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Old 11-11-2012, 09:17 PM   #1
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Default New HU for '13 WRX - steering wheel controls - brand advise

Just picked-up my '13 WRX hatchback a couple weeks ago. I've been looking at upgrading the HU to get NAV and a backup camera. I have heard in circles that Pioneer is the way to go if you want to make sure that you don't lose your blue-tooth and audio steering wheel controls. However I have a shop telling me that they can install a Kenwood won't lose any functionality. I dig the garmin nav on the kenwood but am super worried I will lose the steering wheel controls. Advice anyone? Here are the two I am looking at:

Pioneer AVIC-Z140BH
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:26 AM   #2
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Either will work fine bud, the controls are relative to if your stereo has blue tooth and if you have the harness for the controls.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:32 PM   #3
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Just picked-up my '13 WRX hatchback a couple weeks ago. I've been looking at upgrading the HU to get NAV and a backup camera. I have heard in circles that Pioneer is the way to go if you want to make sure that you don't lose your blue-tooth and audio steering wheel controls.
You will lose some controls- or at least the OEM-like function of some controls- with either unit.

Just discussed it here: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2429937

Only Clarions seem to preserve OEM functionality.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:49 PM   #4
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My Pioneer retains all of the OEM controls.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:03 PM   #5
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My Pioneer retains all of the OEM controls.
With the OEM functionality in tuner mode? You really have to read the thread above to understand the differneces, but Pioneers converthe the ^/v buttons to "tune" in the tuner mode, as opposed to preset skip in the OEM HU configuration. A mild distinction if you don't use the tuner, but a huge PITA if you do listen to the radio.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:20 PM   #6
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Yeah, I have the same functions.

My mode button works the same, I used to have them all exactly the same, but I changed the PTT button to change my radio presets instead.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:13 PM   #7
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can anyone comment on how good the Alpine INE-S920HD is? i havent seen it discussed here at all.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:19 PM   #8
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can anyone comment on how good the Alpine INE-S920HD is? i havent seen it discussed here at all.
Did an install today on one at my shop. Very smooth interface, I like the favorites function as well. The big plus with alpine for some is the interface is very simplistic and basic, some this is a turn off, I however enjoy it.

Contemplating going to this new deck instead of my inaw900.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:29 AM   #9
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@mfeldmar: Here's another post to read about retaining your SWCs (and several other issues to be aware of -- aux jack, USB options, dash kits).
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