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Old 09-15-2020, 03:34 PM   #1
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Wanted - your practical feedback on double DIN head units

I like to listen to tunes on the old iPod Classic, but I'm getting tired of not being able to see the song info on that tiny little screen. I've thought about sticking with single DIN to keep the original vibe, but I can't find anything with a screen that isn't just as useless as the iPod.

So it looks like it's time for a double DIN conversion, even though the old Classic is no longer supported (sob). So here's what I want, and hopefully there'll be some feedback from those of you that have been there and done that.

Some things I'd like: no CD/DVD player, customizable background and colours, quick startup time.

Screen type - capacitive vs resistive.
Apparently the capacitive screen has much less glare than resistive and will support gestures (e.g. swiping for volume control). Any user observations on the differences? Especially glare? (I wear polarized sunglasses.)

Volume control (knob, gesture, buttons).
Now I'm on the volume knob all the time, which I can easily grab while keeping my eyes on the road. Knobs seem to have gone the way of the dodo on new units, leaving us to be constantly searching for the volume touch points. Has that been your experience? Has anyone had any luck with the gestures some units have (ignoring the Apple Carplay / Android component)?

# of USB ports. Any real need for more than one?

Feedback much appreciated...

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Old 09-15-2020, 04:07 PM   #2
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I have a pioneer 2400 NEX and have been happy with it. Upgraded from an older kenwood. This model has a larger screen and glare is much better than the kenwood.




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I went from an expensive but older Kenwood double din unit that was in my car when I purchased it a couple of years ago to an inexpensive Pioneer unit without GPS.
The Kenwood was so slow to boot and then actually start playing the radio. I'd bet is was 30-40 seconds to boot to the home screen and then another 10 to play the radio. I know it sounds trivial but it really bugged me that modern electronics would take that long to boot. Also never successfully kept my iPhone paired with this receiver. Even when it did work, I never got it to answer calls.

The Pioneer was about $150 or so and boots to music in about 5 seconds. I've paired my phone once and it works effortlessly streaming music or making/receiving calls.
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I just installed the Alpine Ilx-w650 and it does everything well for $300. BUT I realize I want a knob for volume. The swipe doesn't work with android auto, not sure if it does with Apples carplay.

The boot up is not blazing fast. I can check when I get home and send you a note.
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I was thinking of the Alpine but it doesn't allow custom background or colours. And the swipe gesture doesn't work when using Carplay.
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The double-din head unit that I installed is a Xtrons brand that I found on e-Bay. It runs plain vanilla Android so it's easy to make a OEM looking background and even makes it easy to change the load screen to a animated Porsche crest. It doesn't have the Xtrons brand logo on its face so it's not so obvious that that it's a aftermarket unit. It has three USB inputs and has the ability to display a back up camera image. I like it a lot. Although a volume knob is a handy feature I wasn't able to find a head unit with a knob that looked like it belonged with the Boxster's other controls so I made a point of getting one without.

You can see my install here; https://rx19jones.wixsite.com/projectboxster/projectboxster-3


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I have a pioneer 2400 NEX and have been happy with it. Upgraded from an older kenwood. This model has a larger screen and glare is much better than the kenwood.




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How do you find using buttons to change volume as you're driving? That's a resistive screen so I assume you wouldn't be able to use gestures.

And what are you using in the two USB ports?
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How do you find using buttons to change volume as you're driving? That's a resistive screen so I assume you wouldn't be able to use gestures.

Im not saying its easier than a knob, but with the raised buttons on the bottom left once your used to it its not a problem at all for me.


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The double-din head unit that I installed is a Xtrons brand that I found on e-Bay. It runs plain vanilla Android so it's easy to make a OEM looking background and even makes it easy to change the load screen to a animated Porsche crest. It doesn't have the Xtrons brand logo on its face so it's not so obvious that that it's a aftermarket unit. It has three USB inputs and has the ability to display a back up camera image. I like it a lot. Although a volume knob is a handy feature I wasn't able to find a head unit with a knob that looked like it belonged with the Boxster's other controls so I made a point of getting one without.

You can see my install here; https://rx19jones.wixsite.com/projectboxster/projectboxster-3


Nice job - I like how you ran a USB to the rear storage cubby. How do you find using buttons to change volume as you're driving? Is the Xtrons screen resistive or capacitive? How's the glare?
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My head unit was installed a couple of years ago so so, of course, the specific model that I have is an oriental antique. The Xtrons web site shows the current version is nearly identical cosmetically but has better performance and Android 10. It does have a capacitive screen and glare is not a problem on mine.

Adjusting the volume with the touch control is not that big a deal for me, at least after I got used to it. I'll admit to ejecting the CD and/or turning the unit off when trying to adjust the volume every once in a while until I climbed the learning curve a bit. Touching the little volume control on the side makes a big volume slider appear on screen. Easy to use while driving.




The ability to use the GPS speedometer is the best reason to get a head unit that runs Android. The OEM speedo always reads 3 to 5 mph fast. I ignore that and trust the GPS speed instead.

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