Best Buy Review by firstPC1984
Great unit - great price!!!
i installed an earlier version of this model in my 2006 Hummer H3 about three years ago. I wanted a bare bones head unit that I could use 90% with my ipod touch filled with my entire music library (broken - no screen) and 10% for radio. That earlier model DSX-100 delievered, big time and for $100 was a great deal. Im just pushing basic after market 6" speakers and it worked great for me until last month when the contacts between the face plate and the head unit finally wore out. Bummer.
Thinking I’m smarter than the average installer, I figured this newer model, sngle DIN entry level model Sony would be a direct-fit replacement - so I wouldn’t have to re wire, re install a new bracket, etc etc. Also, the blue tooth feature of the new model was a big plus simce I my cell phne is just a Blackberry 9900 Bold with Pandora, Tune-In radio and micromSD card for MP3s.
Unfortunately, while the wiring of this new model is the same (colors) as the old, the plug in the back of the unit is totally different. And so is the bracket. So I ended up having to rewire and re-install the head unit after all, which meant i probably might have found a cheaper, open box unit from some other brand with the same features and still spent the same amount of installation time. i’m not such a smarty after all.
But in the end, install only took an hour. This unit ROCKS. The new “position sensor” feature works excellent and sounds MUCH better than the older unit; Pandora streaming works great, too and you can skip, thumbs down/up, bookmark etc all through the faceplate. Strangely this new model cmes with a CD unlike the older one…huh? Do people still listen to etc? And: Where the old model kept my ipod hidden inside a tray within the unit, this new one has a front mounted USB port so you ipod cable will be exposed and you’ll need to find a new ipod storage spot. that’s not so cool. SEE PIC of old unit attached.
The bluetooth callng capability is a bonus. i really dont care about that but after seeing how well it works i’m glad i have it.
For anyone new to this model, you may at first be very frustrated by the seemingly byzantine controls/button setup. It only took me a few hours to figure it all out, though and along with the features/value/performance of this thing I am psyched to give this thing five stahs.