I bought this car audio player at least 4 or 5 years ago and it worked perfectly fine until about 12 months ago. Up until then I had no problems but first the volume knob fell off.I think it has sheered off and the spring now holds it in place. Also, the connection between the faceplate and the unit is now very unreliable. I am forever opening and closing the facia to get it to regognise so I can see the screen to change something.
I think after the length of time I have owned it this is expected - general wear and tear. When I bought it I paid around £250 and it had everything I needed. It has enough outputs to be able to run a few amps through it and the radio is very good on it. The three functions I use are the radio, the cd player and I have a harddrive that connects also so I can connect a usb stick to the player. Unfortunately it doesnt have usb connectivity built in, so I have had to buy this additional gadget to be able to store my music on. The screensavers are pointless in my opinion. I find that they distract me whilst driving, especially when it is dark. The change in brightness is very offputting and I dont think it is something that is needed. There are 6 buttons for radio station presets and these are easily accessiby just beolw the screen. The facia drops forward to insert cds into the unit. This is a good aesthetic feature but it doesnt help when trying to change cds at the traffic lights etc. Overall this is a good player for the price that is now half what I paid for it 4 or 5 years ago. I would say that for the money, though, there are better units out there that can offer much more. If you are just looking for a cd/radio player then this is fine, but most come with usb slots and other formats that can be inserted into a card slot.
I have owned this item for around 18 months having bought it second-hand from eBay. I have it fitted in my Skoda Fabia vRS and thus far I have been fairly impressed with it.
The player is quite pretty and its facia is a mix of brushed aluminium with piano black in the centre. The display colour is a fixed "digital blue" however the controls can be either red or green. The flip down front means the CD opening is hidden from view. The only downside to this item is that the screensavers on the blue screen can be distracting, and on my model it will suddenely go brighter then darker again every 5 minutes, which can be offputting when driving.
One issue has been the "brightening issue". Also for some reason the volume control knob stopped working, but soon worked again. Strange. Overall very good.
Sound Quality and Features:
As you would expect from Pioneer, the sound quality is very good for a budget unit. 27 wrms from each channel means it packs a punch, and will give even standard speakers a new lease of life. There is an aux output on the back to connect your MP3 or IPOD to, and there are plenty of PRE-OUTS to connect external amplifiers and subwoofers to. I have mine connected to a 4 channel infinity basslink. There is also the option to have DAB radio connectivity.