The Blaupunkt New Orleans MP58 is a capable car stereo with support for a range of digital audio formats, a good music selection interface, and a stylish faceplate design. Its lack of iPod compatibility lets it down though.
The Blaupunkt Brisbane SD48 is a simple, digital-age stereo ideal for those who store small amounts of music on SD cards or USB drives, although iPod owners will find it frustrating. For an entry-level stereo, it offers a good range of audio customization features.
The Sony CDX-GT620IP is a value-for-money iPod-compatible car stereo with good usability and decent sound quality.
The Alpine CDE-9874 is a good value entry-level car stereo, perfect for those looking to play homemade MP3 discs or iPod tracks. Audiophiles might want to look a bit higher up Alpine's lineup.
The Eclipse AVN6620 is a device for those looking to tech out their car with a single device. Its elegant design, wealth of features and expandability, and the fact that it's easy to use make it a strong contender in the all-in-one in-car device market.
If you've got $130 and want a system that plays MP3s from a range of sources, the CDX-GT420U is a good bet. If you're looking for something visually or acoustically refined, look higher up on Sony's model lineup.
The MEX-BT5100 is a good all-in-one option for those thinking of investing in a in a decent stereo and a hands-free speakerphone.
The DEH-P6000UB is a good-looking, good-sounding car stereo with great iPod support and some decent audio-tweaking options.
The Parrot 3200 LS Color combines everything we like about previous Parrot devices--including a simple control interface and a great voice recognition system--with a striking color display. The result is an attractive, easy to use aftermarket hands-free calling device.
The Parrot CK3100 combines a simple, easy to use control interface with a good voice-recognition system to provide drivers with easy hands-free calling on the road.
The Parrot CK3000 Evolution is a cost-effective, feature-rich hands-free calling system. Its simple design masks some very easy to use options, including a great voice-command interface.
With its sophisticated digital processor and car-specific acoustic output, the JVC KD-S100 is an innovative addition to the aftermarket audio world. Its limited availability and vague pricing restrict its appeal, but new car owners may well see it as a worthwhile means of significantly improving their in-car audio.
Due to strict regulations, consumer FM transmitters will always be somewhat disappointing. If you can't upgrade your car stereo or use an inexpensive cassette deck adapter, at least spend a little more money for a transmitter with better broadcast quality.
The Venturi Mini is a stylish, all-in-one car tech device with an attractive design and an easy-to-use interface. While it lacks some of the robustness of in-dash systems, its portability and price tag make it an attractive option.
If you can live with its questionable sound quality, the Iqua Vizor is an affordable and user-friendly Bluetooth speakerphone that's easy on the eyes.
The DLO TransDock Deluxe is one of the best in-car iPod dock and FM transmitters available. If you're picky about what you plug into your car's console, however, there are more discreet solutions.
The Alpine CDA-9885 combines attractive styling and an easy-to-use music search interface with a host of expandability options, including HD Radio capability. However, those upgrading to HD Radio will have to deal with a clunky module and a hefty price tag.
The Griffin iTrip Auto can only bring distraction and eye strain. Last year's more useable model can be found for half the price.