Bluetooth works like a charm. Great sound. Sleek, factory style, simple look. Ipod connection works nice also.
As various reviews said, the knob in the center of the radio does control virtually everything all the settings and functions and is a little confusing at first.
After reading several reviews on various sites I decided to buy this radio and I'm not disappointed AT ALL! It is a great radio. I actually purchased was the "Premier" model becasue it included the microphone and ipod wire. I would recommend this radio to anyone that wants a ... Read full review
After reading several reviews on various sites I decided to buy this radio and I'm not disappointed AT ALL! It is a great radio. I actually purchased was the "Premier" model becasue it included the microphone and ipod wire. I would recommend this radio to anyone that wants a good bluetooth setup in their vehicle. So far no one has been able to tell I'm not holding my phone talking to them. After bluetooth experiences in the past I am absolutely astonished by the connection quality. Once installed I moved the microphone to several locations and found the best to be on the left side of the rearview mirror (in a fullsize truck).
The radio itself picks up as good or better than my previous one (AIWA CDC-X217).
The Ipod connection is nice and enables me to keep my ipod stored away in the glove box out of sight.
This radio improved the sound quality in my truck well over the factory and older model AIWA that I had in it previously.
Many reviews I read before purchasing this radio were harsh about the display being too bright at night time. I disagree completely. Sure it is brighter than a stock radio (approx. 50% brighter) but it is a negligible difference at best.
The only other complaint I've read about is the center knob controlling everything. It does, but I installed mine and probably spent 15 minutes exploring back and forth in the settings to familiarize myself with it. After that it is simple enough, never even needed the manual.
Other thoughts: I haven't been able to download the contacts from my phone, but I believe thats an issue with the phone rather than the radio.
Overall I think this is an AWESOME radio and well worth the money. It is by far the best head unit I've owned.
Updated on Feb 10, 2010