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Souped-up sound systems

In the winter, our favourite part of our cars is the heater, as we attempt to transform our vehicles from ice boxes to saunas during the daily commute. However, come summer, it’s all about the sound system.

Cruising with your sound system upCruising along the seafront with the windows down and our favourite tunes pumping is one of the best things about the warmer months. But, if you’re going to do it, you have to do it right. Playing your music through an old-fashioned, poor-quality system simply won’t cut it. That’s why we’ve put together some of the must-have sound systems and accessories that your vehicle simply can’t be without.


Factory standard car radios are designed to cater to a range of different people who may purchase the car. Not everyone is addicted to bass, so you may find that your system falls short on delivering those pounding beats.

However, this doesn’t mean you have to swap house music for your granny’s collection of Rod Stewart albums. Instead, simply change your system itself. While this may sound like an expensive task, there are some high-quality bargain stereos available from retailers like In Car Connections.

Take their collection of Blaupunkt car stereos for example. For just £148.99, you could pick up the Blaupunkt Toronto in-car radio, which comes complete with CD player; Bluetooth connectivity; and MP3, USB and AUX input. It’s the ideal choice for music lovers.

Belkin TuneCast Auto Live

Belkin TuneCast Auto Live

iPod connectivity

During long drives, you can become sick of listening to the same albums over and over again. Instead, why not create a playlist on your iPod and hook it up to your sound system? If your current car system doesn’t support this feature, don’t worry – there are ways around it.

One option is the Belkin TuneCast Auto Live. Simply hook your iPod or iPhone up to this clever device and sync it with a channel on your radio. Your tunes will play through your car radio and you don’t have to worry about losing signal: it automatically scans for the best channel, so you won’t get any annoying interference.

Another option is to go for an audio jack. The wire, like this MIXIT Aux Cable, plugs into your radio’s AUX jack, and into the headphone jack on your MP3 player. Or, if your car’s a little bit more old school and is still rocking a cassette player, how about bringing it up to date with this Mobile Cassette Adaptor?

Once your car’s all souped-up, it’s time to hit the open roads – enjoy!

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