Review 3 of 4
, from Beaverton, OR, USA|
Extremely rich sound. The 3-channel EQ and 3-step loudness control should provide excellent sound with any standard speaker system without sub-woofers or external amps. LED panel is actually visable in daylight (or as close as we come to it here in Oregon). Control layout it very logical and are easy (and safe) to use while driving.
Display is a little cluttered for my taste (but far less so than other units with full-color light shows. An Aux input would have been useful for me. Another drawback is that it's easy to accidentally erase a custom EQ.
I think I represent a minority view in this forum. I listen to a lot of accoutisic music (classical, jazz and older rock). I am looking for clean, rich sound at moderate listening levels. I was very surprised when "better" units than my original Kenwood didn't sound as good. What attracted me first to the 410 was the extensive EQ capabilities. I was planning on spending $100-200 more on a Nakamichi to get 3-band EQ and discovered that the Pioneer had a similar feature and seemed to sound better without an external amp. For those inclined to twiddle with the sound, you can get into a true, parametric EQ mode that lets you fine-tune the boost and cut on 3, variable-width segments of the frequency spectrum. However, if you don't have the patience, or enough pro-audio experience to recognize the name "Orban," the several presets offered are fine for most musical tastes. Unfortunately, if you go through the trouble of creating the ultimate custom EQ setting and then accidentally adjust the bass, middle or treble with one of the preset EQs chosen, you will overwrite your precious settings with the new pattern.
One of the worst things about getting my car broken into was loosing a stereo with a sound that I was convinced was unreplacable. I found something much better that was much less than I was planning on spending.
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I bought the Pioneer to replace an older Kenwood (KRC-160) cassette head that was a dealer-installed option when I bought the car (a 94 Saturn) and was stolen when my car was broken into. A few years before, I tried replacing the cassette head with a Sony CD, which I returned, and a Kenwood CD, which I wound up giving to my wife. In spite of their greater output power numbers, their sound was much thinner than the original Kenwood. Until the Pioneer, the best car stereo I had ever owned. I wound up reinstalling the original Kenwood along with a Sony DX-415RF CD changer (a unit I also highly recommend).