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April 17, 2011 Not perfect, but I had to get it
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turf from Marietta, GA
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There are enough reviews to detail the major strengths and weaknesses so I will concentrate on the aspects of this that surprised and disappointed me.

For example, I knew this unit did not have audio streaming over bluetooth when I purchased it. But I was surprised that I could not do voicedialing over bluetooth, and without a pass-through mode to my phone to perform the action. Oddly, to get this function you need to get the non-native-bluetooth sister model, 4300DVD, with the $200 bluetooth add-on. That's pretty lame. I did not care much about the lack of bluetooth streaming since this eats up phone battery life too much anyway, so I had the installer run a 3.5mm audio cable from the stereo to my phone holder. But it would have been nice to have, for sure.

I like the selectable backgrounds on the display, in particular the earth with the clock to provide a large clock when in non-video modes. However, when you choose this background for Aux mode, which is the mode that really needs a background since the display is otherwise normally blank, you cannot watch video on any of the other sources unless you remove the background. When you remove the background for Disc mode so you can watch videos, for example, it also removes it for Aux mode. This is an oversight and if Pioneer provides any kind of ongoing support for this model, they should have a firmware release to address this.

I wanted the USB jack on the front panel to be able to quickly change it out since this is the most convenient source for new content. You really need to get a nano stubby USB drive for this since they only stick out a half inch and don't get in the way of the buttons and are not even noticeable. If you don't want to have to wait a long time to initially read the source of the SD and USB, don't go over 8gb. Even so, the head unit remembers your location on these sources and starts up almost instantly, so it is really only a minor issue to use large ones.

I burned a bunch of music videos to a DVD using Nero and this caused problems with the head unit, getting it confused with disc errors even to the point of resetting itself. The problem here is that with nero, the version I have anyway, it is almost impossible to specify to copy files to a disc in alphabetical order unless you drag them to the burn window one at a time. Since it was so long since I had burned a disk, i had forgotten this. If you do a batch specify of a bunch of files, it burns them in reverse alpha order and when played, the head unit has to jump "backwards" after each track, and it can get confused, especially if you are using the skip button repeatedly. Just use decent DVD burner software that copies files to the disk in the same way they are displayed on screen if you plan on having a bunch of small files on the disc. Since I did this, the disc function has worked flawlessly. Another thing - if you are converting videos for use on this device it requires a divx codec with either a divx or avi extension. It won't direclty play MP4s downloaded from YouTube, for example, which is also surprising.

If you plan on displaying videos on the unit and plan to bypass the dumb emergency brake function, get the video bypass relay to use instead of a switch, which is a pain to flip up and down each time you get in the car. I wish I realized that before I had the unit installed since once I realized my mistake, I got one off ebay for about $10 and will now have to pay an additional $25 for the installer to go back and put it in.

Now, do you want to hear the main reason I ripped out the stereo in my brand new car (and it already had iPod control, a USB, an MP3 disk player, and aux input) and got this unit? And the reason that no matter what this stereo's other flaws are, I would have still bought a Pioneer head unit? The fast forward function on the USB. On this unit, you don't have to use a FF button, you can just swipe your finger along a progress bar. I listen to a lot of audio books and podcasts from USB. These tracks are often an hour long and can be as long as two hours. If you lose your place in the file, or listen to the same content on another source and want to start where you left off, you want to fast forward to that place in the file. On my last two head units, it did this at about a 4:1 pace. That means to get to the middle of a two hour track, you have to hold the fast forward button down for 15 minutes! And if you bounce it, you have to start over! This was pretty much an impossible task in my MT car. With this series of Pioneer units with the progress bar at the bottom of the screen it takes about 1 second. When I was deciding on what unit to buy, I carried a USB stick around to various car stereo shops and tried out every unit that had USB input. Some of them are better than others, going as high as 8:1, but that would still mean holding a button down over 7 minutes. At first I was only considering single din stereos, not ones with a video display, but if a video display was the only way to get a progress bar, so be it. Now after having the unit for a few weeks, I am totally glad I did get this unit. due to the video, and with the option of being able to add GPS in the future. Well, once the modules drop from the stupidly high cost they are now to $75 on ebay, anyway.
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