I've owned quite a few cars and subsequently changed a few CD head units in my time.
Recently I changed my car to a BMW 3 series and it comes with a built in business head unit which actually isnt that bad as a normal FM radio and cd player but I wanted more as I have an ipod and wanted to play music in the car.
I went to Halfords and spotted this JVC KD BT11 for £130 at the time. It had been reduced from £149. I admit though this was nearly 2 years ago now and I believe JVC have discontinued this model but you can still pick it up online and certain places like amazon.com for around £90 still now.
I had to buy a 3.5m to ipod wire with it and the usual BMW connector wire and facia trim to make it fit but that was expected.
Radio / CD / MP3 player
Full-DIN - in-dash unit
System Control Bus J-Link
Volume, fader, balance, attenuate
50 Watts x 4
CD Changer Control
Telephone mute, CD Text capable, rotary encoder multi-control, ID3 tags support, Bluetooth hands-free for cellular phone, HD radio ready, iPod ready, Bluetooth Audio Streaming
24 preset stations
Pre-set buttons, FM stereo/mono switch, best stations memory
Type CD / MP3 player,WMA, MP3
1 x audio line-out 1 x audio line-in
Remote Control Infrared (not included)
Its easy to set up, basically its like most CD head units if your used to fitting them otherwise best just pay Halfords to fit it for you but sometimes they do it for free so may as well use them.
As an FM stereo and a CD player is perfectly fine. I didn't notice any difference to be honest between my old one and this one. There comes a point when the quality is of very little difference between all units. However I did like the fact that I could detach the front fascia panel and carry it with me in the box supplied.
And once I got it all set up my ipod worked fine as well so I was really pleased with that, however you did have to still control the ipod via the ipod itself so I bought a phone holder so I could put the ipod into it for easier use.
I know it has Bluetooth as well but I've never used it to be honest as the only device I have was an iphone and iphones couldnt link with it.
One thing I did notice however is the ease of use for the volume control as its a round dial that you turn and it has a satisfying little click as it turns.
Overall its a good head unit and at a decent price.
This is a fantastic stereo for the money, at £146 at argos its value for money, however at Halfords this can be bought for only £120, and they will fit it for you too for an extra £20.
This stereo gives you basically the same features that a basic Parrot kit will give you for just £20 more than the parrot kit itslef and for that money you are getting a new stereo too!
Its so easy to use, the buttons are laid out very well and arent too obtrusive, this ensures tuning presets is easy to do.
The bluetooth works very well, initially some phones may have a problem with pairing, or working once paired up, however this is usually due to a problem with the bluetooth profile on the phone. Once paired up then the bluetooth will mute the stereo and the call will come through the speakers, to accept a call you just press the big button on the front-couldnt be simplier!
On top of the bluetooth you are getting a stereo which features an aux in, allowing your ipod or MP3 played to be connected directly to the stereo, ensuring a good quality sound.
Overall this is a bargain considering the features it holds.