Product Reviews (11)
I just bought my second unit for...
Strengths: The display is good, the sound is great, the controls are easy to understand and the touch screen makes navigation easy. The cooling fan is in the hide away unit, no noise.
Weakness: Navigation isn't the best, it doesn't have the same address detail as the Garmin units. It gets you close, 1,000 feet, then you have to start looking.
I just bought my second unit for the motor home. I like the fact that everything is neat, and enclosed in one display unit. There is also a hide away unit, add the TV and you have another hide away unit, add a disk changer and you end up with lots of wires under the carpet. This unit is much better than the Panasonic equivilent, which doesn't have the GPS navigation feature.
By algutkin - Mar 7, 2005
WITH PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION YOU...
Strengths: Plays all types of DVD's, CD's, MP3'S AND THE NAVIGATION IS OUTSTANDING...THE ON SCREEN DISPLAY IS SECOND TO NONE...YOU HAVE THE REAR CAMERA THAT LETS YOU SEE IN THE REAR...AN AWSOME UNIT!!!
Weakness: TAKES MUCH PRACTICE TO UTILIZE ALL THE FUNCTIONS AND GADGETS IT COMES WITH! NEED TO REALLY READ THE OWNERS MANUAL PRIOR TO OPERATION OF THIS UNIT...
WITH PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION YOU DON'T GET ANY FAN NOISE AS ONE READER STATED...INFACT THE SOUNDS COMING OUT ARE VERY CLEAR AND DISTINCTIVE. I RECCOMEND THIS UNIT TO ANYONE LOOKING TO PUT A TOUCH OF CLASS AND STYLE INTO THEIR VEHICLE. THIS UNIT IS JUST TOO GOOD AND IT HAS IT ALL IN ONE UNIT JUST WAITING FOR A TOUCH OF THE FINGER TO BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY. I RECCOMEND THIS UNIT TO ANYBODY THAT WANTS IT ALL IN ONE UNIT!!!
By ROYALTY1 - Oct 23, 2004
This has to be the best piece of...
Strengths: all in one... navigation, dvd, cd, xm tuner ready...voice command, rear view camera,all the xtra lil toys...touch screen... i can go on forever..
Weakness: none... after having the unit installed i did not hear the fan noise tht the other review had stated...no weakness whtsoever....
This has to be the best piece of equipment i have purchased for my car yet, besides my rims. I am the envy of my neighborhood. u can also add different accessories to this unit. that is a plus in my book..i reccomend this for anyone who does want to put seperate pieces in their car.
By SEBASTIAN99 - Aug 9, 2004
I bought the clearance model...
Strengths: Great screen, fast navigation, easy to use interface.
Weakness: Screen gets smudged easily. Upgrade map discs are expensive. DVD video does not work while car is in motion.
I bought the clearance model AVIC-N1 because the AVIC-N2 does not have that many upgraded features for the price. I think the map upgrades are ridiculous -- around $250-280 for 2 DVDs. It does play almost everything -- CDs, DVDs, MP3s, etc. Lots of auxillary inputs and addons -- backup camera, TV tuner, satellite radio, XM NavTraffic. I would recommend this as the best bang for the buck value for any navigation system, it may not be the best out there but for the price it is an excellent value.
By dleclair - May 12, 2005
Had great hopes and expectations...
Strengths: All-in-One Unit - NAV, Radio, DVD, CD, etc. Price competitive against other nav systems
Weakness: Fan noise is annoying even with no DVD/NAV going. Maps are not up-to-date. Missing neighborhoods that are 5 years old.
Had great hopes and expectations for this unit. Got it installed and instantly the noise the unit generates is very bothersome. Overcomes music at lower volumes even while driving. As stated, map coverage (Dallas) was very questionable. Seems as if they bought some source that was years and years old - missing whole neighborhoods. We are returning the unit.
By karkes - May 5, 2004
Buy it.. im happy. I havent...
Strengths: Are you kidding... This unit is awesome... It has it all.
Weakness: Lets see.... it has an incredible sound. plays DVDs, MP3s, XM Radio, and my sony playstation... and the navigation unit is awesome
Buy it.. im happy. I havent noticed the fan noise like the other buyer... im very impressed with the sound quality, even with my volvo stock speakers. very impressed.
By kylesalone - Oct 22, 2004
I been using the Alpine nav unit...
Strengths: The touch screen and different nav views are nice. That's about it.
Weakness: The fan noise is annoying, outdated maps, bad dvd menu where you cant just press the "button" on the menu.
I been using the Alpine nav unit on my other car for some time now, the input is intuitive and you dont have to know exactly the street name, i.e.: st, blvd, ct or n, s, e, w. Heck, you dont even have to know the city the street is on. I find it frustrating because the maps are so outdated that most locations I need to get to is not on there and I have to use major cross streets to get close. That means I usually have to know which city and if its a n, s, e, w or st, blvd, etc. I know the Alpine are more expensive, so I guess you get what you paid for.
By Linabe - Dec 4, 2004
I have had this unit since June....
Strengths: its pretty
Weakness: complicated to use and breaks often
I have had this unit since June. The hide away unit has broken twice. Since the unit does not work without the hide away unit, I have to replace the radio with the stock unit while I send the Pioneer unit back (at a cost of $40)to have it repaired. This unit has been a waste of $2,000. Don't waste your money.
By homepukes - Oct 3, 2004
Avic N1 N2 N3 ?
i was wondering if anyone knew which of the 3 models actually is better getting if it was the N1/N2/N3 because they all seem to be great but i wanted to know if anyone actually knew which one was the better/best one to get ??
By anonymous; - Oct 14, 2007
Strengths: all the outputs. I have my PS2 hooked up, my iPod, all of my things. You can watch movies and all. Its a great item
Weakness: The brightness of the screen when you get a glare on it.
Overall, I think I got a great deal here. F.Y.I. You can drive and watch a movie with it. In the back of the head unit there is 2 black wires and a green one. If you guys connect all three to the ground thats comming from the car, that should work the problem.
By anonymous; - Oct 28, 2005
i have brought the new alpine D310...
Strengths: System is constantly learning verry different from all other nav system with one toch system wil guide you back home, with a bussiness phone # navl take you straight there as more you use it gets bett
Weakness: system will not work when vehicle is in motion, but this can be bypass by a switch real easy, fan noise is due to faulty instalation, in other words if you get it its not propertly install
i have brought the new alpine D310 with the NVE-N852A navegation system i spend over $2800, this is true now and trust me it wont even come close to this i suggest,you to go to a local store see them both on display and you will see for you self (alpine lots of money no features no system interractions)
By Ariez5236 - Sep 17, 2005