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Car stereos go extra large!

Floating screen stereos fit more vehicles than ever

C

ar stereos with displays 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, 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 display right for you?

Because the 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, receivers 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 displays

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

110CAR1000 jensen stereo

An affordable option from Jensen

Jensen's CAR1000 digital media receiver offers nice compatibility with your smartphone for the most affordable price tag in this category. You'll get USB inputs for phone charging as well as preamp outputs to incorporate an aftermarket amp and build a solid system — all with a 10.1" touchscreen display.

158XA8000 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-AX8000 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.

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.

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. Antonio, a Crutchfield Advisor who installed the ILX-F309 receiver in his Toyota Camry, has been especially impressed with the responsiveness of Alpine's 9" touchscreen display.

alpine stereo

And if that's not big enough, Alpine equipped their newest Halo receiver — the stunning ILX-F411 — with an 11" display! Compared to the ILX-F309, 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.

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.

Last updated 7/20/2020

Please share your thoughts below.

  • 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

    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?

    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".

    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.
  • Mark Connelly from Blanchester

    Posted on 7/29/2020

    Got my 10.1" Eonon android 10 unit, in my 2012 Ford Escape XLT and LUV it! My car is my office and I don't need my laptop now that I have the android 10, 10.1" infotainment system! I can check my cars diagnostics with Torque, listen to my music through Alexa and the music app also! The option to chose which GPS program to use is a real bonus! Can't say enough good things about a BIG screen that is adjustable!

  • John m Townley from Reno

    Posted on 7/29/2020

    When the manufactures offer a Tesla size screen with an aux port and Bluetooth to mirror my smart phone so I can integrate anything from navigation to you-tube I would be all in! This would be a lasting unit as I upgrade the phone it would still be useful as it would be just a large screen with audio. Probably never happen because there would be no need to replace it until it fails?