Updated July 09, 2021 by Christopher Thomas

The 6 Best Car Audio Bundles

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This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in January of 2020. No matter whether you are a true audiophile or a daily commuter, a good car audio bundle will help you get more out of your driving experience, and will often save you money when bought together as a kit. In addition, the convenience of Bluetooth connectivity, the safety of hands-free calling, and the assistance of in-car navigation make these combos much more than basic music-playing accessories. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Pioneer X3869BT

2. Kicker 48TCWRT102

3. JVC KD-R690

Editor's Notes

July 07, 2021:

The Pioneer X3869BT is the best four-point package for those on a moderate budget, although the Alpine UTE-73BT sounds a bit better if you can afford it. The JVC KD-R690 is another great choice, but the 6X9 rear speakers aren't as widely compatible as round speakers are. If you're interested in adding a quality subwoofer, the Kicker 48TCWRT102 is the best choice because it's reasonably priced and sized so it can fit in a huge range of vehicles.

March 25, 2020:

The car audio bundles ranked here cover options for both single and double DIN dashboards. Many modern car manufacturers produce cars with double DIN apertures that will fit a dedicated capacitive display, such as the JVC Enrock Audio bundle and Pioneer MVH-1400NEX bundle, which, among other benefits, will often have their own native GPS navigation, audio player and built-in hands-free calling functionality.

On the other hand, the single DIN stereos in this ranking, such as the Alpine UTE-73BT bundle, or the Kenwood KMM-BT328U combo, will fit most other car models but are not without their share of features. All of those listed have Bluetooth connectivity which, when paired with your smartphone, will open up a number of possibilities. Many come with their own proprietary software, which, once downloaded, will enable the user to access their music library, make hands-free calls and use their phone’s GPS through the stereo’s speakers, similar to their double DIN counterpart.

If you are looking to play music at high volumes without losing sound quality, then the bundles that come with amplifiers, such as the single DIN JVC KD-R690 receiver and speaker pack, or the double DIN JVC Enrock Audio bundle should give you the level and clarity you need, however, most people will find that the built-in amplifiers found in all regular stereos will be perfectly sufficient for casual listening.

4. Alpine UTE-73BT

5. Harmony HA-RD12

6. Alpine CDE-175BT


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on July 09, 2021 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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