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on July 10, 2013
I own a 2004 Saturn Vue. After having owned it for about 3/4s of a year, I started to get sick of the stock audio system, especially considering the fact that two of the speakers were blown and constantly rattling, so I started to slowly upgrade all of the sound equipment.
Despite what most online and phone customer service representatives tell you, a double din radio WILL fit in a Saturn Vue, and let's be honest, that's what should be there anyway. I'm not a fan of that empty hole underneath radios. What's supposed to go there? Pens?
So after selling off my first aftermarket head unit, I set out to find a double din unit. Google it, and surprise surprise, you're looking at 200+ dollars... That is, until I saw this radio. Sure, it isn't touch screen like most of the double din units, but that didn't stop me from falling in love with it.
So anyway, here's the pros and cons overall.
Great looking radio. JVC really did this one right. The amount of colors that are available is great. It's easy to customize it to what you want.
Sound quality is very good. This directly powers four 6.5 inch MTX terminators and it can take them straight to max volume without distortion. However, I do have a Kenwood sub that is powered by a 150 watt amp, so not much bass going to the speakers.
It's cheap, especially for a double din. Maybe in the way of a single din it's not cheap, heck, there's definitely cheaper, but it's a bigger unit. Great value.
The control layout is nice and spacious. I always felt like single din layouts were cramped, mainly just because there's a lot that you have to fit into a small area. Buttons have an average feel to them and the knob handles nicely.
I also love the amount of inputs available. I rarely use the front aux as I actually just ran an aux to the rear aux port and have it running up through my glove compartment. Having two aux inputs, USB, CD, and an AM/FM radio is a luxury.
Feel like the company put a little too much emphasis on Apple devices, but this is a problem no matter what company you deal with. I don't use Apple products, I use android, and overall it works okay with my phone (yes I downloaded the app) but not as good as I'd hope. Maybe I will put more time into that.
One thing that thoroughly annoys me is how the input is automatically switched to USB when I plug my phone is to charge through the USB, but I guess that's to be expected. I suppose I'm in the minority of people who only use the USB to charge.
The actual menu is pretty hard to navigate at first, and there are a lot of options. This isn't really a bad thing. Just make sure you read your manual if you aren't too experienced with audio or head units. There's a lot of options to consider. The one thing that really irks me about the controls is the amount of time you have to long-press a button for certain actions (adjusting user EQ). I wish that that time were shortened by a second or two.
Excellent radio. I would recommend it to anyone. There are endless options and the pros heavily outweigh what little cons there are. One last note, just make sure that you purchase a stereo installation kit if you have an older car, a car with a single din radio in a double din space, or if you are bad at making your own brackets. I chose to buy one because I didn't want to put the time into making my own brackets and because I had a lot of extra space around the border of the head unit and the trim.
Buy this radio.