Car CD Players

Are you thinking about buying a CD player for your car? In this article, we tell you the top 5 car CD players, as well as the basic criteria you should look for while buying one.

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So what are the top 5 car CD players?

Sony Xplod CDX-V3800X

It has a tuner, BTM (Best Tuning Memory), FM18 / AM12, and Tuner. Other features include Repeat, Shuffle, 1 disc VCD player, CD deck, MP3 playback with ID3Tag v.2.0. There is also Low Pass Filter, Bass / Treble (Low / Mid / High), as well as Aux-in Lite.

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SONY Xplod CDX-GT250S

This has really amazing sound, and is of the slot entry type with front auxiliary. Its features include FM18/AM12, BTM (Best Tuning Memory), Playback – CD-R/RW, MP3/ATRAC3/WMA, CD/MP3 Changer Control – Power Output – 52*4, Advanced Segment 24bit DAC, Pre Out : Front + Rear/Sub Switchable, etc.

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SONY Xplod CDX-GT350S

It’s a flip-down with front auxiliary, and the features are like FM18/AM12, BTM – Best Tuning Memory, CD-R/RW, MP3/ATRAC3/WMA, CD/MP3 Changer Control, and Power Output – 52*4, advanced segment 24bit DAC, etc.

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PIONEER DEH-P5850MP

which is really quite reasonably priced considering its many features. It has a pure blue dot-matrix OEL (Organic EL) display, WAV file playback, it’s also iPod adaptor ready, and has BMX (Bitmetric equalizer), it also has rotary volume, and direct sub drive.

Pioneer DEH-P4850MPH

the price of this, too, is quite reasonable, and it has WAV file playback, is iPod adaptor ready, has BMX, EEQ (easy equalizer), 5-mode preset equalizer, 1-mode custom preset equalizer, and 3-band parametric equalizer. Other features include bass boost, 2-way crossover: HPF/LPF, 3-mode selectable loudness, selectable FIE (Front Image Enhancer), rotary volume, direct sub drive, and an additional feature is Card IR Remote Control Rotary Volume Control.

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This car CD player also has Flap-Type DFS (Detachable Face Security), as well as DFS Hard Carry case included. There is operation beep tone detach face reminder warning beep. External sources include TV, DVD, CD, and CD Control AUX Input via CD-RB10 or CD-RB20 iPod Adapter Ready. What’s more, this one has multicolor LCD display (280 segments), green button illumination clock system / auto antenna relay control, and front or rear mounting options for Toyota/Nissan factory mounting holes.

So what criteria should you go for, while selecting a car CD player?
First, do select a good company. Trusting a good brand name is important. Look around for a control layout that you feel comfortable with, in most cases, if you have a simple layout, it is much easier to operate. A crowded and fancy display may look great in the showroom, but while driving if you try to navigate your way around it, it would be dangerous. So get something simple.

There are also many criteria you should go for while searching for a car CD player – like audible search (you can hear the music that you are searching through), auxiliary input (usually these are 3.5 mm jacks on the unit’s front, which you would use to connect any audio device with a headphone output), and changer controls (this allows the receiver to control an external CD, Minidisc, or MP3 player through the controls of the front panel – this would allow you to use a digital source with an in dash cassette or CD receiver.).

Go for pre-amp outputs (RCA jacks) – when it comes to external power amplifiers, these are the most common connectors used. However, if you would like to add amplifiers to your system, then you should buy a receiver that has these outputs. Also ideally you should select a car CD player that has a remote control – most people tend to laugh at this idea, but it’s much safer to use while you’re driving.  Also go for skip protection – most receivers tend to have a built in memory buffer, ranging between 3 and 10 seconds, that allows the music to play skip free even if the player is actually mis-tracking. If you drive on bumpy roads, this can be a very handy and useful feature. We also suggest getting station presets.

When buying a car CD player, also look at the dual illumination – this is the ability of the receiver to change the color of the display between two or more colors – most usually green and amber. Though some CD players might have a wider variety of color selections apart from these two colors. You must also check out the frequency response – which is the portion of the audio spectrum that the player can produce – an average human being can hear sounds within the range of 20 Hz to 20 KHz, so a good CD player should produce this entire range.

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