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2. Automotive Audio Entertainment > 13. Install a New Head Unit

Install a New Head Unit

After you’ve pulled out your head unit, you may want a few tips on putting in a new one.

Most technophiles’ needs will exceed the capabilities of their factory car stereos very quickly. First, they’ll want to play some computer-based audio format, such as MP3, and they’ll have to use a tape adapter to get it into the stereo. Then they’ll start wanting to load up MP3s on a CD, and they’ll be frustrated that the built-in stereo won’t play them. Even if it does, they’ll expect the works—intuitive navigation, album art display, and track names. They may also want to install satellite radio in addition to the CD changer. With a three-to-five-year development cycle for new products, auto manufacturers usually can’t keep up. That’s where the aftermarket comes in.


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