Summary: I purchased this unit in august and installed it along with Kenwood speakers in a 2003 chevrolet Silverado. I have been running it for about 4 months at the time of writing this. I also got the XM add on kit. When it works, it sounds GREAT!!! I have found myself pulling in the driveway after work and just listening to tunes! it sounds that great when it works!!! HOWEVER, most of the time it needs a hard reset at least once a week.
Summary: Purchased this HU from Car Toys after reading Kenwood's site for their latest and greatest offerings for those of us with older cars with no built in Bluetooth streaming or handsfree. After installing, came to find out that although the Bluetooth Handsfree by Parrot worked great, Bluetooth Audio Streaming (A2DP) was missing! A premium HU, and missing a feature that most of us with smartphones can use!
Summary: I was thinking of upgrading my old stock radio to something with bluetooth (got a cell phone ticket!), as well as taking advantage of my iPhone's iPod and HD radio. This unit seemed the perfect choice. I was wrong. DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS The most fatal flaw in this otherwise beautiful head unit is the brightness of the display. No matter how I tweak it, the display is unreadable during the day, unless I happen to be in "just the right place.
Summary: I really like this deck. Since I installed it in place of my stock deck, I'm super happy. My car music life has changed. I still have stock speakers but even those sound better. I'll be putting in a full system later and will update maybe but I doubt it. I have a 2003 Malibu and it fit fine in spite of what other websites told me. The first thing I was almost disappointed in was the USB.
Summary: Bought this a couple of months ago because of all the features you get. However, you cannot see the screen unless it is gloomy outside. If it is even partly sunny, you will not be able to see the screen unless you block the sun from the display. About a month after I bought it the usb would not connect to my iphone 3gs. Soon thereafer it stopped charging it also. Shipped it back to Hookedontronics and they said they would have a technician look at it.
Summary: The item looks and sounds fantastic in reviews and all those youtube videos, however, I never got the chance to fit it. I had to return the unit for a refund as the item has no security face off. Not even hidden. On view at all times in the car. Not very good theft prevention from Kenwood. A £200 car stereo whose face doesnt remove or even gets hidden after you have locked your car.
Excerpt: PRO: Hervorragende Audioeigenschaften, sehr gute Bedienung, einwandfreis großes Display. Riesige Funktionalität. CONTRA: absolut fehlerhaft im lesen von usb-sticks, ausprobiert wurden 4GB, 16GB, 32GBFat32168 mit identischen Files und Strukturen in 320, einmal mit getaggtem Cover, einmal ohne. Das Gerät rebootet in Schleife!
Summary: Meine Anforderungen an das Gerät waren: - Videowiedergabe, Anschluss von 2 RSE-Monitoren - Freisprechen über Bluetooth (zusammen mit KCA-BT 300) - Audiowiedergabe vom Telefon. - und natürlich Radio hören. Was mir als erstes aufgefallen ist, die furchtbare Menüführung. Als oberste Ebene gibt es toll bunte animierte Icons, darunter aber nur, umfangreiche Textmenüs, nicht einmal die Titelauswahl auf USB ist grafisch umgesetzt.
Summary: Leider kann ich mich den positiven Meinungen (auf Grund dessen ich das Gerät auch gekauft habe) meiner Vorredner nicht anschließen. Zwar ist die Bedienung insbesondere in Kombination mit einem iPod sehr innovativ und gut gemacht und auch die Optik macht was her, aber das war's auch schon.