Car Audio DVD Receiver Roundup and Review | Crutchfield Video

Car Audio DVD Receiver Roundup and Review | Crutchfield Video

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You know in the last two or three years, in-dash DVD players have really become popular amongst our customers, as prices have come down a lot of them have started to take advantage of the fun of having a touchscreen in their dashes. But there are a lot of models on the market, and a lot of them seem to have similar feature sets and do a lot of things extremely well. So we decided to help with the buying decision process and bring in five models from five of our top brands, put them through their paces and find out exactly what each one does extremely well. With Kenwood's DDX-719, we really like, first of all we like the 7" screen which is nice, but we mostly loved the speed with which you can get through iPod menus, setup menus, that sort of thing. And the graphical user interface is really really nice. So we'll demonstrate with the iPod menu, songs come up very quickly and it's very easy to search by artist, by album, by song, etc. And you can scroll with just your finger and find the album that you want extremely quickly.
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We're looking now at the Clarion VX401 and it offers, for the price, a really nice package of features. One of the features we really like is the satellite radio connectivity. Unlike most receivers which require two pieces to get direct connection of satellite radio, the VX401 only requires one. Just one box that plugs into its dedicated input on the back of the receiver. With JVC's KW-AV60 in-dash DVD receiver, the feature that really jumped out to us is the App Mode. Basically, when you have your iPhone connected, you get control over your playlists, and control over your, direct control over your Pandora app, but it also has App Mode which lets you play the audio and sometimes the video from certain apps. So you can pull up, say your MotionX GPS drive navigation app. You don't get direct control on-screen, but you get to see your maps as you're navigating, which is really nice. It's almost like having a built-in navigation receiver.
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Other apps include video apps like Netflix, which you can watch while your parked, or internet radio apps like Mog, which actually will show you album art and song title, and let you track up, track down, and hit play and pause. So App Mode is a really nice extra feature. With Pioneer's AVH-P3400BH receiver, a lot of things stood out to us. We like the intuitive menus, we like the graphical user interface. But what we liked most of all is the Bluetooth connectivity. It's extremely easy to pair. You just pair it from your device, in this case our iPhone, and it gives you a code if you need it and you just hit pair and you're done. It's just that quick. And then once your phone is paired, you can go into the Bluetooth audio section and play the music that's stored on your Bluetooth-compatible device. So we like that. That's very nice. It gives you pause and play options, and you control track up/track down from your device itself. But you still get song title, artist and album title, which is very nice.
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The other thing we really like is this slide-out phone menu. So it slides out without taking away the rest of your music information and you can make phone calls or receiver phone calls or access your phone book, and it's really nice. And when you're done, you just slide that menu back in. So we're very impressed with the Bluetooth on this Pioneer model. With Sony's XAV-64BT, quite simply, we adored the screen quality on it. It's got great resolution, it's very easy to see as you can tell with the album art. And it's just, it's a really nice screen. You're menus come up vividly, videos play nicely (only when you're parked of course), and, like I said, you can see album art and easily read at-a-glance song titles and album titles, because, really when you're driving you don't want to have your eyes on the screen. You want to have your eyes on the road, so anything at-a-glance is a good thing. So, yeah, the screen quality of the Sony is, makes it a clear winner in this category. So there you have it.
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We hope that this has helped start to shed a little bit of light on what each of these receivers can do, and remember if you have any questions about DVD receivers, you can always give us a call.

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