List of Best car radios in 2021.

List of Best car radios in 2021.

September 27, 2021 0

Acquiring the best car radio ensures you get the most out of your car sound system. 

A car radio is the centerpiece of the car sound system. You want to get the best in terms of features and user-friendliness.

I have compiled a list of the ten best car radios in Kenya as of 2021.

 Here are the factors I have considered when compiling the list; Affordability, smartphone compatibility, Expandability, and customer rating. 

The top three vehicle audio system brands in Kenya are Pioneer, Sony, and JVC Kenwood. The list is on these.

The following is the list of Best car radios in Kenya in 2021 discussed in detail and in no particular order.

1. Pioneer DMH-A345BT Car radio.

Pioneer DMH-A345BT is the latest car radio in the East Africa market. 

This radio delivers a new world of the car entertainment experience on a 6.8″ large & high-quality capacitative screen. It has a WVGA (800 x 480) screen resolution.

This radio features Weblink cast, a smartphone connectivity experience for Android & IOS users. Weblink cast enables you to cast the content of your compatible smartphone to the radio.

The built-in Bluetooth feature allows you to play audio files and make or receive hands-free calls. 

Pioneer DMH-A345BT has three 2-volts RCA pre-outs to connect an external Amplifier, rear and front speakers. The 200 watts In-built amplifier gives the required boost for excellent speaker performance.

 Additionally, it has a Video output provision which means you can add headrest monitors to keep your passengers entertained.

 Video output provision is a feature lacking in most radios at the same level as Pioneer DMH-A345BT.

 This radio has a rear USB port for media playback and Smartphone charging. It also has an optional reverse camera input and is steering wheel control compatible.

Pioneer DMH-A345BT supports various media playback formats. It plays MP3, Divx, MP4 with Full HD Video playback through USB. 

It’s important to note that this radio does not play CDS/DVDs.

Other features include;

  •  color customization
  • 13-band inbuilt equalizer
  •  high pass filter & low pass filter crossover network.
  • Aux Input

Pioneer DMH-A345BT is arguably the best entry-level double din car radio and will fit in most vehicle dashboards. This radio will offer you more value for a less amount.

2. Sony DSX-A110U Car Radio

Sony DSX-A110U is the most affordable car radio in the market today. It is a one din radio with an inbuilt amplifier of 220 watts. 

Sony car radio, DSX-A110U has FM/AM (88 MHz– 108 MHz), USB & AUX Input. This radio does not have Bluetooth & a CD player.

The inbuilt 10-band equalizer enables you to customize the sound to your liking. 

It also has an EXTRA BASS button that reinforces bass lines for deep, punchy bass.

This radio is steering wheel control compatible.

Sony DSX-A110U is an entry-level radio, ideal for you who barely have time to glance at a screen and need basic entertainment.

3. Kenwood DMX5020S radio

DMX-5020S is a digital multimedia receiver with a 6.8″ capacitive screen. This radio has a powerful inbuilt amplifier of 200 watts.

This Kenwood radio gives you the ability to connect your smartphone through Apple car play or android auto, which is fun.

Android Auto & apple car play allows you to access supported phone applications such as phone book, messages, and maps on the radio using an original cable.

 It enables you to maintain your focus on the road. Additionally, you can connect two Bluetooth devices simultaneously for audio streaming or hands-free calling.

Kenwood DMX-5020S has two 2-volts pre-outs to connect speakers and an external amplifier. It also has a subwoofer output.

It supports an optional backup camera connection to enhance reversing safety & rear monitoring. Built-in adjustable parking guidelines further increase its effectiveness.

Kenwood DMX-5020S offers the best audio experiences. It has a built-in 13 band equalizer and digital time alignment for sound staging. 

Digital time alignment allows you to delay the closest speakers so that every speaker’s sound reaches your ears at once.

Due to its one Din Chassis, Kenwood DMX-5020S easily fits into any vehicle dashboard.

4. Pioneer MVH-S325BT Bluetooth radio.

Pioneer MVH-S325BT is a one-din Digital media receiver with a front USB & Aux Input.   

It has inbuilt Bluetooth that allows you to connect two devices at the same time. With Bluetooth, you can stream music or make & receive calls hands-free.

This radio is compatible with Pioneer smart sync Applications. Pioneer smart sync allows you to access communication, navigation, and music streaming services through your smartphone. MVH-S325BT has a navigation button which when hit, links directly to your phone maps.

Pioneer MVH-S325BT also has Spotify as a dedicated audio source. It offers android music playback and android Spotify control through Bluetooth. Additionally, it also supports iPhone music playback and iPhone Spotify control through USB and Bluetooth.

 If you are a fan of music, you can access millions of songs on the go through the Spotify application.    

5. Kenwood DNX9190SM Navigation Radio.

Best car radio with Inbuilt Navigation, Kenwood DNX9190SM
Navigation on Kenwood DNX9019SM

Kenwood DNX9190SM is a high-end car radio setting pace in the car entertainment market. 

This radio has a 6.8″ high definition touch display with a 1280* 720 resolution.

 It has a built-in Garmin navigation system which is the industries leading navigation software. 

The Garmin navigation system offers various route display options & does not require an internet connection for access.

DNX9190SM offers an array of exceptional smartphone connectivity options. 

With Apple car play, you can wirelessly connect your compatible ios device to access features such as maps, messenger & phone on the radio. 

Android auto allows you to connect your android device to the radio through an original cable.  

Wireless mirroring for android allows you to cast your entire android phone contents on the radio.

Are you a sound enthusiast? You can listen to high-resolution audio on DNX9190SM. Enjoy crisp sound driven on a 200 watts powerful inbuilt amplifier.

Apart from inbuilt maps & HD audio and video, other unique features of the DNX9190SM are as follows.

  • It supports up to 3 backup cameras; in, front & rear.
  • It’s WI-FI Certified; you can wirelessly connect devices to the radio.
  • It has an HDMI Connection; you can connect your laptop to the radio through an HDMI cable.
  • It has three 5V Pre-out puts; powerful output for excellent subwoofer & amplifier performance.

Owing to its features, Kenwood DNX9190SM is arguably one of the best car radios you can get.

6. Pioneer AVH-Z5250BT DVD Receiver.

Pioneer AVH-Z5250BT is a modern radio that allows you to enjoy the best car entertainment smartphone technology on a 6.8″ touch display.

Connect your smartphone to the radio through Android auto, apple car play, and Bluetooth. Android auto and apple car play connection on AVH-Z5250BT is through a cable.

 Dual Bluetooth allows you to connect two phones simultaneously. This feature is ideal if you have two phones; a work & personal phone.

 The phones are automatically paired and remain connected for calls or audio streaming.

Do you still listen to CDS & DVDs? Make use of the Pioneer AVH-Z5250BT DVD player. 

Reversing can be stressful AVH-Z5250BT has a reverse camera input to connect an optional reverse camera. 

In addition, the Video output option allows you to connect extra headrest screens to keep your passengers entertained.

Pioneer AVH-Z5250BT has three 4-volts pre-out, enough voltage to achieve excellent performance from your external amplifier and subwoofer.

On the Pioneer AVH-Z5250BT, you can choose from various entertainment options; Weblink, USB, FM/AM Tuner & Spotify Connect. 

Spotify Connect is a dedicated audio source on this radio. It allows you to directly control the Spotify app on a connected iPhone (via USB or Bluetooth) or Android device (via Bluetooth).

7. Sony DSX-GS80 Car radio

Sony Best Car Radio DSX-GS80 with high power 400 watts.
Enjoy High power on Sony DSX-GS80

Sony DSX-GS80 is a digital high-power car radio system.

This radio has a built-in class D Amplifier, the kind only found in external amplifiers. 

While other sony radios have a 220 watts inbuilt amplifier, this radio has a 400 watts inbuilt amplifier. This amplifier delivers powerful & crystal clear audio even on high volume.

Sony DSX-GS80 has inbuilt Bluetooth that allows you to pair up to two phones. With Bluetooth, you can access navigation, music & communication features.

 Take advantage of voice control for android & Siri for iPhone to give commands, so you never have to get your eyes off the road.

For sound control, Sony DSX-GS80 has a dynamic stage organizer to create virtual speakers in front of you. In addition, it has an in-built 10-band Equalizer to customize the sound to your liking.

This radio has a front & rear USB port. The USB port lets you play music from iPhone or iPod.

If you want a high-power audio source for your car sound system, DSX-GS80 is the best choice in the market.

This radio does not play CDS.

8. Kenwood KMM-BT306 Bluetooth receiver.

Kenwood KMM-BT306 is a one-din Bluetooth receiver with USB & AUX input. This radio has multicolor illumination. You can change the radio illumination to match the color of your Dashboard light. 

With built-in Bluetooth, you can connect two phones at a go and enjoy playlist music through Kenwood music mix. Kenwood music mix is a feature that allows the pairing of up to 5 devices. 

You can then enjoy audio streaming by switching the devices at the touch of a button. 

The front USB on the Kenwood KMM-BT306 Is powerful and offers a maximum 1.5A quick charge for selected Android phones & a 1.0A charge for iPhones.  

You can also playback audio files from USB devices compressed in various formats; FLAC, WAV, AAC, WMA & MP3.

This radio does not play CDS.

9. Kenwood DDX419BTM DVD Receiver.

Kenwood DDX419BTM is a 6.2″ radio with a DVD Player. This stereo supports two backup cameras; front & rear. In addition, it has inbuilt parking guidelines to work hand in hand with the rear backup camera.

Dual Bluetooth connection on the Kenwood DDX419BTM allows you to stream audio and make hands-free calls.  

This stereo also supports Spotify connectivity which allows you to listen to millions of songs.

Kenwood DDX419BTM has video output that allows you to connect extra screens. It also has three 4-volts pre-outs to connect an external subwoofer and amplifier.

The various color display on the Kenwood DDX419BTM allows you to set the mood by matching your favorite color with the dashboard color.

10. Sony XAV-1500 radio

 This modern radio offers you the best of entertainment options on a 6.2″ anti-glare screen. The screen is quick to wake up right after you turn on the ignition.

Sony XAV-1500 has Weblink cast an app delivery service that mirrors your smartphone’s content on the screen. This radio also has inbuilt Bluetooth that supports up to 2 paired devices at a go. You can stream audio or make & receive calls hands-free.

Sony XAV-1500 is rear view camera ready. It means that you can connect an optional backup camera for safe reversing. Unlike other double din units, XAV-1500 has a small & compact rear chassis. The Small rear chassis makes it easy to install and also fits in most vehicles Dashboards.

Front USB and AUX Input come with great convenience and ease of use. The front USB port supports various media formats including, MP4. 

Sony XAV-1500 offers in-check sound control options such as;

  • EXTRA BASS button, 
  • 10-band internal equalizer.
  • Dynamic Stage Organiser that helps create virtual speakers on your Dashboard.

If you want to build your sound system, you can add an external Amplifier & subwoofer with the three pre-outs provisions.

This car radio does not play DVDs.

Conclusion

Whether you choose a Pioneer, Sony, or JVCKenwood radio, you can derive comfort in knowing that it has a 1-year manufacturer warranty.

It’s also key to make sure that the model you choose is compatible with your dashboard structure.

Which other radio model do you feel I should feature in the above list?

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