Summary: Splendid and easy to use. The install was simple enough (even though I was a clot and slipped the wires, needing to rewire it myself), and the unit fits nice and flush in my dashboard. Aside from needing to play with the menus to get the right settings in order (which isn't really that difficult even without reading the instruction manuals), my only quarrel with this device is the brightness settling.
Summary: This is a great stereo for the money. I read a lot about people having a gard time seeing this display in the daytime, but I don't have that problem at all. I really like the hands-free calling feature. I was able to call my wife without ever having to touch my phone. Pretty cool. I also discover that by holding the volume knob down for a couple seconds it will activate Siri. I really like that. The mic on this unit is fantastic.
Summary: I bought a Sony and this Pioneer. The Good: the large display is easy to read, the flowing display allows all the useful track information to display along with other menu items. The setup of the controls is so much more intuitive than the Sony. The variable color allow exact match with your dash lights. It integrates well with iPhone 6 and reads a heavily loaded USB thumbdrive quicky.
Conclusion: I replaced an Alpine CDE-HD138BT with this unit and had a chance to compare them head-to-head with my amplified system with subs. The Pioneer came in 2nd for a few key reasons: no HD radio (didn't think I'd miss it, but I did), Bluetooth pausing issues during music playback (VERY annoying, only happens with my phone where all my music is stored), and 2V pre-outs (the Alpine had 4V pre-outs and I noticed the difference immediately when I reset my gains).
Summary: Works great! Good sound. Pairs with my iphone 6 without issue. As has been highlighted by other reviewers, the display can be tricky. There is brightness settings inside the menus so you have to find a balance between night and day display viewing.
Summary: Love the clean look once installed. I wish the row of buttons on the bottom were a bit more prominent and that the connection while playing bluetooth audio was a bit more clear. I use the mic in a convertible and it honestly works well enough, especially when I expected my callers to only hear wind noise. Im sure that in a regular car this mic would be perfect. Another small thing that irks me is the power output of the USB.
Excerpt: Love the BT audio: just get in my car, turn the ignition on and music plays from my phone in my pocket. Although the illumination adjustment seems a bit gimmicky, it means I can choose the colours that I like and just leave them; rather than the colours changing or having ones I don't like.
Excerpt: I had a Kenwood before, which I forgot inside the car and was stolen. The sound quality is much better than the previous one and it is more clever when it comes to recognising when my phone is connected via cable or just Bluetooth. Only negative point is that it is not possible to customise the colour, so if you have the money, go for the next model which also supports customising the display colours.
Summary: I recently rented a car for work travel and after experiencing the magics of Bluetooth connectivity between my phone and car, I missed it terribly after I had to turn the car back in. My personal car has had a Pioneer unit in it for about 8 years now and since it has worked flawlessly all these years, I looked back to Pioneer for a replacement to give me Bluetooth in my daily driver.