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Our take on the Pioneer AVIC-F700BT

by Ken Nail
Pioneer

Why install a car stereo with built-in GPS?

Imagine taking a trip as your car's receiver gives you directions, finds the best restaurant for dinner, and plays movies for your back seat denizens. Navigation receivers cover all the bases, with GPS guidance, DVD playback, and a host of other useful features. You can search through millions of points of interest to locate gas stations, restaurants, museums, and other interesting spots, wherever you are. Most receivers offer Bluetooth capability for hands-free calling, along with the ability to search through your iPod playlists with touchscreen controls.

Note: Pioneer has developed an update for this receiver to improve navigation and Bluetooth sound quality and improve overall system performance. All receivers in our current inventory have been updated.

Please check with Pioneer or contact us for information on how to update a receiver you've already purchased from us.

Pioneer's double-sized AVIC-F700BT navigation receiver offers reliable, comprehensive GPS guidance, along with a full slate of built-in and expandable features. The 5.8" wide screen offers high-resolution graphics and a user-friendly touch panel interface — perfect for controlling your system and viewing navigation maps. Plus, you can add a camera to the rear-camera input and keep an eye out behind you when you're backing up.

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The navigation system stores over 12 million points-of-interest, guiding you to anything from takeout barbecue to the nearest gas station. The system's text-to-speech function announces street names as you go, making it easy to keep track of your location. No need to insert a navigation disc — the AVIC-F700BT stores its navigation maps in its flash memory, and its maps can be updated through the memory card slot.

The built-in Bluetooth® receiver allows you to make hands-free calls easily, with your compatible phone. Pioneer's voice-recognition software recognizes your intent and prompts you for additional information when required. Ask for Bill Jones' number, for instance, and the receiver will ask "Work, home, or cell number?" Add a Pioneer iPod® adapter, and you can use voice commands to search your iPod for music by artist, album, genre, and playlist.

The AVIC-F700BT will play MP3, WMA, and AAC files you've recorded on CDs, and you can expand your entertainment possibilities by connecting audio sources through the USB input, SD card slot, or audio/video inputs. Tap into the variety of satellite radio with a Pioneer XM or SIRIUS tuner, or add Pioneer's HD Radio tuner to enjoy the crystal-clear sound quality of HD Radio™.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with internal amp (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in navigation capability with map coverage of US, Canada, Alaska, and Hawaii, plus over 12 million points-of-interest
    • 5.8" touchscreen
    • fits double-sized dash openings
    • voice control of iPod audio (with optional adapter) and Bluetooth
    Audio features:
    • plays MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs
    • high- and low-pass filters
    • 3-band parametric equalizer with 6 preset EQ curves
    • bass boost
    Expandability:
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling
    • compatible with Pioneer iPod adapter, satellite radio, and HD Radio tuner
    • inputs: USB input, SD card slot, front-panel A/V input, rear A/V input, rear-view camera input
    • outputs: video output, 6-channel preamp outputs (front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 14 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs ---
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 2.2 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color 32,767 custom colors + sc
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front AV
    USB Input Rear
    Memory Card Slot SD/USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio Optional
    Navigation Yes
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size ---
    Nano ---
    Touch ---
    Mini ---
    iPhone ---
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 8 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No
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    What's in the box?

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    • Double-DIN CD/Navigation receiver with attached 6.5' USB cable (Type A female connector)
    • Wiring harness
    • RCA connector harness
    • 16.25' Reverse gear signal wire
    • GPS antenna with attached 16.25' cable
    • Self-adhesive metal sheet (2.75" square)
    • 5 Self-adhesive metal clamps
    • Waterproof pad
    • 8 Pan-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • 8 Flat-head ISO-DIN screws (M5 x 6mm)
    • Microphone with 13' cable (right-angle 2.5mm sub-mini plug)
    • Microphone clip
    • Adhesive pad
    • 5 Self-adhesive cable clips
    • Plastic stylus
    • Wire splicing clamp
    • Owner's Manual
    • Installation Manual
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Warranty sheet
    • Important Information for the User
    • Product Registration sheet
    • Safety warning sheet
    • iPod users sheet
    • Licenses sheet

    Our Product Research Team

    At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

    General Features
    Navigation Features
    Bluetooth Technology
    External Device Controls
    Inputs and Outputs

    General Features

    Disc Compatibility: The AVIC-F700BT has a single CD slot that is compatible with audio CDs, as well as CD-R, CD-RW, and CD-ROM discs loaded with MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV files. Discs should be recorded in ISO9660 Level 1 and 2, Romeo and Joliet. The unit will accept up to 99 folders and 999 files. It will not play DVD discs.

    Compressed Audio on CD: This unit can play the following types of compressed files:

    • MP3: bit rates of 8-320 kbps (CBR), VBR
    • WMA: bit rates of 48 to 320 kbps (CBR), VBR
    • WAV: Linear PCM, MS ADPCM
    • AAC: bit rates of 16 to 320 kbps (CBR), incompatible with Apple Lossless and files encoded with VBR

    Conversational Voice Recognition: Pioneer's VoiceBox Conversational Voice Search Platform accepts and recognizes conversational phrases and language and translates them into commands. You don't have to memorize a long list of preset commands in order to operate the unit. The system intelligently filters out superfluous sounds and phrases to accurately recognize the request. If you don't give enough information in the command, the unit will ask additional questions to clarify the request, rather than rejecting it. You can use voice commands to control your iPod or make a hands-free phone call on your Bluetooth phone.

    Video Display: This unit is equipped with a fixed 5.8" color TFT active matrix, widescreen LCD that serves as a video monitor and system information display. The display has a 16:9 aspect ratio, and a resolution of 800 x 480 for a total of 384,000 pixels. The higher resolution (compared to many navigation units with 480 x 234 displays) displays sharper, more defined images. The brightness of the video display can be adjusted for best visibility.

    Touch Screen Controls: This unit has touch screen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation easy. The screen is non-glare and smudge-resistant.

    Illumination Color Adjustment: The color of the button illumination can be set to virtually any color you desire. You can select from 8 preset colors, or choose a continuous scan of the 8 default colors. You can also create up to 3 custom colors and save them in memory. To create a custom color, you can select a value of between 00 and +32 of Red, Green, and Blue (except for R00, G00, B00). This gives you a choice of 32,767 colors.

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the AVIC-F700BT are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the AVIC-F700BT are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 14 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Continuous Power Output: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 50Hz-15kHz, 5% THD)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (or 50 watts x 2 channels at 4 ohms + 70 watts x 1 channel at 2 ohms for subwoofer)

    Easy EQ Curves: This model features 7 preset EQ curves: Super Bass, Powerful, Natural, Vocal, Custom 1, Custom 2, and Flat. The two Custom curves allow you to create and store EQ settings in memory. You can create a separate Custom 1 curve for each source, while the Custom 2 curve is used for all sources.

    3-Band Parametric Equalizer: This unit includes a 3-band parametric EQ with Selectable Q Factor. You may select Low (40Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 160Hz), Mid (200kHz, 500kHz, 1kHz, or 2kHz) and High frequency (3.15kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, or 12.5kHz) to boost or cut within a range of -12dB to +12dB. The Q factor (slope of the boost or cut) may be selected from one of the following four options: N2 (narrow), N1, W1 and W2 (wide). Selecting a narrow (steep) Q factor results in frequencies around the center frequency to be affected less by the boost or cut than they are with a wide Q factor. This feature is useful for taming frequency response problems caused by the dimensions, materials and speaker locations of a vehicle.

    Adjustable Loudness: You can select one of three different levels of loudness compensation. A "low" loudness contour provides a +3.5dB boost at 100Hz and +3dB boost at 10kHz. A "mid" boost is +10dB (100Hz) and +6.5dB (10kHz). A "high" loudness contour is +11dB at both 100Hz and 10kHz.

    Note: These Loudness contours use a reference volume level of -30dB.

    Source Level Adjustment (SLA): This function lets you adjust the volume level of each source to prevent radical changes in volume when switching between sources. Settings are based on the volume level of the FM tuner, which remains unchanged.

    High-Pass Filter: When you don't want sound in the subwoofer frequency range output from the front and rear speakers, you may activate the built-in high-pass filter. You may select a filter frequency of 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 125Hz. The high-pass filter has a slope of 12dB per octave.

    Subwoofer Preouts: In addition to the front and rear preamp outputs, there is one set of outputs for a subwoofer amplifier that may be turned on or off. When on, the outputs are non-fading, and may be set for normal or reverse phase. The built-in low-pass filter frequency can be set to 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, or 125Hz. The level of the subwoofer output can be set between -24 to +6. The low-pass filter has a slope of 18dB per octave.

    Supertuner IIID AM/FM Tuner: The Supertuner IIID features Feed Forward Control, which avoids multi-path interference. This pre-detection of interference enables quick filter control and results in less distortion. In addition, the Supertuner IIID creates enhanced stereo during multi-path interference, unlike conventional tuners that collapse to mono.

    A/V Input: The AVIC-F700BT features an audio/video input (AV1) on the RCA connector harness with an RCA composite video and stereo RCA audio jacks. In the AV Settings menu, you can set the input to one of the following:

    • Video: for connecting an external video component with RCA audio and video cables
    • iPod: for connecting an iPod using the optional CD-IU230V cable
    • EXT: for connecting a Pioneer external unit with the RCA video cable
    • Off: No video component is connected

    Auxiliary A/V Input: The unit has a front panel 3.5mm minijack input (AV2) which can be used with auxiliary audio or AV devices. The AV Settings menu allows you to set the input to Video or Off. The optional CD-RM10 miniplug-to-RCA AV adapter should be used when connecting an AV device to the unit.

    USB Input: The AVIC-F700BT has a USB input on a rear-mounted 6-1/2' pigtail for playing compressed music or video files on a USB storage device, such as a USB thumb drive or USB-based MP3 player. The unit is compatible with MP3, WMA, AAC, WAVE, and MPEG4 files. The input is USB 2.0 High Speed, and can accept USB drives up to 2 GB.

    SD Memory Card Slot: The unit has a front panel SD Memory card slot that allows you to play compressed music or video files from an SD Memory card or SDHC Memory card of up to 8 GB. You can play MP3, WMA, AAC, WAVE, and MPEG4 files.

    Optional Wired Remote Control: The AVIC-F700BT has a 3.5mm minijack on the rear panel that allows you to use one of the optional Pioneer wired remote controls: CD-MR70 or CD-MR80D (items 130CDMR70 and 130CDMR80).

    Optional Steering Wheel Control Compatibility: The unit's 3.5mm wired remote input can be used with the optional PAC SWI-PS steering wheel control interface (item #127SWIPS).

    Navigation Features

    Flash Memory Navigation: Pioneer has taken the entire TeleAtlas database, which previously required two DVDs, and compressed it into a 2 GB internal flash memory. The maps cover the entire United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada. The database provides approximately 12-million points-of-interest in 147 categores throughout the coverage area.

    Positioning Technology: The AVIC-F700BT accurately measures your current location by the Global Positioning System, a network of satellites orbiting the earth to give you time and position information. The accuracy of the GPS information depends upon how good the reception is. The unit has an 8-channel GPS receiver with a magnetic antenna included.

    Voice Guidance/Text to Speech: In addition to graphical on-screen directions and maps, the AVIC-F700BT provides voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions. You can choose a male or female voice in English, French, or Spanish. Some of the voices are capable of text-to-speech, announcing the street names along with the turn directions.

    AVIC Feeds: You can create custom Points of Interest (POIs) by using the "AVIC Feeds" utility program, available on the Pioneer website (pioneerelectronics.com). Once created, you can store the POI on an external storage device, such as a USB thumb drive or SD card, and upload the information to the unit. Other AVIC Feeds applications include Driving Report and Picture Editor.

    Bluetooth Technology

    Bluetooth Solution: The AVIC-F700BT is equipped with Pioneer's new Built-in Bluetooth Solution. You can make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver.

    Note: Not all Bluetooth-capable phones are compatible.

    Microphone: During your wireless phone call, you can talk into the head unit's included microphone, and listen to the other party through the vehicle's speaker system. The microphone features a 13' cord that plugs into the back of the radio, and comes with an adjustable visor-mount clip.

    Phone Pairing: Up to 3 Bluetooth-compatible cell phones can be registered to this head unit. You can transfer your entire phonebook at a single time to the head unit, which can memorize up to 400 entries per cellular phone.

    Echo Cancellation: The receiver offers three levels of Advanced Echo Cancellation to keep phone calls sounding loud and clear.

    External Device Controls

    iPod Compatible: You can directly control your music and videos from the AVIC-F700BT's touch screen with the optional CD-iU230V iPod Audio/Video Direct Cable (130CDIU230). The cable connects the iPod to the unit via USB for control and to the AV1 input for audio and video. The unit is compatible with the iPod nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation), 5th generation iPod, iPod classic (80, 120, 160GB), iPod touch (1st and 2nd generation), and iPhone/iPhone 3G. Video browsing and iPod album art display are available on the iPod nano (3rd/4th gen), 5G iPod, and iPod classic (80/120/160GB).

    Rear View Camera: The head unit features a function that automatically switches to the rear camera image (Rear View Camera In jack) when a rear camera (such as 130NDBC2) is installed on your vehicle. When the shift lever is in the reverse position, the screen automatically switches to the rear view camera. You can also see the image of the rear view camera during normal driving, allowing you to keep an eye on a trailer or boat you may be towing. Note: The Violet/white wire in the power/speaker harness must be connected to the backup light lead circuit in order for the unit to automatically switch to the camera view when the vehicle is in reverse gear.

    Satellite Radio Ready: You can add either XM or SIRIUS satellite radio to the AVIC-F700BT. Up to 18 stations can be set as presets (6 each for 3 XM or SIRIUS bands). The AVIC-F700BT can control optional XM or SIRIUS satellite radio tuners:

    • XM: Pioneer GEX-P920XM (130P920XM)
    • SIRIUS:
      • SiriusConnect Package for Pioneer (700SIRPION)--contains 607SCC1 + 130CDSB10
      • SiriusConnect Dock 'n Play receiver + SiriusConnect Vehicle kit (607SCVDOC1) + Pioneer CD-SB10 SiriusConnect interface (130CDSB10)

      Note: Subscriptions to XM or SIRIUS are required.

    HD Radio Ready: This unit is compatible with the optional Pioneer GEX-P10HD or GEX-P20HD HD Radio tuner, allowing you to tune available AM and FM stations broadcasting in HD. HD Radio features high quality audio, FM multi-casting, and data services. The optional HD Radio tuner connects through the IP-BUS interface.

    No Multi CD Control: This unit is not compatible with the Pioneer CDX-P680 or CDX-P1280 multi-disc CD changers.

    Inputs and Outputs

    Front Panel of Head Unit:

    • AV-2 Input: 3.5mm minijack terminal--requires the CD-RM10 to connect an external audio/video component

    Back Panel of Head Unit:

    • Power Supply: 16-pin jack for use with supplied power wiring harness (protected by a 10A mini-ATC fuse)
    • A/V In/Out: 24-pin jack for use with supplied A/V In/Out harness. In addition to preamp outputs, the harness has the following connections:
      • Front Output: stereo RCA jacks
      • Rear Output: stereo RCA jacks
      • Subwoofer Output: stereo RCA jacks (non-fading)
      • AV In: left and right RCA audio jacks and an RCA composite video jack
      • Rear View Camera In: single RCA jack for use with an optional rear view camera (such as 130NDBC2)
      • System Remote Control: blue/white turn-on lead for connected external equipment such as amplifiers (constantly energized as long as ignition switch is on)
      • Mute: yellow/black lead to be used with equipment with a mute function, such as a cellular phone
    • IP-BUS In: 11-pin jack that allows you to connect an optional Pioneer device (satellite radio, HD radio, etc.)
    • Wired Remote: 3.5mm minijack for use with an optional wired remote (130CDMR70) or steering wheel control interface (127SWIPS)
    • Antenna In: female Motorola jack
    • USB: female Type A USB connection on a 6-1/2' pigtail
    • Microphone In: 2.5mm sub-minijack for connecting the supplied microphone
    • GPS: jack for use with supplied GPS antenna
     

    Note (November 2008): Pioneer has developed an update for this receiver to improve navigation and Bluetooth sound quality and improve overall system performance. Crutchfield customers who have purchased this Pioneer model will receive the update free of charge, and we have updated our current inventory with 2.0 software. Please contact us for information on how to update a receiver you've already purchased from us.

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    1 out of 5

    Worst GPS on the market!

    Written By Anonymous, San Jose, CA on Thursday, June 25, 2009
     
    This is by far the worst GPS I have ever seen. In fact, it is the worst electronic product I have ever seen. I constantly was told I had arrived at my destination with my destination nowhere in sight. The turn arrow disappeared constantly. Everyone I talked to said they couldn't hear me on the bluetooth.

    The only thing worse than the quality of this product is Pioneer Customer Service. I sent the unit back twice and it returned with the same problems. The customer service reps were not at all helpfull.

    AVOID PIONEER!!!
    1 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer AVIC-F700BT

    Written By Jeffrey, Springfield, OR on Friday, May 22, 2009
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    For the money, I don't think you can beat it. Read a lot of reviews on it before purchasing. I was skeptical at first, but so far, no problems. I think the big thing is following the install instructions. GPS works fine, Ipod function is great. Sometimes it doesn't pick up the ipod, but just disconnect and plug back in. No big deal. It does take a short time to boot up, but once it does, runs fine. Was going to buy one for my truck, but I hear the unit has been discontinued.
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    4 out of 5

    Good but could use some polish

    Written By Anthony, Hayward, CA on Monday, May 18, 2009
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    Boot up time is fine running V2.0 of the firmware. Nearly as quick as my Honda Odyssey factory nav system. Unfortunately it won't display realitive North in 2D mode, only in 3D mode.

    Audio is fine. SD and CD work just fine. Haven't tried USB yet. Doesn't seem to be able to speak to the system and tell it to play artist Nickleback when it's on SD or CD. Seems to be on iPod only feature.

    Blue tooth sorely is disappoininting. Unfortunately I've been spoiled by the Parrot in my Honda. I don't seem to be able to reliably connect to phones. It's caused some phones to reboot while attempting to synchronize phone books. The whole synch process is convoluted and unreliable. You can't synch addresses from your phone to the nav system to navigate to someone from your phone. I can't directly speak to my phone. My phone has all the voice recognition features I need, but I need to be able to talk to it just like I do with my ear piece. This nav system won't let me.
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    5 out of 5

    AVIC-F700BT

    Written By Tony, Anchoarge, Alaska on Monday, May 11, 2009
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    I love this system. The maps are up to date. The bluetooth works well and the IPod connector works great. The radio does take about 20 seconds to boot but I have a remote start on my truck, so the radio is waiting for me. Too bad this radio has been discontinued because not everyone needs a DVD player.
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    3 out of 5

    Nav is the best feature

    Written By Randy, Harrisonville, MO on Friday, May 08, 2009
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    This radio looks impressive, but..........the volume knob is too big and thin and too close to the unit to operate easily. It needs to be thicker so your finger grasps it better. The installation manual that came with it for my car(2006 Monte Carlo) showed the wrong colored wires and the connections listed were wrong. (ie, AM wouldn't work until I put together wire "a" which listed no connection, and wire "b" which had 12v power but showed no connection.) Tech line guys were all helpful and friendly, and I probably talked to half of them. Too many other small problems with installation to mention. Radio is underpowered, and touch screen varies from sensitive to not. EQ is worthless. The origional radio sounded much better. I would not do the radio swap if I had to do it over again.
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    2 out of 5

    You Get What You pay For

    Written By Kevin, Princeton, WV on Wednesday, May 06, 2009
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    When I initially did my research this model looked very good... Then I get it and discovered a few things PIONEER needs to fix. The Maps really need to be updated. My 2 year old GARMIN had better maps! I found them to be outdated as much as 5 years. The Bluetooth compatibility is terrible! I have a Blackberry 8830 and used to have a Parrot for the phone. The connection is terrible and the overall usability is a step back from the Parrot.
    Just rember you get what you pay for! If you want a low to mid unit this may be for you. The only thing this unit really did to help me was to unclutter my dash.
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    4 out of 5

    great unit for the price

    Written By Michael, IL on Sunday, May 03, 2009
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    great unit and easy to install, i have no complaints about this item
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    4 out of 5

    Good not Great

    Written By Tom, E. Norriton, PA on Tuesday, April 14, 2009
     
    I just recently had this unit installed and I'm very satisfied with it, besides being a little slow everything seems to word great. The only real problem is the voice recognition for the phone it doesn't work for names, but works great for source and numbers. Over all I am very satisfied.



    Tom
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    4 out of 5

    AVIC F700BT

    Written By Robert, Charlotte, NC on Monday, April 13, 2009
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    Nice unit. Haven't had an opportunity to use the navigation. The XM works well, but I cannot get my iPod to work with the F700. It is one of the first iPods out and the message I get on the screen says something about a compatability issue. I'm back using an fm modulator for the iPod.
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    1 out of 5

    Very Weak, Even with 2.0 Update

    Written By Robert, Denver, CO on Saturday, February 21, 2009
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    I just finished unistalling this unit and sending it back to Crutchfield. Don not make the same mistake... This unit is severly underpowered and is incredibly slow, even though mine shipped with the 2.0 update already installed. I cannot imagine how slow it must have been before!

    There is simply a massive lack of proccessor power and the unit cannot support the functions and features that are available in it. It struggled to just keep the GPS working by itself, let alone play music at the same time. I could never find the SD memory card and rountinely could not find the USB drive either. The unit always lost my audio settings at random times, which led to blowing a set of my speakers. This unit is just poor and should have never been made, let alone put out on the market for purchase.
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    4 out of 5

    Great with a few quirks

    Written By Eric, Denver, CO on Thursday, February 19, 2009
     
    After doing some review hunting, and testing this out in a couple of local car stereo places, we decided to get this deck for my wife's 08 Matrix. I agree with some of the reviews on here, and I have to mention, that after making sure the firmware and bluetooth software were up to date, 90% of our complaints went away.

    The good. Navigation is pretty decent. Occasionally it takes us a silly way, but normally is spot on. XM Radio works great, and moving from one thing to the next is great. The Navigation search function is fairly intuitive, and has already saved us a couple of times.

    The Bad:
    #1) the ipod randomly doesn't come back when you start up. Once it loses that connectivity, you have to reattach the ipod, and wait for it to update the VR Stuff
    #2) Voice commands can be kind of flaky.
    #3) if you have multiple phone numbers for a contact, it calls the first number on the contact list for that person, it doesn't give you a choice.
    #4) again, it doesn't really doesn't show you the difference between phone numbers if you have multiples for people (and more contact types than the pioneer supports)
    #5) Restaurant search. One complaint on the navigation, there is no category search for restaurants (like there is with Garmin Units)

    Honestly, the system rocks, with a couple of bugs.
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    5 out of 5

    Overall, not bad

    Written By Joe, Clayton, NC on Monday, February 09, 2009
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    I needed to replace the factory unit in my 07 Trailblazer, and I bought the last open box for about $150 more than it would of cost to get a replacement cd/xm/am/fm from the dealer. Now I have bluetooth, iPod, Nav, etc etc. Steering wheel controls work good, voice recognition works good, iPod interface works good, bluetooth works good, navigation works good. I saved a couple hundred bucks getting this one over the DVD version because I have a portable dvd player so I just picked up the CD-RM10 Composite A/V-To-Aux Input Cable to plug it right into the front port. Hookup was a snap with all the free gear that came with the order. The software for your pc to add POI's and settings via SD card is also a really nice feature.

    As far as the slowness, if your last setting was FM radio when you turned the vehicle off, the next time you get in the vehicle I would say it takes roughly 10 seconds for the radio to start playing (a little longer when in iPod mode). The unit has not booted completely but at least you have some noise while you're backing out of your driveway. The unit is fully up and running by time I leave my neighborhood so I'm happy with that.
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    4 out of 5

    AVIC 700B

    Written By gerald, Upper Marlboro MD on Friday, February 06, 2009
     
    Overall good product. Pros - sound quality and radio tuning are good, equalizer settings are good and easy to change. The USB port and SD card port are a great feature and work well. I have almost all my CD's loaded into the USB and SD port. It was compatible with an 8GB chip (SDHC). The navigation works well and the jack in the front is really a small video jack but you can use it for audio (I do and it works fine for my XM radio). For the price, you would be hard put to find any reciever that sounds as good as this and has more features.
    Cons: Still a bit slow to boot up ~ 20 seconds with 2.0 software. Once in a great while a function locks out and you have to reboot the reciever. Voice commands don't work well. I have a diesel truck and I don't think the reciever likes the cabin noise.

    The Crutchfield install kit worked perfectly - I would not recommend trying to install this reciever without one. The adapter plug worked perfectly and all wires were marked correctly. the bezel adapter and frame kit worked well and looks professional (you need the bezel as the 700B is slightly smaller than a factory Ford radio). I soldered the wires and used heat shrink to keep the wiring adapter from becoming a big wad behind the reciever. I mounted the satellite antenna forward on the dash very close the the windshield centerline and it works well. The cable to the antenna is rather thick and would be difficult to hide outside your vehicle.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer AVIC-F700BT

    Written By Michael, MA on Monday, January 12, 2009
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    My first impression was that the sound quality was noticeably better than the factory head unit.

    I'd say it takes about 20 seconds for the screen to turn on. Prior to Pioneer's update this could have been closer to a minute. (All new units now ship with the update already installed). The nice thing though is that the audio will come on within 2-5 seconds.

    So far, the navigation has been spot on. I think the Garmin units are slightly better (for example the Garmin voice says the street names), but Pioneer's system isn't too bad. If you adjust the settings accordingly, it will zoom in as you approach a turn, and for the most part be very easy to understand. My one complaint so far is that the voice prompts are a bit too frequent.

    I have no need to watch a DVD while I'm driving so only having a CD player is not a drawback. The nice thing is that it can read mp3 CDs. So you can put a lot of music on 1 CD and not have to worry about changing discs for a while.

    The iPod adapter works great. It takes a minute or so to load up when you connect it, but once connected you can browse the ipod right on the screen.

    I chose the XM tuner because pioneer makes it. A different company makes the Sirius tuner. The XM radio interface is user-friendly. You can view the channels as a list, sort by category, or list presets. For most stations there's a picture that's displayed and 2 lines of text showing the song name and artist.
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    3 out of 5

    Read the Specs - A Bit Dissapointed

    Written By Steve C, St. Louis, MO on Sunday, December 28, 2008
     
    You will need to purchase a seperate blue tooth interface if you wish to take advantage of voice commands, and hands free calling. I have a hard time dialing via voice command using a contact name and when I speak a number, it often misdials. The navigation side of the unit is pretty decent, but out of date. There are some areas that have undergone construction in my city and I often get a route recalculation error when I'm driving. This unit IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH XM NAV, MSN DIRECT, or any other traffic service. I use Sirius' traffic channel but I would really rather have the information overlayed onto the GPS map. The Sirius source display screen is a joke. There are 2 sirius logo's and an on air notice above a grey box. The Sirius emblem next to the on/off air notice is usefull to indicate source, but whats with the 2nd logo? The grey box has a few display options to show song title, or composer, or channel information; but only has one scrolling line and will only show one item. I find this to be extremely annoying. The box for this information has more than enough room to have up to six lines of text but there is no way to set it up. It seems like it would be more usefull to lose the 2nd (huge) Sirius logo and free up process for more usefull information or at the very least, an option to display two bits of information in the one scrolling line.
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer AVIC-F700BT

    Written By Wilbur, East Brunswick, NJ on Monday, December 01, 2008
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    My unit came with the 2.0 software update.

    If I have the FM on when I turn it off, the radio turns on in a few seconds when I restart the car.

    If my 16 GB iPod nano is on when I turn it off, when I restart the car, it takes about 30 seconds for it to start up.

    I get the GPS navigation disclaimer screen in about 30 seconds from startup.

    Pairing with my mobile phone takes about a minute or so.

    Bottom line, I can live with the boot time. Do I wish it was faster? Of course. But the functionality that comes with this unit makes up for it.

    A few nitpicks:

    - Radio reception is not quite as good as the stock unit I replaced, but just by a little bit, and only for distant radio stations (listening to Philadelphia stations in central NJ).
    - GPS points of interest are pretty sparse in more rural areas.
    - I had problems with transferring the address book on my phone (Motorola Z9) to the F700BT. I had multiple entries with the same name without mention of whether it was the home, work, or mobile number. There is a workaround: copy the phone book database file from the F700BT to your computer using an SD card, edit the file, and copy it back again, but this process should be smoother. This is probably a phone compatibility issue, probably because my phone recognizes more phone number types (fax, pager) than the F700BT (home, work, mobile).
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    3 out of 5

    Nice, but far from great

    Written By Marcus, Fort Smith, AR on Thursday, October 23, 2008
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    For starters, after reading previous reviews, I was ready for the boot-time lag. It is a computer after all.

    Pros: I had it installed to the standard sound system in my car (Toyota LE) and it sounds fantastic.

    The navigation system reflects all the bells and whistles that a factory installed system has.

    Cons: The sensitivity of the touch screen is high some times and other times I almost have to poke the screen to get a reaction.

    The navigation system lags a few seconds at times. I'm not sure, however, if this is due to the location of the antenna.

    I would have preferred a hard copy user's manual. Instead, Pioneer furnished a CD with an Adobe Acrobat file. I wanted to just "dive in" and start using the system, but reading the entire users manual is a must.

    The broken, robotic, female English voice used for navigation is something I would have expected to hear in the early 1980's, not with today's technology--shame on Pioneer!

    The volume control is way too small and difficult to use.

    Bottom line: I could have purchased my Camry with a factory Navigation System but declined so I could install this one afterward. This has more options and inputs, but is not worth the frustration. I wanted to show it off, but feel embarrassed when it doesn't react. There must be something better.
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    3 out of 5

    Lots of features, not great performance

    Written By Stephen, Ft Lauderdale, FL on Saturday, October 11, 2008
     
    As mentioned in every single review so far, hands down the worst feature is the dog slow boot up times... it's absolutely unfathomable that Pioneer let these units out the door as is (and again as mentioned previously, this is even after the "big firmware" update)

    Pros:

    - iPod interface = good

    - Plays video, including control, from both old iPods and the newer ones (iPhone, iTouch).. something the D-series can't do

    - SD card reader works fine, although it insists at starting at the beginning of the last played song when turned off... it also doesn't "remember" what page of folders/songs you were on while going into and out of folders

    - Paired with my iPhone just fine, call quality is great

    - Navigation is neat and functional, but i miss the operational controls of my old D3... for instance, the D3 made it super easy to search for "Wendys in Robbinsville, NC", this new unit is a 5 min process to get that information

    - Nice/Easy EQ settings

    - Sounds great

    - Nav data internal instead of requiring a DVD be in place all the time (like D3) or requiring a whole DVD slot just for nav (like D1)

    Cons:

    - Startup time = the worst ever

    - Voice recognition is spotty at best

    - Too many button pushes to accomplish simple Navigation tasks

    - Sometimes loses connection with iPod... requiring me to reach into the glovebox, unplug it, then plug it back in to re-recognize

    - Different GPS antenna plug than older units (but it the plastic ending on the cables *are* interchangeable)
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    2 out of 5

    Pioneer AVIC-F700BT

    Written By Ozark, The Ozark Mountains on Friday, September 19, 2008
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    Unbelievably slow to boot up, even with the new firmware. After about 2.5 minutes the unit is fully functional; assuming that you didn't push any buttons or touch the screen while it was booting. If you did, it may flash any screen until it figures out what you've done. Lags badly.

    My first unit had a blinking screen issue, in that after a minute the screen would go blank for about a second and then come back on. Then occasionally it would blink while I was driving. Not a loose connection or ground problem. Crutchfield was great to send out another unit immediately.

    Got the second unit in and about 1 time in 3 the unit had no idea that an ipod was connected to it. Usually unplugging the ipod and replugging it resolved the problem but then, that's not acceptable.

    Bluetooth works GREAT with exceptional sound on both ends of the conversation. Phonebook is handled extremely badly by the unit. If you have more than one number for a contact it simply duplicates the name in the contacts list with no way to tell which number is for home/work/cell, etc. It also appends "general" to every number in the phonebook. For example if you told it to call home, it would reply "calling home general". Goofy!

    Voice recognition works well on the phone side but hit and miss on the ipod side. It won't consistently control the ipod as it doesn't recognize well.

    Too many bugs and way to sllllloooooooooooowwww. Going Kenwood.
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    5 out of 5

    Cant live With out it.....

    Written By ALVIZ69, Oceanside, CA on Friday, August 15, 2008
     
    First thing first...the start up is bad and i mean really bad however when the unit is finally up and running then all your sadness just goes away. I dont know about anyone else who has purchased this product but i recived a bad unit when my phone paired up with it turned off..lol. i exchanged and that was the end of that. the voice control is great for the price and the eq for your music is the best that i have ever come by. the navi is also great it really works and it works too well sometimes. the navi loads the maps lighting quick faster than my tom tom and it finds poi's faster too. enough of that though where this unit really shines is the menus they have large print so its ez to go back and forth but most of all how it sorts your mp3's through a thumb drive or an sd card. it does it with ease and with style i love how they give you 3 different ways to look at the track info. if you have amps and extra video adapters like a gamecube this ais the unit for you or for anyone at that. if you live in california teh bluetooth on this unit is worth it alone just as long you dont get the same problem i had.


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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer AVIC-F700BT

    Written By Jason, Manchester, NH on Monday, July 07, 2008
     
    About what I expected for the price. Audio is good, Ipod adapter is working great, although I am new to the world of Ipod to begin with. Navigation is working great, although the screen is hard to see during the day (as located in my F250). Having multiple input sources is handy. Boot time is acceptable only because it does give you the back-up camera and the audio picks up where you left off very quickly, you do need to wait for full functionality.
    I have all but given up on the bluetooth. Voice quality is poor on the other end. My phonebook transfered, but I lost too much info in the process.
    All in all, I am happy with it as a multi-function piece at a reasonable price.
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    2 out of 5

    Could Have Been Great, But Lots of Bugs

    Written By i9im, San Diego, CA on Monday, June 30, 2008
     
    The unit has a lot of problems with poor bluetooth quality (people can't hear you clearly), extremely slow startup time, and interface freezes. Sometimes the button presses take several seconds to register.

    The display is crisp, but tends to wash out in sunlight.

    GPS reception is fine and the routing seems adequate. The SD card slot reads by 4 GB micro-SDHC (using supplied adapter) just fine.

    I will probably return the unit because I need better quality bluetooth. I have experimented with different microphone positions, but even the best position is not very good while moving.

    There are rumors of a firmware update from Pioneer, so hopefully Pioneer will address these issues, allowing the unit to realize its potential.
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    2 out of 5

    Good...when it works

    Written By zmeister22, Omaha, NE on Wednesday, June 25, 2008
     
    Positives are the voice control (sometimes shaky but rather outstanding
    considering the price), bright display, good information on POIs, the SD card
    port and the audio quality.

    Negatives are the incredible amount of glitches this thing has.

    1) The boot time is HORRENDOUS. At least 3 minutes before the thing is
    fully functional and at1.5 before the touch screen will let you do anything
    and what you can do is stuck with a 6-7 second lag time.
    2) The VS Catalog function to link my iPod took forever. If it was a one time
    thing that would be OK, but it keeps doing it every time.
    3) Bluetooth is absolutely unusable. I have to shout for people to hear me
    and even then they say I sound like I'm miles away. I have tried three
    different positions for mounting the microphone and no one position work
    any better. I currently have the mic mounted on my
    steering column and have to yell into it for it to work. Basically not worth it.
    4) Bluetooth connectivity is not that great. When you call somebody, if you
    press hang-up before they answer the unit freezes. Now it just always
    says "Fatal Application Error, Program: Tel" and the Bluetooth shuts off and
    the unit continually tired to reboot until I turn off my phone. It reboots one
    more time and then work just fine. I have tried reseting the entire unit
    (lost all of my settings) and also tried disconnecting the battery for ten
    minutes and restarting it. Still no bluetooth at all.
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