What’s the cheapest MP3 car stereo you can buy brand new in the UK that has Bluetooth, a USB port, Aux connection, and a TF memory card slot. After some research, it has to be the Kidcia SU-1089 Single-Din. These three features alone make this car radio a very good deal for the price. Bluetooth is the number one feature that most people now look for in a head unit.
Most just want to sync the stereo to their Smartphone so they can play the music stored on their phone through the car stereo. For this, the Kidcia SU-1089 Single-Din fits the bill. Bluetooth can also be used to pair the two devices together in order to make / receive phone calls in hands free mode. This radio has a built-in microphone. Add the memory card slot and a front facing USB port into the mix, and wow, what a deal.
Do you get what you pay for? Not all the time. But a lot of the time, yes. And if we go on that terminology, this universal stereo is so cheap to buy that you wouldn’t expect it to last the day. But considering the price, it’s actually surprisingly good. And the reviews are tremendously positive. This is definitely down to price versus expectation. And with the Kidcia SU-1089, it seems to far exceed most people’s expectations.
However, a product that’s so cheap does have to cut corners somewhere. Of course they do, or else the companies making them would be out-of-pocket. This one is no exception. Of course, you’re not going to get a top-end single-din radio, like a Pioneer DEH-X8700DAB at this price.
This is a basic, easy to use budget stereo for those who are looking for the cheapest after-market audio player as a low-cost upgrade that can effortlessly perform some of the tasks the more expensive ones can. It’s also a great, cost-effective option for people who have just bought a used car that came with an empty hole where the radio used to be.
Let’s also not forget that used car stereos with removable fascia’s are available for cheap these days. From many of the top brands too, like Pioneer, Sony, Clarion and Kenwood. Just take a look on eBay and you’ll see that some are surprisingly cheap. One of my old stereos, the Xplod Sony CDX-GT24, which is MP3 / WMA compatible, and has a Aux / 3.5mm headphone jack, can be found for sale second-hand on eBay in really good condition for around £20.
It was / is a great stereo, but a little outdated now if we compare its features to this model. So, if you want a radio from a well recognised brand for a similar price, in most cases you will be getting one that does not have features / connection options that the Kidcia SU-1089 has.
But, if you would prefer to go for an older used model by a more well-known brand, they all have one thing that the Kidcia SU-1089 does not have. And that’s a CD player / slot. This Kidcia model does not have a CD player. Furthermore, while this model looks like a pop-off (the face is removable) it is not. The face is not removable. It is fixed.
These are the only real down points for this unit. The fact that it doesn’t have a CD player won’t be a big deal for a lot of people, as they don’t use them much anyway. With advancements in technology / car audio, some now consider them as almost obsolete.
The other area of more concern is the issue of the non-removable fascia. To a car radio thief who doesn’t know the difference between a cheap stereo or a really expensive one, or is desperate enough for money, it may be worth the risk for them to smash your car window and take the stereo, beings as you left the stereo nice and complete with the face still on. Or so the thief thinks. So, there is a little bit of a security issue with this unit.
You could always leave the stereo unfitted and take the whole thing out each night. But that is quite inconvenient and looks untidy. You have to decide whether or not it is worth the risk. Live in a high crime area? Got a good car alarm? Is your car garaged overnight.. The decision is yours.
A very small number of people have reported poor sound quality when using hands free call mode. But how many other stereos, most of which are from the top brands, have had this issue also. There are many. And most have a lot more complaints regarding this issue than the Kidcia SU-1089 Single-Din has.
And let’s not forget, they cost literally 10 – 15 times more than what this one costs to buy. So, a few reports of poor quality, crackly sound from an obviously faulty product out of a vast amount of positive reviews is hardly anything to be concerned about. Overall, price vs features, what a superb little bargain for those on a tight budget.