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Top Car Digital Receivers with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Looking for a new way to upgrade your ride? These car digital receivers have both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

By Ossiana TepfenhartPublished 6 years ago 5 min read

There are plenty of cool car mods that make your car look fly—tinted windows, a nice paint job, or even something as simple as a little extra carbon fiber can make a huge difference in how nice your car can look. But, looks can fade and many car mods that are cop magnets quickly become regrettable.

If you love the idea of upgrading your car, but don't want to deal with flashy mods that don't do anything, why not invest in one of the better car digital receivers? These days, a good receiver can help you hook up your phone, get better music streaming, and also help you get the most out of your car.

These top-quality car receivers come equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Check them out!

Sony's car digital receivers have always been top of the line, and the XAV-AX100 definitely shows why. This car stereo has all the things you need to have a fully capable infotainment center in your car. It's compatible with both CarPlay and Android Auto—and also has excellent Bluetooth reception.

Whether you want to listen to your favorite radio station, your Spotify list, or just listen to audiobooks on your way to work, this easy-to-install double DIN receiver will do the trick.

"The ability to cheat your ears with Dynamic Stage Organizer is amazing...especially in a Miata where the speakers are low in the door. Using a combination of the 10 level EQ, Bass boost and DSO, it completely transformed the quality. (And we still haven't put in any really great speakers yet)." - Kevin

JVC is a name that almost every gearhead will respect, especially when it comes to their car digital receivers. This double DIN receiver is a perfect choice for people who want both Car Play and Android Auto ready to go.

Bass boost, automatic radio station programming, K2 Enhanced Digital Sound, and world-class audio playback makes this a great choice for audiophiles on the go.

"These newer audio codecs can potentially deliver better sound quality compared to the older standard codec (SBC). Important for me because I primarily use this for Bluetooth audio connection to my phone. If you plan to do the same thing this receiver is a great choice. It streams Bluetooth in the AAC format. So if you have a smartphone capable of streaming Bluetooth in the AAC format, plus this receiver you'll have an unbroken chain of great sound quality. My music sounds incredible, I can not distinguish between wire connected, and Bluetooth audio. In addition, I never drop the Bluetooth connection. All that plus it's priced well when you consider it's feature set, which includes android auto/apple can play. Can't go wrong with this one." - ApollosTees

High tech meets high art with Kenwood's Excelon double DIN car receiver. This particular one happens to be one of the best luxury car digital receivers on the market—and not only because of the slick touchscreen interface, either. This is one of the best accessories to modernize your old car too.

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, in-dash navigation systems that can handle anything, and exceptional HD radio make this one of the best ways to modify your car. Any feature you'd hope to find in it, is in it.

"I've had this for a full week now. At first, I was very annoyed with it because there's just so much in it. After learning the buttons and getting it setup the way I like it, each day I am falling more and more in love with it. I have it in my 2017 Ram 1500 and looks beautiful. I was very concerned it would look too aftermarket but it actually looks like it came right out of the manufacturer." - Justin

If you're looking for an equally stately option that allows wireless Apple CarPlay, you might want to take a look at the Alpine iLX-107. This beauty might not have a CD player, but its wireless Bluetooth compatibility is unbeatable.

A crisp design, easy to work with display, and the ability to keep your factory controls thanks to iDataLink are what have turned the iLX-107 into a top-rated pick for anyone who loves wireless streaming.

"Excellent Carplay receiver--in addition to being the first aftermarket wireless Carplay receiver, in my opinion this is probably the best implementation on the market. I've looked at units from Kenwood, Sony, Pioneer, JVC, and Clarion." - Jeff Mackay

If you're looking for a seriously impressive all-purpose choice among car digital receivers, then you really can't go wrong with just about anything from Pioneer. The AVH-2300NEX model, though, goes beyond typical Pioneer receivers.

This DVD receiver does everything. It plays CDs. It works with CarPlay and Android Auto. It streams music via Bluetooth. It's even SiriusXM-ready, if you're serious about your satellite radio. Sound quality is magnificent, and its WVGA display is perfect.

"I love this Unit. This thing has it all. I was going to buy the Navigation unit but glad I did not. When I plug in my Apple iPhone I can access my maps and directions through my phone. I bought a iDatalink to keep my factory controls. I also bought the Sirius XM Receiver for this unit. So happy with this purchase. Also go to the Pioneer website - it does a $50 mail-in rebate." - Anthony B

Have a single DIN dashboard? Well, if you're looking for high-end car digital receivers, you're going to have a hard time finding one. However, Pioneer did come through with a really nice option—the AVH-3300NEX.

This is the single DIN version of the AVH-2300NEX, and boy does it have a lot of excellent features. This has a beautiful "flip-out" touchscreen display that doubles the space you have in your car. Along with being CarPlay-compatible and Android Auto-ready, it also offers Sirius XM radio and works as a backup camera.

Everything you need to install it is in this kit, and that's what makes it one of the best out there.

"Installed perfect. Radio is very powerful make sure you have good speakers behind it." - Jerry Todd

Love a Kenwood, but hate the price tag? The DMX7704S is affordable but still has all the bells and whistles that you would hope Kenwood to roll out with. Carplay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and HD radio come standard with this beautiful double DIN display.

This stylish number offers variable key colors, K2 technology, and exceptionally high-resolution sound. The built-in amplifier will make your drive a breeze—and a fun time, too.

"Does everything I wanted. Android Auto is awesome. I love that it reads my text to me and lets me text back by voice. Only thing I don't like is the ease of changing through preset radio stations. You have to scroll on the touch screen which can be difficult when driving." - Eric Reickenberg

Want to roll up in your neighborhood like a boss? Well, leave it to Boss Audio to come up with one of the finest aftermarket car digital receivers for that purpose. This double DIN receiver offers up Android Auto and Apple Carplay compatibility, along with a couple of other treats, too.

Excellent GPS navigation, a wonderful touchscreen interface, DVD/CD player fun, HD radio, and USB port compatibility are only some of the added goodies Boss included in this receiver. If you're looking for a new way to ride in style, this is it.

"Was so quick and so smooth and I have not installed a car stereo in at least 16 years. Of course I come from the era of big boxes, big amps, big speaks, and a lot of caulk to ensure you could hear the bass and not the rattle. 100s of hours of my youthful years were spent installing and fine tuning car audio." - R Good

If you love Alpine Audio's style with the iLX-107, you might like its beefier brother, too. The iLX-207 has CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, just like the 107. However, more add-ons and a crisper display make this a more upscale choice for those who have to have the best.

Along with HD radio, Sirius, and other similar "standard" aftermarket features, this rich VGA display also comes with Siri integration and specialized GPS capabilities. This is one touchscreen display you'll love to have.

"Versatile unit with high sound quality!" - BMW E28

Finishing up is one of Kenwood's most popular car digital receivers—the DNX574S. This double DIN system isn't just good for playing music with Apple CarPlay; it's one of the most well-designed navigation systems on the market right now.

Sure, you can use it for its HD radio, but truthfully, it's the perfect companion for long-distance road trips because of how good its navigation is. Easy installation and variable key illumination make this a stylish addition to any car.

"Installed on a Grand Cherokee .. wife loves it!" - Amazon Customer

About the Creator

Ossiana Tepfenhart

Ossiana Tepfenhart is a writer based out of New Jersey. This is her work account. She loves gifts and tips, so if you like something, tip her!

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