Pros Excellent Ipod Interface. Large 7" Screen
Cons Must use Ipod to start Ipod Video. One way tilt screen.
Summary On the plus side this unit has the best Ipod Interface I have seen. Real time playlist creation is not necessary. Its much easier to create your playlist on the PC. Nice large 7" screen. Ipod button on lower left for instant Ipod access. Optional addons such as 30GB nav.
On the negative side, if you have an Ipod Video as I do, you must start your videos physically from the Ipod itself. I also have not been able to get my Ipod Movies (widescreen) to display the entire screen. It displays as a strip across the middel with borders on top and bottom. Widescreen DVDs display full wide with no problem. The tilt screen is a nice feature adn probably very useful for an installation where the unit is mounted 90 degrees but on an installation such as mine in the Scion TCZ, the unit is already tilted up. The tilt screen on the unit only tilts up so it is of no use in my installation. The tilt option should be in both directions. DVD playback is fine but if you access certain options during playback the movie starts over. This unit also has the butt ugliest remote control I have ever seen. There is no option to change the color of the lit hard buttons to match your stock interior lighting, a feature Pioneer has not overlooked. No option for custom background images, another feature Pioneer did not miss.
Most of the negatives I have found are issues that seem to be from lack of planning or testing and if they did not exist this unit would easily be a 10.
Pros Nav maps on hard drive, great sound, decent-sized on-screen buttons to easily select, available accessories
Cons Buttons located on the right side of deck, Nav system is connected to the speed sensor wire -> VERY poor design back in the engineering department that came up with it!
Summary This is great as far as an audio/video system. As stated by CNET's editor, the buttons on the right side of the deck are not convenient for the driver. I have a difficult time seeing the screen on sunny days, despite it being in day or night mode (auto mode has never functioned for me either) and/or tilted. I am a Nav Electronics Engineer for marine vessels and I am HIGHLY disappointed in the GPS function of this deck. I bought a new 2007 Mazda3 and had this deck installed. I started driving around and testing routes and such. When I would stop at a red light the car on the map would continue to move forward. When I had a route planned, it would think that I missed my turn and recalculate the route. I would make the turn that I was supposed to take and it took at least a minute each time this happened for it to relocate my actual position. VERY unacceptable when you have a lot of close turns and it is spending time calculating new routes and where you actually are. GPS systems get their movement and location data from 30 different satellites, not the speed sensor wire in your car. I came to find out that they had hooked it up wrong and that they tapped in to the tachometer wire instead by mistake, which is why the car on the map would keep moving even when stopped. Regardless, compare it to a portable GPS unit. In order for it to work you would have to connect it to a pedometer when hiking through the woods for it to know that you are moving. Unacceptable! That is the satellite's job. I am having it swapped out (for free, thank goodness) for a Kenwood DDX-6019. Very good reviews on that one.
Pros Sound, Video Playback
Cons Ipod Interface
Summary This is NOT an Ipod interface!!. When selecting a song from a list, it automatically inserts the ENTIRE list into the Now Playing Que, erasing the currently playing que. There is no Now Playing list. You can't add individual songs to the list to be played. This interface is a joke. It has the Ipod wheel that does not work like the actual wheel of the ipod. It has a button for sorting by artist, but what good is that if you can only add 1 cd/album at a time.
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"EXCELLENT!!"on by 4pples
Pros Amazing deck, I have tried many double dins, and this one by far is the easiest, and most fluid I have used.
Cons None and I have been using this deck for 8 months!
Summary Im sticking with Clarion from now on wow!
Pros iPod interface: Great, very responsive, easy to find songs and playlists even with 10,000 songs!
Ease of Use: very easy to get around on. buttons are clearly marked and easy to find.
Style: can change the color of the background and iPod interface
Cons Not everyting is included: The iPod interface cord is NOT included ($60), Navigation is NOT included ($400-600)
If you leave your car off for awhile the iPod has to be turned back on.
Summary Buy it! for the price (if you shop well around $300-400) it is worth it. The iPod interface is a selling point. I have not used the navigation, but having one indash is a much cleaner look than having an ugly Tom Tom hanging on your window. There is a CD player but no CD changer (who used CD's when you have an iPod anyway). There is also an input jack for those who dont have an iPod and want to connect a laptop or MP3 player. Bottom-line its a very good head unit