Since your speakers are the components that actually convert the electrical signal into an audible sound, it is important that you find the best car speakers for the sound you want. Even the nicest car audio system can be degraded by crappy speakers. Below is my list of best speakers in a variety of different categories. I hope that you will be able to find the right car speakers for you install.
Best Speakers on a Budget
Budget speakers don’t have to sound like your on a budget and the Pioneer D-Series speakers do a great job at that. Not only are these speakers affordable, but they sound great and that can be powered directly from a car stereo. They have been refined over the years and have received a lot of technology enhancements as it trickled down from higher end speakers to the D-series. For a low price tag and not needing to have an additional car amplifier, the Pioneer D-Series speakers are a great set of budget speakers.
Pioneer D-Series Speakers
Pioneer D-Series speakers feature quality workmanship and and advanced features for a budget friendly set of speakers that clocks in at under $100 a pair of speakers.
My choice for audiophile speakers has to be the Image Dynamics XS Series. These brilliant speakers were designed by Eric Stevens, one of the finest audio engineers in the industry and the founder of Image Dynamics. The XS speakers are build from some of the best materials available to speakers such as ceramic fiber and Rohacell composite cones, Fiberglass composite baskets, and Neodymium magnet structures. They also offer a convertible mounting solution for flexibility in installation and enhanced imaging.
Image Dynamics XS Series Speakers
Image Dynamics XS Series speakers feature top-notch materials with an exceptional sound quality. The music flows from the speakers like a natural river of acoustic euphoria.
When it comes to standard DIY installs, my go to speakers are the Infinity Kappa series. They feature unique 2 ohm impedance technology that enables the speakers to get more power from the amplifier than other car speakers. This means that the speakers can be installed without a car amplifier and be powered directly off of the car stereo. Kappa speakers also have a host of other HARMAN technologies that enhance the sound quality such as the Plus One cone technology, edge driven tweeters, and tweeter attenuation.
Infinity Kappa Car Speakers
Infinity Kappa speakers are engineered with a true 2 ohm impedance to optimize the power from the amplifier and are perfect for first time installer that want to run the speakers off of the stereo.
There is a lot of debate and opinions for what is the best car stereo. Realistically, this is a tricky question to answer because each person (and vehicle) has different needs. Instead of giving just one option that I think is the best car stereo, I’ll list out my favorite receivers in different groups. Hopefully this will help you find the best stereo for your car and application.
Best Budget Car Stereo
As far as I’m concerned, any car stereo under $100 should be considered a budget stereo. Of course there are really cheap car stereos that you can buy at Wal-Mart for $45, but there is a big difference between cheap stereos and budget stereos. My favorite budget car stereo is the Pioneer DEH-X4900BT.
This is a name brand, Bluetooth car stereo with tons of features for under $100. It's got a CD drive, front USB, front aux input, Spotify support, and is both Android & iPhone compatible. It is also compatible with Pioneer's ARC (Advanced Remote Control) App for simplified stereo control from a connected smartphone.
I don’t think that this will be any surprise here. My pick for the best audiophile car stereo is the Pioneer Stage 4 DEX-P99RS. It features tons of sound quality features such as L/R Independent 31-Band Digital Equalizer, Auto Time Alignment and Auto EQ, 32-Bit Binary Floating-Point DSP, and much more.
This is a high-end, audiophile car stereo with tons of advanced features designed to let the user fine tune the sound quality. From a 31-band EQ to a 32-bit DSP, this stereo does it all.
When it comes to a navigation receiver, the clear winner is Kenwood. Typically I’m not a big fan of Kenwood for a variety of reasons, but their navigation with Garmin is really the best. My choice for best navigation receiver is the Kenwood eXcelon DNX693X. The Garmin interface is easy to use and the navigation is near flawless. It also features a 6.2″ touchscreen display (there are still buttons and knobs), smartphone connectivity and MHL connections, as well as complete Bluetooth functionality.
Kenwood eXcelon DNX693s
This is a full featured 6.1 inch navigation receiver that features the famous Garmin navigation, as well as iPhone/Android support, MHL/HDMI connectivity, parking guide lines, and many more features.
With the release of newer technology like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, it is pretty easy to see the Pioneer AVIC-8200NEX is the clear winner. Most notable is the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality that enables advanced connection of a smartphone to the car stereo with a very intuitive user interface. For those iPhone users out there with Siri, the AVIC-8200NEX has complete Siri control for true hands free control of the stereo and phone.
This is a flagship stereo from Pioneer that features complete control with Apple and Android devices by using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto respectively. Both of these applications provide superior control of the smartphone directly from the receiver.
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