I am in the market for a new car stereo in-dash receiver, and I was wondering what the best method of buying one would be, and where the best places on the Web to purchase might be? I only want to purchase an in-dash receiver with MP3 capability (no pre-amps, etc.), but I'm also interested in a system that I can plug a portable MP3 player into if necessary. I am looking to spend under $250 total for a receiver.
Here are the alternatives I've found:
1) Buy one online and get it installed through an independent installer (I know one in town). (I noticed that Mathowie pursued this route
- Buy on eBay.
- Buy using a service like PriceGrabber to find the online store with the best price.
2) Buy from an established big-box retailer like Circuit City, Best Buy or Fry's and have them install it (more expensive, but less hassle and more immediate).
3) Buy from a specialized stereo store and have them install it (most expensive, but also most experience).
What are the pros and cons of each alternative?
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- What brand of receiver has the best sound quality without adding pre-amps/etc.?
- What brand of receiver has the best interface (see also
- What brand of speakers have the best sound quality?
- How do "aux inputs" work and how can I be sure to get one installed from the get go (and how do they work with outside MP3 players)?
- I have read some reviews that say certain brands take longer to read the MP3 files and switch between MP3s. Which brands are fastest at switching?
- Where is the best place to get install accessories if I choose to buy one online?
Also: are there any other good resources to use for making car stereo buying decisions on the Web?
Thanks in advance,