I did read that the MSN that Pioneer uses will no longer be available.
its not pioneer thats ending it, its MSN...and in typical MSN fashion
they were trying to compete against BETTER and more popular technology.
MSN provided "real time" traffic overlays for gps mapping.
XM radio provides REAL TIME traffic overlays AND weather/satellite
overlays to the GPS mapping...if you wanna pay for it (per month, its
well worth it !) The weather overlays are amazing, (expensive yes) but
impressive none the less.
This would be handy on trips or pulling trailers through cities. I have traffic for my Garmin, and it has saved me some time on a few occasions. I do like the pioneer unit, but don't like that some of its nav software will be obsolete after 2012.
you can do just as good a job w/ a "smart phone" (blackberry/iphone/droid, etc) all the traffic information for metro areas is FREE <via web site>...
set some bookmarks on your phone and periodically check them as you
travel toward the metro areas.
IMO the accident data isnt "realtime" enough for you to react or properly
reroute your trip...especially if youre traveling thru a city/metro area that
your not familiar with.
What do you mean about the amps. Won't an aftermarket head unit have more power than the stock unit? I want to replace the stock speakers too.
the amplifiers provided INTERNALLY to 99% of the head units really are
crap, DIRTY <easily distorted & fuzzy noise> that its not worth buying a
unit FOR the internal amp.
you want GOOD <clean> power you plan for and USE external amps.
think about this...JL Audio (among others) makes some of the cleanest
amps available (for reasonable prices)...and im speaking ONLY of the "slash"
series (300/4, 250/1, etc)....those amps are necessarily the largest (physical)
amps on the market, but they are MUCH larger than anything INTERNALLY
to a head unit.
if a manufacture could build a better amp in a smaller package they WOULD.
Any suggestions. Was thinking component as they sounded better in the store. Maybe and amp and subs later, but not that into that anymore. Just a little better than stock. Hard to hear the radio over the straght pipes.
thats a contradiction in terms...you want separates cause they sound
better (but you dont care anymore)...wanna bet that the store was
driving those separates w/ an external amp ? the store has LESS ambient
noise than your truck (even w/out straight pipes).
start w/out the amps if you must (we all have to start somewhere), but
do yourself the favor and run the necessary cabling (audio outs) to where
the amps will go (under the rear seats or rear cab wall)...at least you wont
have to remove the head unit later to do it.
Honestly the blue tooth phone is most important. Nice to talk on the phone and have both hands on the wheel. I don't like the hands free stuff, nothing fits right or seems to work well.
w/ built in (head unit) bluetooth you can play your music as loud as you
want and NEVER miss a call (the head unit CAN mute and/or auto answer
any incoming call...after you get a ring tone thru your car audio system).
when traveling w/ passengers bluetooth can be good & bad...having a
private phone conversation requires turning off the bluethooth.
the flip side of this is the car audio system become a speaker phone....
great for EVERYONE to be able to talk to grandmom & pop when traveling
Nav would be nice, but I do have a Garmin that works fine.
the in-dash nav stuff is nice, but its STILL VERY pricey....i can buy a
laptop and ms streets and trips for what an in-dash nav system would cost.
streets and trips has free construction updates and w/ a gps antenna or
interfaced to and OLD gps (i use my 15 year old garmin gpsIII) you get
turn by turn directions along w/ re-routing features, just like a modern
w/ a laptop & gps you can also have LIVE/Real-time internet access while
the laptop isnt as factory integrated (in dash) as a nav system can be
but at the same time it IS removable (to prevent theft).
review the links in my signature for photos and ideas on amps, gps &
many of us travel w/ our laptops and already OWN laptops so its a matter of
being able to use / re-purpose something we already own.
the laptop also provides LARGER screens for view/nav as well.
I still listen to CDs, but can put everything on my shuffle that I've used like 5 times in three years. Thanks guys, appreciate the info. This is all new to me, it's been almost 10 years since I've done any aftermarket stereo stuff.
if the shuffle isnt using a digital interface then its gonna be **** for sound quality.
the headphone output jack on an ipod or shuffle will give you POOR quality (analog) audio
and it will NOT provide song/artist/genre data on the head unit display.
a digital audio interface (usb or ipod) will provide you w/ FULL control & display at the
head unit...advancing/shuffling/searching will all be done @ the head unit w/ a digital
interface (cant do that w/ the audio/head phone output).