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Video: Tips to avoid glare on your car stereo display

Zak Billmeier grew up in southern Vermont and coastal Maine. After graduating from Mary Washington College with a Geography degree he still isn't sure quite what to do with, he eventually settled in the mountains of Central Virginia. He spends his free time chasing his daughter around, taking pictures, gardening and cooking. He joined Crutchfield's car A/V writing team in 2007 and is now a lead producer on our video team.

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Bright glare on the stereo display has plagued us for as long as we've had the sun and car stereos. Sometimes there's just nothing you can do about it. But sometimes there is. At Crutchfield, we've found that there are some stereo features that can definitely help, like being able to change the display color, increasing the brightness and contrast, and best of all, being able to tilt the display to remove the glare. Check out our examination of the "glare problem" in this video, and keep these things in mind when shopping for a new car receiver.

  • paul from ireland

    Posted on 1/14/2016 9:28:42 AM

    your tips where great and solved my problem with my landcruiser sun glare on my kenwood unit ,thank you ,rgs paul

  • jay from mobile

    Posted on 2/6/2016 11:21:01 AM

    This helped my JVC kw-v51bt thanks a lot.

  • Arun singh from Simpsonville

    Posted on 4/26/2016 10:29:03 AM

    My brightness is on max on my pioneer double din and it still has a big glare

  • AJ Jenkins from Richmond

    Posted on 4/28/2016 8:08:10 PM

    I still do not understand why car stereo manufacturers do not recess the display on their head units and include a wired trackpad. It is a no brainer! Whoever decides to do that should patent it. Glare is the number 1 factor that makes high dollar stereos useless and manufacturers just continue to ignore it.

  • freep from Bayfield CO

    Posted on 5/6/2016 11:25:39 AM

    Why not a shade visor as is used on GPS units? How hard could it be? What could possilby go wrong?

  • Chris from Burbank

    Posted on 11/20/2016 9:19:37 PM

    Why not aim the reflective surface of the plastic front window so your eyes see a reflection of the ceiling of the car? Instead of the sun bouncing off the passenger seat? I'm talking to YOU Kenwood. And make that reflective surface slightly concave instead of convex so it's not reflecting the ENTIRE PASSENGER SEAT INTO MY EYES.

  • Denby Smith from Mansfield, Ohio

    Posted on 12/2/2016 3:43:35 AM

    I am totally disgusted with my Kenwood Excelon KDC-x599. I can't see a thing in daylight. It started malfunctioning months ago. It stopped working today. (12/1/16). I purchased it and got it 8/15/2015 8/17/2015. I have had a ton of after market stereos from 1975 till now. Nothing has been as lousy as this. This stereo isn't worth having. The glare issue is annoying and appears to be in other brands too. I am disgusted that the makers know and don't give a darn. Tech support here was great with installation. Too bad the product is junk

  • Sean Miceli from Palatine

    Posted on 4/17/2017 2:28:55 AM

    That's the only thing that dissapointed me about the ddx794 is the glare, I was hoping since it was led back lit that it would eliminate it.. samsung needs to make screens for all these headunits

  • gb from bangor

    Posted on 4/23/2017 11:04:37 PM

    Your video was good for some applications, but the problem I am seeing is the display on a sunny day is just too dim to see. I have the KDC-BT765HD. It seems a little better than the KMM-BT515HD but still bad. I was scanning for channels and couldn't see the display to tell when I started over the same channels again. I returned a KMM-BT515HD I purchased and drove from NC to FL. I couldn't see the display no matter what angle, color or brightness. I have Kenwood ham radios with the LCD and have no problem seeing them. I would be extremely happy with the LED on the JVC HD single din you demonstrated, but I suspect it looked good more because on the light source you chose as opposed to the sun. You cannot use a bright light to simulate the sun. The frequencies that make up the light are different. Try looking at it in the car dash on a sunny day while driving 80mph on the interstate. Kenwood has made a product that is a danger to drivers on the road.

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