Pros: Very good audio quality (at least when combined with a Monsoon amp). Solid connectivity options (Bluetooth, USB, analog audio). Good Bluetooth integration. Effective hands-free system. Fine-tuning of colour and brightness for controls and display separately allows a perfect integration with the interior illumination of the vehicle. Shallow, so it does not require cutting even for those vehicles with shallow OEM head units (like mine). Intuitive setup. Mostly intuitive controls. No CD player (I have not used CDs in a long time). Good price.
Cons: Counter-intuitive label for the "Menu" button, which does activate the menu on a long press but has assorted, unrelated functionality (depending on the audio source) on a short press. Does not really have two USB inputs (one is taken by the Bluetooth dongle). No direct access buttons for radio presets (going to a preset requires a press on the "menu" button and then turning the volume button). The one-line display allows for very little information to be displayed at any given time. The displayed information is at times incorrect (example: when the Bluetooth playback is initiated from the player, the display keeps reading "stop" even if the music plays just fine). The establishment of a Bluetooth connection to an otherwise paired device is slow.
Other thoughts: If the cons above sound like nitpicking is because most of them are. Overall this head unit is very good in all the things that matter. The value for money is outstanding. I have the unit in the car for less than one day and I am already in love. Installation was by the way painless and essentially everything worked as advertised from the first attempt. This being said, I'll see tomorrow whether this head unit fails to turn the Monsoon amp off (this amp being very sensitive to leaked current of any kind) and so drains the battery...
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