I'm looking to upgrde the stereo in my new 2011 Double Cab SR5. I am looking to replace the HU and the speakers only. I have done the whole shebang before, with head unit, amp, sub amp, subs, component speakers, EQ and blah blah blah. I don't want to go down that route again. Too much money, too much hassle, and I'm 40 years old with two toddlers who think the stock radio is too loud, and who will be "helping" me during the install. I'm looking to replace the factory HU and the factory speakers and that's it. No amps. No subs. Just a head unit with enough juice to drive the speakers to a moderate volume and sound nice.
I know that this is still wide open, so I'll try to narrow down my likes and dislikes a bit and get some advice:
What I need:
Good, clean sound. I don't need loud. Ability to tweak the soundspace on the HU would be a plus.
Bluetooth hands free dialing, with GOOD voice quality. This is a must.
Integration with the steering wheel controls (I know kits are out there, and that TacoTunes is a source).
Clean-looking install. Is the Metra or the Scochie (sp?) kit generally regarded as being the better fit?
Aux in, either using the OEM AUX port or one on the HU.
Ability to do bluetooth Pandora integration would be nice, but not mandatory.
USB-in would be very nice.
Plug and play install. By this I mean "I buy the HU, I buy a wiring harness, I plug it together and I stuff it in the dash". I'll have two little helpers and the less frustration I have the less ... ah ... colorful vocabulary they will learn.
What I don't need:
Nav. I have a phone for that.
Sirius/XM. Don't have it, and don't care to.
HD Radio. See above.
Ipod control. I have an MP3 player, but it's not an Ipod.
What I don't care about:
Single or Double DIN. If I can get it done with a single DIN unit, that's fine. If I need a double, that's fine, too.
Touchscreen. They're nice, but I'm not dying to have one.
CD or CD changer. Right now all of my CDs are in a box in the basement. I'm running everything from my MP3 player or the media server on my NAS at home.
I'd like to keep the budget for the HU at around $500 or under.
Eventually I'll do the speakers, too, but for right now I'm doing the best-bang-for-the-buck thing and replacing the existing stereo and getting hands-free BT at the same time. Does anyone have a recommendation for a HU? If you have a recommendation for a HU/speaker combo, I'd like to hear it, too. I know that speakers are a very individual thing, but I still value input on that. For reference, my old truck was running Infinity Kappas, and I liked 'em a lot.
Thanks in advance!