The Toyota car radio can convince with many great features. It offers excellent reception quality when playing songs or news, but can do more than just radio. Thanks to GPS navigation, you won’t get lost on the way to your destination and can choose the best route for your journey. The large touchscreen display is designed to be user-friendly and very easy to operate.
The equipment of a Toyota car radio includes a capacitive touch screen, which allows you to rotate, zoom, slide etc. of pictures and offers an especially easy handling. The Toyota car radio usually offers DAB+ support, which allows you to receive digital radio on your device via a DAB+ Plus adapter. As soon as the Toyota car radio is equipped with a CD / DVD player, you can add your favourite songs or audio books to the radio programme if you wish.
The Toyota car radio generally also has a subwoofer output, so you can benefit from very good sound quality. For longer journeys, you can also watch movies or videos in HD quality during breaks. The Screen Mirroring function allows you to transfer screen content from your smartphone to the screen of the Toyota car radio. This function is only supported by smartphones that have a USB debugging function. This is the case with most Android phones and iPhone 5 and above. Important: The screen of an iPhone 4 can also be mirrored, but without sound transmission.
The music playback can alternatively be done via Bluetooth connection from the smartphone with Toyota car radio. Since the car radio usually has a USB port, you can also play music from an MP3 player, tablet or mobile phone. Furthermore, most car radios have an AUX audio or video input as well as a video output (AV-OUT) and an audio output (AV-OUT).
The lighting colour of most Toyota car radios can be adjusted and changed according to your mood. If you want to use a camera to protect yourself when parking, the Toyota car radio offers a rear camera or front camera input to which you can connect the appropriate devices. A special highlight is the built-in Android system – it offers you the functions that you already know well from your smartphone or tablet: You can easily download your favourite games, music or apps and use them as usual. For example, you can use Google Maps to determine a driving route. The Android system also allows you to use the Internet via a Wlan connection. Please note the costs for WLAN connection, which apply in your tariff. There may be additional costs due to internet use.
A Toyota car radio already has the CAN Bus (Controller Area Network) connector built in, which means you can easily connect a steering wheel remote control and use it to operate the car. Please check the list of compatible vehicles: the listed Toyota models are delivered with the matching frame.
Like all car specific models in our shop, the Mercedes car radio includes a CAN bus connector (Controller Area Network), i.e. a specific Mercedes connector including a suitable Canbus adapter. This connection allows an uncomplicated setup of steering wheel remote control. Furthermore, a radio remote control is often included in the scope of delivery: it is ergonomically designed and offers a fast and safe handling. In most Mercedes car radios a navigation system is integrated.
The Europe map material is stored in the navigation system. A GPS antenna is also available on most models. This will guide you safely to your destination, even outside Europe. The Europe map material contains information for about 50 countries, including Bulgaria, Iceland, Monaco and Vatican. The corresponding software is usually on a MicroSD card. This is then already in the GPS slot. The dual mode function is particularly practical for traveling with family or friends – it allows the simultaneous use of two different car radio functions, for example, the navigation can be displayed in the front, while in the rear seats with additional monitors movies, videos or music can be played. Music and video or movie playback is also possible via USB slot or Bluetooth. An AV input is also often available to play files from MP3 players, mobile phones or tablets.
With Bluetooth you can make calls while driving thanks to the hands-free function with phone book function.
A Mercedes car radio generally has a large touch screen in HD quality, so you don’t have to sacrifice quality when playing movies or music files. You can also set different wallpapers.
Many Mercedes car radios offer a special feature in the form of a built-in CD and DVD player – this is particularly useful if you like to listen to your favourite music on the road or watch a film for your children. Just as well it is conceivable to access audio books during longer car journeys, either for entertainment or learning purposes. However, there is a lot of music and variety on the radio – there are many stations available on different frequencies. The intelligent RDS system ensures that the device switches to the same station on a different frequency when the noise is heard, without the driver having to be distracted and intervene.
All in all, the Mercedes car radio offers a modern entertainment and information system for on the road at an excellent price-performance ratio. Please note the lists of compatible vehicles when ordering – if your car model is on the list, the Mercedes car radio will be delivered with the matching installation frame.
The vehicle-specific VW car radios have a CAN bus connection (Controller Area Network). This allows a steering wheel remote control without the need for further connections. If your VW model is included in the list of compatible vehicles, the VW car radio will be delivered with the matching frame. This makes things a lot easier – all you have to do is connect the device correctly and it is ready for use. Car radios with a USB port or AUX IN input offer another advantage. You can use the connectors to play audio and video files from MP3-player, IPod or Smartphone as well as to charge various gadgets.
If you want to reach your destination safely and quickly, you need a high-quality navigation system. Many VW car radios have integrated navigation systems with map material for Europe. An extra GPS antenna (“Global Positioning System”) is used to improve the reception quality of the signal and offers additional advantages in this way. If the journey continues outside Europe, you can also download navigation apps such as Google Maps from VW car radios with Android system. Games, music and films are also available as apps or online. Films, music or games can provide entertainment during longer journeys. Please note that W-LAN connection via your internet provider may incur additional costs. The operation of a VW car radio is usually intuitively possible via large touchscreen monitors.
The Bluetooth function can also provide variety while driving. This function can be used to play audio files (music or audio books) but also videos from the mobile phone on the car radio. The hands-free function or the possibility of making hands-free calls at the wheel without having to pick up the mobile phone (which would be an administrative offence) is particularly useful for longer journeys. The Bluetooth hands-free function also allows you to use the phone book, i.e. you can access the phone numbers dialled and stored.
If you like listening to the radio on the road, you will really enjoy listening to it with VW car radio – most models receive radio stations via AM / FM frequencies or via the newer digital radio DAB / DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting). In any case, you can be sure of good interference resistance and a wide range of stations. However, if the signal is interrupted, the built-in RDS radio data system (Radio Data System) ensures automatic switching to alternative frequencies of the same radio station with better reception. As soon as you are in the picture, which functions your new VW car radio should absolutely have, you can search for suitable models in our shop. You will find all necessary information in the carefully compiled product descriptions.
Like all vehicle-specific models, the BMW car radio includes a CAN bus connection (Controller Area Network), so that steering wheel remote control is immediately possible without any further ado. Please note the list of compatible vehicles: the models listed are supplied with the matching frame. All you need to do is connect the car radio and you’re ready to use it.
Particularly high-quality BMW car radios have an integrated navigation system, including maps for Europe. Many car radio models are equipped with the Android system, which means you can download games and apps to your device as usual. For example, games, music or films can be downloaded and played on the car radio screen. You can expand the existing map material by downloading Google Maps and using the app as a navigation aid on the road.
Most screens have touch screen function and are therefore particularly easy and intuitive to use. An additional Bluetooth function allows you to play audio files from your mobile phone on the car radio. Bluetooth also enables hands-free operation or hands-free telephoning at the wheel. In order to be able to use the phone function of the mobile phone as usual, a transfer from the phone book is also possible, i.e. you have access to the dialled and saved phone numbers on the car radio via Bluetooth.
With an extra USB port you can charge your mobile phone / tablet and other devices or play music and video files on the large car radio screen. Even if the device can do more than just radio, you can enjoy multiple radio stations with AM / FM radio or with the digital radio DAB / DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting). With these radio systems you can expect good interference immunity and a greater variety of stations. The built-in radio data system RDS (Radio Data System) ensures that the device switches to alternative frequencies with better reception of the same radio station in case of noise without distracting the driver. To avoid distracting the driver, most car radio models also feature the so-called dimming function – this allows the car radio to be switched off while on the move so that the display is not dazzled.
Please refer to the product information for the individual BMW car radio models – there you will find all the features the selected device has to offer.
The car radios for Seat vehicles have a CAN bus (Controller Area Network) connection, which makes steering wheel remote control possible without further wiring. Seat car radios are delivered with the matching installation frame as soon as your car appears in the list of compatible vehicles in the product description. Seat car radios offer many great features that make every journey an experience. Music lovers would be delighted with the AM / FM car radio. Many models are equipped with the RDS function. With this function, perfect reception can be guaranteed, because the Seat car radio automatically switches to other available frequencies of the same station in case of noise or other signal interference.
Many Seat car radios are equipped with DAB / DAB + digital radio. Digital radio offers several advantages – display of the title and artist as well as a much greater variety of stations. Not only current music, but also the latest news are present via car radio: So you get the information about possible traffic jams or emergencies on your route. If a change from the radio is desired, devices such as mobile phone, tablet or MP3 player can be connected to the Seat car radio via USB or AUX-IN. In this case, video files and films can also be played. Although the driver can only enjoy the modern large-format HD monitors during breaks, the video function is also available to the passengers in the rear seat while driving. If children are travelling, it can make the journey more varied and relaxed.
Data transfer via Bluetooth is also conceivable – whether music, films or audio books. The Bluetooth function also helps the driver to make hands-free calls while driving, so that the mobile phone is not picked up and the call can be made via the Seat car radio. The usual phone functions of the mobile phone – last dialed numbers, missed calls and similar are also available via Bluetooth. For less distraction while driving, the dimming function can also be activated – the display can be quickly switched off, for example, if it is to dazzle.
Many Seat car radios also offer a parking sensor connection and connections for a rear view camera. If you want the corresponding functions, you should take a look at the product description – all the functions of Seat car radios are shown there.
Google’s Android is the world’s most popular operating system that controls not only smartphones, but also laptops, tablets, televisions, smart watches and even refrigerators. No wonder Android is also used in car radios.
What kind of car radio is Android? If you have Android as your operating system, it means that your device is powerful enough. Furthermore, this operating system offers the following advantages:
provides easy access to all functions of the device;
ensures fast and correct operation of the car radio;
allows you to download additional apps from the Google Play Store;
Google synchronization between all your Android devices.
In other words, Android devices are characterized by their many possibilities.
Note that different modern devices can run different versions of the Android platform. The most common versions are:
Android 5 – Today this operating system is outdated and could soon disappear;
Android 6, 7, 8 – this operating system is not new either, but can still be found in many devices as it does not require very powerful hardware and is fast enough and supported by all modern applications for Android;
Android 10 – until recently it was the latest version of the operating system from Google. One of the most striking new features of Android 7 is the first-class multitasking as well as other features, especially for app developers.
Google has recently released a new version of its operating system – Android 11, and therefore it will soon be equipped car stereos with this system. But it must be said that for car drivers, there are no big differences between the versions of Android, because a car radio is not a smartphone after all.
The functions are quite standard: USB, SD, rear-view camera, Bluetooth audio, AUX, handsfree mode, CD, MP3, RDS-radio, steering wheel control, Apple/Android support. They only differ in OS, core, RAM and ROM value. Android radios have wi-fi option as well.
These three ones are suitable for Golf 4-7. Check the car model in the device name.
For those, caring about Navi, RNS-310 and RNS-510 are also a great choice.
Look through the table for choosing a replica autoradio.
No need to be an expert to install a modern car stereo. You just have to know the basics, which we will briefly examine below.
So, you can install a car stereo by two different methods:
using the ISO stereo connector without CANbus;
What is the ISO format and how to connect it
Usually, all modern cars have an ISO connector for a car stereo. All you need to do for the installation is:
connect the ISO connector with the ISO port of the vehicle;
connect the ISO connector to the car stereo;
install the car stereo into the dashboard, then fix it with the mounting brackets.
If there is no ISO connector, you can connect it with the following wires:
Battery powered wire – usually yellow, sometimes red.
ACC wire tells the car stereo that the system is powered. This is necessary for the activation of the car stereo. Typically, the ACC wire is red and a little smaller than the main power. If there is no ACC wire, you can wire it to the cigarette lighter or the ignition.
Ground wire, usually black.
The ILL (illuminations) wire is used to activate the car stereo lighting simultaneously with the headlights or fender lamps of the car.
Power antenna wire (ANT). If there is an antenna amplifier, the wire can be used to power up the car stereo, and then this amplifier. It can also be used as a signal for a retractable antenna, but not all car stereos are equipped with it.
The reverse wire allows to activate the reversing camera. You can attach this cable to the reversing light.
Speaker wires are usually connected to a composite output.
Generally, there is a wiring diagram printed on the car stereo. Accordingly, you must carefully study this diagram before make any connection, as well as the wiring diagram of your car, so that you don’t confuse the cables, because their color may vary on different models.
What is the CANbus and how to connect it
The CANbus is a special bus, developed by Robert Bosch. It is used to connect microcontrollers and devices to the electronic control units (ECU). It’s therefore becoming much more common in today’s vehicles than previous “wiring looms”.
When using the CANbus, the following wires must be connected:
CANbus wires, usually with an adapter for connection;
All other elements, such as lighting, reversing camera and others use the CANbus, which makes the car stereo much easier and faster to connect.
New generation of Android car stereos
Google’s Android has become the world’s most popular operating system, which controls not only smartphones, but also laptops, tablets, TVs, smartwatches and even refrigerators. It’s no wonder that Android is used even in car stereos.
What is Android for a car stereo? First of all, if you have Android as an operating system, it means that your device is powerful enough. In addition, this operating system has the following advantages:
provides easy access to all functions of the device;
ensures fast and correct operation of the car stereo;
allows you to download additional apps from the Google Play Store;
Google sync between all your Android devices.
In other words, Android devices are distinguished by their good capabilities.
Keep in mind that different modern devices may run different versions of the Android platform. The most common versions are:
Android 5 – Today, this operating system becomes out of date and may disappear soon;
Android 6 – this operating system is not recent either, but still, it can be found in many devices, because it doesn’t require a very powerful hardware and is fast enough and supported by all modern applications for Android;
Android 7 – until recently it was the latest version of Google’s operating system. One of the most striking new features brought by Android 7 is the top-notch multitasking, as well as other features, especially for app developers.
Google has recently unveiled a new version of its operating system – Android 8, and, therefore, there will soon be car stereos equipped with this system. But it must be said that for motorists there are no big differences between the versions of Android, because a car stereo is not a smartphone, after all.
Top 3 car stereos
Finally, we want to show you the most interesting car stereo models with the best quality/price ratio. So, the first model is XOMAX XM-2VDA715. We’ve covered it in detail in the section “2-DIN car stereos”. It is a powerful and high quality device, which is able to meet the needs of the most demanding motorists in terms of sound and functionality.
The XOMAX XM-2DDA6902 model, which deserves special attention, has the following functions:
7 ‘touch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels (16: 9 format);
The car stereo is with Android 6.0;
The 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 quad-core processor and the Mali-400 M graphics card allow you to play almost all modern video games;
2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. The size of the internal memory can be extended with microSD memory cards, each up to 128 GB;
Two USB ports;
Integrated GPS navigation with Google Maps;
DVD / CD player;
RDS and AM / FM radio with 18 pre-programmed stations;
Playback of all current multimedia file formats – MPEG4, MP3, WMA, AVI;
Bluetooth support for listening to music from your smartphone, using speakers and other functions;
Video games, compass, calendar, and other useful applications;
Power – 4 x 60 W.
What makes XOMAX XM-2DDA6902 different from the devices described above is a DVD / CD player. The ability to use 2 memory cards at the same time will be very useful to those motorists who like to keep a media library in the car.
For those who want the most advanced and functional car stereo, we can recommend the XOMAX XM-2VA701 model. The advantages of this model are:
7 ‘touch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels (16: 9 format);
The car stereo is with Android 7.1;
16GB eMMC Flash high speed non-volatile memory;
3G and 4G support.
The other functions are the same as those of the XM-2DDA6902 model.
Now you know the features and the types of modern car radios, which will help you make the right decision. And if you still have any questions, please contact our online store, where our experts will help you to choose the best device that suits your needs and the financial capacity.
Today, it is difficult to imagine a modern car without an audio system whose main components are a car stereo or a receiver. The functionality of these devices has increased significantly over the past 10-15 years, which on one hand is good, but on the other hand, motorists have to make a very difficult choice. And to make life easier, we’ll tell you about 1-DIN and 2-DIN car stereos, their types, features and other important things every buyer should know.