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Car Stereos 101: 4 Add-Ons To Consider Incorporating In To Your Audio System

A high-quality car stereo system is an important feature for many vehicle owners. In today's world, these systems do far more than just play music. While this is very handy, it can also make choosing a car stereo difficult. Fortunately, you can make your selection easier by knowing what features you want in your audio system. 

So what features should you consider adding to your car stereo system? Here are four handy features:

1. GPS System

If you like to go on road trips, a GPS navigation system might be something you should consider. These handy systems will give you turn-by-turn directions to anywhere you need to go. While you can get these systems separately, you can also get them integrated directly in to your stereo system. If you opt for the integrated system, you will likely need a touch-screen display—so keep that in mind.

2. HD and Satellite Radio

Another feature you might want to consider incorporating in to your audio system is HD and satellite radio. These two radio services offer you plenty of music, news, and sports broadcasts to choose from. You can also listen in high-definition quality, which ensures that everything you listen to will be crystal clear. While these features certainly aren't necessary, they can be handy if you enjoy listening to a variety of tunes or podcasts. 

3. Audio Inputs

You should also consider the type of music you like to listen to on a regular basis. If you just listen to CD's, you won't need anything above a standard stereo system. However, if you like to listen to music from an MP3 player or your smart phone, you might want to consider a system that features auxiliary-input jacks. Additionally, you might want to consider adding a place to charge your devices; as using them to stream music can take its toll on their batteries.

4. DVD Capabilities

Finally, you might want to consider adding a DVD playback feature to your stereo system. While not necessary, this can be incredibly handy for long road trips. Additionally, these can be very handy for keeping children entertained. If you do choose to add this feature, make sure that you get an additional screen so that riders can view the movie from all seats.

While choosing a car stereo system (such as one from Safe & Sound) might seem easy, it can quickly become overwhelming with all of the options available today. If you are interested in purchasing a new system for your vehicle, make sure you consider adding one (or all) of these options. Not only will adding these increase the value of your vehicle, but they will also make driving easier and more enjoyable.