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Finally, I won't get lost
on March 26, 2007
I have an AVIC-D2 as a replacement to an AVIC-D1 that went bad. I did notice some improvement in the D2 over the D1, for example, during navigation, it'll display at the top of the screen which lanes you can be in. (sometimes only right lane exits, sometimes two lanes exit). Also, the D2 is much faster with repetitive presses on the touch screen.
The installation for me wasn't as simple as the other reviewer mentioned, because I installed the Vehicle Speed Sensor wire which meant that I had to run a wire behind my speed gauge. The reverse signal wire was really easy because I was installing subwoofers and my trunk was already exposed.
Thing to remember during installation: If you vehicle has a factory amplifier (such as my Acura CL typeS's bose amp) and you decide to use the pre-amp RCA output of your D2 and going into the factory harness, you will hear a lot of alternator noise. Ground Loop Insulators will attone the noise, but as I found out are not the most reliable components as they eventually broke down and my speakers started cutting out.
Using the amplified signal with the factory amp will cause a really annoying humming noise even if the unit is off. (the amp is always on in the D2 even if you switch the source to off)
The solution for me was to either buy a 4 channel amp and new speakers all around, or a cheaper alternative which I opted for was to bypass the factory amp and use the D2's amplification.
I also have and XM NavTraffic unit which I strongly recommend if NavTraffic is available in your area, and you travel a lot on highways. I don't listen much to XM, I usually stick to my mp3s.
I had a CD-IB100II hooked up, but I absolutely hated it. After a few weeks, I decided to remove it. The interface is very poor, you only get 1 line with 8 characters of text displayed. Changing between artists is slow, as the unit takes a long pause after every 2 or 3 button presses.
The solution I found was to buy an iPod to RCA adaptor. I have 3 RCAs i connect in the inputs of the D2. With the adaptor wired in my center arm rest, I can control the iPod with it's interface making browsing a breeze (browsing is on the iPod's screen, nothing shows in the D2's screen). In Addition, I can now play videos from my video iPod on the D2's screen. [very cool stuff].