Greg’s 3 Favorite Modern Audio Gadgets

If your car is eeed of an upgrade, meaning no Iphone conectivity, no Sat radio,then it’s time for an upgrade. Here are some of the products I’ve reviewed and would like to recommend to my readers.

1. Kenwood Excelon KDC-X599

The KDC-X599 CD receiver embodies the Kenwood Excelon design philosophy of combining the best audio quality with the latest car stereo technology. With its built-in Bluetooth® with aptX®, you can get CD-quality wireless audio streaming from compatible devices. Its front-panel USB port provides a way to connect, control, and charge an iPhone or an Android. It also features deep sound-sculpting tools and ultra-clean 4-volt preamp outputs for your amplifiers. And Kenwood backs up this receiver with a 2-year warranty.

iPhone and Android connectivity

The KDC-X599 receiver offers direct control over a connected iPod or iPhone. You can also play, control, and charge select Android phones that are plugged into the front-panel USB port using the receiver’s built-in AOA (Android Open Accessory 2.0). You can enjoy your favorite Pandora® and iHeartRadio® Internet Radio stations from your iPhone or Android.

In addition to streaming audio with Bluetooth, you can pair your phone with the Kenwood for hands-free calling. The KDC-X599 includes an external microphone, so callers can hear you loud and clear. iPhone users get voice control when pairing an iPhone that offers Siri.


Sony’s RSX-GS9 Hi-Res digital media receiver is kind of a game-changer in the world of car audio. Sony uses components found in their high-end home audio gear to give you truly astonishing performance. If you’ve carefully built a library of uncompressed music files for your home system, you’ll hear all the depth and detail you love to hear in your living room.

And if you have a massive MP3 library, but don’t have a month to re-rip everything you own, that’s okay. Sony’s DSEEHX™ (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) does a remarkable job of up-converting those smaller files. They’ll sound vastly better than you’d ever imagined.


Play almost any media

Pioneer FH-X720BT – You can plug your iPhone® or Android phone into the front-panel USB input, then use the receiver’s controls to access your tunes. If you’re a Pandora fan, you can take charge from the receiver when your iPhone® or Android phone is connected, and you create new stations while you’re on the go.

Built-in Bluetooth®

You can answer a call coming in on your compatible phone with the push of a button on the receiver. You’ll talk as if your caller is sitting next to you, freeing up your hands and letting you concentrate on the drive. The FH-X720BT supports Bluetooth audio streaming too, so you can stream music wirelessly from compatible devices to the receiver, plus control basic functions like track up or down.

Want to keep your steering wheel controls?

In most cars, you’ll need an adapter to retain those controls with this car stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and radio, and you’ll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. You’ll see the adapters that work with your vehicle when you add this receiver to your cart.

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