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Navigation receiver — custom-fit replacement radio for select 2006-up GM vehicles

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Our take on the Car Show Piranha CS-GM1210-US

Like the look of your factory radio, but wish it could do more? Car Show designed this Piranha Series multimedia receiver to fit perfectly in the dash of select 2006-up GM vehicles, giving you touchscreen navigation, DVD movie playback, CD/MP3 playback, and Bluetooth® connectivity. You can rock out to your favorite songs or files on disc, or you can use the rear USB input to hook up your iPod for complete control and access to your playlists.

Car Show CS-GM1210 navigation receiver

This Car Show multimedia receiver gives you a factory look along with the benefit of navigation and a rear USB input.

Factory look, aftermarket performance

Like the look of your factory radio, but wish it could do more? Car Show designed this Piranha Series multimedia receiver to fit perfectly in the dash of select 2006-up GM vehicles, giving you touchscreen navigation, DVD movie playback, CD/MP3 playback, and Bluetooth® connectivity. You can rock out to your favorite songs or files on disc, or you can use the rear USB input to hook up your iPod for complete control and access to your playlists.

Keep your OnStar® and other GM options

Car Show builds their systems to match up with your GM vehicle's dash opening and wiring — and you'll even get to keep using your OnStar system, XM Satellite Radio tuner, rear seat entertainment system, and other GM factory options, including Centerpoint audio systems. The built-in mounting brackets and included plug-and-play wiring harnesses let you install the receiver without having to splice wires or modify your dash, plus you don't need an expensive adapter to keep your door chimes and turn signals. Car Show even includes an adapter that you can wire in to keep your steering wheel audio controls working with your new receiver.

GPS navigation — built in

Car Show puts you in command on the road. You can navigate to specific addresses or any of the 11 million points of interest in all 50 states  — the high-resolution 7" touchscreen display shows maps of the U.S. in easy-to-read detail, including 3D building and landmark views in many cities. Features like lane guidance and junction view help keep you on the right path during tricky maneuvers in unfamiliar territory.

Bluetooth by Parrot for convenience and safety

If your GM doesn't have factory Bluetooth, the receiver features Bluetooth connectivity by Parrot, one of the most trusted names for reliability. You can make and take calls without having to touch your compatible phone, so you can keep your hands on the wheel. You'll hear your caller over the car's speakers, while the built-in microphone picks up your voice. For added clarity, you can install the included external microphone in a convenient location. You can also stream music from your compatible mobile device to the Car Show receiver.

Video center

You can watch DVDs on the 7" screen while parked, and this receiver will work with your GM factory rear seat entertainment system, even one with dual overhead screens. You can also use the rear audio/video output to add back seat screens — then use the dual zone feature to let your passengers watch movies in back while you listen to music up front.

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.

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

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • DVD/navigation receiver with 7" touchscreen and AM/FM tuner
    • custom-fit receiver designed for select 2006-up GM vehicle dash openings
    • retains OnStar® functionality (subscription required), factory Bluetooth, and factory satellite radio
    • internal amplifier (25 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth by Parrot for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • built-in iPod control
    • iPhone: Pandora control through USB connection
    Navigation features:
    • built-in memory for navigation with maps of the United States and 11 million points of interest (POI)
    • 2D and 3D views, including landmarks and buildings
    • voice guidance and text-to-speech directions
    • lane guidance and junction view
    • audible speed limit warnings
    Audio/video features:
    • plays CDs, DVDs, microSD cards, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
    • Dolby Digital decoding built in
    • dual-zone operation
    • 3-band EQ with nine preset tone curves
    • works with GM's satellite radio tuner (adapter included) or with Rosen's Sirius tuner
    • inputs: rear USB input, microSD card slot, rear-view camera input, front aux input, rear A/V input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, and sub)
    Other information:

    What's in the Box:

    • GPS navigation/multimedia headunit with integrated 7" touchscreen monitor
    • AV output/remote harness
    • Amplified/Non-Amplified harness (PP-GM1210-2/PP-GM1210-8)
    • AV output harness
    • AV2/camera input harness
    • Preamp output harness
    • Subwoofer output harness
    • 16" AV minijack-to-composite video/stereo RCA cable
    • Microphone with integrated visor-clip (attached 10' cable)
    • 35" USB cable (with a female USB type-A connector on one end and a male mini-USB type-B connector on other end)
    • GPS antenna (with attached 16.5' cable terminated by an SMB connector
    • Self-adhesive magnetic pad
    • Cleaning cloth
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Installation Guide
    • Warranty Information
    • Bose Centerpoint Tech Tip

    Absolutely awesome product !!! I have a 2010 silverado with the Bose system and it was simple to install.. Hands down it blows away the factory unit and in my opinion is better then the factory navigation.

    Ben, Lockport ny


    Car Show Piranha CS-GM1210-US Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (10 Reviews)

    Car Show Piranha CS-GM1210-US

    joseph from Indianapolis, IN on 11/16/2016

    2012 Chevrolet Impala
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    bought radio in march of 2013 and performed well until it finally quit working in november 2016. just over 3 and a half years and paid almost $1000.00. NOT HAPPY!



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    Ben from Lockport ny on 11/25/2013

    2010 Chevrolet Silverado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Absolutely awesome product !!! I have a 2010 silverado with the Bose system and it was simple to install.. Hands down it blows away the factory unit and in my opinion is better then the factory navigation.

    Pros: Makes the the Bose system sound the way you would expect it to.

    Cons: It doesn't auto dim ... Or I haven't figured it out yet.

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    Kevin from Carrollton, TX on 9/24/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit with great sound and stock look. The Bluetooth is much improved from the prior model.

    Pros: Clear sound, steering wheel controls sync right up without an adapter.

    Cons: None at this time.

    great product

    Paul from Yorba Linda, CA on 8/31/2013

    Easy to install if you have prior basic experience. Does not require buying a Pac interface module like you would need if buying one of the other 2dins that don't look right when installed. Oem bt is retained which I really like. If you have an iphone and use pandora you can get album art while in ipod mode which was not mentioned anywhere but is really cool. I have purchased the kenwoods pioneers and alpines but they are to complicated to use for the normal user. I recommend this to anyone looking to upgrade there radio.

    Pros: Retains all factory option's pandora album art bt audio streaming changeable backgrounds easy to install no additional interface module required looks good

    Cons: None so far

    looks great

    mike from alameda ca on 7/19/2013

    2011 GMC Acadia
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    this stereo looks awesome when you open the box. but that is where the fun stops. i bought this because the dealer wanted 3000 to upgrade my 2011 acadia. i had to spend well over an hour on the phone with crutchfield to figure out why the rear camera and XM radio did not work. after that was sorted i find out i need a special connection to get the back up camera to work. i thought this was plug an play? after you finally get the wiring straight good luck fitting it behind the stereo and getting the dash back together. do yourself a favor and buy a name brand unit.

    Pros: looks like a factory unit

    Cons: instructions are extremely weak in describing how to install the unit rats nest of wiring wont fit behind the unit

    works like factory

    yergerjr93 from Punta Gorda, FL on 7/10/2013

    2012 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    welp, what can I say. its a great product. gives you lots of add ons like amp pre outs, rear entertainment and back up camera pre outs. the look and feel of it is great, just what I was looking for. the price of it isn't that bad, alpine makes one that 1,200 with out a bunch features and doesn't look right.. this nav unit dose instant updates, so you don't need any CDs and no need to go to the dealer to get it reworked. all in all great product

    Pros: works and looks good

    Cons: should of bought it earlier

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    larryo from Central Arkansas on 7/6/2013

    2012 GMC Acadia
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recently installed one of these units in my 2012 GMC Acadia. The factory Bluetooth and XM radio interfaced with the unit easily as well as with OnStar. The DVD/CD player works well, but I haven't yet figured out how to move the backup assist camera to display on the Nav screen instead of the rear view mirror. Haven't tried the Nav functions but will soon. The CS-1210 Navigation Unit is fairly easy to install if you have done this type of work before. The installation instructions from Rosen are not very detailed. They seem to be written for a dealer to install and not for the Do it yourself installer ( i.e. no installation data for the GPS antenna wire routing). The quick start operating manual is adequate, but trying to find a complete owners manual on the Rosen website is really a chore. One has to know that the CS-GM1210 is is in the "Piranha" product line (not readily apparent) in order to find the manual. There is no information on how to update the map database for the Nav Unit. There is a reference to a website (Naviextras.Com) on the Rosen web site. However, this product is not listed as being supported by Naviextras. I called Rosen technical support and was told that this unit is updated via a USB device (there was a USB interface in the box) and I needed to go to Naviextras.Com for updates. (Rosen also told me that the CS-GM1210 is currently up-to-date with maps so maybe Naviextras will support it in the future. I would recommend this unit to others.

    Pros: Good looking unit, fairly easy to install and interfaces with other factory options.

    Cons: Lack of more detailed installation instructions. Lack of information on how to get and install map updates.

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    Tom B from Saint Inigoes, MD on 4/9/2013

    2011 GMC Sierra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy installation. Less than two hours.

    Pros: Ease of installation and operation except for address input ot GPS. Installed in 2011 GMC Sierra pickup. Looks like a factory unit. Nothing but good comments.

    Cons: I still haven't figured out how to input a zip code without the unit providing a pick list. Example: You stat to put in a 24884 zipcode and after 24 it gives you a list to pick in MD when you're trying to input a WV address. Still working on this issue.

    Looks like factory unit

    Anonymous from Palm Coast, fl on 4/4/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have this in my 2008 Yukon Denali with the Bose Centerpoint system. this is the only non oem head unit that supports Centerpoint and it does it fairly well. It also handles rear seat controls for the exception of the factory remote is inactive. The nav map is not up to date as far as road speeding limits. The basic menu could be much better, my biggest complaint is the display is terrible in day time use, the only adjustment is for brightness there is no contrast user adjustment. Also on the Rosen web site they shoe an included remote control (this unit has the infared} but it did not come with one and Rosen said that none of there nav units have this feature but it shows it in there web owners manual for this unit. For these two reasons I might send this back. I already have had the Advent OMG 1 in this suv and hands down the display and menu are far superior but I had problems the the rear seat controls and sound bleed over from the wireless head sets.

    Pros: Easy install, looks nice

    Cons: non contrasty display

    Good fit and easy install

    Whit from Colorado on 2/2/2013

    2010 GMC Yukon XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit is a good price and has good features. The bluetooth streaming works well but the interface on the screen is very basic. The install was very easy and quick, which is not usually the case with a Nav system. You do need to order the optional Satellite module for SAT radio. The OnStar, Bose audio, door chimes, and steering wheel controls worked great without any splicing or "custom" install needed. It looks just like factory and fits great in my 2010 Yukon. I am a little disappointed in the user interface and ease of use but will get used to it. The screen is also difficult to see with sun glasses on. It needs to be brighter and a different screen coating would help. It looks great at night. Overall, I like the unit but I don't think I'm undecided if I would buy it again.

    Pros: Super easy install, great fit, good feature set, good price.

    Cons: Screen is too dim if you are wearing sunglasses. Needs better software for ease of use. It is very similar to a factory unit, which is not always the best button layout.


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    AUX Input 3.5mm AV
    Audio/video Input 3.5mm (f), Composite (r)
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB/microSD memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready OEM SAT Radio Tuner
    HD Radio No
    Navigation Yes
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1/
    iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen Yes
    Preamp Voltage 4 volts
    Display Color
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Built-in
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    System Compatibility
    Touchscreen Display
    Onboard Navigation
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Disc/USB/SD Playback
    iPod/iPhone Integration
    Radio Functions
    Audio Section
    AV Connections
    Remote Control

    System Compatibility

    Overview: The CarShow GPS Navigation & Multimedia In-Dash 2DIN head unit (CS-GM1210-US) offers a factory look for select 2006-2012 GM vehicles (with GM29-Bit Data CAN Bus system). The CarShow GPS Navigation & Multimedia In-Dash 2DIN head unit will fit perfectly in the dash without the use of a separate kit and comes supplied with its own installation harness. Current compatible vehicles include (as of 1/15/2013):

    Make Model Year
    Buick Enclave 2008-2012
    Lucerne 2008-2012
    Chevrolet Avalanche 2007-2012
    Silverado 2007-2012
    Tahoe 2007-2012
    Traverse 2007-2012
    Impala 2007-2012
    Equinox 2007-2009
    Monte Carlo 2006-2008
    Express Vann 2008-2012
    GMC Acadia 2007-2012
    Sierra 2007-2012
    Yukon 2007-2012
    Hummer H2 2008-2010
    Saturn Outlook 2007-2010
    Vue 2008-2010

    Note: GM vehicles contain a number of different audio systems. This CarShow head unit (CS-GM1210-US) is designed to cover specific GM vehicles with amplified (Bose) and non-amplified audio systems, plus Bose Centerpoint systems. As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify compatibility with your vehicle.

    OnStar Compatible: This unit is compatible with GM's factory OnStar system.

    RSE Compatible: The CS-GM1210-US also supports factory GM rear-seat entertainment systems (in select vehicles).

    Retains Chimes: In addition, the CS-GM1210-US retains your vehicle's warning chimes.

    Touchscreen Display

    High-Resolution Touchscreen LCD Display: The CarShow navigation/multimedia head unit features a 7" high-resolution (800 x 480) touchscreen LCD monitor. The unit's touchscreen panel features interactive controls making menu navigation easy. The unit's 7" touchscreen is fixed and not detachable.

    Monitor Adjustments: The CarShow navigation/multimedia receiver offers the following touchscreen monitor adjustments.

    • Wallpaper Backgrounds: The unit includes 9 preset wallpaper backgrounds. You can choose from Warp, Water, Aluminum, Carbon, City, Fire, Red Rock, or Space.
    • Highlight Color: You can adjust the highlight color of the unit's touchscreen buttons to White, Gold, Green, Red, Blue, or Aqua.
    • Auto Dimmer: The receiver's display automatically dims to a preset brightness when the vehicle's headlights are turned on. The wiring harness includes an orange lead that should be connected to the vehicle's parking light circuit in order for the dimmer feature to operate.

    Hard-Keys: In addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons and a 3-way rotary dial along the left & right edges of the screen.

    Start Up Time: The CarShow GPS navigation/multimedia in-dash head unit (CS-GM1210-US) has a start up time of approximately 20 seconds from Off to an audio/video source screen; and another 65 seconds to the map screen for a total start up time of approximately 1 minute 25 seconds from Off to the navigation map screen.

    Parking Brake Detection: The Multimedia Navigation head unit contains a built-in DVD player and integrated LCD monitor, which is not intended for viewing while driving. The unit's video player is disabled when the vehicle is in motion through a connection to your vehicle's parking brake.

    Onboard Navigation

    Navigation Mapping Software: The integrated map database (by TeleAtlas) used by the CarShow CS-GM1210-US was created using high-resolution aerial and land based data collection. Navigation data is stored on the unit's built-in flash memory for quick access and response. The head unit provides map coverage of the entire United States (all 50 states). The unit's integrated iGo Primo navigation software provides turn-by-turn visual and voice assistance to direct you to your selected destination. The built-in software quickly calculates step-by-step directions to any destination available on the included navigation map.

    Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While this database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may change over time.

    Map Updates: It is easy to keep the navigation system up to date. Simply download new map data from onto a USB thumbdrive and upload it to the head unit via its rear-panel USB port.

    GPS (Global Position System): The unit's built-in navigation helps you find your way to your destination with an integrated GPS receiver & external GPS antenna. The CarShow CS-GM1210-US features a built-in SiRFprima GPS receiver and includes an external magnetic GPS antenna. The head unit uses Global Position System (GPS) satellites, and a digital roadway map database to calculate and display vehicle positioning and travel direction. The unit considers vehicle speed an heading changes, together with longitude and latitude information, to accurately determine vehicle heading and position on a digital map. Signal from GPS satellites are used to determine the vehicle location. Three (good) or four (best) satellites must be receive to accurately determine location.

    Note: This unit does not transmit your GPS position, so others cannot track you.

    On-Screen Map: The unit's on-screen map shows your vehicle's current position (a red arrow by default), the recommended route (an orange line), the surrounding map area, and your destination as a checkered flag. The on-screen map shows streets, roads, and highways in a way that is similar to how a paper road map show them. A road's width and colors corresponds to their importance, so you can easily tell a freeway from a small street. When navigating a route, the top section of the map screen shows information about your next route maneuver and the next street or the next city/town. When approaching a turn, the map screen will zoom in and raise the view angle to let you easily recognize your maneuver at the next junction. If the next turn is at a distance, it will zoom out and lower the view angle to be flat so you can see the road in front of you. The map also displays data; such as the posted speed limit, your current speed, current time, distance to your destination, time left before you reach your destination, and your arrival time.

    • 2D/3D Map Mode: The navigation head unit allows you to view its on-screen map in a 2D (two-dimensional) or 3D (three-dimensional) view. Similar to paper road maps, the 2D mode, shows you streets, roads, and elevation by color. In 3D mode, you can see the altitude and elevations differences. You can distinguish between valleys, mountains, and elevated roads. In selected cities 3D landmarks and 3D buildings are also displayed.
    • Color Mode: The navigation map screen uses different color themes (Day/Night) during the day and during the night for both the map and the menu screen. Daytime colors are similar to paper road maps, and the menus are bright. The night color themes use dark colors for large objects to keep the average brightness of the screen low. You can also set the navigation unit to switch between daytime and night color modes automatically based on the current time and GPS position.

    Lane Information & Signposts: The unit's navigation map offers helpful lane information & signpost guidance.

    • Lane Information: When navigation on multilane roads, it is important to take the appropriate lane in order to follow the recommended route. If lane information is available in the map data, the map screen will display the lanes and their directions using small arrows at the bottom of the map. High lighted arrows represent the lanes you need to take.
    • Signposts: Where additional information is available, signposts substitute arrows. Signposts are displayed at the top of the map. The color and style of the signposts are similar to the real ones you can see above the road or by the roadside, They show the available destinations and the number of the road the lane leads to.
    • Junction View: If you are approaching a freeway exit or a complex intersection and the needed information exists, the map is replaced with a 3D view of the junction. The lanes you need to take are displayed with arrows. Signposts can also be present, if information is available.
    • Exit Services: While navigation a route, you can find gas, food, lodging, and restrooms near upcoming exits. Services are listed under the following categories - Gas, Food, Lodging, and Restrooms. You must be on a major highway or road to use this feature.
    • Tunnel View: When entering a tunnel, the map is replaced with a generic tunnel image so that surface roads and buildings cannot distract you.

    Audible Alerts: The CS-GM1210-US offers various audible alerts and functions to help you get to your destination safely.

    • Voice Guidance (Text-to-Speech): In addition to graphic directions, the receiver provides voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions. You can select from English, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese audible languages. The volume of the voice prompts can be increased with increases in speed to overcome road noise. Voice guidance can be turned off if you prefer.
    • Safety Alert: This function can warn you when you approach road safety cameras, school zones, or railroad crossings (if available). You can also add your own alert points. Beeps or the spoken type of alert will be heard when you are approaching of these points.
    • Speed Limit Warning: Some maps may contain information about the speed limits of certain road segments. The head unit provides an audible warning if you exceed the recommended speed limit.

    Where Am I?: This screen contains information about the current position (or approximately the last known position if GPS reception is not available) and a button to search for POIs nearby.

    Find Menu: The Find Menu gives you many different ways to choose your destination or insert a waypoint in your current route. An on-screen keyboard appears to allow you to enter your destination from one of the following categories:

    Destination Search Description
    Find on Map Search for a destination by scrolling the map display.
    Find Address Enter a full address or part of an address, or two intersecting streets.
    Find Places Search for over 11,000,000 points-of-interest (POIs) by name or category; search near your current location, in a specific city, along your current route, or near your destination.
    Favorites Store your favorite locations for easy recall.
    History Destinations that you have set previously.
    Coordinates Enter geographic coordinates (latitude & longitude).

    Route Calculation: The built-in navigation system calculates the route base on your preferences. You can choose from the following:

    • Route Method: You can choose which route method (Fastest, Shortest, Green, or Easy) the navigation unit should use when calculating your route.
      • Fastest: give a quick route, if you can travel at or near the speed limit on all roads. Usually the best section for fast and normal cars
      • Shortest: gives a route that has the smallest total distance of all possible routes. It can be practical for slow vehicles
      • Green: gives a quick, but full efficient route based on the fuel consumption data you provide
      • Easy: results in a route with fewer turns and no difficult maneuvers
    • Avoidances: You can tell the navigation unit to avoid certain types of roads along your calculated route, such as - Highways, Tolls, Carpool/HOV, Unpaved Roads, and/or Ferries.

    Inserting Via-Points: You can expand your route by inserting via-points (intermediate destinations).

    Itinerary: The Itinerary is the list of the route events and driving instructions.

    Trip Logs: Trip logs contain useful information about your trip. Trip logs can be saved manually when you reach your destination or automatically along your route. Trip log data includes - Start/End Time, Avg./Max. Speed, Total/Driving/Stopped Time, Total Distance, and Min./Max. Altitude.

    Detour: This screen contains quick detour possibilities during navigation so you can bypass a part of the route.

    Automatic Route Recalculation: The unit will automatically recalculate your route if you stray from the navigation unit's previously calculated route.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: The CarShow navigation/multimedia head unit is equipped with built-in Bluetooth ver. 2.0 (powered by Parrot), allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your smartphone to the head unit. In order to use Bluetooth wireless technology, your phone must also be Bluetooth compatible and be able to interpret certain profiles. This unit is compatible with the following Bluetooth Profiles:

    • Hands-Free Communication: HFP (Hands Free Profile), PBAB (Phone Book Access Profile).
    • Audio Streaming: A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the navigation/multimedia head unit.

    Pairing: Before using your Bluetooth enabled device, it must be paired to the in-dash navigation/multimedia head unit. You can register up to five Bluetooth enabled cell-phones with the in-dash head unit (only one paired phone can be used at a time). The CarShow CS-GM1210-US is compatible with most Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, including the Apple iPhone.

    Note: The CS-GM1210-US can also be paired with your GM vehicle's factory Bluetooth system.

    Integrated/External Microphone: The CarShow navigation/multimedia receiver features an integrated front-panel microphone to carry on your side of a conversation during a Bluetooth phone call. The unit also comes with an external microphone that provides better performance in noisy environments than the integrated microphone. The microphone features a 10' cord that plugs into the back of the radio, and comes with an adjustable visor-mount clip. You can adjust the microphone gain.

    Hands-Free Communication: The unit supports Bluetooth hands-free communication from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The head unit can be set to automatically answer your incoming calls and mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can instantly carry on a phone conversation hands-free. An integrated front-panel microphone carries on your side of the conversation while your car's speakers are used to hear the other person. You can make a call by entering the phone number, selecting a contact from your Phonebook list, or using the Call History Log of received/dialed/missed calls.

    • Answering A Call: During an incoming call, the caller's phone number will be seen on the unit's LCD and a ring-tone will be heard through your car stereo speakers. You can then manually answer the incoming call from the head unit's front-panel controls. You can also set the unit to automatically answer an incoming call within 5 seconds.
    • Making A Call: You can make a call using the in-dash head unit's front-panel controls.
      • Direct Dial: Outgoing calls can be made be entering telephone numbers (0-9, *, #, +) directly via the head unit's touchscreen.
      • Phonebook: You can alphabetically search for contact names in your mobile phone's phonebook from the head unit and then make your call.
      • Favorites: You can save up to 5 numbers as your Favorites for faster dialing.
      • Call List: You can also make a call by searching your mobile phone's call history (Received/Dialed/Missed) from the in-dash navigation/multimedia receiver.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The The CarShow navigation/multimedia receiver also supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The head unit will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The head unit will also display your stored music's song information; such as Artist name and Song/Album title. The receiver also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with metadata display and limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. When an incoming call or outgoing call is in progress from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, audio streaming will be paused so you can take your call. Once the call is finished, your streaming music will resume.

    Disc/USB/SD Playback

    Disc Compatibility: The CarShow navigation/multimedia head unit has a front-loading disc-slot to make loading your disc easier, because there is no panel to slide or fold-down. The receiver supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-Audio, CD-Text, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.

    microSD-Card Slot: The head unit is equipped with a front-panel microSD-card slot for playback of music files stored on a microSD/SDHC memory card.

    USB Port: The navigation/multimedia head unit features a rear-panel mini-USB (type-b) port and comes with a 35" miniUSB-to-USB extension cable that allows you to connect and play USB Mass Storage devices loaded with music files. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (0.5A) and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Compressed Media Playback: The head unit supports compressed music, video, and photo file playback from disc, USB, or microSD/SDHC. Files recorded on disc must be in ISO 9660 Level 1 or 2 format, while files stored on a USB device or microSD/SDHC memory card must be formatted in FAT 12/16/32. The head unit can recognize up to 512 folders and 255 files per folder.

    • Music Files: This unit can play MP3 (16-320 kbps)/WMA (32-192 kbps) music files recorded on DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, and CD-RW discs; as well as stored on a USB mass storage class device or a microSD/SDHC memory card.
    • Video Files: The unit also supports playback of video files (MP4, 3GP, AVI) recorded on DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs, as well as stored on a USB mass storage class device or SD/SDHC memory card.
    • Photo Files: In addition, the unit supports playback of still-image files (BMP, JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIF, TIFF) recorded on DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs; as well as stored on a USB memory device or microSD/SDHC memory card.

    ID3/WMA Tags: The head unit also supports ID3/WMA Tags which will display the title, artist, and album information when recorded on the disc, USB device, or microSD/SDHC memory card.

    Playback Operations: The unit offers the following playback operations:

    • Track List: This function allows you to select audio tracks from a displayed list of tracks on a disc or within in a folder.
    • Direct Search: You can locate the beginning of a movie scene using the time, chapter numbers, or title numbers recorded on a DVD video disc. You can also select a specific track on a music disc.
    • Skip Search: Chapters or Tracks are skipped down or up from the current location, as many times as the key is pressed, and then playback starts.
    • Fast Forward/Rewind : The unit offers a variable fast forward and rewind function.
    • Repeat: This operation plays back chapters, titles, or tracks recorded on a disc repeatedly. You can also select A-B repeat in order to repeat a desired passage of video on DVD disc.
    • Shuffle: This function allows you to randomly playback audio tracks or files recorded on a disc.

    Automatic Play: A disc can be inserted at any time in the unit and the system will automatically switch to disc playback.

    Last Memory: If you stop playback of a disc, the disc will resume play from where it last left off, as long as you do not eject the disc.

    On/Off Eject + Auto Reload: You can insert or eject a disc with the unit powered off. If a disc is left in the ejected position for 15 seconds, the disc is automatically reloaded.

    iPod/iPhone Integration

    iPod/iPhone AV Playback: The navigation/multimedia head unit supports both audio/video playback from a compatible iPod or iPhone. Using your iPod or iPhone's USB-Dock or USB-Lightning cable you can enjoy audio playback of music, podcasts, and audiobooks stored on your iPod or iPhone. Using the optional PP1013 iPod Video harness (135PP1013, sold separately) you can also enjoy video playback of movies, TV shows, video podcasts, and music videos stored on select iPod/iPhone models which support video output. Video can only be displayed while the vehicle is in park (with the parking brake engaged).

    • iPod Control: The navigation/multimedia head unit allows you to browse your iPod/iPhone's music library by Playlist, Artist, Song, Album, Genre, Composer, Audiobook, or Podcast. You can browse your iPod/iPhone's video content by Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast, or Rental. Each category can be searched alphabetically. The head unit also supports Repeat (file/all) playback functions of your connected iPod/iPhone. Most iPod/iPhone device's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked during connection (Apple devices w/ iOS 6.0+ will stay unlocked).
    • Information Display: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone's stored music file information; including Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, and Album Art.
    • iPod Charging: The head unit's USB connection provides 0.5A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    Pandora App: The Pandora App (free) lets you play music from the Pandora music service through the Rosen/CarShow head unit using your connected Apple iPhone, via the connector cable cable supplied with your iPhone. The Rosen/CarShow unit provides control over the Pandora music service and displays Artist, Album, and Song information (plus Album Art). You can select Pandora stations from your station list and also skip song tracks within a station. You can even give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down. To access Pandora you must have an Apple iPhone (iOS3 or later) with the latest version of the Pandora application from Apple's iTunes App Store. Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need a Pandora music service account.

    Note: Access to the Pandora service will depend on the availability of a cellular and/or WiFi network for purposes of allowing your iPhone to connect to the Internet. Pandora is not supported in Canada and only available in the United States.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The CarShow CS-GM1210-US is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 7/18/2013):

    iPod/iPhone Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Pandora App Album Art Song/Artist Text Track Info Phone Audio
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.1.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    5th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N N Y Y Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    2 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    3 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    4 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N
    mini 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N Y N

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Radio: The navigation/multimedia head unit features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, scan, and preset tuning.

    Station Presets: The unit offers 18 FM station presets (6 stations each for FM1/FM2/FM3) and 6 AM station presets. Station presets can be manually entered or automatically scanned.

    Radio Data System (RDS): The unit's tuner features RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is a service used by some radio stations to transmit data outside of normal radio broadcast signals. When an RDS station is received, you can immediately find out what kind of data is being transmitted by looking at the program service name which appears in the display after the frequency. RDS features an emergency transmission function which interrupts regular programming to broadcast an emergency announcement (such as a tornado or severe storm). There is also a switchable Traffic Information function, which will automatically tune a traffic bulletin when it is broadcast, even when you're not listening to the radio.

    Satellite Radio Compatible: The Navigation & Multimedia head unit will support your GM vehicle's factory Satellite Radio tuner. If your vehicle is not equipped with a factory Satellite Radio tuner, you can add the Rosen/CarShow Sirius Satellite Radio Kit (135PPSATKT, sold separately). The Sirius Satellite Radio Kit (PP-SATKIT) includes a Sirius Satellite Radio adapter interface cable (PP1010) and the SiriusConnect SC-C1 Universal Vehicle Tuner (SC-C1).

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The CarShow navigation/multimedia head unit is equipped with a MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit. The power output specs for the CS-GM1210-US are as follows:

    • Full Bandwidth Power: 25 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20-20kHz, 1% THD)
    • Maximum Output Power: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 total watts)

    6ch/4V Preamp Outputs: The CS-GM1210-US features front, rear, and subwoofer 4.0-volt preamp outputs. The front and rear speaker preamp outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer preamp output is non-fading.

    Subwoofer Controls: The navigation/multimedia receiver features a built-in Low Pass Filter control for the subwoofer preamp-output. You can select from 55Hz, 85Hz, 120Hz, or Bypass (off). You can independently control the subwoofer preamp output level (+/-7dB) from the head unit.

    3-Band EQ w/ Preset Modes: The CarShow navigation/multimedia head unit features nine Preset EQ modes (Flat, Jazz, Pop, Classical, Rock, New, Rave, Movie, Techno) and one User customized EQ mode. The User customize EQ mode allows you to adjust the head unit's bass (50/100/200Hz), midrange (0.5/1.0/2.0kHz), and treble (5/10/15khz) manually (+/-10dB).

    Loudness: This function enhances low & high frequencies to make the sound clearer lower volumes.

    Source Volume: The level (0-11) of each source (Tuner, Disc, USB/iPod/microSD/AV input) may be independently adjusted to prevent radical leaps in output volume when switching from one source to another.

    Start-Up Volume: The head unit's start-up volume can be set to 0-40, or Last (volume level when you turned unit off).

    Key Beep: The in-dash navigation/multimedia head unit provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    AV Connections

    Dual AV Inputs: The CarShow navigation/multimedia head unit is equipped with AV input terminals on the front and rear of the unit to enable enjoyment of content from an external connected source. The rear composite video/stereo RCA inputs are ideal for permanent installations, while the front AV mini-jack (3.5mm) input will come in handy for quick connection of a portable audio/visual source.

    Audio/Video Output (with Dual Zone): The navigation/multimedia receiver features a rear-panel composite video/stereo RCA audio output that allows you to connect an external display and headphone system in the rear of your vehicle. You can playback audio/video content from Disc, iPod/iPhone, or AV 1/2 Input on a rear-seat monitor system; while viewing a different audio/video source on the navigation-multimedia head unit.

    Note: The CS-GM1210-US also retains the factory rear seat entertainment systems in select GM vehicles.

    Camera Input: The Camera Input consists of a Composite video RCA jack for connecting an optional rear-view back-up camera. This RCA input enables you to connect a rear-view camera to display the area behind your vehicle. The increased view encourages and facilitates safer driving. When an optional rearview camera is connected to this unit, the rear view image is displayed on the screen when your vehicle is placed in reverse gear (purple/white wire of harness must be connected to reverse light wire of vehicle). Automatic video switching takes approximately 1.1 seconds. Audio from your music source will continue playing, while the back-up camera is displayed.

    Remote Control

    OEM Steering Wheel Controls: The CarShow Navigation & Multimedia head unit can be set up through its menu system to retain your factory steering wheel controls (using the factory steering wheel controls does require splicing into factory wires at the radio location, and possibly elsewhere; there is no plug in adapter available for this function). As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify compatibility with your vehicle.

    Optional IR Remote: You can add on the PP-UN1170-5 remote control (135UN11705, sold separately) for wireless operation of the navigation/multimedia head unit.

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