I got my Sony XNV-770BT installed this evening. All is good but I still have a few things to complete, probably next week:
1. Steering wheel controls via SWI-PS
2. backup camera install
3. Ipod adapter routing.
I used the Scosche double din. I used their plastic brackets because the metal stock ones had dimples that prevented a flush fit, and I didn't have the patience or time to file them down. I think I would prefer the metal ones, and may change that next week when I have more time. After all, I have to go back in there again anyway.
I did not need to build a relay to bypass the parking brake. I simply tapped into the ground with the light green parking brake wire and dvd's play all the time. If any of you get this HU, which I find really gorgeous, simply tap into the ground with a quick splice connector and you are good. I went this route because it is simply easier than contorting myself to try to find and slice into the parking brake wire. I must say I am giddy that I can watch movies in my truck. I don't know when I will ever do that, but on a road trip, my passengers can enjoy, or when I am on an all day stake out for work, it could be cool.
I have two aux inputs: one is to a hidden monster cable I have where I drilled a hole in my cubby hole in the front console, under the climate controls. The other is in my console vault, for when I am running weekend errands and want my mp3 player secure and constant.
I stuck the gps antenna/magnet on top of the HU, and it is working fine. No need to mount it on the roof or the dash (so far). I have the gps brains loose under the center console, under the plastic that houses the shift. Its where I had my USA Spec DF-TOY. I wanted it in the console vault, but the cable did not reach. I don't want it in the glove box where it would be most likely to get stolen. No thief will ever pull that plastic up looking for goodies, and its so easy to occasionally pull that plastic up to take it out to update maps and traffic camera locations and whatnot. It has one year of free map updates, but I think the traffic camera info is community sourced and free.
I paired my blackberry via the bluotooth, but it says bluetooth is unavailable when I try to initiate a call. I need to read through the instructions more, but I am suspect that the bluetooth mike became unplugged behind the HU. Its very crammed back there with all the wires, and I had to really shove the unit in to bolt it down (thus my desire for the stock metal brackets, as opposed to the plastic Scosche iso brackets). If I go back in there I will tape the mike plug to the connector to make it more secure.
For one of the aux inputs there was a speed sensor wire and a reverse wire, independent of the backup camera input. Does anyone know what that is for? I did not connect them to anything. Could that be why I have the bluetooth unavailable message?
I find the menus and navigation a little anal, but I expect that once i get to know the unit more, it will become more intuitive.
The Tom Tom navigation is actually simple and sophisticated at the same time. It knows where I am much more quickly than the portable Garmin I have been using. The look is clean and sharp, and I am happy I have good gps, not white label gps.
The gps voice continues when you have another source selected, so it attenuates the volume and tells you when to turn, so damn well, that you really don't need to be looking at the map: just let her cut in on your music or dvd, and she guides you like a sister who is paying attention for you.
I paid $810 on ebay, and it is the Sony flagship unit, so its a great value for high quality flagship all-in-one unit. The only other brand that has quality gps is Kenwood, which is supported by Garmin, and its $200.00 more for their flagship. Its really a beautiful unit, but damn there are a lot of wires back there, with all the accessories. I am sure that is the same for any all-in-one HU. I will try and shoot a few pics this week.