Disappointing Quality, Awful Installation experience
2007 Honda CRV EX
Ease of Use
This is my second or third purchase from Crutchfield and likely my last. I purchased this Alpine system to get Sirius/XM and hands free bluetooth in my car. I also purchased the installation because I am not savvy with this stuff. The installation was fast but I was a little disappointed that the microphone for the bluetooth was just plugged into the auxilary input and clamped to the air vent instead of being installed from the back and the wire fitted around the windshield to the rear-view mirror. Oh well. A couple of months later the unit fell back into the dash about two inches. I called Crutchfield who referred me to their installation contractor who had me send them pictures of the problem. The installer came back and reinstalled the unit. A week later the Sirius antennae wire began to droop into the knee well on the passenger side and a couple weeks later it detached. I called the contractor directly but never got a call back. At nearly the same time the unit stopped reading out the names of stations, artists, time, etc. It will only show the actual station dial location. I managed to get the antennae attached again myself but am super disappointed in the entire transaction and would not do it again.
Pros: Good sound quality. Fairly easy to use.
Cons: No integrated bluetooth microphone. Bad installation...twice. Unit stops giving. Most text display features stopped working after a few months. iTunes tagging not working. Buttons are very small.