The Cd and Radio functionality are what I expected and great. The controls and function switches are positive and feel solid. The bluetooth connectivity to my samsung SG800 works and the microphone is acceptable. I have it in an elderly MX5 that is noisy and people can hear what I am saying even with the hood down. Marry the phone and the radio and it connects when the engine and radio turn on and off when I get out the car. One word of warning, if you are sitting in your car with the engine off, and ignition on and chatting on the phone and then start the car, the radio turns off momentarily and cuts you off. No major issue though.
I have the optional Ipod doo-hickey (AX110IP) to connect the radio to my Ipod. Sounded great and my expectations were high; no more lose CD's rattling around in the car. Problem is the scrolling through the music (80Gb) is painful, you can choose Artist, Albums or playlists. Then you have to scroll one by one through them. (1 or so seconds per artist/album) The player also always starts with the first album alphabeticaly and plays track 001. It does not take long before you hate that track. Playlists or the shuffle tracks is the way forward. Moving or holding the selector arm down makes no difference and the manual is nonexistant for the Ipod bit. I am also thinking of getting a 2GB ipod shuffle so I can put my "driving" music on it and not have the other stuff. Hence the 4 stars..... Oh yes the sound is full and good through standard issue Mazda speakers!
New car image hifi gave fantastic customer support. Thank you