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Easiest Carplay Interface
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2019
I wanted to upgrade my wife's VW head for something with carplay. I was shocked to find how few WIRELESS carplay heads are out there. I was a little worried that the technology may not be up to snuff. Not so! After the install, I found the stereo via bluetooth, then it automatically sets up the WiFi connection with my phone. Literally as easy to pair as any bluetooth out there. From there it was seamless. I access my maps (google and apple), my streaming music, my phone, texts, and Siri.
I dropped off a star only due to the difficulty of install. I shouldn't say difficult, more just... complex. You have to use some sort of programmable module to interface all the features of this head with all the features of modern cars. Gone are the days of grabbing your soldering iron and a wiring diagram to install any deck. Now you need all that, plus a module, plus a PC, plus adapters, etc. I am a mechanical engineer and work a lot in automation. It took me about 3 hours and about $300 of extra equipment to get everything working right, but at the end of the day I got my factory camera, bluetooth, and steering wheel buttons all set up. Just be cautious that if your skills are lacking at all, you may need a pro.
I am not a big sound upgrader, so I can't comment on use with amps or aftermarket speakers. I will say this makes the infotainment system on our 2015 Passat better than anything you can get from the factory in any make of car.
My favorite feature is that it automatically connects to multiple phones, then you can easily toggle the one you want. It allows both my wife and me to be in my wife's car and and quickly pull up my phone on the stereo instead of hers.
All said, you will not be disappointed by this unit. It is not a bargain stereo, but it is worth the money. Even the additional install hardware doesn't make it overpriced.