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Good quality unit for the price, but read the manual properly!
on June 17, 2013
Before buying the unit I searched for countless reviews. I saw mostly positive reviews and also a few negative reviews, some which I don't agree with after owning the unit and using it over the past few weeks. My car is a 2011 Subaru STI.
Install was easy, but I know my way around cars and electrical, so that helps. I used the Metra Axxess ASWC-1 harness to connect the head unit to my steering wheel controls, which programmed itself once plugged in and seems to work very well so far.
The unit itself has a lot of settings and options, which is why I suggest reading the user manual over several times. I like the GPS, it is relatively intuitive and has some nice features. I was happy with the amount of locations it found, and the accuracy, considering I am from Qc, Canada. Street name is visible on the BOTTOM of the screen when you have the map open. You can adjust the 'mute' options so that your music can mute or go down 20dB when the navigation voice guidance chimes in (I have it set at -20dB. This can be done the audio/mute settings. The same settings apply for a phone call (mute music or -20dB). Overall, I really like the GPS. I mounted the GPS antenna on top of the head unit so that it was concealed, and still gets great reception.
Pioneer is known for great sounding audio head units and they have not let me down with this one either. The head unit has very good audio EQ, some nice preset EQ's as well, and really improved the sound quality of my stock speakers (which I will be upgrading quite soon. Also has all necessary pre-outs (IE 4-channel amp, subwoofer, etc.)
The visuals of the head unit are nice, the illumination colour is easy to set how you want and to match your interior. One wish would be to change the background colour theme when you are in the 'source' menu (it is a blue-theme background and I don't think you can change it).
My iPod works great with the iPod cable, although it was pricey (paid around $66 direct from Pioneer Canada). Sound quality comes through clear, it shows all the information (including album artwork) on the screen as well which is nice. One thing I'm not sure about though is how to best scroll through/find the songs on my iPod, the search function only shows up when I am in main (top) folders and not when I get into the folders with only songs in them, but that may just be how my iPod is set up, going to try making only one main folder with all my songs on it. The cable also has a USB port so you can plug any USB into it and the head unit will read music/videos off of it.
I was having trouble uploading a custom splash screen from micro SD card, the x850bt would not read any music or see any photos on the SD card, I re-read the instruction manual and it specified to put all photos in a folder called 'photos' on the SD card, and all music in a 'music' folder in order for the head unit to recognize the photos/music and it worked perfectly.
I like that the phone button is at the bottom right corner of the navigation screen as well as the source screen, so you can get to the phone menu very easily with one touch. I also like the functionality of the phone menu, the dial pad is easy to use, and my phone contacts sync'd to the head unit very quickly and easily. My phone (blackberry Z10) connected to the head unit very easily and calls are quite clear. I mounted the microphone right on the dome light and callers say that they can hear me very clearly.
Overall, I am very satisfied with this head unit, definitely worth the price. It's also a clean looking unit, even to put in a high-end sports car.