Audiophile Quality and Excellent Usefulness in Any Configuration
3 weeks ago
Summary: I was going to get a Nakamachi, but the technology was lagging. So, I went with this due to excellent published specs and reviews on its sound quality attributes, use of excellent Burr-Brown 24-bit DACs, and its ability to play 48KHz/1,536Kbps bit depth .wav files (this is important because I like to listen to the entire movie audio track ripped from my blu-rays, something the Nakamichi would not have allowed me to do).
Summary: I've now had this installed for over a year, and I love it as much as I did on day one. If you're looking for Bluetooth connectivity (I stream Spotify and use Google Maps as a navigation system between hands-free calls), high sound quality (the Auto-EQ is just too amazing), and incredible build quality out of your head unit, look no further.
Summary: The focus on this HU is sound quality and none of the extraneous bells and whistles. That's all I care about, so I'm pleased. The sound quality is great. I run it on 3-way network. I ignore some of the automatic adjustments, though. For example, if the auto eq sets the crossover slopes too shallow (e.g., 6, 12, 18, 24, or 30 db/octave for the low frequency network), I change the slope to 36 db/octave.
Summary: Love the product. All the functions were great until it stopped working. I heard a lot of people say the moving parts felt cheap. Well I have only had a year and now the MC control is shot. Never dropped never shocked only used for about eight months. Have had dozens of units and never had one break like this. Be careful and make sure you know who you're buying from. I am currently waiting to hear back but I'm sure it will be some crap about a factory repair.
Summary: Let's keep this simple: you won't be disappointed with this deck. I could not be happier with the features, functionality, and ease of use. In the end it's all about sound quality for me and Pioneer's flagship receiver has my 14+ year old factory Firebird speakers doing things they never knew they could. Huge plus: the deck is software updatable. I easily updated the firmware using a Windows 7 notebook and zero third party software (after all the BT drivers installed).
Just excellent and smokes Alpine 149BT out immediately.
7 August 2014
Summary: Simply super, no questions asked. I switched from Alpine 149BT and what a night a day difference it is. Just balanced smooth sound. You are probably being told that all head units sound the same when you feed them bit perfect streams from your iDevices but I had a chance to experience this first hand. Alpine is just a poor, harsh, sibilant unit. It must be their pre amps that destroy. Both Alpine and Pio are using Burr Brown DACs but sound cannot more different.