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March 22, 2013 Great mid-range head unit!
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kjbad from Chandler, AZ
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I purchased this radio and a set of Kicker DS65, DS693, and DS35 speakers to replace my son's worn-out factory speakers. My son and I worked on it together and this was his first install. Sonic was nice enough to provide a free dash kit and wire harness for the car, which I appreciated a lot. I had no issues with the installation because I've done them before, but the instruction manual was no help at all for people who have never matched up wires before. The wires that came with the radio were on the thin side - my Alpine decks have thicker wire for all their connections. This is the one big shortcoming I have for a radio in this price range -better install instructions and thicker wire would be nice.

There was a vast improvement over the factory setup, so no surprises there. The head unit was too powerful for the worn-out factory speakers, but it matched well to the Kickers. If (when) my son ever expands his system to add amps, the three sets of pre-outs are a nice touch. The system hits highs well and offers a lot of sound customization, but the big plus was the bass response - the unit fed the Kickers well and did not seem to strain or overheat after a long session of loud play (I am in Arizona, so we'll see in the summer months). Only a basshead will need more low end than this setup is putting out, and amps would be a must for that person anyway.

The BT works well - on my Alpine deck, it can be hit or miss with the controls but the Pioneer syncs up every time, has no problem with calls, and even displays song titles when it plays music from my son's phone. It also controls an iPod, but if you already have a good BT phone with a 32GB SD card, you won't need the feature. The USB extension was another nice touch, we hid the cord on the bottom of the dash and there is a perfect space for him to stow his phone and charge at the same time. Same with the wired microphone, the cord was plenty long enough for any dashboard install and we had no problem hiding the mic near the bottom of the dash. We didn't test the CD player, but he will never use it anyway. The HD radio is a huge plus, we have a decent amount of HD stations in our area and the AM does sound like FM! The FM does sound CD-quality, but I'm sure that is partly because the radio and speakers match up so well - with lesser speakers, it wouldn't sound as good.

So far, the price is right and the head unit exceeds his expectations for a first system. Sonic is the fastest, I ordered on Tuesday and had it installed by Thursday. From jazz to hip hop, this is a great radio and the features are nice.
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