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What is the benefit of having the Rosen plug and play unit over the other type that I was originally looking into??
Main benefits are:
1. Super easy installation - literally disconnect the old radio and connect the Rosen. No wire cutting or splicing required.

2. Retains all factory functions without any adapters. No fitment adapters, no steering-wheel control adapters, no XM adapters, no OnStar adapters, no warning chime adapters (stock XM tuner and Onstar may never work with other aftermarket radios - dont' even think that there are adapters available for that).

3. Looks OEM. Since the radio is meant specifically for the car, it looks 100% stock. Fills the radio "hole" perfectly without requiring any adapters. Backlighting matches other car backlighting perfectly (*exact* color match). Also has two round knobs (volume, tuning) like any radio should have! :-)

4. Cost - when you compare what you get for the cost, it's hard to beat. Not only do you get a plug and play, touch-screen, DVD/Navigation system that works with ALL stock features without any additional-cost adapters, but you also get it all for far less that a competitive system from Pioneer, Kenwood, etc. Plus you save on installation costs since anyone can do it themselves.

5. Provides true dual-zone functionality, so you can, for example, install headrest monitors and play a DVD from the headunit to the headrest monitors, while using navigation and listening to XM/radio up front (rear seat occupants would use wireless headphones for DVD audio). Of course, you can also play DVD or .avi files (from SD card) to both the head-unit screen and headrest monitors and have the audio come out of the car speakers (if you all want to watch the same thing).
Main disadvantages are:
1. It's getting a "long in the tooth". These radios have been around for years, so they don't have any new features such as Android Auto, Apply CarPlay, HD radio, etc.

2. (this could be considered a Pro as well!) - The Interface is a little "plain" (which is a "pro" to some people!). No "wiz bang" graphics or flashing lights!

3. Runs WindowsCE (again, this was the standard until the past few years when Android starting getting into car radios).
That's about it in a nutshell. Read the detailed review I linked to earlier for more details. Also, check My Garage for some pics of the unit installed.


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Main benefits are:
1. Super easy installation - literally disconnect the old radio and connect the Rosen. No wire cutting or splicing required.

2. Retains all factory functions without any adapters. No fitment adapters, no steering-wheel control adapters, no XM adapters, no OnStar adapters, no warning chime adapters (stock XM tuner and Onstar may never work with other aftermarket radios - dont' even think that there are adapters available for that).

3. Looks OEM. Since the radio is meant specifically for the car, it looks 100% stock. Fills the radio "hole" perfectly without requiring any adapters. Backlighting matches other car backlighting perfectly (*exact* color match). Also has two round knobs (volume, tuning) like any radio should have! :-)

4. Cost - when you compare what you get for the cost, it's hard to beat. Not only do you get a plug and play, touch-screen, DVD/Navigation system that works with ALL stock features without any additional-cost adapters, but you also get it all for far less that a competitive system from Pioneer, Kenwood, etc. Plus you save on installation costs since anyone can do it themselves.

5. Provides true dual-zone functionality, so you can, for example, install headrest monitors and play a DVD from the headunit to the headrest monitors, while using navigation and listening to XM/radio up front (rear seat occupants would use wireless headphones for DVD audio). Of course, you can also play DVD or .avi files (from SD card) to both the head-unit screen and headrest monitors and have the audio come out of the car speakers (if you all want to watch the same thing).
Main disadvantages are:
1. It's getting a "long in the tooth". These radios have been around for years, so they don't have any new features such as Android Auto, Apply CarPlay, HD radio, etc.

2. (this could be considered a Pro as well!) - The Interface is a little "plain" (which is a "pro" to some people!). No "wiz bang" graphics or flashing lights!

3. Runs WindowsCE (again, this was the standard until the past few years when Android starting getting into car radios).
That's about it in a nutshell. Read the detailed review I linked to earlier for more details. Also, check My Garage for some pics of the unit installed.


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Great to know, this helps out a great deal. I have gone to the website but like you stated in an earlier post the site must be down because it is not showing pricing or allowing me to add anything to my cart. I had purchased a Pioneer AVH-X3800BHS but then had a rep at Crutchfield advise that it would not fit due to the depth so I am now returning. Let me ask you something, how much wiggle room do I have with the depth of these radios. I would love to keep the one I have ordered but the depth is 6.525, is this an absolute no go?

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Honestly, I don't know the depth of the "radio cavity", but I do remember other members that had Crutchfield tell them the same thing and found that it fit just fine.

It literally takes 10 minutes to remove the stock radio (super easy in the 8th gen), so if you still have the radio, you can try fitting it to see...

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Honestly, I don't know the depth of the "radio cavity", but I do remember other members that had Crutchfield tell them the same thing and found that it fit just fine.

It literally takes 10 minutes to remove the stock radio (super easy in the 8th gen), so if you still have the radio, you can try fitting it to see...

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Depth of cavity is 6.431, depth of receiver is 6.525..really thinking that it will fit so thanks for all of your advice. I am gonna attempt (first time) to take it out this evening and see if it will fit or not before i send it back. I'll keep ya posted

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I just checked my pioneer model on Crutchfields site and it says mine doesn't fit either. Mine fits without an issue really. Actually the site shows that the mounting depth for mine is even deeper than the unit you're about to install so I'm pretty sure you can fit it in there without an issue. And damn I shouldn't have looked on that site, the new model Pioneers look freakin' sweet. lol Might sell mine to upgrade lol.

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I just checked my pioneer model on Crutchfields site and it says mine doesn't fit either. Mine fits without an issue really. Actually the site shows that the mounting depth for mine is even deeper than the unit you're about to install so I'm pretty sure you can fit it in there without an issue. And damn I shouldn't have looked on that site, the new model Pioneers look freakin' sweet. lol Might sell mine to upgrade lol.

Thanks, Ill let you know a little later whether it fits or not...hoping it does, that'll save me 9.00 in shipping Lol, I looked to find yours but didn't the find exact model with part number AVH4500XBT... the AVH4500BT looked nice but a little more than I wanted to spend. Which one are you thinking about swapping with?
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Did you also purchase the fitment adapter, warning-chime/steering-wheel-control adapter and wiring harness with your Pioneer? You're going to need all of that stuff to properly install!

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Thanks, Ill let you know a little later whether it fits or not...hoping it does, that'll save me 9.00 in shipping Lol, I looked to find yours but didn't the find exact model with part number AVH4500XBT... the AVH4500BT looked nice but a little more than I wanted to spend. Which one are you thinking about swapping with?
Mine is a little outdated, probably 2 years old by now, here's the link to it on crutchfields site:Pioneer AVH-X4500BT DVD receiver at Crutchfield.com

I'm looking at maybe upgrading to the AVH-X5800BHS, it's over $400 though, that's the only thing stopping me right now. I see on crutchfield they have open box specials for about $350. So I may opt for that. I'll probably sell mine somewhere around $300 as it's in perfect condition.

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Thanks, Ill let you know a little later whether it fits or not...hoping it does, that'll save me 9.00 in shipping Lol, I looked to find yours but didn't the find exact model with part number AVH4500XBT... the AVH4500BT looked nice but a little more than I wanted to spend. Which one are you thinking about swapping with?

I got the AVH2700BS, they also said mine wouldn't fit but it fits with about an inch and a half in the back. Check out my thread below for complete install and some part no's.

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Mine is a little outdated, probably 2 years old by now, here's the link to it on crutchfields site:Pioneer AVH-X4500BT DVD receiver at Crutchfield.com

I'm looking at maybe upgrading to the AVH-X5800BHS, it's over $400 though, that's the only thing stopping me right now. I see on crutchfield they have open box specials for about $350. So I may opt for that. I'll probably sell mine somewhere around $300 as it's in perfect condition.
Nice, Amazon has one for 308.00 new

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Did you also purchase the fitment adapter, warning-chime/steering-wheel-control adapter and wiring harness with your Pioneer? You're going to need all of that stuff to properly install!

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I never use my steering wheel controls so I was thinking about opting out of that..I have purchased metra 95-3305 and axxess Gmos-lan-02..am I right so far? what else will I need? I attempted to take factory radio out last night and realized that I didn't have a pry tool

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FYI - you don't need a pry tool for the radio removal. I actually have a set of pry-tools and NEVER use them for the radio.

To remove the bezel around the radio, I actually stick a knife-blade in between the bezel and dash area in the upper-right-hand corner (about an inch down) and just pry it off. Once I get it started with the knife blade, I use my fingers to get it the rest of the way off.

IMO, the pry tools are too thick. A knife blade is really thin and works great.

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Anyone know how to get the receiver to display the Chevy sign when turned on? I'm just wondering is there a certain feature to look for in order to accomplish this?

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You'll have to upload an image from a USB thumbdrive. I actually hate this feature, anytime you want to change the image you have to delete the old one and then add the new one. It won't let you store more than one image on the headunit at a time. This is by far my biggest gripe with Pioneer radios.

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You'll have to upload an image from a USB thumbdrive. I actually hate this feature, anytime you want to change the image you have to delete the old one and then add the new one. It won't let you store more than one image on the headunit at a time. This is by far my biggest gripe with Pioneer radios.
Good to know it can be done tho...I decided to keep the Pioneer AVH-X3800BHS because I'm confident that it will fit and I couldn't figure out what the major differences were between the other models besides pricing..

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