JVC KDX200 Digital Media Receiver
If you're ready to ditch your CD collection but don't have a lot to spend on a new stereo unit for your car, you're likely to be impressed by the JVC KD-X200. The KD-X200 does not play CDs (being a digital media receiver) but it supports MP3, WMA, and WAV formats, so you're not limited to MP3s only. A built-in MOSFET amplifier puts out 20 watts RMS x 4 channels, and works in conjunction with a 24-bit DAC to ensure that sound quality is always up to par. While 2-channel, 2.5-volt preamp outputs don't leave much open in the way of expanding to a complete system, they can be switched over to subwoofer mode to add a little extra punch to your sound. The KD-X200 has built-in iPod control, as well as 2-way iPhone/iPod control, meaning that you aren't limited to only using the receiver when your iPhone or iPod is hooked up. You can also control Pandora Internet Radio from your iPhone. Android phones are supported as well - when connected to the stereo, you can use the touchscreen on the phone as a remote control to perform functions such as changing songs. While Bluetooth is not built-in, there is an optional adapter available to add that capability. A front USB port and a front auxiliary input allows you to hook up other devices as needed. At an extremely budget-friendly price of under $100, the JVC KD-X200 is an excellent choice for those looking to move away from CDs and depend on their smartphone for in-car listening.