Video: Four Important Car Stereo Accessories
My love for all things audio started back in the '90s when I built my first subwoofer enclosure. After joining Crutchfield in 2007, I spent seven years as a product advisor, designing A/V systems for homes, cars, and the occasional party bus. These days I specialize in home speakers and distributed audio systems, focusing on translating technical jargon into easy-to-understand language. My goal is to make shopping for speakers and amplifiers simple. After all, this stuff is supposed to be fun! Outside of work, I'm a hobbyist photographer and enjoy visiting our national parks.
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In this short video, we present four of the most common accessories you should consider when purchasing a new car stereo. Everyone who installs a new stereo is likely to need at least one of these items.
When you buy a new stereo, take a moment to consider the important accessories that you'll need in order to enjoy the stereo the way that you really want to. In this short Crutchfield video, we'll look at some of those items that, while often an afterthought, can help you take full advantage of a new stereo's capabilities.
The most common items to consider are auxiliary input cables. If your stereo has an auxiliary input, go ahead and pick up the cable you'll need for connecting your MP3 player. If the stereo's auxiliary input is a mini-jack plug, you'll need a cable that has a male mini-jack connector on both ends. If the aux-in is a pair of rear RCA inputs, then get a cable that has a mini-jack on one end and male RCA connections on the other end.
If you have an iPod then you'll certainly want to use it in the car too. If your stereo requires an iPod adapter, you'll definitely want to add that to your order as well. If your new stereo has a USB input, you might be able to plug your iPod right into that connection. In that case, consider getting an iPod cable that you can just leave in the car. The automotive grade cables that Crutchfield carries are more rugged than the cable that came with your iPod, so they'll stand up to the long term use and abuse they'll get in the car.
Does your car have stereo controls built into the steering wheel? That's a handy feature that you'll lose when you install a new stereo. Crutchfield carries adapters that will let you keep those controls with most new stereos. And don't forget you'll need to install your new stereo, and that means connecting two wiring harnesses together. A crimping kit can make that wiring harness installation a breeze and gives you strong, secure connections. It's the best way to go if you don't like to solder.
Those are the four main accessories to consider when buying a new stereo. Most people will end up needing at least one of them. All of these items are listed on our website under the stereo's accessories tab, but if you have any questions call one of our expert advisors at 1-800-555-9408.