Ok...so around christmas I purchased the more expensive version of this unit which also featured built in Nav...but other than that, the units are exactly the same; it just seems that the company either stopped making it with the nav...or wal-mart just isn't carrying it anymore. Either way, before I got this one, I had the single DIN 3" DVD/Video header from the same company (also seems to be off wal-marts product listings). Surprisingly, that unit featured just about as much as this one, just with a smaller screen and no BlueTooth. I was beyond surprised with how nice that little thing was. DVD's played great, SD videos ran perfect, and best of all, the faceplate was removable.
So I finally decided to go ahead and upgrade to the Double DIN unit since I wanted a dedicated navigation unit, but didn't feel like spending a ton to get something that ONLY will do nav. My first problem (and apparently it's a rather common one) was that the units face is actually about half an inch taller than your average double DIN screen, meaning I had to actually install this into my '04 Civic without the dash kit as the unit would not fit into it, even after shaving off all I could from the kit without destroying the clips on the dash kit.
While the included edging fills most of the gap, there's about half a centimeter remaining and the entire bottom half of it had to be cut off in order to fit it in. Mind you, before cutting anything, I did take the unit into Best Buy, where the installers checked it out and said that they can't do anything different, they recommended I take it to a dedicated mobile audio shop, which I did as well with the same results.
Honestly, it's hardly noticeable, and I uploaded pics to prove it, but still, if you're going to make something, you should make it so it can actually be installed properly; I wasted $20.00 on a dash kit only to find that the unit is bigger than it's supposed to be. That's a no-no in my opinion.
My second problem lies in the SD/USB video playback. With the old single DIN unit, I had stored about a dozen or so music videos on an SD card, all of which played back without a hitch on it. I took the card directly out of the old unit, and put it right into the new ones, and the videos that played fine on the old one suddenly had odd spots of what can be best described as lag during the videos. The video speed slows and audio starts stuttering. There's no loss, it's not cutting out, it's literally just lagging. After reading the manual, I couldn't figure out why this was happening, all the video formats are the same for both of the units, in fact the new one can run audio at 320kbps as opposed to the old ones 240 (or so). I tried putting the videos onto the USB thumb drive I used for the old one (I didn't use it much for the old one because unlike SD, it didn't save your place on USB) but the videos played in the same way, in fact, in two of the songs, it made it worse. DVD's play fine, and I'm only having trouble with about 4 or 5 of the music videos, but still, it's annoying.
Despite that, I can't deny, it's still a fantastic value, problems included. BlueTooth media playback is, simply put, awesome. The videos that do work on the SD card play great, only problem with DVD's is that sometimes the unit hangs up when starting the DVD and going to the menu, but it's not frequent so far. Sound is actually better than most would expect, but the EQ is a little lackluster, if you have an equalizer app for your playback device, I'd stick with that and leave the units EQ at flat.
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