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by Ken Nail

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.

The Pioneer Premier AVIC-F90BT navigation receiver plays your DVDs and CDs, as well as offering a full slate of built-in and expandable features. Its 5.8" wide screen offers high-resolution graphics and a user-friendly touch panel interface. And Pioneer Premier protects this double-sized receiver with a 2-year warranty.

MSN® Direct
A built-in MSN® Direct tuner provides real-time traffic reports, so you can be sure you're taking the best route to your destination. You'll also get the latest on local gas prices, weather, and events in most major cities, along with instant access to movie times, restaurants, and more. You'll get a free 3-month membership with the AVIC-F90BT.

Powerful navigation
No need to insert a navigation disc — the AVIC-F90BT stores its navigation maps in its flash memory, and its maps can be updated through the memory card slot. The system stores over 12 million points-of-interest, guiding you to anything from takeout Thai 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.

Hands-free phone calls and more
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.

Additional entertainment
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 (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other information:

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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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    Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    4 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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    2 Years
    Labor Warranty
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    2 Years
    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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    Both
    HD Radio
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    Optional
    Navigation
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    Yes
    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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    No
    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    • Pioneer Premier Double-DIN CD/Navigation receiver with attached 6.5' USB cable (Type A female connector)
    • Wiring harness
    • RCA connector harness
    • 7.5' iPod interface cable with an iPod dock connector and USB type-A connector on one end and a composite video and stereo RCA connectors on other end
    • 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-F90BT 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-F90BT 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-F90BT 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-F90BT 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 the supplied 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-F90BT 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-F90BT has a 3.5mm mini-jack 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 number 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-F90BT 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-F90BT 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-F90BT 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-F90BT 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-F90BT 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.

    GOOG-411: You can dial the free GOOG-411 phone service with one touch. Google's 411 service uses speech recognition to allow you to search for and connect to local businesses via a toll-free number.

    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-F90BT's touch screen with the supplied 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-F90BT. Up to 18 stations can be set as presets (6 each for 3 XM or SIRIUS bands). The AVIC-F90BT 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 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-P686, CDX-P680, or CDX-P1280 multi-disc CD changers.

    Inputs and Outputs

    Front Panel of Head Unit:

    • AV-2 Input: 3.5mm mini-jack 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 mini-jack 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 mini-jack for connecting the supplied microphone
    • GPS: jack for use with supplied GPS antenna
     
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    2 out of 5

    Uhhh. Where to Begin

    Written By 67mustangman, Lancaster Ca, on Tuesday, November 03, 2009
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    This unit sounds nice, looks nice, but thats about as far as it goes, the 2.0
    system is still very buggy. Locks up on my blu-tooth, Random lock ups, Random
    Reboots, Wont take the time update for the time change. I tried to fall back an
    hour and every time I would restart my truck it would jump back. I disabled auto
    correction on the time.

    Annoying warning screens, Cant disable them, 3 warning screens just to get to a
    map.

    This has just killed pioneer for me.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    2 out of 5

    Not for us

    Written By Cat, Orange Park, FL on Wednesday, August 12, 2009
     
    On the advice of my Toyota dealer and their Installer, I had this after-
    market GPS/stereo installed in my 2009 Toyota Sienna. Where do I begin?

    During the day, the glare on the GPS map makes it impossible to see. It
    may be due to the angle of the dash, angle at which the driver and
    passenger are viewing, or the lack of brightness on the screen. Since we
    live in sunny Florida, its useless.

    The system takes way to long to boot up after starting the car.
    The touch screen is cumbersome. It takes several touches to activate any
    features, go back, or find radio stations. There is too much going back and
    forth between map and radio. After programming the radio stations, then
    looking for other stations, we lose all programmed stations. To SEEK a
    station, it will go one by one... 99.3 to 99.5 to 99.7.

    The only good benefit is the stereo sound is great, but does not
    compensate for the rest of the problems. I am currently looking for an
    easier radio to use. This is not for us...
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    2 out of 5

    Pioneer Premier AVIC-F90BT

    Written By Max, pittsburgh on Monday, August 10, 2009
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    Bought this 2 months ago, and there is already a paid update for the horrid maps.

    Laggy and slow startup like everyone else said. Even crashed on me a couple times which means you have to turn off your car to restart it...
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    4 out of 5

    Great System, not 100%, make sure you update

    Written By Bob, Los Angeles CA on Wednesday, August 05, 2009
     
    There's nothing close to this item. What this unit offers that others don't or previous units did not is that the entire system can be upgraded via "software". Front SD card allows you to download updates and install them as you do on your home computer. This system allows changes via the software which some people do as a "hack". The D3 has excellent sound and fairly quick response to input clicks the F900BT is a tad behind.

    My F90BT improved its boot time with update 2.0 and smoother response to the touch screen. If you're buying this unit for VR (voice recognition) don't, it's not a strong point. IPOD, Blue Tooth control is excellent, sound quality is first rate. MSN is a disappointment, only works in one city.

    My install for the speed sensor and back up wiring was a breeze. Check AVIC discussion forums for wire locations as well as Crutchfield staff.

    Boot to sound is fairly quick less then 20 seconds, back up camera is almost instant. Nav takes a bit more time.

    The F900BT and Premier F90BT models are similar Premier units include IPOD cable and have 4volt output, plus 2 year warranty.

    This model will be replaced by the X series which is basically the same, however improved for Apple Telephones. New 3.0 update will be available within weeks of my post to improve the F900Bt and also add features.
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    4 out of 5

    Not perfect but certainly a great product

    Written By Chris, Martin, TN on Monday, July 27, 2009
     
    I've read several bad reviews on this but I personally liked this so much, I
    put it in my wife's car. Slow to fully start up (Radio in 10 secs, ipod in 20,
    GPS 45 secs, 80 secs for bluetooth) but I'm not it that big of a hurry. The
    slow start up never affects me at all unless I'm on vacation (like I was last
    week) and have to wait to put in my GPS coordinates.

    So many components booting up, I'm not sure why its a big deal - it has to
    load up: Windows CE, GPS, bluetooth, voice command, iPod, etc. All of the
    above work nearly flawlessly. My biggest complaint (and the reason for 4
    instead of 5 stars) is sometimes bluetooth doesn't disconnect for 30 secs or
    so after a phone call - leaving you waiting if you have to make another call
    for that amount of time.

    Not that big of a deal. Very satsified. Also, 3.0 update is coming which will
    make this = to the new X-series. Same hardware already so updated the
    software will give a cheap alternative to the X series.
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    2 out of 5

    Do Not Buy

    Written By tome10, Little Rock, Ar on Sunday, July 19, 2009
     
    First off the sound is very good.. Everything else kinda sucks. I'm used to my Garmin Nuvi Nav unit so with that said this unit's Nav is basically worthless I cannot describe how bad it is compared to Garmin. I said whatever when I bought the thing I was mostly interested in Ipod control and Sound quality anyways. It's the little things that annoy me the most.. The voice control of the unit is Useless.. The BT hands free gets confused sometimes, and sound quality is just decent (That could be the F250's noisy attributes) but I stopped using the BT all together.. What really annoys me is the universal knob thing. You have to push it straight down to activate mute (haha on a bouncy ford truck yea right) it always goes the the stupid voice control thing that is worthless. So when i'm jamming out and get a phone call or need to turn the sound down at the drive through I have to twist the knob about 5 turns so annoying! Ohh and at night the screen is blinding, and it is another long drawn out process to dim/blackout the screen, and I think you have to be parked to do it so no easy dim while driving like my old jenson was. Well I guess I've trashed it enough stay away from this whole lineup. I really expected more from something that cost this much and said Premier on it.
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    2 out of 5

    Pioneer Premier AVIC-F90BT

    Written By Huy, soCAL on Thursday, July 02, 2009
     
    I purchase this unit without reading any reviews because there wasnt any
    on here yet, however i was exciting since i had a friend with a pioneer unit
    also and it works nice. I now learned that my friends unit was a much more
    expensive model.

    For the bad news. Its not that I am not a patient person, but this thing
    takes about 30 seconds to start up! In addition it maybe take another 10-
    15 seconds to load ur music from ur USB/SD CARD. Music loads faster on
    ipod, but it takes about 10-15 seconds or more to load up the ipod for you
    to be abel to navigate through it. On top of all this there is a sec or 2 lag
    when u press press buttons to get around.

    Now for the map. I wished this map would rotate to the way you drive.
    Installing this unit req you to wire up the vehical speed senor wire and
    reverse back up wire. Unless you have your sources, home installation
    wont be a walk in the park atleast for those 2 wires which is needed if you
    want your navi to update currently location smoothly.

    I like how it powers my stock speakers well. This thing has bass booster
    which adds bass to your cabin speakers but not highs. The sound control
    on this unit is unique compared to other units. Maybe its too advance?

    ALL IN ALL, the biggest let down is this unit is its extremly slow, even with
    that 2.0 update. I could only wonder how slow it was before the update. I
    SHALL LOOK INTO A KENWOOD!
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    4 out of 5

    Pionneer F90BT

    Written By Bobby, Stroudsburg PA on Monday, June 15, 2009
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    I bought this device for my honda ridgeline the system works like a charm for the price. you cannot go wrong the blue tooth and the dvd cd all work and work well as advertise what more could you ask for.
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    1 out of 5

    Wait for the new stuff

    Written By garrett, CAlif on Sunday, May 17, 2009
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    Got this for my 07 Tundra Crew Max. So my Wife can find shoe stores ha ha. I have to say I'm not too impressed with it. The nav is difficult to figure out and if your want to cancel your route you have to got through many menu options. Although the 2.0 software dose fix some things it still is slugisth on almost all touch sceen comands. The unit has fan in the back which is very audiable at low volumes. Adding a thumb drive with MP3's on it to the USB works about every tenth time I insert it, and the audio EQ requires a masteres in button pushing. The nav voice is much better that a gramin "not so robotic" but it dose not say the street name just "Turn in 100 feet etc." The timing of the nav voice some times is to late or way to early. The Garmin/Kenwood wins out over all.

    My work truck has a Kenwood DNX 5120 with the BT option, and it preforms much better. The nav in the 5120 is by garmin and very user friendly, and the BT is by Parrot. Altough the BT on the kenwood has had some problem with Cracberrys it works the same as the pioneer 90BT. Save your bucks and get the new Kenwood DNX6140 or the 5140 if you don't need BT. I returned my Pioneer 90BT for a Kenwood 6140.
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    2 out of 5

    Don't Buy It!

    Written By keithinphoenix, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, April 29, 2009
     
    I bought this unit from a local installation shop who assured me that the problems I had read about online with it were corrected through the latest firmware update, as evidenced by the blue dot on the box it was packaged in. Upon the first start of my 2004 Lincoln Aviator after installation, the unit displayed issues. First, the blue tooth for my phone kicked in (with no active phone call) and the music went to mute. To bring the sound back, I had to turn the car off and restart; not exactly practical if you're hoping to drive with sound. Beyond that issue, the unit randomly decides to play from the thumb drive I plugged into the USB cable, though most of the time it didn't recognize it. Every time a phone call came in or was dialed out using the bluetooth, the screen switched to map mode; after hanging up, it stays in map mode. Because I couldn't use the USB consistently, I primarily listened to FM, but found that the unit would randomly change stations with no prompting from me whatsoever. I took the car back the next day to demonstrate these events to the installer; he spoke with Pioneer tech folks who explained each event away as "normal". I don't think so. Now four days later, I've received my new Kenwood 6140 and am awaiting the call from the installer to tell me the switch is complete. Great concept, bad execution.
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    4 out of 5

    Pioneer continues to improve

    Written By GUS, Hampton on Tuesday, April 14, 2009
     
    This receiver is the absolute best product for the money. With the 2.0 upgrade everything works seemlessly. Bluetooth is flawless with my blackberry...sound is clear although not as good as the Premier DEH 980BT. That said you are not getting a great GPS unit with clear resolution screen and Ipod playback. This product does everything as advertised. Easy to use while driving and great sounding tunes. I think this will be the headunit I'll by. Only 1 slight CON: Bootup is still kind of slow. It would not keep me from buying it.
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