While this site is primarily focused on fuel efficient cars that are better for the environment than traditional automobiles, that doesn’t mean we don’t like to touch on some lighter topics as well. That’s why we thought it would be fun to look at some great stereos and stereo components that can really enhance your driving experience. There’s nothing quite like cruising down a winding highway on a warm summer night with the windows down and the stereo blaring. Here are some great accessories you can add to your car’s stereo system to make driving both fuel efficient and entertaining as well.
Digital and Portable Speakers
In the past, we’ve focused on stereos built into our cars but, with the countless advances in portable stereo technology, that’s no longer really necessary. Instead of relying on your car’s mediocre factory-built stereo, you can find a great Bluetooth speaker around the $50 price point and connect it to your smartphone. That way you can enjoy the whole of your own musical collection, with the sound quality it was meant to offer. There’s no need to break the bank on a top-of-the-line custom stereo system that costs hundreds or even thousands of dollars. A $50 Bluetooth speaker today would blow away your father’s old, expensive car stereo from the 1980s.
Apple and Android Car Systems
If you do prefer the idea of a great built-in stereo for your car, there are still a lot of great options. Many car manufacturers now include some version of your favorite mobile platform, such as IOS or Android in the actual design of your car’s entertainment package. This allows it to quickly sync with your smartphone, and it’s typically voice-activated. You can find and play your favorite songs while you drive, and this is great for both safety and convenience. Of course, it can’t prevent your spouse or children from taking over DJ duties – that’s something you’ll probably just have to live with.
If you’re going to sync your smartphone with your advanced car entertainment system, there are normally a couple of ways you can do it. Almost all cars built in the last 10 years give you the ability to at least plug directly into the stereo, but in recent years that type of connection has become somewhat obsolete. The most common way to connect to your entertainment system these days is by using Bluetooth. This is great because you don’t have to worry about remembering to bring your wires with you. All you need is your smartphone, and there aren’t too many of us that leave home without them these days.
If there’s one thing that most consumers crave these days, it’s choice. In the early days of car stereo systems there wasn’t a lot of that. Cars had a basic stereo that could receive a couple of AM radio stations and that was that. We soon graduated to FM, tape decks, CD players, and MP3’s – all in the interest of greater choice. In the early 90s we were introduced to satellite radio and it opened up a world of choice that we had never seen before in terms of in-car entertainment. It took a few years for the technology to really take off, but these days you can find a satellite radio station to suit any taste.