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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