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Car stereo screens go extra large!

Floating touchscreen stereos fit more vehicles than ever

C

ar stereos with screens the size of tablets have arrived at Crutchfield, and that’s good news for more car owners than ever. If you’ve been craving a big screen stereo for easy source selection while driving, car audio legends like Alpine, Pioneer, Sony, Kenwood, and more offer some seriously sleek solutions.

500iLXF259 alpine stereo

Thought you couldn’t add a touchscreen? Think again!

There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to car stereos with oversized touchscreen displays. Striking resolution and responsive control make these stereos a joy to use. Plus, built-in essentials for smartphone integration and voice control like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ look great on a big screen. But the most satisfying development here is that most of these car stereos fit dash openings that previously couldn’t accommodate touchscreen receivers. Use our vehicle fit tool to explore your options.

screen size comparison

Is a floating touchscreen display right for you?

Because the touchscreen display of these special stereos "floats" in front of your dash, it’s important to evaluate the layout of your air vents and any other controls around where your radio lives. No dash layout is the same. So, car stereos with oversized screens, like the Sony shown below, prioritize adjustability.

sony stereo adjustability screen

When you install your stereo, you'll have angle, depth, and height adjustability so you can secure the perfect fit. It's important to note that these adjustments must be done before your stereo is affixed to any dash kit you'll be using. You won't be able to easily adjust it after the fact, so you'll want to think about the layout as you do the installation.

A wide selection of stereos with floating screens

This category of car stereos is evolving with frequent additions, but here's a quick sampling of some of the coolest options so far.

110CAR110X jensen stereo

An affordable option from Jensen

Jensen's CAR110X digital media receiver offers nice compatibility with your smartphone for the most affordable price tag in this category. You'll get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, USB inputs for phone charging, and 4-volt preamp outputs to incorporate an aftermarket amp and build a solid system — all with a 10.1" touchscreen display.

[See all Jensen floating touchscreen stereos]

158XA8100 sony stereo

Souped-up Sony stylings

I've always enjoyed Sony's approach to digital multimedia receivers. Their streamlined menus and layout make selecting sources and adjusting settings downright breezy. Their XAV-AX8100 brings that same thinking to a 8.95" screen. With 20 watts RMS of built-in power, 5-volt preamp outputs for system-building, awesome smartphone integration, and a 3-year warranty, Sony's entry into the oversized category offers a whole lot of bang for your buck.

[See all Sony floating touchscreen stereos]

130DMT8600 pioneer stereo

Pioneer provides a tablet look and feel

In the case of their DMH-WT8600NEX, the 10.1" capacitive HD touchscreen display looks gorgeous. And as you'd expect, Pioneer builds in excellent audio controls and loads of features, including Amazon Alexa compatibility and inputs for two cameras. I previewed Pioneer's other stereos in this series and was impressed by the sturdiness and striking beauty of their displays as well.

If you're not quite ready for the 10.1" display, Pioneer offers stereos car stereos with 8" and 9" floating displays as well as models that are ideal for custom installations.

[See all Pioneer floating touchscreen stereos]

alpine ilxf309 stereo

Alpine knows no bounds

Alpine has always taken great strides to bring awesome features to popular vehicles, and their Halo9 Series forged a path for all receivers to follow, offering the first oversized display of its kind and customizing it for vehicle-specific use.

alpine stereo

And if that's not big enough, Alpine equipped their newest Halo receiver — the stunning ILX-F411 — with an 11" screen! The ILX-F411 lets you customize your display, but you'll lose HD Radio® compatibility, the ability to add Alpine's Truck Accessory Controller, and certain interface controls only available on the ILX-F309.

[See all Alpine floating touchscreen stereos]

JVC KW-Z1000 car stereo

Build a system with JVC

No surprise that JVC's KW-Z1000W digital multimedia receiver with a 10.1" screen is a solid entry in the category. If you're adding an aftermarket amplifier, speakers, and sub, you'll want to give this one serious consideration. 5-volt preamp outputs for a powerfully clean audio signal, a 13-band EQ, time alignment, and K2 sound-enhancement technology let you make sound-tweaking a priority.

[See all JVC floating touchscreen stereos]

Kenwood Excelon Reference DMX1057XR car stereo

Kenwood goes deluxe

Kenwood's Excelon Reference MXD1057XR digital multimedia receiver is the real deal. Upgrade to a 10.1" floating display with built-in HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, support of high-res audio, and the confidence that comes with a 2-year warranty. Kenwood gives you the tools to customize your homescreen with essential sources and tools. Plus, you get a good ol' fashioned volume knob!

[See all Kenwood floating touchscreen stereos]

Got BIG questions?

If you need help determining if a floating screen car stereo is right for you, give our Advisors a call. You can also confirm fit for any of the above stereos by using our vehicle selector.

  • Chris Dewey from Greer, SC

    Posted on 11/9/2022

    I absolutely love the Kenwood DMX1057XR in my 2015 VW EOS. With an Alpine KTA-450 amp, the sound is deep and impactful across the entire range with the top up or down. The screen sharp and bright with no washout even when the top is down and the sun is hitting directly. The UI is intuitive and quick to respond to input. Best of all, there's a real volume knob, a convenience I really missed with my previous multimedia receiver. With an iDataLink Maestro RR2 and the appropriate harness installed, I have steering wheel controls as well as nearly all the factory features available (sadly, there's no speed compensating volume adjustment as there was on the factory stereo). I give the Kenwood DMX1057XR a solid 9 out of 10.

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    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 11/11/2022

    Chris! So glad you're enjoying the Kenwood!
  • jay s ewing from Austin

    Posted on 6/9/2022

    I have a 1991 Mitsubishi. May not be important the type of car. I want to completely replace the current single din stereo and replace with a wired in dash mount touchscreen. Does anything exist that can 100% replace the current stereo and be hard wired through the dash?

  • Chris O'Donnell from Gateshead United Kin

    Posted on 2/25/2021

    I'm looking at a new system for my car skoda yeti 2016 I want rear view camera, satnav and dab radio. What system will fit and rough idea of cost thank you

  • JM from KCMO

    Posted on 2/4/2021

    Any new floating stereos coming to the market this year? Looking for a good Android Auto compatible unit, not sure if I want a 10" screen though as I am afraid of it blocking AC vents.

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    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 2/5/2021

    JM, here are the floating screen stereos we have with Android Auto. Because of fluctuating stock issues, it's difficult at this point in the year to predict when new radios will be showing up.
  • David White from district heights

    Posted on 10/6/2020

    Do you still make CD players for colorodo, pickup 2019

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    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 10/7/2020

    David, here's a list of our DVD/CD receivers. You can confirm fit on the product pages. Give us a call if you have any questions!
  • Geoffrey Stroud from Duluth

    Posted on 9/30/2020

    2012 ram will it fit

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    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 9/30/2020

    Geoffrey, you can use our vehicle selector to confirm which stereos fit your car and get some info on what else is needed for the installation.
  • Caleb from Austin

    Posted on 7/30/2020

    I want one where the screen is detachable...as an anti theft feature

  • Randy Strange from Tempe

    Posted on 7/30/2020

    Alexander H. I'm thinking about replacing he factory unit with one of yours. My BIG Question is, how do I use the 2014 Honda CRV Antenna for Sirus XM receiver

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    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 7/31/2020

    Randy, you won't be able to. You'll need to select a SiriusXM-compatible radio and add on this SiriusXM tuner and use the included satellite radio antenna. The good news is that antenna is small and pretty easy to hide away.
  • Felipe Martinez from Visalia, Ca

    Posted on 7/29/2020

    I'm interested in getting a Kenwood DMX9720XDS for my 2016 Tundra Crew Max. When it be available? Will it come with any plug and play wiring?

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    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 7/31/2020

    Felipe, we don't have any information on that receiver at this point, so we don't have details on the plug-and-play aspect. Wish I had better news, but your best bet will be to check back closer to the end of the year.
  • Ed Joras from Grayslake, IL

    Posted on 7/29/2020

    I have a Honda S2000 and am looking for an Apple CarPlay receiver with single DIN electronics that has a screen that can me mounted separate from the "box". These floating screens look like they must remain attached to the "Box".

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    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 7/31/2020

    Ed, this Pioneer stereo allows you to install the screen separately from the chassis but you'll need to fabricate a dash kit. Pioneer offers an optional extension cable if you need to install the chassis at a distance from the screen.

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