Clarion CZ302 Bluetooth CD/USB/MP3/WMA Receiver
Clarion's CZ302 might not cost much, but that doesn't mean that you'll need to forgo features such as Bluetooth just because you're on a budget. Clarion has a tendency to somehow manage to include lots of features on their receivers regardless of the price, so it's no surprise that they've done the same with this affordable entry-level model. The CZ302 is equipped with Parrot Bluetooth, which means crystal clear quality for handsfree talking and wireless music streaming. Front-panel auxiliary and USB inputs mean that you can also hook up your devices directly, and with an iPod/iPhone, the stereo buttons can then be used to search for songs, control your Pandora Internet Radio app (you can even rate songs from the dash), and achieve all the basic functions you'd expect. This stereo is also compatible with SiriusXM if you decide to add satellite radio to your car. Sound quality is clean, with a built-in amplifier that puts out 19 watts RMS over 4 channels. Those wanting to expand might be disappointed by the 4-channel, 2-volt preamp outputs, though this is not to say expansion is not a possibility. Overall, it's difficult to find many options in this price range that offer great performance along with sharing features from receivers that cost much more.