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    01/06/2011

Head Units


Head Units: Buying Guide

Head units are considered as one of the most important components of a stereo system. The units act as a central component system as it provides unified hardware interface to the various components of a media system. These units are also present in the home cinema system, but the article focuses on those units which are used in vehicles.

In the market, one can find various kinds of head units for car stereo systems, therefore it becomes a cumbersome task to choose suitable units out of many. So, consider following points while buying the head units.

· Purchase a user-friendly unit
Purchase that head unit which is compatible with car stereo system. Do not forget to play various tracks on it, keep changing the tracks to look how frequently and smoothly they are changing, play tracks on CD, radio stations and check whether tracks are playing smoothly on every radio station or not.

· Power control
Most of the manufacturers give inaccurate power specifications. Terms like peak power or music power are used by them which are vague. Always check for RMS as it is a real indication of power in a stereo system. · Head unit equipped with pre-amp output
With the help of pre-amp outputs, amplifier can be run directly without the need of conversion. So, if you are really concerned about high sound quality, purchase head units with pre-amp outputs.

Other things which need to look upon while buying head units are whether they are available with theft prevention scheme or not, all buttons are placed in logical order or not, buttons must not be too small to play, menus and settings are easy to find in them, etc. Last but not the least, do check reviews online before buying any head unit.

A final conclusion to say is that head units demand considerable amount of money investment. Therefore, it is important to make an informed decision by looking upon various factors such as power, brands ( JVC head units, Pioneer head units, Alpine head units) theft protection scheme, easy to play, etc.

 
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