head unit

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head unit

The control center and user interface for an automobile's entertainment center, which typically resides in the center of the dashboard. It provides the main controls for the radios (any combination of AM, FM, XM, Sirius, HD Radio) as well as a CD/DVD player, GPS navigation, Bluetooth cellphone integration, hard disk storage for music and iPod connector. There may be auxiliary controls on the steering wheel.

Self-Contained
The head units have their own amplifiers for powering the speakers, but may have optional outputs for more powerful, stand-alone amplifiers. They may also have inputs for smartphones (see CarPlay and Android Auto). See in-dash navigation.


After Market Head Unit
This Pioneer model Z110 replaced the original equipment AM/FM/CD head unit in a 2008 Honda, but the speakers were not changed. The Z110 added GPS navigation, DVD and iPod playback, hands-free phoning and several other features.







Out of the Vehicle
The Eclipse after market navigation system on the left replaced the factory head unit on the right.
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With the widest range of smartphone support, HARMAN will showcase seamless connectivity between Android-based smartphones and tablet computers from HTC Corporation and the HARMAN in-dash head unit.
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Alpine offers other monitor choices, including fully-integrated multimedia systems that feature an in-dash head unit with a motorized screen.
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For those looking to build a full navigation/mobile multimedia system, Alpine is launching its 2003 Innovations Award-winning IVA-D900 Mobile Multimedia Station(TM), a DVD-based in-dash head unit with the industry's highest resolution 7-inch WVGA screen.
6 /PRNewswire/ -- International Consumer Electronics Show -- iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio(TM) technology for AM and FM audio and data broadcasting, today announced a significant milestone in HD Radio advanced data services by entering into the real-time traffic category with two branded in-dash head units and three personal navigation device (PND) form factors.
27 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony today announced four new Xplod(R) in-dash head units that are able to connect directly to compatible iPod(R) music players, allowing users to charge and control their iPod devices on the road.
HARMAN's Automotive Division has developed technologies that can now beam information such as emails and contacts from handsets and smartphones over to HARMAN in-dash head units.
For drivers on a budget who want to listen to their digital music player, satellite radio or HD Radio(TM) on the road, the company recently unveiled four very connectable Xplod(R) in-dash head units.
24 /PRNewswire/ -- For drivers on a budget who want to listen to their digital music player, satellite radio or HD Radio(TM) on the road, Sony today announced four very connectable Xplod(R) in-dash head units.
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