You need to determine what audio sources you use often. Consider if it will be necessary to have a CD player, whether you need DVD playback and so on. Consider whether you want to use digital media too. After you decide on this, then you need to choose whether you want a traditional receiver for the discs, a matchless receiver, or an A/V receiver.
If you settle for a CD player, there are still odds that a passenger may want a media player or may want to plug their phone while in the car. It is sensible to have a receiver that also has a port for USB so as to make it possible to use different storage devices.
Smartphone and app integration
Today, smartphones are very common, and so are the apps. It is, therefore, a good idea to have a receiver that connects to your phone. You should look for a USB port and make sure that it actually supports your device. Make sure that the receiver is compatible with your device before making the switch. If you are a heavy app user, then ensure that the receiver you settle for has some controls for the apps. These should be accessible to you regardless of whether you are on the road or not.
Satellite and local radio
Most receivers have AM/FM radios that can access the local stations. If you want to improve this, then choose one with HD radio decoding. This improves the audio quality of your local stations because they use digital format. It also makes it possible for you to choose different digital subprograms. This gives you access to more stations.
Navigation and GPS
The receivers are not only about playing music. They can also assist you when you want to make your way around by making use of the GPS navigation. Make sure the GPS module that has been set in the receiver is able to assist you and give you the correct directions.