Improving on your car’s stereo head is probably the simplest upgrade you can possibly do, and it’s a great way to breathe some new life into an older vehicle.
While one option would be to put in an expensive full LCD touchscreen DVD player, this carries with it a few problems that most drivers would rather avoid; in addition to being expensive, you may find that you only use a few basic features, even on an upgraded stereo head.
If you know that you just want an improvement on the basics you know and a few extra features that don’t break the bank, you can’t go wrong with the FHX-720BT Double DIN stereo head from Pioneer Electronics. In fact, it’s our pick as one of the top rated units overall on the market and one of our favorite Pioneer models.
The Pioneer 720BT Stereo Head – The Basics
With this Pioneer head unit, you’re going to be getting all of the features you’d expect on your basic 2 DIN stereo set. For starters, you’ve got everything that you’d have on your stock stereo head, like a radio tuner with presets, a CD player, and basic controls for both.
This is a real boon for anybody who shares their car with anybody who’s less than good with computers; all of your basic buttons are still there, so anybody who understands how to use a standard radio head can easily do the basics.
If you want to get a little more advanced, you can also adjust the five band equalizers, as well as your high and low pass filters through the stereo head’s menu, or even connect extra amplifiers through the two 2v RCA preouts to get a high quality sound uniquely tailored to your kind of music.
Even though these are slightly more advanced than just tuning a radio, the 720BT is intuitive enough that if you’ve ever adjusted equalizers or added new amps on anything else before, you’ll be able to pick up what’s going on fairly quickly. With a simple push-button operation, this stereo head is incredibly user-friendly, so even drivers who are just looking for the basics won’t be overwhelmed by features and technical jargon.
Pioneer 2 Din Features – More Advanced
Moving beyond the basics, however, is the real reason you’re looking at a new stereo head; fortunately for you, the 720BT double DIN Pioneer has plenty of upgraded features to help you get the most out of your car’s audio system in a deceptively simple looking package. One of these key features is going to be mobile device integration; essentially, the 720BT functions like your computer’s USB port, connecting and charging your smartphone through the stereo head.
Once it’s connected, you can simply put your Ipod, Iphone, or Android device down because the 720BT can search and play your audio files directly through the stereo head, allowing you to easily search and play your music.
If you want to mix your music up a bit, the 720BT has a unique little feature called Mixtrax, a Pioneer 2 DIN car stereo program that mixes your music together with DJ effects, creating a thoroughly unique mix with all your favorite tracks.
If you’d rather just stream new music, however, the 720BT has you covered too. With on-board support for streaming music services like Pandora, you can stream data through your phone and play it through your car’s audio system without any drop in audio quality, a real advantage for anybody who’s on the fence about streaming radio services; you can play it in your car, then carry it with you on your phone.
Another great standout feature is the integrated Pioneer double DIN Bluetooth system, which allows you to make hands free calling both easy and effective. Of course, like everything else we’ve pointed out, this is incredibly intuitive; simply activate your smartphone for Bluetooth operation, press the phone button on the left side of the 720BT’s face, and you’re all set to take calls right through the stereo head.
Once you’re finished, simply press the same button to end the call. Once again, all of these features are intuitive and easy to see on the 720BT’s bright LCD screen; getting the most out of both your smartphone and your car has never been as simple as it is with this stereo head.
Conclusion? Buy It.
What you’ve got on this Pioneer stereo head is a solid balance of features and price; it’s not just a fancier stock system, but it’s also not the most expensive, high-end of the Pioneer head units, either. As such, this is the best double DIN for a first stereo head, a safe step into unfamiliar territory.
It’s got all the markings that you’re used to on a stock head, but a few new pieces that can show you exactly what your stereo can do. If you’ve got a young driver getting their first car, this stereo head would be a great present. It’s solid, it’s simple, and it’s an incredibly affordable improvement on even the most lacking cars, designed to let you get the most out of your music.
This is a very affordable model by Pioneer, however, if you’re looking to take a step up, check out the AVHX1600 by Pioneer, ideal for people who want DVD capability in their car.