Your stereo is the centerpiece of your car’s audio entertainment system and can be one of the most important aftermarket decisions you make when you are customizing your car. If you’re in the market for a car stereo and want to get the most for your money, you’ll want to get a general idea of the best car stereo manufacturers out there.
Here are five of the best known and most widely respected car stereo brands.
Short for Victor Company of Japan, JVC is one of the top names in car audio equipment. Founded in 1927, the company offers a wide selection of high-quality receivers, amplifiers, speakers and subwoofers. They even offer dashboard units that offer DVD/DivX video playback.
JVC is a favorite with online reviewers and has received many four and five-star ratings and is a classic name in car audio.
Another Japanese electronics manufacturer, Alpine Electronics has won multiple design and innovation awards for their pioneering technology in the car audio field. From ushering in the first three-CD dash disc changer to their innovative BioLite display technology, Alpine audio has everything you need to personalize your car audio system. Alpine Website
Founded as a radio and speaker repair shop in 1938, Pioneer helped produce the first detachable face car stereo. While they also make televisions, DVD players and assorted DJ equipment, Pioneer is probably best known for their car audio products, such as high performance CD players, car speakers and sub-woofers.
They have great stylish, aesthetically pleasing designs, with a focus on optimal frequency response. Like Alpine, they have many different sizes available. Pioneer consistently receives great reviews and is recommended from word-of-mouth on many popular forums.
The first non-Japanese company on the list so far, Blaupunkt is a German based manufacturer that focuses primarily on car audio equipment. Founded in 1923, its audio equipment models are usually named using various cities throughout the world (Hamburg, New Orleans, London, etc.). They also provide high end audio equipment for car manufacturers such as Audi, Volkswagen and Mercedes under the “Velocity” brand label.
With its headquarters in Oxnard, California, Boss Audio Systems is the only American company on this list. With products in many different price ranges, Boss has been a leader in developing tech for iPods, USB connectivity and multi-color head unit displays.
These days, the car stereo market is saturated with hundreds of different brands and products to choose from. Before you get overwhelmed with the variety of options, start by taking a look at a few of the top car audio companies.