"Overrated and Overhyped"2.0 starson by hinder90
Pros: Great controls, nice form factor
Cons: Very limited iPod feature support, terrible display quality
Summary: Coming from HK and with all the buzz about this product I really had my hopes up, especially after the high cost of having this installed in my '06 Subaru Legacy. What I found was that while on the surface this is a great idea, it has a lot of issues that severely detract from its usefulness. Granted, the little control knob is really slick, and the unit does look very nice when it is powered off, that is where the pizzaz ends.
First off, many key iPod features are not supported at all. The most notable is shuffle. While you can set your iPod in shuffle mode before plugging it in, you cannot go in and out of that mode without unplugging the iPod. You would expect to have the "Shuffle Songs" on the top menu, but alas, it is not present. HK claims it supports shuffle, but all it really can do is go in and out of the random mode a la the iPod settings which are extremly cumbersome to navigate and doesn't offer the same functionality. Second, the character set on the display is very limited, so anything outside of basic ASCII characters appear as periods, so good luck reading French, Spanish or lord help you Swedish song titles. Third, like the iPod mini, there is no album title info shown when diplaying the track info for what is playing. Finally, the dislay quality itself is very poor even for monochrome- there a lines that intersect for each pixel displayed kind of like a primitive LCD pocket video game from the 80's. Lastly, there is no gain control on the device to adjust the volume levels going in or out of the thing, so you had better be happy with amplitudes that the device puts out to your stereo. Honestly, it should have some way of normalizing the audio digitally, but I realize that is asking a lot, so just to be able to manually regulate is necessary.
All in all, this is a great idea implimented poorly.