I've recently upgraded my system and the head unit I bought (Clarion CX501) has issues with controlling the iPhone 5. When I plug my iPhone in through the USB cable, things work really well EXCEPT when I hit the forward button on the head unit itself or on my steering wheel. Instead of moving forward to the next song, it will skip between 2 and 5 songs randomly. It seems to skip more songs when I hit forward on the steering wheel than when I hit it on the head unit, but either way it will move a minimum of 2 songs. I have read through the booklet and contacted support and the solution is to set the "S-CTRL" (iPod Simple Control) to "ON" which does fix the problem, but no longer allows me to control the music from the phone itself and will not allow me to use the build in controls that let me navigate the iPod menus from the head unit. Long story short, I'm not incredibly impressed with it and have decided to replace it, but before I went out and bought another one, I wanted to get other people's input.
Features I'm Looking For:
- iPhone 5 Compatibility
- On screen iPod menu navigation (Playlists, Artists, Albums, etc)
- Bluetooth Compatible (ideally, the ability to play music through Bluetooth so I don't even need to connect the phone via USB)
- 3x Pre-Amp outs
- Double DIN
- Ideally compatible with Metra Axxess ASWC, I'd rather not purchase another adapter for steering wheel controls
- Sub volume control would be a nice extra, but is not required
The head unit I've been looking at is the Pioneer AVH-X4500BT. I like that it's touch screen, that I can install a back-up camera with it, and that it appears to be iPhone 5 compatible (although I think I need a special cable for it to work well.
If anyone has any suggestions or recommendations I would greatly appreciate it. I'm just getting back into car audio and everything has changed since the last time I installed a system (not to mention everything I've forgotten). My full setup is below, any additional suggestions would also be welcome.
Thanks in advance!
Head Unit: Clarion CX501
Front Component Speakers: Polk Audio DB6501
Rear Speakers: Polk Audio DB691
4 Channel Speaker Amp: Pioneer GM-6500F 760W
Subs: 2x 10" Infinity Reference 1062w
Enclosure: Atrend E10Dv Dual Vented w/ Divided Chambers
Sub Amp: AudioPipe AP15001D 1500W Mono D
Wiring: KnuKonceptz OFC