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Well just about any decent aftermarket stereo is going to be a huge improvement over the stock stereo. If you tell us what features are important to you, we can direct you accordingly.
As far as radio reception.. to the best of my knowledge changing head units isn't supposed to change radio reception, however it seems like it occasionally does. It doesn't seem like there's a way to determine which head units will achieve greater reception or worse.
However, many of the newer stereos come equipped with HD (Hybrid Digital) radio which is a blend of analog and digital signals. Because much of the signal is digital, the hiss, fuzz, and crackle of traditional radio is obsolete. The HD radio is a free service and also offers many extra channels.
I will say that my 99' SD got excellent radio reception, even better than my '11 nissan, prior to switching to aftermarket.