Preface: A few weeks ago we had a bit of spam from a representative of SBO2 which is a distributor of Eonon equipment. Obviously, we did what CA.com is known for and trashed her out of the forum for A. Spamming and B. trying to sell crappy equipment.
I thought about this a bit in detail and thought about all of the current "mid to high end" companies that we all know and respect that are utilizing China build-houses. Many of these companies (Sundown, SI, etc.) have well built products that are much respected throughout our community. This made me curious to see if any of the lower end companies had made improvements to their product lines.
So I contacted Milly at Eonon and inquired about a double-din unit for our family vehicle (2007 Dodge Nitro).
After discussing options with Milly for some time (an interesting part of the sales and marketing is that the sellers can be contacted via Skype/IM/phone/email so you’re really never out of contact with them) I found a unit that worked for me best and ordered it.
Shipping was incredibly fast and the package arrived in just 4 days from Hong Kong! A word of advice on this is to have them send it as a gift so you don't have to deal with customs taxes and also you should keep the original value for insurance reasons. Packing was secure and the box was well sealed. I was actually surprised at the level of protection offered.
The Unit: The E1012 retails for 227 shipped with all PayPal fees included. The unit itself is a motorized 7" touch screen with DVD, TV tuner, USB plug and an SD slot behind the screen for photos. The internal amplifier offers 4X65watts.
Specs from Eonon are as follows:
-ISO 2 DIN Size
-Screen Size: 7 Inch
-Touch Screen Function
-Fully Motorized Slide Down Control Panel
-Drop Down Detachable Button Panel
-Control Panel Night Illumination Function
-Compatible Format: MP4/DIVX5.0/DVD/VCD/MP3/CD/CD-RW/JPEG
-RCA Video 1 Output/Video2 Output/CAM input /AUX Video 1 input
-RCA audio FR/FL/RR/RL output and AUX Audio R/L Input
-1*TV Antenna Input
-1*Radio Antenna Input
-Built-In USB Port/SD Slot
-Built in amplifier FR/FL/RR/RL 4-Channel Audio Output
-4×65W Surround Stereo
-Image Brightness /Contrast/ Color /Saturation adjustable
-Effect Compensation: POP ROCK CLASS
-TV system: PAL/NTSC
-DVD OSD Language: English /German/Spanish/French/Portuguese/Latin/Korean
-Audio/ Subtitle Language: English/German/Spanish/French/Portuguese /Latin/Korean
-Under Radio mode, can select Europe/ USA radio frequency
-Built-In RDS Radio Receiver Function
-Built-In LCD Clock Display Function
Installation of the unit was very straightforward to the side of what Eonon could control. The harness that comes with the unit has each wire labeled and minus a slight bit of Chinese to English translation errors, no issues at all. They do call the stripe a different name, but as the positive was solid, it was a no-brainer. Now, my install was not without issues, but this was more of my brand of truck that was the problem (problem was fixed using a dremel and some adjusting of the brackets).
As can be expected from a product of China, the manual is very poorly translated. Most of the time, you can understand what they are saying, but a few times I really had to just guess what was trying to be expressed.
Also, just to add to the fun of this install, while initially trying to align everything I hit the open button causing the screen to move and scratch the bottom left. You can’t' notice it during movies or in normal use, but it is there and it does annoy me. It also shows up very clearly in the photos. This was done by me, and not something that happened in transit.