Where do I start, I got this unit to finally update the factory Am/Fm Cassette CD stereo in my 1999 Dodge Avenger and I really have no regrets! It was Affordable, and with most things in that class it has it's drawbacks and high points. The wiring harness was fantastic, With the Scosche install kit,you just literally match the colors and plugs, and install. It may be a lot of wires to fit for some cars, but i just had to run it up behind the mount. That out of the way, the function of the unit is Meh. Seriously just Ehhh..." don't expect Android or IOS like control HAHA! anyone who has ever purchased a cheap or bargan DVD player will understand. below are some points to keep in mind while purchasing this unit.
-DVD interface is just like a Cheap-o Home DVD player(think Apex) plays DVD's great! has some playback enhancements,color sound etc, but when playing a DVD full of MP3 or videos, the interface is just like a bargan dvd player, generic, no cover art, just a scroll at the top of the file structure(album file/tracks)...nowhere near big enough to read. Read time for DVD is acceptable.
-Touch screen is responsive but unnecessary, most controls are easier done with the knobs.
touch screen interface source select screen disappears too quickly, this can be frustrating. screen is crisp and movies look good in the dark. impossible to see in the day time, Display is very very bright in the dark, no dim function!....No DIM!?....it gets worse.
-Interface is cheap and sloppy missing key options. TIME IS DISPLAYED ONLY IN 24 HOUR! NO CHOICE FOR 12 HOUR! Time is only displayed on the Radio Screen!!, Nowhere else! and even there it is hard to see! when in Bluetooth mode, the only display available is a dial pad NOTHING ELSE! so you can indeed stream A2DP AUDIO great! BUT IT IS JUST A DIAL PAD DISPLAY. Radio screen, looks fine,a few lame color designs to select.Wish you could add your own pictures. anything with file system SD/USB is just painful on the eyes.
setting screen is basic but it works!... like your basic home TV settings.nothing fancy.
-USB/SD If you have a large card, or say a cellphone(Android) with lots of sound files as i do, it takes FOREVER to load,and when you turn off the car, it has to reload AGAIN!....I have 6gb of music on my 16gb card,plus some ring tones etc....I literally sat for 10min while it detected them and when I turned the car on, it restarted the search, So 10 min wasted!(and even then it was not finished) Just use a smaller fast SD card or Fast thumb drive(i would say no more than 4gb) or even burn them to a DVD-R.if you want to listen to the music on the phone, use the Bluetooth.. USB will charge your phone/ipod. I do not have an ipod to test music so not sure how wel it works. it has an aux in for that purpose(not Apple certified-no 3rd party or 30 pin apple support,Gee thanks Apple!)
-Bluetooth screen interface is again poorly designed, but works, calls can be made from the stereo touch screen, caller audio sounds great, but callers say I sound distant...which is not surprising. it works. I use it.
audio transmission is limited to about 15ft, and is crisp and clear.(no Equalization, use your audio device for that.)
To summarize, for the price, for what it does it is really a no-brainier just be aware of the above! cons.Audio clarity and quality is pretty good! Being able to connect media players and play videos is FANTASTIC (The main reason I bought this) This device feels like an old DVD player jamed in to a car stereo package. It is NOT user friendly, No thought was given to making it an easy or custom experience for the user. It was as if it was designed to just make things work, and no further effort was put forth. It really needs a new Firmware, This one is just garbage.......But it works. If you are okay with all that, pick this up! It is a steal at the price!
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