Kenwood KDC-255U In-Dash USB/CD Receiver
With how ubiquitous smartphones and MP3 players have become, car stereos have had to adjust in order to be able to work seamlessly with this more modern technology. On the front panel of Kenwood's KDC-255U you'll find both a USB and auxiliary input, giving options to connect devices easily. This allows for features such as controlling Pandora Internet Radio (with the app installed on your iPhone) through the receiver instead of needing to get out your smartphone while driving. Sound quality is good considering the price; the built-in 4-channel amplifier features 22 watts RMS of output. Overall sound output itself can be adjusted using the System Q Sound Control, with 8 EQ curves and a 3-band equalizer. Variable color illumination allows you to customize the appearance of the stereo to match your taste, as well. For a stereo that costs less than $100, Kenwood's KDC-255U offers plenty of performance.