I was using a RAVDVD1 because I planned on adding at least 2 screens for long road trips before this. That idea changed when I bought my wife a laptop. No longer need the video tied into the car stereo. I use an FM transmitter on the laptop and its fine.
The RAV DVD doesnt have too many "audio" feature set and isn't easy to use IMO. So I got an Alpine 9835 from iceteebone in a trade deal. It seemed like a sweet little unit. An XO section(2 way or 3way, full slope manipulation) that I have never seen personally in a radio. As well as a great 5 band para eq. I got it from him with the Ipod adapter included. All these features made me accept his offer.
BTW, unit arrived lightning quick and packed well. Iceteebone is a great seller/trader.
So I install this piece. I first learned that you can't operate this radio fully without actually reading the manual that comes with it. That was a first for me. Even after reading, I find navigation a bit of a joke with this HU. I like the style of the Alpine. Goes great in my dash. I am severely dissapointed with the colors. I thought all the LEDs on this faceplate changed, but only the 4 main buttons do. What a crock. The Ipod navigation is so ****ing RETARDED! It is so retarded that I will get the AUX input adapter to replae the Ipod adapter and just navigate songs/albums/lists with the Ipod itself. I will say this again, Ipod NAVIGATION *****!
I have my XOs set on my amp currently and didn't feel like taking the plae off to turn them off. So needless to say I didn't play with this HUs XO section. The EQ section once you learn it is AMAZING. For an HU this is one hell of an advanced EQ IMO. A few more bands would always be nice, but this is useful. My cars window defroster/antennae must ****, because I still can't pull in stations good. My RAV never did either. The bio lite screen is easy to read in just about any situation. It is very easy on the eyes at night as well.
All in all I like the HU much better than my old RAV simply because it is geared toward music and packs a lot of features. It could just stand being a little more user-friendly.
BTW, does anyone know what I would need to get XM and an AUX input for this radio?