Originally Posted by holden
Hi LocoStrange -
So, do you have any comments on how this works for streaming music from your bold and how the voice calls work?
Sorry, I have to ask a newbee question... - Avic is like the brand - Like Kenwood etc.?? I never heard of this brand and as you can see I am just starting my research... Thanks...
Avic is a branch off of Pioneer. There are the D, Z, and F models. However, recently, Pioneer discontinued the D model and replaced it with the F model. The main differences between the model (not sure about the F since its new) but the Z models have a hard drive while the D uses CD/DVDs for map
Now, as far as Kenwood and Pioneer, the differences are basically black and white depending on what options you prefer.
Pioneer uses their own GPS Map while Kenwood uses Garmin (I perfer Garmin)
The GPS for Kenwood is another module while Pioneer it is all in one unit. As a result, with the D models, you have to remove the DVD navi to watch movies. The destination and radius of x miles is saved to internal memory though.
The User Interface, IMO, looks better on the Pioneer models
iPod is easy to maneuver with the Pioneer
Basically, in the end, Pioneer has a better all in one unit but Kenwood has better GPS. Since I knew I wouldnt use GPS as much, I picked Pioneer for that reason. The Avic-D models are basically a think of the pass for Pioneer so you will not find much support for them. Overall, the same can be said about Pioneer in general, unsure about Kenwood. But its just so you are aware.
Of course, there is Eclipse but they are good but they are expensive. Some people like Alphine but I didnt bother to research them
Now, as far as the Bluetooth with the D3 is concerned, I have had nothing but smooth sailing. Granted, it took me a while to get things hooked up but right now it is smooth.
The unit connects to my phone the moment it is turned on. Sound quailty on both sides are perfect and nothing bad can be said about that. Some people have been able to transfer their contacts to the D3 but I cant get it work. However, they said 200 contacts took about 30 seconds. The same people said that music and videos are also smooth without any problems but I havent tried nor do I have a desire to try it.
Overall, I am very happy with the Pioneer Avic-D3 with bluetooth and iPod adapter.