Cheap vs Expensive Car Stereos - TESTED

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The stereo in the miata is an actual piece of trash. This week on Money Pit, Zach decides to test three different 7” touchscreen head units at three very different price points. Whichever fits the bill the best gets to stay!
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Sideu 1
Sideu 1 Vor 16 Minuten
no hate but your taste in music is disputable
3rick 928
3rick 928 Vor 21 Stunde
My atoto a6 is far better
HuntaKiller Vor Tag
My 7018B costs $25 brandnew from a local reseller So far my only issue with it is the no DSP thus shitty radio reception But good thing it has Bluetooth and i just pair it with my android phone+underseat woofer
一三Gnefitisis Vor Tag
I would enjoy for a video on how to install a backup camera- low (backup mirror) vs. medium (some wiring) vs. expensive AF (full wiring harness work).
Tiago Bosch Dodero
Tiago Bosch Dodero Vor Tag
the ranger has been also selling in south america but steel is not as good as de toyota hilux
311Hanel Vor 2 Tage
How much is the pioneer head unit?
Patrick Keane
Patrick Keane Vor 2 Tage
Please learn how to correctly set microphone gain
Duck Vor 2 Tage
I just need something that can play my Spotify playlist, I’m working with a Bluetooth speaker right now😭😭
Imdb Truth
Imdb Truth Vor 2 Tage
Y'all fucked this video all up... You should have compared a mid-range Pioneer to a high-end Pioneer, it would be more fair... Kenwood has been making pretty shitty high-end headunits for the last decade. However you didn't even mention the benefits of the Kenwood, which include a dedicated GPS, more camera inputs, more video inputs/outputs, and most importantly *a built-in Digital Signal Processor* ! People who buy the high-end head headunits are audiophiles! To some people the music in their car isn't an afterthought, it's the most important aspect of a car to some people... The Kenwood has a built-in DSP and when tuned properly, it can make shitty OEM speakers sound better than you would've imagined. A high-end Pioneer would do the same, but better.
Alex Luna
Alex Luna Vor 3 Tage
Did nobody say anything about the fact that the word “score” is misspelled over and over? lol
Adam N
Adam N Vor 3 Tage
The downside of both the brand name ones is they lack a volume knob. Thats probably the only upside of the $50 one. Not a big deal if you hook them to your steering wheel controls but if not a actual volume knob is much better than than having to push the small volume buttons along the bottom.
PepsiMan Vor 3 Tage
pioneer hands down is byfar the best, you can pay $90-1000 no matter what its good shit
Roger McElfresh
Roger McElfresh Vor 4 Tage
(churds burping)
Nice color eyes
Brian Hayes
Brian Hayes Vor 4 Tage
Pretty sure brown is for a power antenna
Emiliano Consorte
Emiliano Consorte Vor 4 Tage
Eric Ayala
Eric Ayala Vor 5 Tage
Nothing will beat the single din pioneer deh-80prs
Negative Grain
Negative Grain Vor 6 Tage
You have the Kenwood labeled as the dmh-1500nex in the graphic comparison chart.
Jack Adams
Jack Adams Vor 6 Tage
I’m far from a pro, but I’ve been installing radios since roughly 2013 and feel slightly qualified discussing them. I’ve had boss, sound stream, SSL, pioneer, kenwood, jvc, and even the cheap o. IMO, kenwood was my least favorite. It had decent sound quality, but was a total pain to navigate. I’ve never had a pioneer let me down and even with their cheaper Walmart touch screen, the quality is great! The touch is responsive, call quality is great, very sturdy, and very simple. I love the audio quality of it, it can even make a low buck set of scosche speakers sound ok. Hands down my favorite head unit of all which I would love to see you try is the Sony XAV series. I’ve bought 2 and have ZERO issues with either. Simple interface, great layout, matte rubber bezel which matches OEM dashes really well as opposed to the glossy black bezel around the screen. Bluetooth connects immediately after initial pairing. It is a CarPlay/ android auto unit for under $250, and works perfect in that department. My only complaint(not a big deal at all) is when your listening to DEshow, there’s a slight disconnect when pausing a song and the radio catching that pause. It has a volume knob, it’s a single din with a double screen, and my most favorite feature which I have yet to see on anything else is the option to import your own wallpaper. For under $250, I don’t think your going to find a better unit with the same features. There’s a CarPlay dual for $200 which looks nice, but after 6 months in my daily the screen started to have issues going black. With a backup camera attached, it started to go black after the camera triggered off and the car had to be shut off to restart the unit.
Houston Yu
Houston Yu Vor 6 Tage
am I the only dude who thinks Zach has dreamy ocean blue eyes? I ain't gay though. I promise.
Sanjeev Vistarakula
Sanjeev Vistarakula Vor 6 Tage
Can you text and drive using the headunit or do you have to be stopped to use the feature like stock units in some cars?
Melvin Nix
Melvin Nix Vor 7 Tage
the mistake was not getting an alpine headunit. undisputed king of the ICE world!
jimflys2 Vor 7 Tage
I really can't imagine getting something like this in any car. Too much head down time. I guess I am old school. Give me a cd player, am radio for news and fm for music. Give me an input for aux so I can play crappy sounding mp3 and I'm good.
Lost Berserker
Lost Berserker Vor 8 Tage
Where do you go from 9 idfk maybe 10?
Barry Mumich
Barry Mumich Vor 8 Tage
If it has android auto/Apple carplay, im down for any touchscreen radios because that's the part of it I use most of the time
Caleb! Vor 8 Tage
i wish you would have got into tuning your speakers. mind you with a stock speaker system it doesnt really matter
gareth bown
gareth bown Vor 8 Tage
just buy the pioneer they have always been the best
Ryan Soltysiak
Ryan Soltysiak Vor 9 Tage
When the kenwood is worth more than your car
Sam O’Sullivan
Sam O’Sullivan Vor 9 Tage
8:26 your such a kid 😂😂
Nazimelon Vor 9 Tage
Pioneer imho is among the best for any sort of Headunti because the uppest price-range for aftermarket units is jnust stupid. how many of the "features" are you actually gonna use? and in terms of sound, pioneer speakers are well, decent not great but their headunits generally speaking have pretty amazing included amps. so yea, can definitly recommend.
Josue Castellon
Josue Castellon Vor 9 Tage
he's using tim the tat man's outro sound lol
Kurt Wilson
Kurt Wilson Vor 10 Tage
If you're going mid to high end, who runs speakers off the head units amp? What's the rca voltage output rating on each unit, always run external amplifiers, otherwise keep stock speakers too lol.
Keith Soderlund
Keith Soderlund Vor 11 Tage
Pretty rad gopro mount.
Kwathreon Vor 11 Tage
"Sound quality - equally good to the others" Yeah... that wouldn't be quite so accurate if you ran better speakers. A radio can only get the sound out as good as the speakers allow it too. Also, a Lot of the price comes from the rich adjustment features that these highend radios tend to have.
blue circle man
blue circle man Vor 12 Tage
the quality said no yes no
Daniel Katai
Daniel Katai Vor 13 Tage
Try turning on the car when testing sound quality. I once got a cheap head unit that sounded good when the car was not running. Then turned the engine on and the generator noise kept screeching in.
allan navarra
allan navarra Vor 13 Tage
Alpine or pioneer
Totyroby Vor 13 Tage
lol u cant test headunits with crap speakers
BiggDell ChevyLife
BiggDell ChevyLife Vor 13 Tage
From the sounds of the parrots you live in Los Angeles Ca lol... I love Pioneer better. Never let me down for over 20+ years
GunsNgeeks Vor 13 Tage
I want that music video son, “POP UP!! POP UP!!!”
a1duzit Vor 14 Tage
Pioneer is always better than Kenwood.
Patric Purcell
Patric Purcell Vor 14 Tage
I just bought the 2nd radio for $350, I'm scheduled to get it installed in a week. I'm so excited
Ryan Main
Ryan Main Vor 14 Tage
Isn't brown wire for ground? I mean usually
MarsInBako Vor 15 Tage
Why waste time with that 50 bucks stereo.
DestinySH Vor 15 Tage
IMHO if you don't need all the features, the cheap one is good enough. In defense of the budget unit, I found that it does exactly what I need it to :) - radio CHECK - USB CHECK - bluetooth CHECK It plays music and receives calls (for if anyone EVER calls me) Volume not an issue, as I tend to be in the car when I'm listening to it, and don't need to hear it from a block away, nor do I need other people to hear it ;) Carplay? No use for it. "Feel" of the unit? It's installed, and I never have to pick it up again. Screen quality? Again, without using carplay etc, the quality is entirely sufficient for my needs. Build quality can obviously vary, as my touchscreen is just fine. Just my opinion, but I replaced my dodgy CD head unit with this, and I'm happy :)
sikai Vor 15 Tage
lmao times new roman and comic sans ahahahahhah
Flip Kills
Flip Kills Vor 15 Tage
i had an old car and instead of getting a stereo i had my beat pill on the ashtray bumpin the jams not giving a fuck
Frank Sz
Frank Sz Vor 16 Tage
My mom: -Can it be turned on or off via a knob and change the volume? Yes. ✔ -Does it make a sound on at least 1 speaker? Yes ✔ Congratulations. The car has an audio system.
Frank Sz
Frank Sz Vor 16 Tage
Unfortunately the real reason behind the ugly and slow interfaces is because we got used to our phones and the software is much better on them than on car head units. Apple and Android poured billions into make the interface silky smooth and well thought out. Definitely not the same situation with car stereo interfaces. Even factory car head units have ugly fonts, ugly icons and not well designed interfaces. on my 2013 Hyundai, it takes 4 button pushes to get to bass/treble settings, hidden under 3 different menus. I I could have said Chevy or _____ (insert a car manufacturer) . On BMWs, it's literally a nightmare with settings on top of settings to an endless branch of options piled on top of each other.
Eric Marcus
Eric Marcus Vor 16 Tage
At the end of the video. Did I read that right with the eBay head unit, MP5???? What the hell???
Eric Marcus
Eric Marcus Vor 16 Tage
Actually, having a CD/DVD player is good to have even though you don't use it that much. Reason I use mine. Sometimes, I like going to the local music store, they carry a lot of stuff even HD Audio DVD/Blu-Ray. And when I pick up a new CD I can play it while I'm driving home. Though when I do get home I rip the CD to both a FLAC file and MP3 file. Having multiple ways to play music in you car is a good thing and there is nothing wrong with having a disc player in your car. Hell I used Cassette until 2001 with a 10 disc changer in the trunk. My band would record our practices onto cassette since it was the easiest way back then and listen back to the music we made.
Da Undaground
Da Undaground Vor 16 Tage
Kenwood or nothing baby
qiyubi Vor 17 Tage
I've seen some of these from no-name brands on aliexpress around 200-300$ I don't know if some of them are great
godofyouall489 Vor 17 Tage
Problem is you have a miata
buckdeer110 Vor 17 Tage
well for the same amount you spent on that kenwood you could of gone to your stereo shop that is a kenwood dealer and got the excelon ddx-8906 which is allot better if you go kenwood go excelon which is more premium my gripe with pioneer is the pico fuse once it pops pioneer won't repair it you have to ground the rca i had a friend who went through 3 and the pico fuse on each of them blew with no amplifiers hooked up and you can't really give any of those decks a fair report on sound quality without putting newer speakers and take advantage of the eq and digital time alignment
Lil Boat
Lil Boat Vor 18 Tage
Pioneer is wired so it’s gonna be louder most likely
Robert PARIS
Robert PARIS Vor 18 Tage
what song is playing at 2:56? reminds me of counting stars by nujabes
Anthony Wilbanks
Anthony Wilbanks Vor 18 Tage
I just bought the Pioneer
Mark DeBoer
Mark DeBoer Vor 18 Tage
Kenwood bluetooth phone requires adjustment especially for a convertible..
TwisT Vor 19 Tage
I feel like alpine would have been a better choice for the premium place, but hey you do you I guess
Thomas Kletzl
Thomas Kletzl Vor 19 Tage
The thing is the keenwood have many more features and thats why a pionner is not goog enough for me
Matias Frederiksen
Matias Frederiksen Vor 19 Tage
Pioneer is allways the way in car stereo
bedoy34 Vor 19 Tage
Welcome to the 323, we have wild parakeets... and watch how loud the parrots are when they visit...
aljohn bona
aljohn bona Vor 19 Tage
I lost on those damn birds. 😂😂😂 Birds on crack.
Cammi Rosanov
Cammi Rosanov Vor 19 Tage
Awesome sauce! I knew the Pioneer would come out on top! Ok then.. I'm in the market for a stereo for my Dodge B250 conversion van. The ancient Pioneer "Super-tuner" head, with cassette has all but sh!t the bed. I was connecting my phone to it via one of those cassette adapters, but now the cassette deck will not accept anything into it. It just springs right back out. And FM radio is totally useless for music in the Pittsburgh area. Unless you like the same 10 damn songs on repeat, or half-baked DJ's giggling at dumb shit and worshipping an selling their souls to the damn steelers all morning, or that horrible rap/hiphop/rb noise. So radio is out. (Why are there no 80's & 90's Heavy Metal, or good classic rock/metal stations? THAT would be awesome!) * Stop ranting Cammi! * Sorry... SO... I need a new head unit to replace that POS I have now. I have about a 150 dollar budget. But.. I like Pioneer. Never had a problem with either car or home audio equipment of theirs. (Other than the one currently dying in my van) Here's the rub.. I flat out refuse to chop and hack at my dash, and there is just nowhere else to install a double-din unit that would look right. Not even in the overhead panel, which is solid oak, and I'm not cutting that up either. So I need a SINGLE din unit from Pioneer that can at least RELIABLY connect and maintain connection via bluetooth, have "AUX in" AND have USB input. Touch-screen... Pffft! I can take it or leave it. I'm just as happy with knobs and buttons. (Just as long as I don't have to fack around in some complex series of menus and sub-menus just to adjust the sound.) AND.. I really don't care if it plays CDs or not. What would Donut, or the fans watching recommend? Model number and price would be nice to include.
Ryan Benge
Ryan Benge Vor 19 Tage
The brown wire is for the mule function broooo Bahaha when tallying up the $50 head unit you guys wrote "no plans scroe" instead if score hahahaha
Marcelo Sanjuan
Marcelo Sanjuan Vor 19 Tage
the last head unit has buffering issues due to the Carplay communication overhead.
RMA TeXaS Vor 20 Tage
you need to pair a good radio with a good amp
KmanBeatz Vor 20 Tage
I have had a Kenwood deck, and didn't like it in terms of sound quality, and UI. Costed me $250 for a double din with steering wheel controls. I should've stuck with Pioneer. I won't make that mistake next time.
Kyle Campeau
Kyle Campeau Vor 21 Tag
The fact that you hate Times New Roman just got you a new subscriber.
Dan Kim
Dan Kim Vor 21 Tag
Donut: spends over $1000 on radios Me: shopping on FB marketplace for 500 dollar cars.
Mario Logan
Mario Logan Vor 21 Tag
Only half as much play the monkey and why they turn up the volume so brainlessly to the stop is totally beyond my understanding
kfir kalifa1
kfir kalifa1 Vor 21 Tag
You know sometimes a normal new radio just looks nice and i love the way they look more
Guilherme Ferreira
Guilherme Ferreira Vor 21 Tag
I guess I won't get android auto reviews in this channel 😐
Mark Vor 22 Tage
That Boss head unit 🤣🤣 the first stereo I ever installed in my first Jeep as a teenager was a Boss with Boss speakers... what junk but with a pair of cheap subs it made my 18 year old self happy 🤘
Kym Ian
Kym Ian Vor 22 Tage
Dude... So when are you planning on changing the car speakers?
キラーKirā Vor 22 Tage
dude upgrade your speakers before you do the radio an aftermarket radio most likely has a stronger built-in amp so the more the sound distorts the more likely it will bust all your speakers
HodgesGaming Vor 22 Tage
6:00 buddy your in a Miata with an exhaust and you have the top down....
Pioneer 💯 since day one
Zybbee Vor 23 Tage
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endall39 Vor 24 Tage
I have used the last two generations of flagship pioneer (nex 8000+) units and I obviously like them, but here are the negatives for $1000 price point - (1) garbage nav, I never use it because phone works better. (2) no optical output, WTF!, (3) have never used cd/dvd slot. No point in paying for disc drive and nav at all. Upsides - (1) quick software, (2) good screen and graphics, (3) wireless CarPlay is the bomb!, (4) clean RCA sound output (I don’t use onboard amp).
will riseabove
will riseabove Vor 24 Tage
this is interesting i honestly thought of replacing my stereo in my old 86 f150 but I do kinda like the factory one and I probably couldn't hear it anyways with my long tube headers and dual exhaust 😂 so I kinda lost out on radio unless I can sound proof it lol but that pioneer seems amazing
Jyotkanwal Bhambra
Jyotkanwal Bhambra Vor 24 Tage
I'm confident Zach can build a whole car.
R Js
R Js Vor 24 Tage
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Jake Morty
Jake Morty Vor 24 Tage
How did you install them. What dash kit did you use how did you secure them to the miata?
Alex Jacobson
Alex Jacobson Vor 24 Tage
My mans out here spending 500$ on a head unit with stock cardboard speakers
plot vibes
plot vibes Vor 25 Tage
*how about a miata hi/lo series??*
Alma Franklyn
Alma Franklyn Vor 25 Tage
8:27 Your dad when you mess with his radio on car
Alma Franklyn
Alma Franklyn Vor 25 Tage
3:21 When ur being bad and ur dad does not like it
Joshua Laird
Joshua Laird Vor 25 Tage
What model is the Pioneer?
Louie Horwood
Louie Horwood Vor 25 Tage
Just bought a JVC head unit, It'll cost me £200 just to modify my car as the dash needs to be cut and new panels added :/
Dylan porter
Dylan porter Vor 26 Tage
Now do ones for speakers they are the real defining factor for your sound
Jon Bon
Jon Bon Vor 26 Tage
Those wire strippers are nifty aren't they?
Rocky P
Rocky P Vor 26 Tage
What about the speakers? It's a pretty flawed test
K Knight
K Knight Vor 26 Tage
I actually already own the pioneer and I love it, but I do have a completely upgraded sounds system all the way threw out my car, but the pioneer head unit has a amp on it which gives more power and better volume to the speakers
Terrence O'leary
Terrence O'leary Vor 27 Tage
I'm getting the $50 headunit so i'll have the last laugh when a crackhead goes to steal it
InfamousDopeTv Vor 29 Tage
Stole said it’s my time to escape
clayton fox
clayton fox Vor 29 Tage
You had the wrong model number up for the kenwood
boxz1984 Vor Monat
I bought my car stereo on AliExpress Bluetooth, 1usb play,2usb with more amps to charge phone,sd card,am FM radio.steering remote 23 dollars 😄
Mobile Games
Mobile Games Vor Monat
Bruh make any OnlyFans then you can set up your car how you want.
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