I'm looking for some starting advice to upgrade the stereo in my 2006 Tundra truck. Attached photo shows the stock stereo I currently have in it.
Guidance from experienced people is needed. I am completely new to car audio and feel a bit overwhelmed by the range of options out there!
I frequently make long road trips for work (4-6h at a time) and would like to have USB (for music and audio books) and Sirius satellite radio. I'm a musician, so excellent audio quality is a priority, along with good EQ and tuning options.
The basics I am looking for:
USB ports (front and back)
CD (support CD, CD-R, CD-RW)
Bluetooth hands free for phone calls
File formats: MP3, WMA
Sirius satellite ready
Full dot display
Graphic / multi-band EQ
Strong power output (maybe I need a separate amp?)
Nice to have:
Ability to change colour of LED lighting / display
OGG, FLAC file formats
Also the ideal front panel design isn't too "blingy". Minimal lighting effects and blinking LEDs. I'm after a more boring, clean cut appearance, with a good display and some dials and buttons to control the unit. (The excitement should come out of the speakers, not console lighting effects, IMHO.)
Budget is $300 but I might go up to $400 for the right "wow" factor.
Would I need new speakers to go with a new stereo?
It would be good to keep the stock speakers for now, just to minimize cost and time, but I would upgrade if there is a compelling reason.
Is a separate amp advisable, to put out a bit more volume?
Thanks very much. Looking forward to your thoughts.