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Aftermarket Car Stereo


The car stereo, or head unit as it’s often referred to, is the central component of any car audio and video system. The head unit is the brains of the operation providing a wide range of complex functions and features to suit your audio and video requirements. The car stereo’s of today are nothing like their predecessors. Packed with an endless array of features such as smartphone integration, Bluetooth, navigation, video, vehicle system monitoring and more, modern car stereo head units are more akin to a fully functional computer system than a simple radio.

The trend of auto manufacturers over the past several years has been to integrate critical vehicle monitoring and driver interaction features into the stock stereo head unit that comes with your vehicle. Features like tire pressure monitoring, engine monitoring, oil change reminders, lighting and alarm settings have increasingly been built right into the stereo head unit of your car. As a result, the days of just swapping out your stock stereo with a new Pioneer or Alpine stereo have come to an end. In order to improve your car stereo’s performance or add missing features like iPhone integration or improved navigation capabilities, today’s modern cars require sophisticated integration systems installed and configured by highly trained professionals.

Thankfully the aftermarket stereo industry is still thriving. All of the traditional aftermarket stereo manufacturers and a host of new car audio tech companies have developed a wide range of stereo integration kits and computerized controllers to meet the demand of the stereo enthusiast. At Apex Customs, our Mobile Electronics Certified Professionals are the best in the business trained to design a system that will meet the needs of your car stereo project.

Why should I invest in a new car stereo?

Today’s sophisticated head units will provide you better sound with more playback options and advanced features than the stereo that came with your car from the manufacturer.

Enhanced Sound Quality

Car manufacturers design car stereos with budgets and commonality in mind. The car’s they are designing are marketed to a wide range of consumers, most of whom are perfectly fine with paying less for an OK stereo system. Factory car stereos get designed and built with the bare minimum components which will provide their average consumer with a good enough sound and video experience.

Aftermarket stereos provide superior built-in power and enhanced circuit design. An aftermarket car stereo isn’t just louder than the typical factory stereo; it also produces cleaner, richer, more detailed sound. For car audio enthusiast looking to spend a little more money on enhanced tone controls in the preamp section and more juice to power their speakers for that clean, crisp sound they’re looking for, the aftermarket stereo head unit is just the ticket.

New Sources and Added Functions

One of most common reasons people look at replacing or upgrading their factory car stereo is to expand functionality. An aftermarket stereo system can provide additional advanced features that were included by the vehicle manufacturer. Some of these features include:

  • MP3/WMA/AAC playback
  • iPod® and iPhone® support
  • Mobile Internet
  • Support for Android™ phones
  • Satellite radio
  • DVD playback
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • GPS navigation
  • Support for Pandora® Internet radio and other app-related sources
  • Advanced car monitoring and OBD-II capabilities​

Beyond the basic features listed above, there is a huge selection of vehicle apps available in the Apple and Android app marketplaces. In fact, there is a variety of aftermarket head units available today that run on the Android operating system allowing you to easily install and uninstall apps right on your car stereo.