Originally Posted by alexisclouse2011
Does anyone have any experience, positive or negative, to share about any model out there? I'm just starting my search and I would love to hear some advice. Here's what I'm most looking for:
1. Good Bluetooth connectivity (and sound quality) for hands-free calling on Iphone and streaming Pandora
2. DVD player that can have emergency brake stipulation bypassed
3. Premium sound quality
4. Compatibility with my steering wheel controls
5. Clear FM Tuning
6. Built-in GPS (but not necessary)
I'm mostly interested in the sound/video quality over GPS. I don't want to spend more on a unit that's higher priced based on its GPS capabilities when I don't need it very often. Would still be nice to have though!
I currently have the 6 disc in dash changer in my 06 RAV4 Limited. Would like to stay around $400. (Possibly go with the one from OemCarGps.com?) Any help/advice will be greatly appreciated!
I don't think you will get a unit with the features you want for only $400. I wouldn't trust anything that inexpensive to be reliable or meet your expectations.
If you're willing to spend a little more than double, look at the Kenwood DNX6990HD. This unit meets all your needs and more. It's Kenwood's Excelon line so it is high end and thus a high end price. It does come with a 2 year warranty which is really rare for any electronic devices these days. Crutchfield currently sells it for $900 which includes the wiring harnesses and mounting kit specific to a RAV4. These really make the installation easy. You'll also need to buy the Metra ASWC harness for $70 to retain the steering wheel controls. I purchased mine a few weeks before Christmas and ABT Electronics was selling the Kenwood at the same time for $750 (no wiring harnesses or mounting kit included). I spent the extra money and went with Crutchfield because they provided all the extras I needed to get the installation done myself and they have great service after the sale. I called them multiple times as I did the installation and they were able to answer all my questions and walk me through things. This was the first car installation I did so having the after sale service was more important than saving the $150.
I expanded my installation as I went and included a USB hub from Amazon so I could have a USB port mounted in the dash to make map/firmware updates and charge USB devices while also using the Kenwood iPod cable. I mounted the hub under the dash and installed the USB port in one of the dummy plates next to the 12 volt outlet under the radio. Looks like it came from the factory.
The 2013 models should be coming out in a few months so if you keep an eye out I'm sure you will see the DNX6990 come down in price.
Here's my system and what I paid:
1. Kenwood DNX6990HD - $900
2. Metra ASWC steering wheel control - $70
3. Sirius XM SXV200V1 tuner - $70 (only $20 after you get a $50 rebate from Sirius)
4. SFA12F XM adapter cable - $60 on eBay. This cable plugs into your factory XM antenna so you don't need to put the XM antenna that comes with the tuner on the roof.
5. Kenwood KCA-iP202 iPod cable - $30
6. PAC USB extension cable - $20
7. Amazon Basics 4 port USB hub - $9
Total spent: $1,109. A lot of money, but much better than the factory units. I'm really impressed with how the unit works. The GPS is made by Garmin so it looks and works just like a portable Garmin unit. I'll probably add a backup camera in the future. I ran the wires for the camera from the Kenwood to the bottom of my dash so I can easily access them whenever I decide to add a camera.