Summary: I got this unit for about 2/3 of retail on an open box deal. Well worth the money at that price. A little pricey full retail for a unit with no on board NAV. I connected the factory antenna from my '07 Vette and did not notice any degradation from the factory radio, but I listen to radio almost never. Talk radio sometimes, and the unit pulls that in just fine. I installed the unit along with a Kicker CX600.5 full range amplifier. The Sony is easy to set up.
Pros: Front USB, plays 320Kb/48KHz MP3s like a dream, CD quality, no distortion at very high volume levels, 7-band EQ, adequate radio reception, nice display, easy to operate, touch screen, three L/R preamp outputs, dedicated sub channel, front and rear video cam, blue tooth, can be made to work with satellite radio.
Cons: Won't play other compressed format audio like WMA or AICC (says it will but it won't). No support for .WAV files. Doesn't have GPS navigation. Limited choice of screen backgrounds. Volume adjust resets to beginning of MP3 if you bump the control. Won't respond to rapid turning of volume knob to increase/decrease volume.
Summary: I've always replaced my factory head units ASAP, but I held out this time. I've always felt FM reception took a nose dive when I put in an aftermarket radio. Seeing as the radio stations around here are horrible (top 40 pop - teeny bopper - top 40 country), I figured no loss. I wanted a front usb and aux in a dvd double din. Got this one scratch and dent and cannot find a blemish on it. I'm so happy I ditched my factory radio. Factory was 15w rms, this on 17w.
Pros: Easy to install and use. Good sound quality and equalizer. Crisp picture display.
Cons: BT mic not the best. More backgrounds/themes would be nice - maybe something that is responsive to the audio - I don't suppose an active/visual equalizer would be a driving distraction, but maybe it is. FM song info is limited to too few scrolling characters.
Summary: I'v only had the radio a short time. It has great sound quality for music, audio and phone calls. I've not used all the features yet. But, everythig seems easy enough to work with even though I'm not the most tech savvy person.
Pros: Great sound and features.
Cons: Some features are hard to use while you're driving
Summary: I was looking for an DIY install upgrade to the base factory system in my Sprinter Class B RV that would provide Bluetooth phone and music connectivity and provide a monitor display for a planned install of a backup camera. The Sony fit the bill perfectly. Pandora capability was not a must have but we do enjoy having it. Coupled with the Crutchfield recommended Integration Adapter and Dash Kit the install was a breeze.
Pros: Exact fit and easy integration with our Sprinter. Easy to follow user interface. No unnecessary bells and whistles.
Cons: I rated Sound Quality at four stars. The system is a vast improvement over the factory system but our RV is still just a glorified cargo van. No rear speaker system and no subwoofer. The provided EQ presets do a decent job for our situation.
Summary: The DVD receiver itself is exactly how I thought it would be. There were no surprises. The menus are reasonably easy to navigate, but they could be more intuitive. Some settings require that you do not have any source selected, but it wasn't clear that you actually had to be in "off" mode to make the selections. I bought this unit so that we could listen to music off a USB memory stick, although I would have preferred a Secure Digital card instead.
Pros: The system is exactly as described in product literature and on the Crutchfield website. Crutchfield support is fantastic. The system does allow you to play music from a USB stick, but the directions say to take the stick out before starting the car each time. That's not really realistic. They should design the system so that you can keep the stick in the socket as long as you want. Also, why not have a microphone in the front?? The mic is installed from the rear of t...
Cons: I'm not sure why its not possible to simply unplug the factory harness from the old stereo, plug a new adaptor harness into the factory harness and the other of the adaptor harness into the new stereo and be done. A lot of wires still need to be connected, either soldered or using a pigtail or something else. But I suspect this is true of most any after market stereo. Crutchfield did supply a harness for our vehicle, but it still required considerable number of connec...