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Parrot Asteroid Classic

In-Dash 3.2" AM/FM/USB Car Stereo Receiver w/ GPS Navigation, Web Apps and A2DP Hands Free Bluetooth

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Go Anywhere with Parrot Technology

Designed with an open source Android operating system, you can expect many new updates to the Parrot ASTEROID software. This receiver has 4 USB inputs, so have you won't have any trouble connecting all of your compatible devices at once for complete integration of your digital media into this intuitive receiver. With the Bluetooth 2.1, you may stream your music from any Bluetooth enabled portable device. Built-in GPS with an included USB wired antenna will guide you wherever you need to go, whether it be home or across country. You may connect to the internet by using a 3G web dongle, or by pairing with your mobile phones Bluetooth tether. All kinds of pre-loaded apps will give you access to the information you want. To name a few apps that come in handy, you may check the forecast with Weather, use TuneIn to listen to more than 50,000 different radio stations, or use RoadTrip for a Wikipedia description with photos of specific destinations. Connect your iPod, iPhone or iTouch and use the Parrot's jog wheel to breeze through your music libraries. It's time you did something nice for yourself.


 

 

 

 

 

General Features:

  • In-dash MP3, WMA, ACC Receiver
  • Full-color 3.2" TFT-LCD display
  • Built-in Android operating system
  • Detachable, theft-deterrent face plate
  • White illuminated button lighting
  • 4 separate USB connections
  • Vocal commands allow music search
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 55 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 23 watts x 4 channels
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of AM/FM, MP3, WMA, ACC, WAV and OGG
  • AM/FM tuner with 18FM/12AM presets
  • Dynamic Soundstage Organizer
  • Electronic Shock Protection (ESP)
  • 7-band parametric equalizer with 7 selectable tone curves (6 Preset, 1 User)
  • 24bit Digital Analog Converter (DAC) to enhance your MP3/WMA playback
  • SD Card reader for audio playback

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 6V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • Built-in Bluetooth technology supports hands-free calling with a compatible Bluetooth phone
  • iPod and iPhone Ready: Standard USB-to-iPod Cable compatible
  • Rear Auxiliary Input: 3.5mm headphone jack allows connection to portable media devices such as CD players
  • 4 Rear USB Inputs: USB port allows connection to digital devices such as flash drives, portable media players, etc.
  • Software update via USB key

Navigation Features:

  • Maps application offers advanced mapping and geolocation
  • Find your location on the map
  • Give Points of Interest (POI) such as bars, cinemas and restaurants
  • Tells you about up to date traffic information
What's In The Box?
  • Parrot ASTEROID Classic unit
  • ISO cable
  • GPS USB antenna
  • USB 1.5m extension cable
  • iPod cable 1.2m
  • 3.5mm auxiliary cable 1.5m
  • Front Panel Bag
  • Quick start guide
  • Cables ties
  • Bracket Keys
  • Double external microphone
  • Mounting Sleeve

Bluetooth Features:

  • Built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking and audio streaming
  • Bluetooth version 2.1 +EDR certified
  • Bluetooth range up to 32.8 ft.
  • Parrot noise reduction NR 3.0
  • Voice synthesis Text To Speech
  • Training-free, multi user voice recognition
  • Pairing via PIN code "0000"
  • Supports SMS message notifications and A2DP audio streaming
  • Bluetooth Profiles Supported:
    • HFP: Hands Free Profile allows a hands-free car kit to connect to a compatible mobile phone
    • HSP: Headset Profile enables a Bluetooth headset to connect to a compatible mobile phone
    • PBAP: Phone Book Access Profile allows the car stereo to display the name of the incoming caller, as well as access the contact list of the mobile phone directly from the car stereo
    • A2DP: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile allows high quality audio to be streamed from an audio device to the car stereo
    • AVRCP: Audio/Video Remote Control Profile supports basic remote control functions (play, pause, etc) via Bluetooth
    • OPP: Object Push Profile for sending basic "objects" such as pictures and other virtual material
    • SYNC: Synchronization Profile enables the synchronization of Personal Information Manager (PIM) items
    • SPP: Serial Port Profile provides a wireless replacement for RS-232 based serial communications
  • Works with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones
  • Includes a wired double microphone for clear, convenient talking

Note: Smartphone with data plan required, check compatibility of your mobile phone.

In-Dash Receiver Specifications

Receiver Size

Single DIN: 1 DIN dimensions will work with all single DIN installation kits we have to offer. Single DIN radios are the most common size for after-market stereos.

Single DIN slot with flip-out screen: The DIN stereo includes a retractable, flip-out screen. Before purchasing, make measurements to be sure there is no interference with dash accessories such as A/C vents or shift levers.

Single DIN slot with a larger face: Standard single DIN size, but the display is larger then the standard single DIN size. Due to the nature of the larger face, problems may arise when installing in particular vehicles. These stereos are great for single DIN slots where you want a larger screen.

1.5 DIN: This size is very uncommon in vehicles, however this size opening is most commonly found in Chrysler and Chevrolet vehicles.

Double DIN: Approximately 4-inches in height, this size is becoming more common every year. Prior to 2000, this size was typically only found in Japanese vehicles such as those made by Honda or Toyota. Now, it is becoming more popular for many vehicles to be fit with a Double DIN opening.

Single DIN
Faceplate Security

Detachable / Removable faceplate security: The most common anti-theft feature. It allows you to take the faceplate with you, thus disallowing operation, which deters theft.

Security Codes: Mainly a feature in high end video units which do not have a detachable face / screen. Once the unit is uninstalled (or stolen), a security code (or PIN) is required upon reinstallation. Though you no longer have your unit after the theft, the thief also does not have your security code, which makes the unit useless. The hope is the thief knows which units have security codes and he/she chooses not to steal your unit because of the security code.

Ghost technology: This is not commonly used, but can be found primarily in a select number of 2004-2005 head units. It creates an illusion that no unit is installed by appearing completely black when turned off. Potential thieves may steer clear because it appears as though no head unit is installed.

Anti-theft covers: Similar to ghost and hiding faces because they only create an illusion that the face/unit is not in place.

ESN: Stands for Electronic Serial Number. Allows the disabling of the radio and allows tracking if it is stolen.

Detachable
Motorized Faceplate
Some in-dash car stereos feature a motorized faceplate that moves to expose a CD or DVD slot. This is a convenient feature that allows the front display to be larger and easier to read. The positioning of the monitor gives you control over the angle you would like to view information on the stereo.
No
Remote Control
Allows control of specific features and functions from a remote control. Typically they are used to prevent button wear on your radio, or to allow easier navigation of menus.
No
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

55 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
23 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs
RCA outputs, commonly known as preamp outputs, allow you to connect one or sometimes multiple external amplifiers. An in-dash receiver will commonly have one, two or three sets of RCA outputs that can be used to connect external amplifiers and other components. One pair of RCA outputs will typically provide a full range signal that can be used for most subwoofer or speaker amplifiers. Two pairs of RCA outputs can typically be configured as four full range signals, or also as two full range and two subwoofer signals. Three sets of RCA outputs will almost always produce four speaker signals and two subwoofer signals for use with multiple amplifiers.
3 Pairs (Front, Rear, and Subwoofer)
Dedicated Subwoofer Preamp RCA Output
A dedicated output that has a built-in low-pass crossover for specific connection to a subwoofer amplifier that powers a low frequency driver, typically a subwoofer.
Yes
Preamp Voltage
The preamp output rating is measured in volts (V). The higher the rating, the stronger the signal. This results in less unwanted noise being picked up.
6 volts
Built-In Equalizer
The number of graphic or parametric equalizer bands the stereo receiver is equipped with. The more EQ options, the more you will be able to adjust your music to your liking.
7-band parametric equalizer with 7 selectable tone curves
Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

TFT-LCD Monitor
Display Color
The display color refers to the color of the text and or graphics on the receiver.

Multi-Color: When more than one color is on the display, for example one part of the text is white, while the other part is blue.

Variable-Color: The display colors can be changed by the user. If the default color of text/display is blue for example, the user can change the settings to where the color turns to red. Variable color displays are typically described in detail in the item's description.

TFT-LCD Display: In-dash receivers with a video screen that display multiple colors and often times video such as DVD, navigation or other video sources.

Full Color
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
White
CD Signal-to-Noise
CD Signal-to-Noise Ratio is a key specification that is often overlooked by newbies. The CD S/N Ratio measures how well the CD player silences background noise. Higher ratings in decibels (dB) indicates less noise, and generally a cleaner signal.
Not Specified By Manufacturer
CEA-2006 Compliant
Amplifiers that have been tested to meet specific standards. When a car amplifier meets these standards, you can be sure that it will be able to produce the amount of power specified by the official CEA-2006 rating. Usually, these rating consist of the following items:
  • RMS Power
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio

This rating applies to both external car amplifiers, as well as the amplifiers inside of in-dash stereos.

No

Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
Yes
FM Presets
The number of FM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
18
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
12
Radio Data System (RDS)
Receivers with Radio Data System (RDS) tuners can receive digital broadcast information about the FM radio station including program name, time and station identification. RDS enables your receiver to display text messages that many FM stations include on a sub-carrier signal within their normal broadcast signal. Some RDS tuners can even break in with traffic alerts or emergency broadcasts when you're listening to a CD.
CD-R/RW Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play finalized CD-R discs and/or CD-RW discs.
No
MP3 Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with MP3 files. To burn a MP3 encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
WMA Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with WMA files. To burn a WMA encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
DVD / Video Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver will play DVD (or other listed) video disc formats. Unless otherwise noted, the unit is not guaranteed to play recorded DVDs.
No
Dual Zone
Dual zone means the stereo is capable of playing multiple audio or video sources between two separate locations.

Please refer to the item description for more details on how dual zone works specifically to the unit you are viewing.

No

Audio / Video Inputs

USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
4 Rear
Number of Front USB Inputs
Number of Rear USB Inputs
Additional Audio/Video Inputs
These inputs enable the unit to receive an audio or video signal from a separate source. There are many different types of connections and ways to accomplish this. Most common are RCA Composite cables and 3.5mm mini-jack plugs.

RCA Composite Inputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

3.5mm
This is commonly referred to as a mini-jack or a headphone jack. It is a 3.5mm plug that transfers audio only. There is a right and left audio channel on the plug which allows for stereo sound playback.

3.5mm AV Input
These plugs look similar to the common 3.5mm mini-jack, however they carry a third channel dedicated for video.

Optional
This means that an auxiliary input is possible, but only with the use of an optional accessory. These optional adapters will sometimes use the CD Changer port or other port on the back of a unit that might restrict the use of other expandability features. These accessories are typically sold separately.

Rear 3.5mm

Monitor Screen Features

Touchscreen
If a unit is touchscreen capable, you can control a majority of it's functions by touching the screen.
No
Screen Size
This is the size of the monitor on the unit. It is measured diagonally and in inches. The bigger the number the larger the screen.
Monitor Angle Adjustment

Backward:
This means that the unit is able to tilt backwards so that the proper viewing angle can be achieved. On single DIN flip out monitors, this type of pivot means that the bottom of the screen stays stationary while the top of the screen retracts. On Double DIN units this means that the bottom of the screen slides forward while the top of the screen moves down, resulting in a backwards angle tilt.

Forward:
This means that the unit is able to tilt forward so that the proper viewing angle can be achieved. On single DIN flip out monitors, a forward pivot keeps the bottom of the screen stationary while the top of the screen moves forward. On select Double DIN units, a forward tilt is sometimes referred to as a reverse tilt. The bottom of the screen remains in the same position while the top of the screen moves forward.

Left/Right Angle (Horizontal):
Some monitors allow the display to be rotated to the left or right in order to have the best viewing angle possible.

Slide In/Out:
A feature mainly found in select Kenwood units. It allows the entire screen to slide in and out. This is different from a forward/backward tilt in that the entire screen moves forward or backwards as opposed to just the top or bottom.

None
Display Adjustment
This refers to the many ways that a units display can be adjusted.
Brightness
MirrorLink Compatible
MirrorLink allows connectivity between a smartphone and the aftermarket car receiver. The consumer gets into the car, connects the phone with a cable, and gains access to phone applications through the car stereos controls such as navigation and steering wheel buttons. MirrorLink allows consumers to use their smartphones safely and simply, keeping eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Expandability Features

Navigation
Built-in navigation is a convenient feature that allows the driver to receive driving directions and guidance.

Some in-dash head units are built-in with the navigation features, while others require an add on navigation box. Other navigation options include portable navigation units that you can take with you or attach to the dash of your vehicle.

Yes (Built-In/Included GPS Navigation)
Compatible Smartphones
Some stereos work with iOS (Apple) or Android smartphone operating systems, while some stereos work with both or neither. Find out here which operating systems this stereo is compatible with.
Audio/Video Outputs
Audio/Video outputs are typically used to connect an overhead monitor to an aftermarket stereo. This is the number of A/V outputs that the item has. These outputs are usually RCA Composite cables.

RCA Composite Outputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

No
Satellite Radio
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver is compatible with XM or Sirius Satellite Radio. "Optional" means while the receiver is capable of SIRIUS/XM playback and connectivity, you will still need to purchase an additional satellite tuner, adapter, and/or antenna.
No
HD Radio
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver is capable of receiving high-definition digital HD Radio broadcasts by either a built-in HD Radio tuner, or more commonly with the purchase of an optional HD Radio tuner box. Receivers which are HD Radio Ready generally require an additional purchase of a separate tuner.
No
Bluetooth Connectivity
This feature refers to whether or not the head unit is able to connect to a hands-free Bluetooth device. Head units that are Bluetooth ready typically require the purchase of an optional adapter or accessory that connects to the rear of the head unit. This optional accessory allows you to accept phone calls through your head unit and speakers. Some head units have built-in Bluetooth hands free capabilities with an included remote-mount microphone or built-in microphone.
Yes (Built-in/Included Bluetooth Controls, Adapter and Microphone Included)
A2DP Music Streaming
The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile will wirelessly stream music and other audio from an A2DP compatible device.
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
In order to retain a vehicle's factory steering wheel remote controls, a wired-remote input is needed on the aftermarket stereo.

If "Yes", then the aftermarket stereo is compatible with steering wheel remote controls. If an additional accessory is required for the steering wheel controls to work properly, a compatible piece will be listed.

Yes
CD Changer Controls
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver has the ability to control a CD Changer. If a receiver supports this function, it is usually compatible with a same-brand CD changer without the need for an extra adapter.
No
Rear View Camera Input
Indicates if an in-dash multimedia unit has a dedicated video input for rear view cameras. These inputs allow you to plug the camera to the back of the unit to receive the cameras video signal. Usually the camera signal is transferred through an RCA cable connection.
No
Memory Card Reader
Whether or not the receiver has a built-in input for removable memory cards such as SD (Secure Digital) cards or MMC (Multimedia) cards.
SD Card

Smartphone Integration

iPhone/iPod Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which iPod/iPhone features this head unit has.
iPod Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for audio control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Yes (via iPod USB Cable or Accessory Cable Below)
iPod Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for video control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
No
Android Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which Android features this head unit has.
Android Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android and allow for audio control and playback of the Android through the head unit. Head units that have Android connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard charging and connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own Android charging and connection cable.
Android Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android device and allow for video control and playback of the device through the head unit. Head units that have Android video connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard Android charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own cable.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
25%
4 Star
13%
3 Star
25%
2 Star
13%
1 Star
25%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
3.4
Value
2.9
Features
4.0
Design
4.4
Usability
2.9
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Denmark

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Bad radio reception ... Many features but not user frindly

August 27, 2014

At the end, the product is a car radio, so it must be perfect for that purpose before adding anymore features ... it is not. Radio reception on FM is not good (actually bad) and when you talk to Parrot about it then you will get every possible answer that points on something else than the product (antenna, adapter, installation ... etc). I tried with and without adapter with no use ... still bad FM signal. I'm re-evaluating to put the original radio back (Peugeot 207) Additionally, so my car, the display is controlled via the original radio over the CAN bus ... Astroid Classic does not support that. So every six month, I need to disconnect the Astroid classic, connect the original radio, change the clock to winter (or summer) time, and connect the asteroid classic back. Maaan I'm getting tired of this. I know we could argue that this is not parrot problem, but for me as a user, asteroid classic is not solving my needs. The principle of the wheel to change between the selection is very bad. When driving, it is really creazy to use this wheel and get what you need. On the other hand channel seeking is not that good either. What I like in the product is that it gives good quality for answering the phone or calling someone. Good sound quality.

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Kermit

Colorado

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Don't Buy

September 14, 2013

Like all the reviews. Buggy as hell, had to return the first one because the screen went dark after 1 week, support is terrible and they have all sorts of special expensive parts that you have to buy to make it work with your truck or car.

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nickras

Canada

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Has Potential, Needs Work

August 27, 2013

I was really excited about this product when I first heard about it. However, the reality of it is less than spectacular. The Android OS is prone to crashing, as are the applications. Also, the only hands-free component is related to dialing, answering, and playing songs (but not through bluetooth), and it works great! Unfortunately, you can't use your voice to navigate the menus or launch applications, which completely defeats the purpose of this product in my opinion. Would I buy it again? Probably not.

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Michael

Boston, MA

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Honest review after 2 months...

February 4, 2013

Installed the unit. Worked great initially but noticed that the unit was becoming unstable with use. It would randomly crash as if an OS on a computer would crash that the unit becomes irresponsive to power button or any other buttons or dial the unit has. Could not connect Galaxy note. Bluetooth audio with iPhone4 is buggy when you have Bluetooth tethering enabled. It locks up the unit. Turning the key off did not power down the unit. if you don't believe me. Do a google search. GPS is useless as it requires network connection. Your smartphone has better Navigation software. Hardware is outdated that it only supports legacy version of android that is no longer supported. No one writes software that runs on the Android version provided with the unit. The Asteroid's CPU cannot be upgraded with recent Android version due to HW limitation. The engineers have not thoroughly worked out all the bugs that you come up with some unusual sequences of selection of programs and pushing buttons, the OS in the unit crashes. Without looking at the code, I am willing to bet it has memory management issue that the engineers decided to become sloppy with or have no expertise in managing. I was skeptical about getting this unit due to overwhelming number of bad reviews on the net from the actual users. But I bought it anyways. I was wrong. The asteroid is a unit with a good concept but it is a classic example of a company over promising without realizing its capability and failing to deliver. My unit won't turn on anymore even through hard reset. I am glad that I bought SquareTrade warranty as I feel very confident that the Parrot will NOT be able to address problems with product that should not have been released to begin with. The product has been out for over a year. The firmware update does not help with stability as I have tried. Help yourself and do independent search online and see the true review of this product. Parrot runs technical support forum. Go see for yourself make an educated choice for yourself.

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James

Avon, NY

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Ok but glitchy

December 31, 2012

Product is a great when it works. Most of the time I don't have a problem with it and am 90% happy with the setup and functionality. There are times however when the system simply crashes, shuts down, or even cannot be restarted. Hopefully updates will fix these issues because other than that its a pretty nice stereo.

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1m2

Phoenix, AZ

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Great Design, still needs UI work!

June 11, 2012

Ok, if you're an audiophile like me and have been doing installations for more than 13 years you're in for a ride. First, this HU's design is in my opinion completely different from all the other cluttered single din boring HU's out there. I love the sleek, sharp and smooth finish on this thing. It's a 9 out of 10. With that said the UI and navigation of it is a little different from that of most HU's out there. So it takes some getting used too. I was pleasantly surprised to see separate SubWoofer RCA's, but I do think they could have placed them behind the HU instead of made them a part of the power dongle (weak!). The HU gets really HOT from the back, now I can't say that caused any of the issues I've had with this HU but you never know. HU issues, after I received it shortly there was a "latest" update available on Parrot's web site. This particular unit was behind about 3 releases so it was due! After that release was easily installed the HU worked great for a while and then all of a sudden the UI would reboot every time I tried to power up the SubWoofer from the settings. Went back a release, no change, changed the AMP, no change, changed the cables, still no change. So I emailed Sonic and received an RMA the following business day. So now I'm waiting for my replacement. The other thing with this is that I feel there are some Bluetooth improvements that can be made. Since I built a custom fabricated iPad2 into my dash I'm streaming my music via bluetooth to it. But I want to be able to use Parrot for my phone call's. This HU is not programmed to pause music when I get a call and take that call, then start streaming once completed. Should not be difficult to program, just needs to be done. Any how the other complaint I had with this was the 3.5 audio port sound quality was horrific! Very staticky, tried another cable, no change. Tried phone, no change. But via Bluetooth, no static! My last complaint was that the FM radio sound quality was terrible, but it could be my antenna. My previous Sony HU though had better signal strength but it did also lose signal but not nearly as much. Overall the build and style is superb IMO, but they need to work on those little issue's I mentioned and updates should not take as long. Hope this helps!

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Larry

Newark, NJ

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Wow.. Greatest Car Radio

April 19, 2012

This is a great car radio... I have an iPhone and it works great with it... It sounds and looks great.. Love this radio...

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Daniel K

Jacksonville NC

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Great DECK

February 29, 2012

I bought this after seeing it at CES 2012, I was planing on building a Carputer but this had everything I needed except a web browser. The thing is you can not drive and browse the web anyways! The voice features are top notch on this thing. It takes some time to learn to navigate it. The audio quality it puts out is also AMAZING I drive a BMW Z3, it comes stock with a alpine deck. Does not have nothing on this thing 7 band EQ Bass bost and A loud feature.

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Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

Scosche TK12 Car Stereo Installation Kit

Includes panel removal tool, wire cutter/stripper, test light, RCA cable runner, screwdriver, and more!

Your Price $12.99

9-Piece Durable Nylon Plastic Pry & Chisel Tool Set

Helps with car stereo installation for use with dash and trim.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

ASTEROID

UPC

3520410006050

Weight

3.50lbs

Internal SKU

asteroid

Internal Product ID

43780

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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