Entertainment with drive

Three of the best

Here are three systems that offer maximum functionality, with slightly different emphasis. Let’s take a look!

Alpine 5.1 Digital Theatre System

Price: $2799

This is really a package deal offered by Alpine, consisting of a single-DIN head-unit with a pop-out screen, a 5.1 surround amp, subwoofer and speakers (including a nifty single-DIN centre speaker that goes in the dash).

The head-unit does navigation and iPod/iPhone control, including playing movies stored on Apple’s devices. Handy!

Pioneer AVIC-F20BT

Price: $2999

Though Pioneer is set to release a new generation of its AVIC systems soon, the F20BT still represents the core feature-set: GPS navigation, music, movies and phone connectivity in a double-DIN head-unit.

The replacement unit due for release in the US will support internet radio via a connected iPhone with 3G – stay tuned for an Aussie version.

Kenwood DNX7360BTNAV

Price: $1799

Like the other systems, this 7 inch touchscreen navigator/entertainer also handles phone calls via Bluetooth and has an iPod USB connection for proper control of Apple’s ubiquitous music player.

The USB also supports hard drives and thumbdrives. It also has a rear-view camera input, and the navigation is powered by Garmin.