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by Ken Nail
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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.

Pioneer's double-sized AVIC-F900BT navigation receiver offers DVD playback, along with a full slate of built-in and expandable features. A built-in MSN® Direct tuner provides real-time traffic and weather reports, along with instant access to movie times, restaurants, and more in most major cities — and you'll get a free, three-month membership with the AVIC-F900BT. The 5.8" wide screen offers high-resolution graphics and a user-friendly touch panel interface.

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-F900BT stores its navigation maps in its flash memory, and its maps can be updated through the memory card slot.

You can make hands-free calls easily, thanks to the built-in Bluetooth® receiver and Pioneer's Conversational Voice Control. The intelligent voice-recognition software recognizes your intent and prompts you for additional information when required. Add a Pioneer iPod® adapter, and you can use voice commands to search your iPod for music by artist, album, genre, and playlist.

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.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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Highlights:

    General features:
    • navigation receiver with internal amp (14 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • 5.8" touchscreen
    • fits double-sized dash openings
    • voice control of iPod audio (with optional adapter) and Bluetooth
    • built-in MSN Direct data services (three-month trial subscription included), for real-time traffic, weather reports, and more in most major cities (to use MSN Direct services along with an optional HD Radio tuner will require this antenna adapter)
    • map coverage of US, Canada, Alaska, and Hawaii, with over 12 million points-of-interest
    Audio/video features:
    • plays MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV files recorded on CD-ROM, CD-R, and CD-RW discs
    • supports video playback from DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, with DivX playback from DVD/CD and MPEG4 playback from USB/SD
    • 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, 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:

    Check out this Pioneer video about the AVIC-F900BT's built-in MSN Direct receiver:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    14 watts
    Peak Output
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    50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2.2 volts
    Display Color
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    Key Button Color
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    32,767 custom colors
    EQ Bands
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    3
    Wireless Remote
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    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Yes
    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Front AV
    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    SD/USB
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    Optional
    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
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    Nano
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    Touch
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    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Tuner
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    8 dBf
    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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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
    • 16.25' Speed sensing 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

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

    General Features

    Disc Compatibility: The AVIC-F900BT has a single DVD slot that is compatible with DVD-Video, audio CDs, as well as DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-R DL, and CD-R, CD-RW discs loaded with MP3, WMA, AAC, and DivX files. Discs should be recorded in ISO9660 Level 1 and 2, Romeo, Joliet or UDF 1.02. The unit will accept up to 255 folders and 3500 files.

    Compressed Audio on a CD-R/RW and DVD-R/RW: This unit can play the following types of compressed files:

    • MP3: bit rates of 8 to 320 kbps (CBR), VBR
    • WMA: bit rates of 5 to 320 kbps (CBR), VBR
    • AAC: bit rates of 16 to 320 kbps (CBR), incompatible with Apple Lossless and files encoded with VBR
    • DivX: bit rates of 8 to 320 kbps (CBR), VBR, 720 x 576 pixels, 4GB maximum file size

    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.

    Note: To prevent displaying video while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire in the supplied 16-pin harness must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. While the vehicle is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view all of the other displays and menus.

    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-F900BT 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-F900BT 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-F900BT 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 mini-jack 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 mini-plug-to-RCA AV adapter should be used when connecting an AV device to the unit.

    USB Input: The AVIC-F900BT 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, WAV, 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, WAV, and MPEG4 files.

    Optional Wired Remote Control: The AVIC-F900BT 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 categories throughout the coverage area.

    Positioning Technology: The AVIC-F900BT 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. The AVIC-F900BT also features a speed sensing cable for better accuracy of your vehicle's movement.

    Voice Guidance/Text to Speech: In addition to graphical on-screen directions and maps, the AVIC-F900BT 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.

    MSN Direct Tuner: The AVIC-F900BT comes equipped with a built-in MSN Direct tuner. This allows you to see updated road conditions, search for movie times, find the best gas deals in your area, and get directions. You can also see current conditions and the three-day forecast to better plan your day. When the navigation system receives updated traffic information, it will overlay the traffic information on your map and also display detailed text information when available. The navigation system will take in account the traffic information and try to avoid traffic jams and suggest better routes. The service is available through the MSN Direct data subscription service.

    Bluetooth Technology

    Bluetooth Solution: The AVIC-F900BT 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-F900BT'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, and 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 generation), 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-F900BT. Up to 18 stations can be set as presets (6 each for 3 XM or SIRIUS bands). The AVIC-F900BT 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.

    Note: If you add the GEX-P10HD HD Radio tuner and subscribe to MSN Direct, the 12040UV44 antenna Y-adapter is needed.

    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
      • Video Output: composite video output for connecting unit to an external monitor
      • 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
    • Digital Output: 3.5mm digital output for connecting an external Dolby Digital surround processor
    • 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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    3 out of 5

    Looks nice . . . but leaves some things to be desired

    Written By Phi, Houston, TX on Thursday, May 28, 2009
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    The unit is nice looking with clean aesthetics. Controls are easy and the lights are nice, so you will receive compliments on the looks of the unit.

    I own a separate Garmin Nav unit. Compared to the Garmin, this nav unit is far inferior. Besides the difficulty in setting destinations that others have pointed out (its a cake walk with a Garmin), the options are very limited in what you can do. For example, the voice always has to come on and cut off your music to tell you where to turn. I'm still looking for a method to turn off the voice so that just directions on the map show up. Input functionality is very difficult compared to most navi units. The maps are fairly updated.

    DVD/CD Player - works well, the sound is good, however you lose the ability from Infiniti on the automatic sound adjust based on your speed, which I liked.

    The use of SD memory card for music or files is fantastic. It's nice to put the music I want onto a large 8 gig memory SD card, pop it into the player and hear the songs I want. No more spending time buring all my favorite songs onto 1 CD.

    The bootup time is slower than molasses and it can be annoying as it does take almost up to a minute to boot up. The radio comes on within about 8 seconds, but if you were on SD memory or CD player, you won't hear any sound for a long time.
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    2 out of 5

    Software Issues

    Written By Carl, Suffolk, Va on Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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    After four months one night the back up cammera didn't work, the next day the Pioneer logo came up on the screen but then after 20 seconds the software locks up and the unit won't do anything, I call Crutchfield they refered me to Pioneer. I had to uninstall the unit and send it to Pioneer today expected turn around time is three weeks. Verry disapointed one that I had this problem and two that the turn around time is so long.
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    1 out of 5

    junk

    Written By brad, La on Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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    Ive had many different pioneer headunits (6800 most recent) and loved them all. i purchased the f900 thinking it would great.... completely dissapointed! garbage. did the 2.0 update and its still a peace of junk. dont kid ureself.... it slow and unresponsive. poor audio also. i have over 4000 watts and know sound quality. put my friends base model high voltage pioneer headunit (4100 i believe) in my truck and sounded damaticly better.
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    4 out of 5

    Good all around unit

    Written By szodjo, Houston, TX on Monday, April 13, 2009
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    I'm very satisfied with my purchase of the F900BT.

    Music:
    Sounds good, has a customizable EQ, pre-outs for a sub and multiple music sources (optional HD and/or Sirius/XM, built in FM/AM/CD/DVD).The lack of a button/knob to cycle through presets on the radio makes it difficult to surf channels without looking at the radio.

    DVD:
    The picture quality is good but not excellent. The on screen controls are easy to use.

    NAV:
    The system loads up much quicker than a Tom Tom or Garmin but does not have as many features. Map modes are static and it is difficult to configure the NAV during use, it must be done beforehand. The nav has decent routes and is very accurate. It works for getting you from point A to B which was my requirement. I have not tried MSN integration but that promises additional features.

    Phone Integration:
    This works pretty well. Easily recognized my iPhone. It takes a while to connect so don't expect to start your car and be immediately on the phone. There's about a 60 second delay for me. Voice quality is good and since you can position the mic yourself, you can set up a good position for clarity. My contacts took a long time to transfer from my phone but they did transfer which is a great feature as the system shows who is calling.

    Overall, I think this unit has great features for the price. Adding zoom to the navigation map and a knob to scroll through presets on the radio would make it a 5 out of 5 for my uses.
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    5 out of 5

    Great product

    Written By tinAZ, AZ on Monday, April 13, 2009
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    So far this is an outstanding unit. I had little trouble with the install (self installed in about 12hrs) and the fit and finish with the installation kit was perfect. As stated in some of the other reviews there is a lag in the start-up but not a big deal. One other issue I have is there is no way to cut off the speakers to allow my kids to watch a movie through the headrest monitors and use the wireless headsets.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome system

    Written By Bruce, Savannah GA on Wednesday, April 08, 2009
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    I reviewed every system that I could to make sure I was getting the best for less. This system aways come out on top. I even checked other systems at there home sites and done an extensive Q&A on other sites. I am totally happy with this unit. The unit is well designed and well made for your enjoyment. The best is Crutchfield make sure you get everything you need to install it properly and is very customer driven.
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    5 out of 5

    PIONEER AVIC F900 BT

    Written By STEBO000, ELMIRA NY on Wednesday, February 04, 2009
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    I RECENTLY PURCHASED THE PIONEER AVIC F900 BT FROM CRUTCHFIELD. I ALMOST PURCHASED THE SAME RADIO FROM TWO RETAIL STORES FOR 1,200. AFTER SEEING HOW MUCH CRUTCHFIELD WAS SELLING IT FOR WITH THE BACK UP CAMERA I KNEW I HAD A BARGAIN.I HAD THE RADIO PROFESSIONALLY INSTALLED AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU BESIDE THE 8 SECOND START UP TIME THIS RADIO IS THE BEST ONE I EVER HAD. PEOPLE WHO ARE PUTTING REVIEWS THAT THE KENWOOD IS BETTER SHOULD LOOK AGAIN. MY NAVIGATION DIRECTS ME TO WERE I'M GOING AND EVEN IF I MAKE A WRONG TURN. IT ALSO TELLS ME WHEN I'M OVER THE SPEED LIMIT.I ALSO HAVE SIRIUS SATTELITE RADIO AND AN I POD HOOKED UP.IT'S CRYSTAL CLEAR AND MAKES MY TWO KICKER 12'S ROCK.YOU CAN ALSO WATCH DVD'S AND VIDEO'S FROM YOUR IPOD WHEN STATIONERY WHICH IS A PRETTY COOL FEATURE ALSO.THE BACK UP CAMERA BY BOYO SHOWS A WIDE SCREEN AND IS CRYSTAL CLEAR WHEN BACKING UP. TRUST ME ON THIS THE AVIC F900BT IS DEFINENTLY WORTH THE MONEY AND IF YOU HAVE IT PROFESSIONALLY INSTALLED YOU'LL BE TURNING HEADS BY PEOPLE LOOKING IN YOUR CARE CHECKIN OUT YOUR NAVIGATION. THANKS AGAIN TO PIONEER AND CRUTCHFIELD FOR HOOKING ME UP. STEVE
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    3 out of 5

    OK unit

    Written By Doug, So Cal on Monday, February 02, 2009
     
    I had one of these installed by a car dealer as part of the purchase. Here's my thoughts:

    Navigation: If haven't owned a GPS before, you will like this. If you have, you will find this one lacking in some areas. In 2D mode you can't change the orientation of the map. The GPS "displayed info" is much too small to be easily read while moving. Also, white numbers on a beige background are hard to read. "Night" colors work better. If you want the POIs to show up on the map, you have to turn them on individually. That will take at least an hour of programming. TTS sounds very "digital". IMO the Garmin interface is better.

    Music: Fantastic! The control over your music is much better on this unit than any other I've ever used. Easy to adjust the EQ, balance etc., due to the large display.

    DVD: Works fine, but you can't use it while driving. If you're watching movies while driving you shouldn't be allowed on the road anyway.

    Bluetooth: Doesn't work at all with my Treo 750 using Windows Mobile 6. Called Pioneer and they told me it probably wouldn't work. Very poor planning from Pioneer. They should work to make a patch to enable this feature for Windows Mobile users.

    Voice Recognition: This works great and is a nifty addition. Easily switch between sources and make calls (if you can get Bluetooth to work).
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    4 out of 5

    Great Unit

    Written By Woody, Eatonville, Wa on Thursday, January 29, 2009
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    I had this unit installed in a 06 Kia Sedona and it looks very nice. It is a great unit for a family vehicle has all the features that I was looking for in a unit, with backup camera, cd / dvd player and navigation plus Bluetooth and IPod ready can't beat the price for a all in one unit. I find it very simple to operate. The boot up time is kind of slow but after a time you will not notice it. It has a nice size screen for viewing your video media. I also attached minds to headrest monitors so I could control what was playing in the rear of the vehicle. I also like the touch screen it has easy to go from one feature to another. All in all I am pleased with this unit.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer AVIC-F900BT

    Written By Bartlomiej, New York on Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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    Best performing Pioneer ever. Installation process took my technician about an hour, and from that point on it's been nothing but smooth sailing. Navi's great clear and easy to set up the way you like it. Audio and Video quality as always superb from Pioneer. Can't go wrong with this product.
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    5 out of 5

    Pioneer AVIC-F900BT

    Written By Angie, Virginia Beach, VA on Monday, January 26, 2009
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    After reading all the bad reviews on the F900BT before the software update, I decided to go with it anyway. I can't be more pleased. Mine came already updated with 2.0 and works flawlessly. Boot up time is very minimal even when reading off an ipod or usb. I would definitely recommend this product and Crutchfield for thier excellent support.
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer AVIC-F900BT

    Written By Michael, Orange, Texas on Sunday, January 25, 2009
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    I had this unit installed in a 2002 Trailblazer. Crutchfield made sure that I received all the hardware needed to do it right. I received the unit and it had a bad screen. Crutchfield sent a new unit with no questions asked. I reinstalled it and it works fine. I would love a little quicker bootup but it is not really a problem. It would also be nice to have a little more control of the navigation system. I also have a Tom Tom 920 and can easily reroute a trip to take the roads I choose. This system does not have quite the flexibility but is very accurate. Hats off to Crutchfield.
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    4 out of 5

    Fantastic Navigation System

    Written By greygabe, West Lafayette, IN on Sunday, January 25, 2009
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    The system is fantastic overall. There are no systems that have any major feature that this does not. But the real advantage is that the user interface looks good doing it. Most after market systems look like a video game from the DOS age. This had high resolution smooth rounded corners on every button, and it makes a big difference.

    It's operating speed is not nearly as bad as people say, but the slow boot time does get annoying. At least during the winter I can let it boot while I'm scraping ice off the windshield :)

    My personal favorite thing about the system is how hackable this thing is if you're in to that stuff. Customized buttons can be placed anywhere. The displayed information can be changed to however you'd like it. It's just fun to play around with.

    I wouldn't surprised if version 3.0 of the software comes out this year and fixes most of the boot time. The hardware it has is capable of a lot.
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    4 out of 5

    better than others expectations

    Written By delagrotte, san diego on Saturday, January 24, 2009
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    i read all the past reviews before i purchased and thought id give it a shot anyways. i had it installed with the install card and the shop was excellent. the audio play of ipods and cds is great. no conflicts with the ipod/navi. the dvd player is easy to use and plays just fine. navigation controls are simple. it takes a few seconds for system starts up (literally a few seconds). the directions and mapping are excellent. my only problem is the blue tooth. i can connect and make calls but i cant be heard. in the future it may be fixed by pioneer. other than that its a fine device.
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    4 out of 5

    Almost a 5

    Written By Russell, Sacramento, CA on Monday, January 19, 2009
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    What can't I say about this unit? It looks great, it works great, and it sounds awesome. Thanks to Crutchfield's installation guides it wasn't been that bad of an installation. I got it with the Pioneer GEX-P920XM Sattelite tuner and it works flawlessly. As much as the 15-30 second boot time sucks, it far outperforms the factory radio from Nissan in my XTerra. The only real complaint I have is that the GPS doesn't have as much information as I would like. The route finder is pretty accurate as far as direction to where I'm going, but in residential areas where the streets are close together it doesn't always realize that you made a turn when you were
    supposed to and recalculates as though you went straight. The MSN direct function also doesn't really have a lot of info that accessible while driving.
    Most of those functions require you to be parked. But the audio, reception, and functions are great. I can actually see the cracks in my driveway on
    screen with the rear view camera. For the price, I can't imagine a better unit.
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    5 out of 5

    Best Christmas Gift ever!

    Written By Nate, Bowie, MD on Tuesday, January 06, 2009
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    My wife gave this unit to me for xmas and I had a local shop install it. I love every feature of the Pioneer. The boot up is about 10-15 seconds, which I can live with it. I use the SD flash card (2GB) and copy files from iTunes to the flash card directly so I can keep my iPod in my car. I also upgraded the factory speakers to the Alpine 6.5 that Crutchfield had on sale in the store!!! I have been a Crutchfiled customer since I was 17 years old (44 now) and they have NEVER steered me wrong!
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    5 out of 5

    Love it

    Written By Mike, Charlotte, NC on Sunday, December 21, 2008
     
    After the 2.0 update, this unit is absolutely sweet.
    - Bootup time - its fine. FM/AM/XM is about 10 seconds, Ipod a few seconds longer. Rear Cam works in about 6-7 seconds, and I have total control of the system after about 30. Sounds like a lot, but start the car, put on seatbelt, check mirror...almost ready.
    - Navigation - great. Anyone that doesn't like it hasn't read the manual.
    - Bluetooth - great. I can say "call home" or "call wife at work" and it dials them up. It is very clear on my end, and no complaints from anyone I've talked to.
    - IPOD control - great. 160GB Ipod, have 20,000 songs on here, all available via voice control. "Play artist Eric Clapton" or "Play album blah" or "Play playlist XYZ." Very sweet. It *does* take about 10 minutes to load up the IPOD, but pay attention......ONCE. When you plug in the Ipod, it indexes it for voice control. Once it is done, turn that option off on the Pioneer, and it won't do it again. If you add items to the Ipod you have to do it again, but if like me it just sits in the glovebox for a month and never touch it.
    - The XM interface is really nice. Very easy to use. Needs more XM presets, but that is my only issue. I understand the XM interface is better than the one for Sirius, so do your research.
    - Only big complaint is a lack of RDS. Can't see artist/song for FM (but you can if you have HD radio)
    - And finally, dig around online - LOTS and LOTS of custom things you can do with this one.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Stereo

    Written By Jeff, Pasadena, MD on Sunday, December 14, 2008
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    I purchased this for our 2005 Honda Odyssey. I also purchased the PAC SWI-PS for the steering wheel buttons. When I tried installing it myself I had an annoying hiss coming from the speakers. Also, the computer voice was very scratchy. I called Crutchfield and they sent me a noise filter. I wasn't sure that was the problem so I checked some forums, and found that someone else had the same problem and they installed a PAC OEM-2. The problem stemmed from my factory amp putting off too much voltage and this PAC OEM-2 allows you to lower the amount of volts that go into the speakers (or something like that). I ordered one from Crutchfield. I then paid someone to install it. He did an excellent job. Crutchfield is definitely a top notch company. They helped me as much as they could through my first atept at installing this stereo. I literally called them about 15 times. For the price, this stereo has everything that you want. The sound is excellent and the navigation works great. So if you have a factory amp and you are having a hiss (soft shushing noise) from your speakers definitely order the PAC OEM-2 with this stereo.
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    4 out of 5

    Very cool

    Written By Eric, San Diego, CA on Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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    Installed in a 2006 Mustang GT. Love the system and enjoy showing it off to others. Boot-up problem is minor and is usually accomplished in under 15 seconds.

    Only have two minor gripes. Recently purchased a 6G 120GB iPod and found out afterwards that it is not compatible with the AVIC-F900BT. Connecting it to the nav system causes constant reboot and the system never comes up. Pioneer website does have an iPod compatibility chart that I should have reviewed prior to purchasing the iPod.

    Second gripe has to do with the Contacts list for the phone feature. Multiple phones for a single contact gets imported to the system as multiple entries for an individual with no indication as to which phone (work, cell, home) that you are trying to call. Had to reorganize my cell phone directory to resolve.

    Other than that, it's EXCELLENT! I've recommended it to quite a few other folks and hope to help them install it.
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer AVIC-F900BT

    Written By Emanuel, Fort Polk on Friday, December 05, 2008
     
    Reading the reviews, You might not want to buy this product but if you take the time and learn how to update and changing the system settings alittle, It works great yes the boot up time is slow but by the time i make 150 yards its on and working fine but as soon as the car goes in reverse the back up cam comes on no delay. As far as the navigation goes change the sets like avoid the roads you know are close and you should be find i havent been on any long trips yet. It shows point of interest and give the phone number its really great. The bluetooth is awesome download your contacts. Playing dvds, XM, FM, AM, CD, SD card, and ipod work great for me so far.
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    5 out of 5

    I LOVE this Pioneer

    Written By Chris, Nashville, TN on Saturday, November 22, 2008
     
    After reading the reviews, I was reluctant to buy this unit and almost bought the Kenwood. I really wanted to like the Pioneer (with Bluetooth added, Voice control of my iPod, etc, spectaluar screen, etc.) but the Kenwood was better reviewed, better priced and had Garmin.

    I was able to play with both units and I really like the Pioneer better but knew I probably should buy the Kenwood. I bought the Pioneer...I just couldn't help myself.

    After installation, I was disappointed (sooooo slow). After installing 2.0, I was IN LOVE! Does everything its supposed to, very responsive, no dropped calls, excellent funtionality with the iPod. What's not to love? Buy it. For comparision, this looks like it's running on a MAC. The Kenwoods lok like they are running on Windows 95!

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    1 out of 5

    WORST NAVIGATION EVER!

    Written By manuel, Toms River,NJ on Wednesday, November 19, 2008
     
    This was the worst navigation i have ever owned. Extremely slow boot up, response is horrible, touchscreen was slow, the navigation got me lost as it reroutes itself constantly, ipod touch did not work so i bought a new ipod, and it took about ten minutes for it to load the ipod...and not just once, but everytime! the list goes on...Thank god crutchfield has a great return policy, because my fist was about to go through the screen of this nav.
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    3 out of 5

    Pioneer AVIC-F900BT

    Written By John, Holland, PA on Tuesday, November 04, 2008
     
    New firmware installed this week version #2.0. Major improvement in Boot up time and major improvement in touch screen response. I don't dislike this unit as much as a once did. Maybe the next firmware upgrade will have unit working the way it was intended. Its almost there. I would have given this product a 1 star before this firmware install.
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    1 out of 5

    I hope you didn't buy.

    Written By Donna, Chandler AZ on Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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    This radio has been a nightmare since day 1.

    This convenience has been the biggest unexpected source of frustration I have experienced in some time...

    This unit takes forever to boot up which makes the back-up camera virtually useless. I have reversed and driven off before this feature is even available.

    MSN says I have the most current, up to date software, but when I try to access any MSN data, it say "no data available". The antenna has been re-
    installed onto the middle of the roof as directed by MSN troubleshooters to no avail. Sometimes the MSN Screen shows a signal, sometimes it doesn't. It is very erratic.

    The controls are very slow to respond to any input. It makes changing functions or songs nearly dangerous while trying to drive. You touch it, wait, touch it again, wait, look, wait some more and sometimes it recognizes what you have selected.

    I purchased with MSN feature so it would be helpful on a family trip, but the navigation is difficult to read and since I wasn't able to get the MSN to work properly after hours of trying, we didn't have that feature either...

    The cool thing is that the illumination will match the dash lights perfectly!

    Overall, I do not recommend this product. I wouldn't pay $200 for it, much less the $1200 I did...
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    2 out of 5

    So far, a miserable experience

    Written By Randy, Chicago, IL on Tuesday, August 26, 2008
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    The first one they sent to me was DOA (Dead). I had to send it back and argued to get upgraded shipping. So I got a new unit and overall, i'm not having a good experience.

    The voice recognition is a terrible. Don't plan on using it. It also doesn't work with the navigation. I have been 100% unsuccessful getting the VR to dial a contact through Bluetooth. But I can hear and talk to people while using it, so it's not my mic.
    1 min+ start up time. But this is least of the issues, IMO.
    Bluetooth cancels out the navigation. I.e. using BT will cancel out the navigation voice until you're off the phone. I got rerouted 16 miles out of the way on a 5 hour trip because of this ridiculous flaw.
    Touch screen is slow to respond. In the age of the $299 iPhone, this is unforgivable.
    Software is buggy, locks up, etc.

    The pros: the navigation does work for the most part. The only problem I've had was once, where there was a 500 foot delay so I was actually past the turning point when I was being told to turn on that street. I've used the nav at least a dozen times besides then and it's been 99% reliable. The sound quality is undeniably good. The bluetooth issue reported before the firmware update is definitely fixed, but there are other major issues with the other features- especially the awful VR.

    I'm debating on waiting for another firmware update or finding an alternative. For now, it gets 2/5 stars
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    3 out of 5

    Pioneer AVIC-F900BT

    Written By matt, Eugene, OR on Tuesday, August 12, 2008
     
    If you have an Ipod Touch with an up to date software 2.0+ your Ipod will not connect to it. At this time no other problems have been found.
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    3 out of 5

    Fixed, mostly

    Written By roadtrip1098, Winslow, ME on Thursday, August 07, 2008
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    Pros:
    - Great touch screen
    - Lock up problems fixed
    - Easy to use
    - Tons of audio/video settings, completely customizeable sound.
    - Great for competition stereos
    - Handsfree works well with most phones I've tried
    - Looks great and has tons of features, tons of compliments.

    Cons:
    - Very Very long boot up time which is even longer when you have an iPod, CD, and SD all connected. Longer still with Bluetooth.
    - Navigation talks too much with 1 mile 1/2 mile 1/4 mile and 400 ft warnings for the same turn.... Also says when you are over the speed limit which can get annoying when traffic is moving well.
    - Seriously long boot up time, if you're reading this review, it takes about this long for it to boot up every time you start your car...
    - Bluetooth didn't work with Blackberry Curve at all. Address book wouldn't transfer with the new Nokia 6301. Sony Ericsson worked flawlessly.
    - Uses MSN Sync so any updates have to come from MS first, then go through Pioneer to be retrofitted to the F900. Remember MS still has fixes coming out for XP which was released in 2002.
    - Navigation doesn't always calculate a route that makes sense. Prefers 4 miles of highway as opposed to 2 miles of back road.

    Final Say:
    Great if you have a remote car starter, Sony Ericsson, and don't really want to use the NAV much. For the rest of us, it's either wait for another fix, or go with the N4 or D3. Features should not be an excuse for a long wait...
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    5 out of 5

    BEST PIONEER UNIT TO DATE

    Written By Curtis, Atlanta, GA - Charlotte, NC - Auburn, AL on Sunday, July 27, 2008
     
    Before July 21, 2008 I would have gave this unit 3 STARS MAX!

    The firmware update, DOES NOT, fix the loading times, Pioneer's reasoning for this is "As is the case with other computers, the length of time to boot up an AVIC F-Series system is largely due to the numerous demands (navigation, entertainment, information, connectivity, compatibility, etc.) placed upon it."

    However, it does address the other MULTIPLE issues. Bluetooth issues are now a thing of the past. I tested call quality with my GRANDMOTHER and we all know if someone 65+ years of age can hear you loud and clear without yelling "WHAT" then the quality is amazing. She heard me crystal clear and she stated it was a 100% improvement since I last called her from the unit.

    iPod connectivity and FINALLY VR cataloging that Pioneer added to the latest update is awesome.

    MSN Direct is awesome! On my trip, that I have made 20 times before, on Tuesday July 22nd; It navigated me successfully from Charlotte, NC to Atlanta, GA and notified me 50 miles ahead of time of a traffic jam in Atlanta and re-routed me successfully around all the traffic and back on the expressway to my destination.

    When going on dates; the movie times and weather are certainly a plus.
    The sound quality from the unit is amazing. I have Polk Momo components all the way around my 07' Scion tC and a Kicker 12" L7 sub powered by a Kicker 650.4 4 Channel Amp and Kicker 750.1 Mono-block Amp. These coupled with the unit sound amazing.
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    2 out of 5

    Nice Interface, Software Disaster

    Written By Ryan, Hackettstown, NJ on Friday, July 25, 2008
     
    I purchased this unit approximately one month ago with the hopes of replacing my Nuvi 660 with a faster, more intuitive navigation system. I found out about the F900BT through a technology blog and immediately fell in love with it. I did not, however, read the many user reviews for the unit.

    Since I have received the unit, I have had nothing but problems. It is obvious that Pioneer had a great product in mind when designing the F-series, but that great product ended at the software design phase. The unit freezes almost everytime I press a button and pauses for long periods of time before changing screens. This issue is only a small portion of the issues that I have had with the unit.

    Another issue with the unit includes the sub-par bluetooth reception. I am lucky if the party on the other end of a call can even hear my voice.

    Although the unit is plagued with many issues, I believe Pioneer will try to resolve as many as possible via firmware upgrades (or so I hope). The unit itself is very solid and looks great with most interiors. The user interface for the unit has also been designed very well and is very easy to use. If I had to do everything over again, I would have kept my Nuvi 660 and Alpine 9857 head unit a little longer
    until they worked out the kinks in the system.
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    1 out of 5

    Beyond dissapointing

    Written By Jason, Austin TX on Tuesday, July 22, 2008
     
    I have had a few Pioneer or Premier decks and amps, and have always preferred them to other brands. Solidly built and sound great.

    I was so excited to get this unit, since on paper... well its about the best unit available!

    On paper that is. This system is beyond buggy. As a Software Engineer, I am appalled that a company with Pioneer's reputation could let this out the door.

    Frankly, I consider it to be a safety risk! I am driving, and my ipod magically disconnects. So now I am fiddling with the system trying to figure out what happened. People could not hear me over bluetooth, so I am trying to disable it while driving so my wife can stop yelling at me that she cant hear me over the phone.

    I have even put in the firmware patch, and while my wife can now hear me clearly via bluetooth. The connectivity is still spotty, and now my ipod playback is broken. The AVIC shows the song is playing, but no audio.

    Other problems?

    -Terrible glare
    -2 minute bootup time
    -Slow GUI response even after firmware upgrade (better but unacceptable still)
    -SD Card playback is attrocious. Works occasionally, and skips ends of songs (havent checked with the firmware update if this is a problem)
    -Ipod doesn't play!
    -Rear view camera takes 10 seconds or more to turn on when putting it in reverse.

    I could go on, but I only have 1500 characters. What a shame.
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    2 out of 5

    Released too early

    Written By Anonymous, Rochester, NY on Thursday, July 10, 2008
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    I want to start off by saying that I have always had good luck with Pioneer products, and the quality of the manufacturing, and the look and feel of this unit are great.

    Unfortunately this unit was released much too early. I have been watching this item online for about 6 months now, and couldn't wait for it to come out.

    Pros: Great look, nice icons

    Cons (I agree with all above complaints about bootup time and slow response): static in spoken navigation, plays songs alphabetically form iPod (there is a work around on this), XM functionality doesn't hold a candle to stand alone XM units, expensive, poor accuracy on navigation

    I am sorry to do this to Pioneer. I was going to give them the benefit of the doubt, and wait for a firmware update, but with so much to work on, and their reputation for slows updates, I couldn't do it. Returned it for the Kenwood DNX-5120. Already LOVE that one. See my review there.
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    4 out of 5

    Intriguing New Product w/ Issues

    Written By Bryant, Fort Polk, Louisiana on Tuesday, July 08, 2008
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    Looks great and factory install with a quality sound. Scandisk slot: The video & audio 8GB in my vehicle (2007 Suburban) works super. Better tone unit than the factory model. iPod (80GB): Takes 1 minute after the startup process to catalog the iPod voice support with a message "iPod control may not be fully supported at this time". iPod at times loses connection while plug-in, just remove it, plug it back in. I was able to maintain my On-star and Steering Wheel controls thru the SWI-PS and OS-3BOSE adapters still maintaining my factory BOSE speakers. The startup in progress takes 1-2 minutes, only functions, adjusting the audio volume and rearview camera. The unit displays a full LCD screen image from the camera. It takes longer to read reverse message "Caution Screen image may appear Reversed". Navigation: GPS reception, some issues with the position triangular apex mark and the routing seems very adequate. The navigation voice is awesome. MSN Direct: Be sure to check the coverage area on the web page for activation and listed cities. Bluetooth: Very difficult to maintain phone connection before the system terminates the device. The clarity is awful from the party end. Transferring of the phonebook, I was able to download and paired the two devices. Multi-voice Controls: Pressing the center control the system does execute voice commands and operations, the system response is not clear for normal speech patterns. The rest of the multi-control functions are great.


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    3 out of 5

    It's OK but could be better.

    Written By Kevin, Rockmart, GA on Monday, June 30, 2008
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    This head unit has about every option that I could want and is pretty fast once it boots up all the way. When you first turn it on it takes about 2-5 minutes to boot up all the way to be fully operational and needs to be fixed. I love the way it controls my ipod and displays an ipod type screen along with album art and titles when you have the ipod screen on. The bluetooth isn't so great, people find it hard to hear you on the other end but maybe an update will come out soon for the bluetooth and for the head unit. To keep your steering wheel controls, I found out that the PAC SWI-PS does work with this unit and the 2008 Altima Coupe without Bose for those whom it may concern. I would have given this a 5 star rating if it weren't for the slow boot time and poor bluetooth quality. Having said all that I have, I would recommend this and hopefully Pioneer will hear peoples complaints and issue that update.
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    4 out of 5

    Bluetooth needs major work

    Written By James, magnolia, TX on Wednesday, June 25, 2008
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    Pretty much the same issues as the last reviewer. Slow boot up and major bluetooth issues. The XM system does work quite well. The screen is a bit dim during the day even at the highest brightness setting. I'll give it some time but it might end up going back for a newer unit once the bugs are out.
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    2 out of 5

    Out of the box failure - Pioneer needs to Fix

    Written By Shagmanx, Orange County, CA on Monday, June 23, 2008
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    Purchased this unit on 6/13/08 and installed on 6/19/08 even after I read of existing problems with poor "rushed" firmware on the unit. There are too many issues to detail, but I will give some examples.
    1.) Unit takes about 1 ½ to 2 minutes until it is functional, that is you can't select anything other than Volume control, until system is ready.
    a. So then what's point of backup camera that takes over 2 minutes to come on?
    2.) Bluetooth, other party will have lots of issues hearing you clearly. Microphone placement is not the issue, I've testing in many locations.
    3.) Various other iPod and AV source glitches.
    4.) Personally I still cannot get "Contacts" transferred to the unit from my phone via Bluetooth.

    Other issues/wants.
    1.) True NavTraffic, not just MSN Direct traffic alerts.


    Rumors are Pioneer is already working on an update, but there are other things I would have wanted that my previous car navigation had that I don't foresee happening.
    1.) Home address required an access code.
    a. Family and Friends (Favorites) also required access code.
    2.) Being able to change the directional display/map to always be point to top.. not North.


    So Crutchfield may be getting a call for a RMA if updates don't start getting released.
    My suggestion, hold off buying the AVIC F-series line product until firmware that works as Pioneer shows in promo video's.
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    2 out of 5

    Needs some fixin'

    Written By Rick, Philadelphia, PA on Monday, June 23, 2008
     
    Currently, the avic series suffers from a variety of issues that shouldn't affect a high end system at this price point. The load times are abismal,
    thebluetooh sounds like your making calls in a wind tunnel and the touch screen sensitivity needs work.
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    2 out of 5

    Great potential, but hold off

    Written By Laurie, Exton, PA on Sunday, June 22, 2008
     
    I got this unit last week and had it professionally installed by an authorized Pioneer dealer. The unit looks great and I was very pleased with the initial sound. However, there are countless bugs and I strongly suggest you review the avic website to see all of the problems that all of us early adopters are having. I am waiting for a firmware upgrade or to have the unit replaced. I called Pioneer this weekend and was assured that a firmware update is coming, but the rep had no idea when. Until then, the Nav doesn't work (crashes if you try to search a POI), iPod shuts down the whole unit if you hit the forward button a few times in a row to skip to the next song, voice recognition doesn't work at all, can't make calls via Bluetooth since the person you are calling can't hear anything but static and a faint voice. The optional HD radio tuner sounds great and that seems to be working. But, the other 80% of the features I can't really use at the moment. Again, it looks great and I have high hopes when it all starts working. I based my purchase on the other great review for this product on the Crutchfield website and some other reviews of pre-production models which seem to be much better than the units that actually shipped. I just wish I had seen a review like this before I spent the $1500 dollars for the unit, install, and accessories. I think I would have waited until these bugs got worked out since as it is I basically have a $1500 HD radio tuner
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    2 out of 5

    HUGE issues on initial release

    Written By Chad, Frederick, MD on Friday, June 20, 2008
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    1. when you talk to someone all they hear is high pitch static sounds, this is confirmed with others, using all sorts of phones. Only when the engine is turned off does it work.
    2. The unit takes 1-3 minutes to boot up from when you turn your key.
    3. The navigation voice has static and says comma instead of point when announcing miles to go. In 1 comma 4 miles turn right.
    4. You have to wait 3-5 seconds before the buttons will react to input.
    5. Every time the unit turns on, it will catalog your ipod for voice support, this takes a long time say 2-5 mins. The entire time it catalogs, it tells you in a huge intrusive message "ipod control may not be fully supported at this time"
    6. The ipod seems to lose connectivity while its still plugged in, only way to fix it is to remove it, then plug it back in again.

    If the blue tooth worked properly, then hey it would be great.

    Once the device is fully booted up and all the cataloging is done, except the navigation voice, and slugishness of the new screens and blue tooth nothing but a garbled mess, everything else does work its just very buggy.. Now granted, blue tooth DOES NOT work unless the engine is off, this is not just me or a install error as others are having this issue as well.
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    2 out of 5

    Real negative issues.

    Written By Dude, Thousand Oaks, CA on Wednesday, June 18, 2008
     
    I had my F900BT installed last week and it has been nothing but problems.
    The installer said they just got them in so they are not sure of what they
    are supposed to do.

    The directional arrow on mine points to the rear of my truck. Called Pioneer
    and they said they have had some problems with these units and I need to
    return it right away and get a fresh one.

    It does not do 3/4 of the things Pioneer shows on thier site. It changed
    from 3d to 2d while driving and got lost.

    This unit is far from being ready for release.
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    5 out of 5

    totally awesom

    Written By floyd, Langly AFB, VA on Friday, May 23, 2008
     
    Man this thing is the best machine made since the invention of the wheel. I guess your wondering how i already have one. Well this isn't probably the right place to tell you people this, but i was one of the first people to recieve this. But to take it even further, i helped welcome the visitors that brought this technology to earth about 13 years ago. We just had to figure a way for it to be able to run it off of a 14/ 20 volt battery. but since it's done..... ohhhhh man, it makes my Miata ROCK!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!! wait until the compatible keyboard comes out for it!!!! oooooooopppppppssssssss
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