration. The best-sounding results come from a direct wired connection from your iPod’s dock connector to the stereo, usually achieved by using an integrated iPod control adapter for your stereo. See our iPod Car Stereo Adapter Shopping Guide  to learn more about the different types of iPod adapter available.

How can I get better sound in my car?

First, you might consider replacing your factory speakers with quality aftermarket speakers. If your speakers are sub-par — and most factory speakers are — then your sound will suffer, regardless of what’s powering them. Second, a new receiver or amplifier provides better power for your speakers, giving you an immediate boost in sound quality by helping the speakers deliver more accurate sound. Adding a subwoofer brings in the audio frequencies that smaller speakers just can’t reproduce. Read more about how to create your ideal car stereo system.

Why should I get an in-dash video screen? I can’t watch movies while driving.

People usually purchase an in-dash video monitor for two reasons: ease of system control and GPS navigation. The large screen makes it easier to see stereo settings and other menu options. Touchscreen controls let you use a 6.5- or 7-inch screen to make system changes — very handy and much safer when you’re in traffic. In-dash navigation, a growing trend in new car stereo purchases, brings you the incredible benefits of GPS guidance displayed on a big screen. Learn more about in-dash navigation.

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