I did exactly that, with the Pioneer AVIC Z1, speakers, amps, subs, XM, IPOD, etc.
What do you think of the Z1? I've been wanting an in-dash system for a long time, and had been looking at the Eclipse AVN5495, but was told that it can only load 1 DVD onto the HD at a time, and it's slow in transferring music from CD to HD.
So, aside from being about $700 less than the Eclipse, I've read the Pioneer comes fully loaded with N. America maps, POI, and other crap. It sounds pretty good, but I've never known anyone who uses it, so...if you don't mind, I'd like to ask a few questions.
- Did you opt to defeat the gyroscopic sensor that prevents you from altering route info or watching DVDs while the vehicle is in motion? (I know this is a bad idea, but I'm young and stupid)
- How do you like the iPod option, can you use the steering wheel controls, or is everything done with the touch screen? (I've heard that scrolling was really slow, making it hard to find a specific song/artist if your iPod is as full as mine)
- Did you grab any other options? i.e. the Backup Camera, or the BlueTooth add-on for cellphone info?
- Does the voice-recognition software work worth a crap when trying to find a route or phone #? (I've had bad experiences with voice recog)
- Do you use the 10gigs leftover on the HD for music, or just stick to your iPod? Hows the transfer rate, meaning is it in real-time (so you have to listen to every song before its completely transferred) or can you load a mp3-cd with 700 songs on it and just select all for transfer?
Thats all I can think of for now, sorry for the long post, but I'd appreciate any info you can give on your experience with it. Thanks again!