Pros Looks nice, flashy display... good interface, lots of bells and whistles.
Cons No CD player, no HDD, no remote, no fuse built into the deck. Accessories advertised for the equipment is expensive. Very pricey to get it to do everything it advertises.
Summary I was disappointed when I opened the box and found so little came with my new deck. I get the fact that it's a media player, but it's basically an expensive flashy box to play your iPod through. It doesn't have a CD player, so you'd better start ripping all your old discs to Mp3 and transferring them to your Mp3 player now. It doesn't come with a remote, so if you want to find a song, you'll be messing with the thumbwheel to find your tracks, which i imagine will be rather distracting while driving. You'll need to spend another $25.00 if you want a remote. There is no hard drive, so you'll need to plug in a thumb drive which means you have to disconnect your iPod. It's not something they really mention on the box, and they refer to it rather vaguely in the instructions... it all seems kinda cumbersome to me. Other decks at a lower cost have a blue tooth capability built in, but you'll have to drop another $200 plus installation to get that up. Same with the Sat Radio. I just don't get it. After removing the components for a CD player, you think there'd be room enough to fit the electronics for blue tooth, or a hard drive or something other than what they give you.
I know it seems a little silly, but the kicker was the fact that there's not a fuse built into the box. It's part of the harness. I've already had a deck professionally installed, so I thought I'd just hook it up to the old harness, but my last deck had the fuse built into the deck, so I had to replace the harness as well. Not a terribly big deal, but it's just another case of them sticking it to you. If you don't know much about electronics, that's even more money you have to spend to have a new deck installed.
All in all, if you've got plenty of excess cash to drop on the deck, installation, a remote and blue tooth and sat radio hardware, as well as plenty of free time, an iPod, and no need for CD's, then this is the deck for you. I'm taking my back and buying a Pioneer deck.
Pros Simply charming and playful.
Cons Too new to discover cons.
Pros the gui with the ipod, the dual action rotary knob makes life easier, the simplistic audio menu .. no graphic eq's to distort the sound, it is the most natural sounding headunit ever.
Cons expensive, it occasionally freezes, and remotes are sold sepperatly
Summary i like that fact that it ia a good quality deck and you can purchasse all other components sepperatly, this does work out more expensive (it has cost me $2000 nzd) for this unit the 6 disc auto changer and the bluetooth module and aux in (for the dvd player) but there is nothing on the market that compared to the sound quality that this gives me .... if this unit breaks down i don't kbow what i will ever do.there is a fuse in the unit it is built into the wiring loom
Updated on May 23, 2010
Pros looks nice
user friendly music navigation
Cons my ipod connector has broken 3 times now im sick of this i hate this radio now
no search function
only compatible with apple products
Summary meh spend a bit more and get the better one
you will regret the purchase
iPod connector design is horrible it falls apart and you can't use just any ipod connector to connect to the dock you must use the alpine connector
Pros looks good, sound quality is great even without imprint, easy navigation,keeps my ipod charged
Cons sometimes the song will freeze when going to the next song (usually fixed by un plugging the ipod or shutting either the x100 or ipod down and restarting) other than that it works great