Cheap vs Expensive Car Stereos – TESTED

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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50 Comments

  1. Mohammed Fawaz on December 17, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    50 dollar stereo with 1080p display,its fake because it supports only av port which has 360p



  2. David Frischknecht on December 17, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    FYI, if you buy a head unit from Crutchfield, they provide a free wiring adapter to connect the head unit to your specific vehicle. I don’t mind the wired CarPlay in my factory head unit since it means I can have my phone charging while I’m driving.



  3. 3rick 928 on December 17, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    My atoto a6 is far better



  4. Andre Whittle on December 17, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    Did anyone else notice the “Nolan Scroe” typo when judging all 3 at the end 😅



  5. THEJMAN113 on December 17, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    17:26 Tim the tat man outta music



  6. Chase Szebelledy on December 17, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Where’s link to pop up and down headlights song



  7. Arnold Stephen on December 17, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Buy a freaking pc for stereo



  8. Aaron Swenson on December 17, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    I used to dabble in SPL comps back in the day, and while you can judge on features and whatnot, you can’t really assess the true sound unless you throw the cash in on some good wiring, speakers, amps, capacitors, etc. You can hook up a $2k car stereo receiver, but if you’re rocking OEM speakers, it won’t make much difference unless the built-in receiver amp is higher power, even with fidgeting with the settings.



  9. HuntaKiller on December 17, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    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
    https://youtu.be/qycjCZ6h3xc



  10. Unwoven Sleeve on December 17, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Me and my mate both have Pioneer stereos in our cars, would highly suggest. Apart from the fact that my little remote can control his stereo from my car, they’re amazing.



  11. FastTurtle115 on December 17, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Thats bizarre why would the stereo affect the speaker volume that depends on the speaker itself not the stereo???



  12. Luke Van Ginkel on December 17, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    when your stereo costs more than your car



  13. Sideu 1 on December 17, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    no hate but your taste in music is disputable



  14. Steven Capp on December 17, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Brown could be elec arial



  15. Andre' Latham on December 17, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    He said that he was driving faster when he called Nolan with the Pioneer than when he called him on the Kenwood, but in the end he said he was travelling at the same speed



  16. Aj W on December 17, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    testing hands free calling in a vert with the top down driving for what purpose again. Working in human resources, one thing i absolutely despise is people calling me to discuss their benefits on hands free with the effing window down and expect me to speak up. AAAUUUGGGHHHH I HATE IT. _________________________________ Ok im good now.



  17. Loco Busters on December 17, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Dam I thought the 50 dollar radio was the expensive one I guess I am won’t be buying a radio after all



  18. Zaran Bangash on December 17, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    in Pakistan you can get a tesla sized display with 4gb ram for $314



  19. Александър Атанасов on December 17, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Remix name?



  20. UZS DC on December 17, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Bruh this guy didn’t even test with an oscilloscope



  21. Tiryk on December 17, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    What about a $30 bluetooth speaker and a suction cup?



  22. Blisk the husky on December 17, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    2 of the speakers are worth more than my whole car



  23. Jeffrey Schell on December 17, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    you got a video in your ads



  24. Micah Wotring on December 17, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    *has a $20 Bluetooth speaker duct taped to my cracked dash*



  25. Gaming With Exxotik on December 17, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    The weird music



  26. Crew TheAftermath on December 17, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    dude thanks for the review !



  27. TheJazzhands on December 17, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    YOOOO a JUSTICE fan! hell yeah!



  28. MrPaiute on December 17, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Helpful video, thanks… I went with the Pioneer AVH2550NEX, which effectively made my 20yo vehicle new again



  29. Salvador Flores on December 17, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    I dont get how stereos like pioneer sell for $600+



  30. john tran on December 17, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Whats a good affordable one? Anyone can give some brand and model number. Decent affordable brand… not super expensive. Prefer pioneer but whatever



  31. 一三Gnefitisis on December 17, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    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).



  32. THEJMAN113 on December 17, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    That same shitty head unit came in my 1978 camaro



  33. Brian Broadway Jr on December 17, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    The kenwood costs more than half of what my shot box is worth



  34. Johnprakash # on December 17, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    I would prefer some 20$-25$ single din stereo.
    Even that 300$ model is premium. But value for money.👍



  35. Photog 250 on December 17, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve always bought pioneer ever since the late 90’s. Kenwood has been the bottom of the big three (pioneer, alpine and kenwood) in my opinion.



  36. Hermes Chavez on December 17, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    Was that 100 gecs



  37. to G on December 17, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Where i live, that $50 HU costs $25 and the pioneer costs $100.



  38. arnoldaudio on December 17, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Real bassheads buy a head unit, add a 1,000 Watt RMS amp for 4 bullet tweeters, add a 10,000 Watt RMS amp for 4 mids, and a 25,000 Watt RMS amp for your subwoofer



  39. gas gasgas on December 17, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    pioneer is king



  40. Your Drill Sergeant on December 17, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    “Let’s go with, uh, Anglish”



  41. Race & Fun TV on December 17, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    I bought the China MP5 Radio for USD19 on eBay brand new. It works quite well amazing it really works for that less money. Even the rear camera works great.



  42. Bryan Namba on December 17, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    I’ve been a car audio installer for about 15 years. Pioneer for the passed 10 years always been the best for the price. I’m not saying it’s the best head unit but quality is way up there. I still have an AVH 8400 and nothing is wrong with it!!!



  43. PapaSmurf on December 17, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    My truck has a aftermarket stereo I’m sure but it doesn’t have a stereo receiver, are all receivers the same from where they attach or would I have to put in a new radio.



  44. THE KING PUG on December 17, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Make us lol 😂 3:10 minutes When the canary 🦜🦜🦜🦜🦜birds are chirping outside try to explain at the same time and temperature interrupting him



  45. Race & Fun TV on December 17, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Got the same cheap radio In my car. the Cheap China radio was better than my old Pioneer because both radios had more power than my speakers could handle. He also forgot to mention you can setup the sound bass level in the Cheap China radio by adjusting Bass Level in the settings and turn Loud On. After a few minutes of setting up the sound, the sound quality of the China radio is surprisingly good for the money.



  46. Dino Rexy on December 17, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Where my Honda brothers at?



  47. jey Lee on December 17, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    it’s weird that the cheapest one has the ONE thing I want the most in a head unit(other than the obvious)…a manual knob to turn for volume/channel etc. I hate not having a physical way to change volume/channel/song select, and I think it makes driving just a bit more dangerous, since you have to look AT the head unit, at least until you get used to it, in order to do anything at all. I liked the Pioneer the best, there’s no reason to spend more than $300 for a car stereo, the rest of that money could be spent on speakers, insulation, better wiring, amp, etc.



  48. Kid Charlemagne on December 17, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    As a sound geek bro are you guys really comparing pioneer vs kenwood ??!?! Pioneer all day baby let me know what u guys smokin cuz it must be some gooooood shit



  49. Mitch Buch on December 17, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    I was tired a bit of testing these head units. Tried Chinese Android ones, Kenwood, some no-names. Always something was wrong – sound quality, missing/buggy functionalities or design that did not fit the dashboard. Finally I decided to build my own headunit based on the Raspberry PI 4 computer and OpenAuto Pro software. I used 10” touchscreen, added Crunch amplifier. Finally headunit in my car works like a charm.



  50. mONEy on December 17, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    A lot of engine noise, cant really here you its pretty bad….. I give it a 7. AND HE CANT BELIVE HOW MUCH BETTER IT ON THE $300 HEAD UNIT AND ONLY GAVE IT 1.5 HIGHER SCORE! This dude is kinda stupid.