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Great double din head unit for the price,
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This review is from: JVC KW-XR811 Double DIN Bluetooth/iPod/USB/Variable Illumination (Electronics)Having spent weeks reviewing double din head units and how to install one as a replacement for a Ford Mondeo 02 Mk III pre-facelift ( Ford 6000CD radio )I finally decided that I could get one to fit, and that this head unit was the best option. With bluetooth, the Nokia 5800 paired up first time. The microphone supplied with the radio works great and other users have no difficulty listening to me as the unit has noise reduction built in. The Bluetooth adapter is a separate dongle that you have to plug into either the front or rear usb slots. The rear USB slot is actually an extension cable hard wired into the radio which is easily long enough to route into any glove box. The main reason I bought this unit was that others have said that it can read all the folders and music tracks on an mp3 player, usb memory stick or usb hard drive regardless of size. Some other more expensive makes have folder or track limits so some of your albums may be ignored. My mp3 player is 16 gb and this plays fine. It takes a couple of seconds to read the track information when plugged in which is not noticable. Another review said that a 320 gb hard disk also worked fine and took only 30 seconds to index the tracks. Also, this unit has a steering controls connection and I have connected up the head unit with an adapter cable ( made by connects2 ) which allows the existing steering controls to work as normal. No cable mods were needed. Having spent a weekend building a custom carrier so the radio fits in the existing Ford Mondeo console slot using the original radio mount points, it would be possible to fit one of these into a Mondeo again in less than an hour. The radio comes with a cage that is designed to be used where an original double din radio is being replaced but I could not use it in my car. The original Ford 6000CD is 90mm high and 170mm wide and not standard. This radio is standard din 100mm high and 180mm wide and will fit in the Mondeo opening if the top and bottom lips of the console opening are removed with a file and a custom carrier made. PS. I already had a spare console waiting in case I messed up. All in all, delighted with the unit so far.
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Initial post: 3 Feb 2011 22:35:59 GMT
D. A. Sparkes says:
HELP ME!!! Just bought this lovely stereo but cannot get my mobile to pair with it. I have a Sony Xperia MiniPro and i have also tried my girlfriends iphone 3... Its the main reason i got the stereo. Any advice? Thnks
Posted on 26 May 2011 18:52:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 May 2011 18:52:33 BDT
Brian Lowe says:
I'm so glad I read your review! I have a '02 Mondeo with broken Ford 6000 CD and naively expected the double DIN 'standard' to mean that any double DIN unit would be a direct replacement. Obviously not! I don't think I'm up to the surgery required to get this unit into my car, so I guess I'll stick with the much cheaper option of getting the Ford unit to work and forego the luxuries of MP3 and Bluetooth for now.
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