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Superb Car Stereo
on June 4, 2011
I purchased this stereo because I wanted a car stereo with Bluetooth, a little extra power, better sound quality, and flash drive support. I'm happy to say that this stereo performs all these functions well.
Installing the stereo is just like installing any other stereo, except for installing the microphone. The best spot for the microphone is probably the A pillar (at the top). It sounds complicated, but the microphone took about 15 min. to install. I ran the cable down through the rubber seal on the side of the door, but how you mount the microphone depends on your car.
The Bluetooth works very well. What I start up the car, the radio automatically connects to my phone. Music through Bluetooth sounds pretty good, although it can be a little fizzy. Call quality is great; everyone can hear me well (they can even hear the person in the passenger seat), and everything sounds right. If you are on the phone as your car is starting up, it will automatically transfer your call to the stereo, which is extremely convenient, especially if you're in a hurry. Answering calls is simple, and incoming calls will mute the radio.
The removable faceplate is also an important feature for me. Car break-ins happen in my neighborhood, so this is very necessary. The radio without the faceplate has a flashing red light to symbolize a car alarm, which is nice.
Music sounds pretty good. Definitely not audiophile quality, but it sounds much better than a stock radio. Percussion sounds clear, and everything sounds right. It can also go pretty loud without distorting. None of the frequencies are exaggerated or lacking, and it sounds neutral for the most part.
However, this radio has some minor annoyances. The faceplate feels rather cheap, and you really need to read the manual to know how to do simple things, like setting the time. It would have also been nice if the full dial pad was on the faceplate. The included remote does have a full dial pad, and while the remote does work well, it would be much simpler to just have the dial pad on the faceplate.
Overall, this is an excellent stereo with a lot of features. For the price, the disadvantages can be overlooked.