Whilst it is not the intention of Geextreme to focus on in-car entertainment, it IS an appealing area of the market to look at, both for the sort of products you get to play with and the lack of competition! Ever since I got my first Japanese import car with a Double-DIN aperture, I’ve wanted a decent multimedia setup in my car. With the new Kenwood DNX-8120 pointing to an EU-market 8200 in a few months (sales of the DNX-8220BT are now beginning, with prices around £1,050), the existing “fully featured” DNX-7200 is a compelling purchase with heavy discounting from the original RRP.
Following the replacement of the original radio in the Delica, I upgraded to the Pioneer AVH-P5900DVD with iPod connectivity. This is marketed by Halfords as a “made for iPod” unit, though their website erroneously stated that the necessary CD-I200 cable is not included. Installation was sufficiently simple that it was done in the Halfords car park in a matter of minutes, and as such with a wallet £519 lighter (web price at the time of purchase, now available between £470 and £600 online), I was able to enjoy AV in the Delica again. However; comparisons with the Ripspeed DV920i are inevitable, and they aren’t all in the Pioneer’s favour…
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Halfords’ own brand range of in-car headunits and accessories, ranging from inexpensive MP3 players to full multimedia systems with “dubious” discount pricing, seems to have escaped the attentions of most online reviewers. As a car enthusiast and technology obsessive with an iPod, the connectivity offered by these inexpensive devices seemed quite compelling. After a quick check on the store displays to see how it all worked, my 1996 Mitsubishi Delica was fitted with the latest offering at the time, the DV920i. The lack of online reviews of this device partially prompted this site’s creation!