Product Type: Pioneer in Car Audio
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Pioneer DEH 50UB
Member Name: jonny35
Pioneer DEH 50UB
Advantages: Brilliant iPod compatibility, charges iPod, ease of use, good sound quality, sleek design
Disadvantages: Difficult to navigate large song libraries
The head unit is very easy to program although it will require reading the instruction manual the first time. You can save up to 6 am and fm channels, which is plenty by anyone's standards. One criticism I would make is that the buttons are quite small and it takes some getting used to being able to do anything other than basic tasks whilst driving, and they also have different functions depending on whether you are in USB/aux or radio mode - so, again, it takes practice but once you get to grips with what everything does it's not much of a problem.
The main reason I bought this head unit is because I can hook up my ipod and control it from the head unit itself. If you'd rather flick through your ipod manually, you can do that too - and the best part is you'll never run out of battery because it charges the ipod while it's connected. I hardly ever charge my ipod because I have it hooked up in my car so much that its always got full battery! The head unit will display what song is playing, and you can change this to display artist, album or even the current song number in relation to the playlist size (14/82, for instance). One thing you probably won't be able to do with this head unit (unless you have a small iTunes library), is navigate your whole music collection. This is done easily if you set it to iPod control, but to try and navigate 100s, or possibly 1000s of artists/albums/songs is pretty time consuming when using the rotary joystick. It can take a lot of scrolling to find an artist/song in the middle of the alphabet...
It is also worth noting that this head unit doesn't require any extra hardware to connect your iPod - it works by plugging it into the USB using your standard iPod USB cable. This is a massive benefit when you consider that the extra bit of kit necessary for other head units (even Pioneer ones) costs around £50.
For people who are buying their first head unit, you must remember that you will need the head unit interface AND the vehicle interface in order to hook it up to your particular car model. If you want to use the steering controls, you'll need another piece of kit specific to your car, and you will need a head unit fitting, again, specific to your car model, however head units themselves are a standard size unless otherwise stated, so don't worry about whether the fitting will fit your specific head unit.
Summary: An excellent and incredibly reliable head unit for its price range
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