I was about to buy this hu, but after reading the manual from the pioneer website, I changed my mind. I discovered that in order to pause, you have to press function and browse the menu until you get to the pause menu. WTF. What ever happened to the pause button? Even the remote doesn't have it. This is so retarded. It irritates the crap out of me because I like everthing else.
I actually played around with the 960mp and was impressed, but I hate the motorized face, so I considered the 860mp and the alpine 9835. I was able to mess around with the 9835 but not the 860, and I don't think I want to now. I have made up my mind. Alpine 9835 it is, unless if there is some magic word that makes the pioneer 860 pause. I'd get the 960 (it has a pause button) but it has a motorized face. Yuck. Another thing I don't like about pioneer is that you have to push a button a million times and go through all those silly animations just to get to the clock display. The 960 has a clock button, but it only displays on the "closed" faceplate and not the main display. So you have to close the face just to see the clock. Super tacky.