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Car Audio Receivers

Hello, and welcome to our website. In an earlier post we wrote about a cars audio system, and it being compared to a human body. The speakers are the legs and arms and are the most important part of the system. Here we are going to talk about the car audio receivers, and the receivers are compared to the head of a human body. They control the different sounds that come out of the speakers, features like bass, treble, faders and volume are just a few of them.

As for car audio receivers, much like speakers they have many brands, features, watts of output, etc. That are available to purchase out there to choose from. Choosing the right receiver can be very frustrating at times. When choosing a good place to start is with some reviews (just as an information point of view), but remember that reviews are just what a store is selling best or what people are buying in the country the most. Your personal preference and experience is ultimately what will help you choose what you want to purchase. What brand do you prefer? What features do you want on the receiver? Have you had bad or good experiences with a certain brand or product? So in the end it is up to your personal preference what you purchase in the end.

What’s In Your Vehicle Now:

Let’s take a look at what you currently have in terms of your car audio system. Do you have an all factory system? Do you have an after-market receiver? What features do you have on the receiver that you like? Most factory receivers have a watts output of a range of seven to sixteen watts, and you divide that by the number of channels that the receiver has to get the watts per channel output. Most factory receivers do not have pre-amp outputs for the installation of amplifiers and subwoofers. Just like after-market receivers, some come with pre-amp outputs and some do not, so it is important to look at the product description specifications when looking for receivers. They will tell you if pre-amp outputs are in the receiver that you are looking at.

Pre-Amp Outputs – What are They:

A short description of pre-amp outputs on a receiver. Pre-Amp outputs filter out all mid-range and high frequencies to the amplifiers and subwoofers. They only allow low frequencies to come out of the receiver and go to the subwoofers, which are designed to only handle low frequencies.

Next we are going to show you some different receivers from a few of our affiliate stores and the specifications on them to show you the many differences in features, watts and prices. Remember products and prices change very often for many reasons, maybe an item has sold out or a company is trying to move a particular item, any number of reasons. Feel free to click on the images to look at a particular receiver we are listing.

Car Audio Receivers – Rockville:

Rockville RDM18:


  • Rockville RDM18 In-Dash Digital Media, AM/FM, MP3, USB, SD, Bluetooth Receiver with Remote
  • Built-in Bluetooth for hands-free, Blue illuminated button lighting
  • Peak Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels, RMS Power Output: 17 watts x 4 channels
  • Wireless remote control included
  • AM/FM tuner with 18FM/12AM presets
  • 5 selectable tone curves
  • 2 Sets of preamp outputs (2 volts), Front Auxiliary Input
  • Front USB Input for thumb drives and other USB playback devices
  • Clock function, Color LCD display


sold at https://www.rockvilleaudio.com/car-audio/


Rockville RDD7


  • Rockville RDD7 7” Touchscreen Double DIN DVD/USB/SD Receiver, 7″ High Resolution TFT-LCD Digital Touch Screen, 800 x 480 Screen Resolution, 16:9 (Wide Screen)
  •  Bluetooth Capability, iPod, iPod Touch, and iPhone (4S to 6S) integration via USB, Supports iPhone charging
  • USB, Front AUX / MP3 Input
  • High Power Output: 4 x 50W Built-in Amplifier, 3 Sets of 5V Preamp Outputs (Front, Rear, and Sub)
  • 300:1 Contrast Resolution, Picture Control: Brightness / Contrast / Saturation / Hue / Definition
  • SD Card Reader, Supports Double High Speed SDHC(32G) Card, USB Media Input
  • Repeat / Program / Random / Intro Play on MP3 Play, FM / AM Receiver with 30 Preset Station Capability
  • 2 band equalizer, Auto Memory Store / Preset Scan, Flat/Classic/Rock/Jazz/Pop/custom, Treble/bass/Subwoofer/fader/Balance
  •  Volume Control, Mute / Loudness / Clock Function, Electronic Anti-Shock, 2 Channel Rear Audio / Video Output, AUX Input (1 Channel Video Input and 2 Channel Audio Input)
  • Factory Steering Wheel Control Compatible
  • Full Function Remote Control Included


sold at https://www.rockvilleaudio.com/car-audio/


Kenwood KDC-BT275U


  • Supports iPhone and Android, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Spotify apps
  • Kenwood sound reconstruction restores sound quality to compressed music
  • Dual Phone Connection for two Bluetooth users, 13 band EQ for ultimate sound customization
  • Output power: 50W x 4 @ 4 ohms maximum output
  • RMS power output: 22W x 4 @ <1% THD
  •  Radio presets: 18 FM, 6 AM
  • Front input ports: USB, AUX, Rear outputs: RCA pre-out
  • Built-in Bluetooth


sold at https://www.parts-express.com/



Kenwood KMM- 108U


  • detachable face security, stereo 2.5V RCA out, and a built-in four channel MOSFET amplifier with 22 watts RMS of output per channel. If you don’t play CDs in the car anymore
  • Front USB and AUX Input
  • FL Display The bright 1-line display makes it easy to see the text information when navigating the menu, your iPod, or music content saved on a USB storage device.
  • Stereo Pre-out with Low-Pass Filter
  • Kenwood Music Control for Android Smartphones
  • 1-Channel,Subwoofer, Preamp Outputs


sold at https://www.parts-express.com/






  • Mechless digital media receiver for the modern music lover, USB and SD/MMC ports for stored MP3 and WMA file playback
  • Detachable face security, 3.5 mm Aux input for smartphone connectivity
  • Total Output Power: 200 Watts, Speaker Outputs Channels: 4
  • Chassis Mounting: Single DIN, Monitor Display Format: Active Black Mask Display
  • PLL Synthesized AM/FM Tuner, AM Stations: 12, FM Stations: 18, 30 Stations Preset
  • USB Input: FULL SIZE Front panel, SD/MMC Memory Card Port Input: Front panel
  • AUX Input: Front panel, Audio RCA Output: 2, Illumination Controls, Preset Equalizer Selection Switch
  • Separate Bass and Treble Adjustment Control, Balance and Fader Adjustment Control
  • Stereo/Mono Selection Switch, Local Distance Switch, Loudness, Digital Clock Display, Last Position Memory
  • Compatible with Audio Output of iPod and other MP3 Players


sold at https://www.parts-express.com/



Sound Storm Labs SDC26B


  • POWER: You Can Get 50 Watts x 4 Max Power From The SDC26B To Power Your Speakers. An Amplifier Is Recommended To Make Sure Your Speakers Are Well Powered.
  • AUXILIARY INPUT: This Single din head unit Is Compatible with The Audio Output From Smartphones As Well As MP3 Players.
  • INPUTS: USB & Auxiliary
  • MEDIA PLAYBACK: Play Music Through Your Bluetooth Device, Pop In A CD Or Use The USB Port For More Audio Alternatives.
  • OUTPUTS: Use The Front & Rear Pre Amp Outputs To Hook Up Your Speakers (Front Left/Front Right And Rear Left/Rear Right)
  • EQUALIZER: Customize How You Want To Hear Your Music With The Balance / Fader / Bass And Treble And Control It All With The Wireless Remote Control
  • BLUETOOTH: Answer Calls with Just One Push of a Button. Make Calls and Be Hands-Free with No Distractions


sold at amazon.com



Alpine UTE-73BT


  • Mech-less AM/FM tuner with RBDS information
  • FLAC/MP3/WMA audio file compatibility via USB
  • Made for iPod and iPhone
  • Android AOA 2.0 compatible
  • Works with Pandora Music for iPhone and Android phone
  • Thof 3-band parametric EQ and high pass/low pass crossover lets you fine-tune your sound system
  • LCD display with one-line, RGB illumination for your choice of display color
  • convenient front panel auxiliary input


sold at amazon.com



There are a lot of different Brands with so many features that it would take way to long to discuss them all. Just keep in mind, It’s your personal choice of what style and brand you want to purchase and put in your vehicle. We gave you a quick look at just a few different receivers. The prices vary with each individual store that you visit. Go looking, and if you see something, go read some reviews on that item. People will give reviews on what was bad about the item, and others will say really good things about it. Just enjoy it, don’t get frustrated, because looking and purchasing a new car stereo systems is supposed to be fun. Please leave comments or questions on the bottom of this page and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for visiting our website, hope you continue to come back time and time again.




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