Reviews and Problems with Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT
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Amazing quality and experience straight out of the box
Uritziel Akatzuki, Amazon
14 July 2014
Summary: Exactly as advertised, it fits perfectly with my car (Mercedes W202), very convenient Bluetooth - Streaming, iPod/iPhone mode is amazing and works great. I'll keep editing this review to make it as complete as possible. When I ordered this headunit I forgot to order the "Head Unit Removal Key" for the stock Mercedes Headunit but I took it to the nearest car electrician shop and payed 5 Euros to remove the stock headunit and install this one.
Summary: 2 stars because it did what it said but only for a couple months then Internal amp blew rendering it useless. Also the sound was awful compared to the pioneer I replaced it with. The knob was too thin but the bluetooth worked well.
Summary: I chose the Blaupunkt Toronto 420 BT initially because of it's appearance. I wanted a stereo other than the seemingly cheap, run-of-the-mill stereo that everyone else probably has. The Toronto 420 is simple and elegant and fits beautifully flush in my dash. it looks like it came with the car originally, only better. To my surprise, an SD card is inserted behind the face plate leaving me hours of content at the push of a few buttons.
Summary: I wanted a conservative-looking radio that did not look like a carnival ride at night, so I got this Blaupunkt. It is cool looking, hence the 5 star Coolness Factor rating. Seems to be built well. However, I do not recommended this radio for the following reasons--- it is difficult to operate while driving, the menus are confusing, the sound quality is not good for analog music (old school rock like The Who or Rush etc), but does sound OK if you listen to electronic...
Pros: Nice looking radio with a conservative vibe good for electronic music.
Cons: Sound quality is poor overall and struggles with many genres of music (coloring the music with harsh upper frequencies on older music), display is dim, and the radio is difficult to operate, especially while driving.
Summary: Wanting hands free calling, as well as newer media selections, I purchased this unit to replace an older Blaupunkt Toronto RDM-126 in my E30 Baur TC. Upon unpacking, it was evident the newer 420BT was not built to the same standards as the earlier German made unit. The controls, particularly the DIS button, and the cover for the front mount USB port-felt cheap.
Pros: Excellent overall sound quality and uncluttered panel layout. FM tuner is outstanding: sensitivity, selectivity, signal/noise and frequency response are first rate (just wish they had included HD-FM). Phone calls made from this unit are clear on both ends, (even with the top down) using the external mic mounted top center of steering column.
Cons: Cumbersome iphone interface. The less expensive JVC media players I have in my other cars can directly access SIRI by pressing and holding the "call" button- allowing song, navigation or caller selection by voice command ("She" can even read my email aloud). The Blau does not support this.Track names are also not displayed via Bluetooth.
Summary: Great stereo for the money, good clean sound and the Bluetooth is great. Makes phone calls while driving a breeze and I can always listen to my music on my phone.
Pros: Great sound, resonable price, and it has many features that make it stand out above other stereos.
Cons: When you restart your truck you have to reselect the Bluetooth setting on the head unit. The stereo is very well made, although in my own opinion it feels like the buttons are weak, that may be just me though.