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    Review of Head Unit: Pioneer AVH-P4300DVD

    Price at time of review: ~$400
    Specs!

    I bought this after getting a 7" Power Acoustik that was, despite good reviews, akin to polished excrement. There were so many things bugging me that I decided to return it and go with something reputable. HOLY ***** am I glad I did!

    I love this thing so much. The fit is perfect and the tolerances are amazing- when I first mounted it in the kit I thought - "There's no way it's going to open- it's gonna hit the top/bottom" but it does not. Amazing thing works perfectly and looks so clean.

    I plan to continually add to this review as I play with it more and more. Here are some things I love about it:

    SD Card/USB slots+Aux. jack

    ...are hidden behind the screen and on the back of the HU. My old Power Acoustik had the USB on the front and looked bleh. This looks so clean, even if you have a flash drive/SD card in you'd never guess, as you can route the USB cord to glovebox/center console/wherever.

    Video Playback

    ...is, so far, vastly superior to the Power Acoustik, which used to get the audio and video out of sync alarmingly often. I have had no such issues yet with the Pioneer. Also, the Power Acoustik had a higher resolution than the Pioneer, and I was worried about feeling like I downgraded, but the resolution is in fact quite good - no complaints. BTW, it DOES play avi files, despite it not being mentioned anywhere. I would've raged if it didn't. I used a relay for the parking brake bypass - it was very simple and has worked flawlessly. You can use a relay or a switch - with the relay you just wire it up and forget about it. With the switch, every time you want to watch a video while driving, you must flip the switch on/off twice. I have made a diagram for how to wire the relay at the end of this review.

    UI

    This is perhaps what I love the most about this HU - it is so effortless to navigate. The buttons on the bottom for commonly-used things (Menu, Mode, Source, Volume, Mute, Eject, etc.) make it easy to quickly change settings, tweak the awesome 8-band EQ, adjust volume... these were tedious chores on the Power Acoustik. It is extremely intuitive, and you can easily change the background to your own pics and set the button illumination to the color of your choosing.

    iPod Interface

    This HU's iPod interface really is incredible. It requires you to buy an extra cable (I bought this because it's $15 cheaper than the Pioneer version) but it is definitely worth it IMHO. Yes it eats the AUX and USB, but dayum it charges the iPod and you can access everything from the HU - playlists, artists, albums, genres, blah blah... it even displays the album art when playing! I have it set up so that the iPod sits in my glovebox and chills and charges in there. The HU also has an "app" feature... haven't fully explored that but should be interesting.

    The thing does not have octupus connectors in the back for RCAs, etc. (they're just plugs on the back - no little leads). However, I am very happy with the 3 sets of 4V pre-outs and the myriad of other connectors on the back- this HU allows for a great deal of expansion. I bought the iPod cord that plugs into the USB and aux. jack and allows control of the iPod. I am going to test this later today, as I used the SD card on the way to work this morning. You can buy the bluetooth adapter (which I've read is meh), HD radio, navigation, and sat. radio with different bits from Pioneer. The badassery that caught my eye about this HU's iPod interface is that it charges the iPod whilst communicating with it. Brownie points for Pioneer.

    The instant you load an SD card, 0.03 seconds later it starts playing the first song on there. I thought that was b/a. And I love the way it displays the information about the song - different titles for artist, song, and album. Also, this HU plays AAC files, which the Power Acoustik couldn't and was MAJOR FAIL!! So woot for Pioneer. It is extremely easy to navigate through your folders and files on the SD card, which I will be using for most of my media. I am toying with the idea of using an external with the USB port, as I read that someone had succesfully done it on the previous model (4200DVD). However if anyone tries to do this, make sure the HDD is formatted as FAT32. I don't believe it will recognize NTFS.

    My setup as of this morning is:

    Said Pioneer HU
    Stock speakers (not terrible)
    Blaupunkt THb-200A active sub

    The Power Acoustik made my stock speakers sound WORSE than through my stock HU (which was made by Clarion). I thought it was because of Subaru's silly external EQ which I'm not sure they still use now. However the Pioneer makes everything sound better. The speakers sound better than stock - more defined and greater clarity. The sub sounds more accurate than it did through the Power Acoustik (which also had 4V pre-outs). Apparently in the premium system, Subaru put speakers in with cones made of a Kevlar blend, and I gotta say they sound decent through HU power.

    Small update: A few nights ago I installed my Zed-built CR-150 for my front speakers, and HOLY OMGOODNESS. Through the stock speakers, the sound is pretty impressive. The highs are unbelievably clear and not harsh, everything just sounds very good. The stock speakers are rated for 40 RMS and are getting "75" (but I'm sure is more than that) from the amp, and as such frequencies below 50-ish hz cause the speakers to distort a bit even with the gain turned all the way down. So I turned on the 50 hz HPF on the HU. Will do until I get my components in. The HU drives the amp very very well; I'm very happy with everything.

    So, yeah, so far I've been blown away by this HU. My only gripes so far are below:

    - One USB port - which the iPod cable takes! I'm going to try and get a splitter or hub so I can use a flash drive and the iPod cord.
    - No faceplate security. Which I understand as this is a **** Double DIN 7", but wah. I live in a high-crime rate area for half of the year, and now I must rip apart an old DD OEM HU and make a fake faceplate. Which should prove exciting.
    - HD Video playback - I read that the 4200 did not like 720p or 1080p. I am going to try and test this tonight and see if this one doesn't mind it.

    I will try to post pics up when I get home tonight. I really am amazed at how close the tolerances are and how excellent the fit is. I hope this review helps someone out - if anyone has questions about it they can PM me or post in this thread (I think that's allowed - ?). I would recommend it without a second thought to anyone who can afford it. Well worth the money. Here are some pics:







    And here is a diagram I made for how to do the parking brake bypass:



    Hope that helps
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    Re: Pioneer AVH-P4300DVD

    AWWWwwww YEEEEAAAAA.

    I just grabbed the AVH-P4200DVD for 350 on amazon, basically the same deck. I have downloaded a few movies, tossed them on a flash drive, and they all play no problem. The ipod searching is great. Just like youre on the ipod, you can also do link searches that allow you to pull up other songs on the current album or by the current artist or from the current genre.

    The internal amp seems to be quite the beast too, it really lights up my speakers in the Fit. Hasnt distorted on my as loud as I play it either.

    I love that you can change the colors of the buttons, turn the screen off while driving, add your own background, and change the color scheme of the deck.

    I bought it because of the EQ and being a nice Double Din for the price. I would recommend this to anyone. 8band eq btw ftmfw.

    Also basically all the stuff that he said above. I wanna see the ghetto face plate btw.



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    Haha yeah should be fun so you got the Fit already? I rode in my dad's back in cali the other day and was reminded how thin the doors are... Speakers should be interesting.
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    Re: Pioneer AVH-P4300DVD

    The doors are pretty weak but I have like 20 sq feet of audio wrap in the garage for when it gets warm out. Its just as loud outside as it is inside haha. The stock setup actually sounds halfway good after some EQ too. Tons of midbass, Also the door speakers are Neo drivers ftmfw.

    I got the fit like 2-3 weeks ago I cant really remember haha, but I had the dash kit and stereo ordered not even a week after I had the thing.

    People can hate all they want, but for a 1.5 liter its damned peppy. It takes corners reallllly well too, This would eat my old Pontiac G5 alive for sure. I cant say I have any gripes at all about it. Best car Ive owned. Im really glad I didnt go with the AT Civic. For 15000 bucks the Honda Fit Sport is definitely the best car in its class. Retarded amounts of space too. I mean im 6-4 and there is a good 6 inches of head room and plenty of leg room in the back after I put my seat where I want it. My 6 cube 18 box will fit in it with the back seats up too HEHEHEHEHEHEHEH. Also the alt is right out where you can get to it

    Pics of Deck installed.





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    Very nice Yeah that thing is ourageously huge inside. I could probably fit my WRX in it Plus i've watched it get 44 mpg regularly. very jealous of that.



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    I drive the crap out of it and still get better mpgs than I did in the Pontiac. I mean that engine sees 5k before I shift 80% of the time lols.



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    That's how Hondas were meant to be driven tiny engine that revs to 17k. I test drove an S2000 a month or so ago; not as fast as the rex but the 8k redline was fun



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    Idk I see a long lasting bond between myself and this here Fit. The best part is it looks like Im getting groceries to cops leave me alone and dbags remember they are driving a cavalier.

    S2000 is fun, Around here everyone has early 90s civic hatches though haha. I test drove a rex and I fell in love but my insurance payment would be more than the car payment.



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    I bought a 1990 Civic hatch when I was 16. having that car brought our collective insurance DOWN. Tiny thing.

    At some point in time, years down the line I'd like to have a Fit as a DD and make it into an audio monster. The Michiganians can hate on the cute little japanese car... and then get their ears blown apart



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    Re: Pioneer AVH-P4300DVD

    Does this HU work with iphones?




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    Quote Originally Posted by sangerdude View Post
    Does this HU work with iphones?
    Indeed it does. On the 4300 you can stream Pandora to the HU through bluetooth and use the ipod interface, which I tested and just edited the original post to include



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    Re: Pioneer AVH-P4300DVD

    just installed mine a couple days ago. Liking it so far. haven't even scratched the surface of what this this is capable of yet.




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    Re: Pioneer AVH-P4300DVD

    do you have to cut the little fuse off the end of the parking brake wire or do you leave it on



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    On the end of mine was a quick splice to make it easy to tap into the parking brake wire; I cut it off so I could do the bypass.



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    ive got that same HU in my turck. it looks sexxy! and i love how user friendly it is




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