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Good, but confusing documentation.
on November 19, 2009
I bought this car stereo to replace my old Kenwood car stereo. The big draw to it was the iPod connectivity, and frankly, that's the main reason I bought it. I was stuck with Kenwood because I already had the Kenwood Sirius module, and didn't want to go through the hassle of getting a new one for a different brand.
*Good sound quality, bright display
*When the iPod connectivity finally worked, it worked very well.
*I had a 4th gen, black and white, 20gb iPod, which is what I was intending to use with this product. I had the radio professionally installed so I could be sure everything was working correctly. When I plugged the iPod in for the first time, the stereo wouldn't play it. I read the instruction manual, and it referred me online to see which models were compatible. I went online and got a really confusing flow chart that showed the 4th gen wouldn't play, but a 5th gen (first with video) would. I sold my old iPod to a friend, and bought a used 5th gen iPod online. When it got here, it played, but only in shuffle. I called Kenwood this time and explained the situation. They told me that the 5th gen iPods will ONLY play in shuffle. I had to send that iPod back to the seller, got a refund and bought a brand new 120gb iPod classic. THAT iPod finally worked and was fully supported and I still use it to this day.
*The menus are a little tough to navigate, but it's a lot like my old radio, so I was already kind of used to it.
*Occasionally, when I turn on my car, the radio doesn't immediately turn on too. This could be a wiring problem or something, but again, I had this radio professionally installed, so I don't know. It usually turns on in under a minute, and it doesn't do it all the time, so it's just a minor annoyance.
It's a good radio for the money, and if you have a SUPPORTED IPOD, it's great. Please though, make sure yours is supported if that's why you're buying this radio, otherwise, you're going to be in for a real disappointment.