Great sound, unfortunate issues
2007 Acura 3.2TL
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I have been using an Isimple interface in my 2005 Acura. However, with my 2007 with XM traffic, Isimple has discontinued their device. So I tried the USA Spec. Easy install thanks to Crutchfield build sheets, and I was done in less than an hour. Unfortunately, after that I noticed the same issues that another reviewer mentioned. When listening to XM radio, the system would freeze on the channel I was currently listening too and not accept channel change commands. Sometimes, it would change the channel, but the display wouldn't change and it would display "XM Loading." Sometimes it would catch up and change, other times it would not until I changed from XM back to radio or CD. I contacted Crutchfield and they immediately offered a replacement or refund. Since I had seen this issue on forums, I decided to return it. Other than that, I was not too happy with the interface. If you wanted to control the iPod directly, you have to use the "Direct" setting on the USA spec settings. This stops the car's display from showing the title and artist and it just displays "Direct." Since I like to surf the iPod directly a lot to find a particular song, this didn't work for me. It wouldn't be so bad if when you went back to the playlist interface it stayed on the same song, but it doesn't it reverts back to the first song in said playlist. Overall, great for music sound, not so good for interface use and XM music interference issues.
Pros: Sound is good, easy install. Displays everything on the Navigation interface if in the correct mode.
Cons: Disappointing interface. To change a song with the steering wheel controls, you have to hold the button and wait for the beep. This is the scan mode on the Acura stereo. A single push switches the Device mode which causes it to switch from playlist or direct mode or whatever. It seems odd that you can't just push it once like you are changing a channel on the radio. The Isimple did this. It also created a new mode on the XM/Aux button for Ipod instead of taking one of the XM presets away.