Pioneer AVH-X490BS Review

​QUICK OVERVIEWReview of: ​Pioneer AVH-X490BSCategory: ​Double Din Head Units ​Build Quality​7-inch full-color LCD supplemented by high-quality audio components. Value For Money​Cheaper alternatives are available, with a similar specification. ​Integration​Integration with mobiles, including GPS, calendar and more. ​Ease of Use​Easy to pick up, plus a user manual for if you get stuck.What I Like ​Hands-free call control ​iPhone Siri integration directly with stereo ​Control maps, contacts, calendar and moreWhat I Like ​App availability ​Cheaper alternatives are available ​Bluetooth connection can be unreliable​This review looks in depth at the Pioneer AVH-X490BS in-car stereo receiver. As an aftermarket model, it is a replacement to … Read more

Kenwood DPX502BT Review

QUICK OVERVIEWReview of: ​Kenwood DPX502BTCategory: ​Double Din Head Units ​Build Quality​Exceptional build quality for the budget to mid-range price. Value For Money​As far as in-car aftermarket stereos go, this is reasonably priced for the level of tech you get. ​Integration​Integrates with Apple and Android, but no Android Auto or CarPlay. ​Ease of Use​Easy to get to grips with, but fiddlier than a touchscreen.What I Like ​Exceptional sound quality ​External microphone for calling ​Retro backlights are a pleasure in the darkWhat I Like ​Relatively inexpensive ​No touchscreen controls ​Display difficult to read in direct sunlight​This review covers the Kenwood DPX502BT, a … Read more

BOSS Audio BV9986BI Review

QUICK OVERVIEWReview of:​ BOSS Audio BV9986BICategory: ​​Double Din Head Units ​Built Quality​Touchscreen a plus, but physical buttons feel cheap. Value For Money​Surprising to see a touchscreen in a cheap-ish model. ​Integration​Some playback options, with smartphone integration. ​Ease of Use​Loses points for difficulties with SD navigation.What I Like ​Supports DVDs and CDs ​Detachable front faceplate ​Full-colour touchscreen despite low priceWhat I Like ​SD card navigation is troublesome ​Overall navigation confusing ​Physical buttons feel cheap​In this review, we’re going to examine the BOSS Audio BV9986BI in-dash single DIN receiver. We’ll review the positives and negatives associated with the product, as well as … Read more

Boss Audio BV9364B Review

QUICK OVERVIEWReview of: ​BOSS Audio BV9364BCategory: ​Double Din Head Units ​build Quality​Cheap look and feel resulting from hard plastic components. Value For Money​Reasonable value for money, with some premium features. ​IntegrationSome smartphone control and Bluetooth streaming. ​Ease of Use​Cluttered wireless remote control and deep menus.What I Like ​Touchscreen for a small price ​Supports Bluetooth streaming ​Voice control is possibleWhat I Like ​Cheap look and feel ​Inconsistent volume control ​Overly cluttered wireless remote​In this review, we’re going to look at the Boss Audio BV9364B in-car stereo receiver system. This is an aftermarket receiver that would be at home in a vehicle … Read more

BOSS Audio BV9362BI Review

​QUICK OVERVIEWReview of: ​BOSS Audio BV9362BICategory: ​​Double Din Head Units ​Build Quality​Sacrifices have been made on component quality to achieve a mid-range price tag. Value For Money​Mid-range in price but does boast some premium features. ​Integration​Good range of integration options with smartphones, though lacks advanced features. ​Ease of Use​Installation can be tricky if you don’t have a wiring harness.What I Like ​Relatively inexpensive for a touchscreen ​Extensive range of playback options ​Play DVDs directly from your dashWhat I Like ​Long startup time on each journey ​Better quality music is available ​Touchscreen user interface is minimalist​In this review, we’re taking a … Read more

Sony MEX-XB100BT Review

QUICK OVERVIEWReview of: ​Sony MEX-XB100BTCategory: ​​Single Din Head Units ​Build Quality​One of the best quality single DIN radio receivers you can buy. Value For Money​The stereo isn’t cheap, but you do get a lot for your money. ​Integration​Let down by the need for a third-party mobile application. ​Ease of Use​Stripped-back functionality and no touchscreen make an easy to use product.What I Like ​Sound and color synchronization ​Vast array of voice commands ​Simplicity in stereo’s design makes for ease of useWhat I Like ​Lack of a touchscreen ​App must be opened on every use ​Sony’s app must be installed on your … Read more

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