Help me pick a stereo for my work truck

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  1. OsborneConst

    OsborneConst Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I am looking at finally replacing the stereo in my work truck. I haven't bought an aftermarket stereo in probably 15 years. I used to be very up to date on car audio, but a lot has changed in the last 15 years! I am wanting a stereo that at minimum has bluetooth so I can listen to my iphone while plowing, and do phone calls through the stereo as well. I would also like to be able to use a wired back up camera and get rid of my wireless one. I also need something with an am/fm tuner. (my buddy bought one that only worked with a phone, no tuner on accident)

    The truck is 2003 crew cab 2500HD. I have replaced all 4 speakers with Polk Audio higher end speakers. It does not have Bose or On-star, but does have steering wheel controls.

    Must have:

    am/fm
    bluetooth
    backup camera capabilities

    Want to have:

    steering wheel controls to work

    Would be nice to have, but not necessary:

    Be able to play streaming video from iphone
    GPS


    Any other suggestions???


    Thanks for all input!
     
  2. hhott71

    hhott71 R.I.P 11/19/18 Lifetime Gold Member

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    The 03 will require a $50-$150 wiring harness adapter ( depends if its a base model, Onstar, BOSe etc)

    NOW Go look at stereos

    Wattage is all the same they have plenty for most/
    Look for a name brand, with Pioneer, JVC, Alpine, Kenwood etc all having Bluetooth, USB, ipod jack etc Go look. If you have wheel controls now, they make interfaces for those too.
     
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    GoldenOne7710 Equal Opportunity Offender Lifetime Gold Member

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    I'm partial to Pioneer. I've installed their head units in the last 3 daily drivers I've had. I like them because they're (IMO) one of the most user friendly units out there. Not to mention the tuning options to get a better quality sound vs the rest I've had experience with. Pair it with some replacement Pioneer door/component speakers and you'll have a nice sounding stereo that would 'usually' blow the factory system away.
     
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    OsborneConst Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I have always been a fan of pioneer. My problem is, I started looking online and got overwhelmed by what is out there.
     
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    dirtmod08 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    DON'T GET A SONY! obnoxious beeping noise to remind you to remove the faceplate every time you shut the car off.:rolleyes:
    Get one that's easy to handle - not push button volume or tiny knobs, etc.
     
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    I just installed a touch screen nav Pioneer into a 2012 Silverado. I installed the backup camera and all the bells and whistles. It took two interfaces to use the steering wheel controls and the factory XM antenna. Programming was a little time consuming but overall a great setup.
     
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    OsborneConst Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    All of my pioneers have done that too, but it can be disabled.
     
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    OsborneConst Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    What model did you get?
     
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    hhott71 R.I.P 11/19/18 Lifetime Gold Member

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    There is an up to $100 mail-in rebate on the Pioneer AVIC-5100 thru 8100 series and the SPH-DA120
     
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    I have two newer radios.
    I find it very hard to get good regular sound out of them with all the "sound" options they have programmed in.
    I got the one in the chevelle sounding good finally,then disconnected the battery and Im back at square one.
    I wish they had a simpler radio out there,like the old days.
     

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