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Average Customer Rating is 3.7 out of 5 stars:
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June 13, 2011 Sony XNV-660BT
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Review by
Bernie from Alexandria VA
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I ordered this unit for my wife's 2004 Pathfinder. She LOVES the Bluetooth integration with her phone. I also added a XM tuner and a steering wheel kit. The steering control adapter seems to "blip" once every time I turn the car off - typically this means that it will change the station that you are listening to down one - so every time you start the car you have to reset the station - need to trouble shoot this issue further but it's pretty clear that the problem is with the steering wheel controls adapter.

Navigation by Garmin - great when it works... for some reason it has started to take FOREVER (like 30 min+) to find a satellite on a clear day near a major city. This means that the unit hangs on "finding satalite" and renders the GPS useless. I am hoping that a software update of the GPS unit clears this up.

GUI - honestly its kind of pedestrian. For all the real estate that the large screen provides none of the "skins" are very attractive. My personal annoyance is that when I am in XM mode I can only see 1 line of text surrounded by 80% empty screen - I have no idea why it doesn't display stantion # & name on 1 line then artist / song title on one or 2 more lines. It's really pretty annoying, my years old 4 line Alpine in another car gives me at least 3 lines of information on 1 screen with out having to toggle the "display" button.

I would love to have Sony release a GUI update - the hardware itself is nice but the visuals are pretty lacking.
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June 18, 2012 Great Customer Service
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Dan from Oshawa, ON, Canada
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Head Unit does what it says. Cable to the TomTom unit is about 6 feet long. USB cable is about 6 feet long. There is a very cool swipe feature for moving to the next track on the touch screen. I haven't figured out how to turn off the intro screens- there must be a way as the current practice of running the intro loop ad nauseum is an annoyance. Sonic was great when the price moved around.I am very pleased with their responsiveness. They were also willing to work through some complications with my credit card since I live in Canada and Mastercard was being difficult.
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February 7, 2012 Installed easily in a Ford Explorer with Backup Camera
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Rodger from Timberon, NM
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The unit looks great and functions nicely. The problem with this unit is the "screen saver" or what I call the "passive screen". When listening to the CD or Radio, there are no options for a real impacting screen to play. Then there is the clock, that is so SMALL in the bottom corner of the screen that you can't find it to tell the time. I think at the price, SONY would have updateable firmware that would allow you to customize the display and what is shown. I think I would look for a different unit after owning this one. The price was normal for SONY, higher than the competition. The installation instructions are very hard to understand and are NOT for the DIY installer. I had experience, and it was not clear for me. I installed the HD unit as well as a backup camera. It does have a GREAT display for DVD movies and photos, if you can get them converted to the right format. Think hard. I also installed the steering wheel control by PAC.
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November 21, 2011 Just OK
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Jack from Thayer, MO
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Navigation through the Sirius Radio leaves a little bit to desire. TomTom has to be reset every couple of weeks.
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October 31, 2011 Nice
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John from New Lenox, IL
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Great features and built-in GPS. Only negative is the GPS needs to be updated via computer regularly or else the unit will not work for directions.
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August 21, 2011 Great Value, Some Annoying Features
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Ken from Houston, TX
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Better features and quality than anything else i looked at in the price range. I was looking at a kenwood, but realized i would have to spend another $400 to get one with a2dp. I do not regret my purchase and would recommend it, especially as the price continues to drop. However, having said that, here are my gripes:
Bluetooth led on the front is so bright that i painted over it.
Eq is hard to get to and hard to adjust while driving. (but works well.)
With the dual screen on (nav & audio), to use nav you have to press the screen once to get the audio screen to disappear and second time to use the map functions. At first, i complained about the touch screen being no where near as sensitive as my phone, but it actually makes it easier to use if you are trying to hold your hand steady while driving by lightly touching the screen.
Tomtom seems comparable to garmin, and both seem much better than companies that make their own nav, but it doesn't seem like they make use of the full resolution of the screen and street names rarely show up on north/south streets. Google maps on my phone are much better, but if you lose 3g, you lose the map and it's too hard to read while driving - each has it's place. The zoom function in drive view is +/- buttons across the top. In map view it is a slider on the right side. The slider lags and it is very hard to zoom in on a map and keep it centered where you want it. They should borrow an idea from phones and zoom in at the point where you double tab.
My biggest gripe, that isn't mentioned in any review i've seen, is the usb flash drive is limited to 2000 songs. My 32g flash drive hit the sony limit at about 10g. The unit says it will play mp4 videos, but i think they have to be on disk, not usb.
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