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Hi Folks,

Looking for a new 2Din head unit that does GPS navigation with traffic alerts, HD Radio, iPod (not so much), BT, SD and USB. Looking at all the high/mid end systems, and they all have pretty bad graphics and awful touch screen implementation. I finally settled on the JVC KW-NT800HDT, but then I saw videos of the Clarion NX702. Tthe Clarion has beautiful graphics and they've figured out how to implement touchscreen, but it won't be released until next month. So I figured that I'd just wait for it.

In the meantime, I donwnloaded the manual for the model just below it (seems to have the same software), and was apalled to see how poorly the MP3/WMA playback over CD/SD/USB was implemented. My plan was to buy a big USB stick, dump my entire music library on it (using the "Artist/Album/songs" folder structure), plug it into the USB port on the unit and just leave it somewhere behind the dash. But these units don't support that. They won't show a folder unless there's a music file in it; they will only let you go two folders layers deep, and they will merge all the contents of all the folders in the second layer into one big folder. But there can only be a couple thousand files on the stick, and a couple of hunded folders on the stick. They won't play back the files in track order - only in the order they were saved to the disk. And the more files that you have on the disk the longer it takes to actually access the disk (up to 2 or 3 minutes!). This is truly awful. Then I found out all the head units out there pretty much work this way - they say that if you want to play your stored music like Windows Media Player, you have to do it thru an iPod. Why in the world do we put up with this from head units costing over $1000??

Yesterday, I wa playing with a Sony XAV601BT at Best Buy, and it does music on the USB exactly like Windows Media Player! None of the ridiculous rules that you have to follow on the high end head units! The only problem with the Sony, is that's the only thing it does right. Sony has decided that the car receiver will only be the front end of your Android phone. That doesn't work for me, so I won't be buying it. But now that I know MP3/WMA playback can be done right on the USB/SD, I think I'll wait for the other manufacturers to get it right.

Does anyone know of any other head units that do this right?
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Originally Posted by MikeyW View Post

They won't play back the files in track order - only in the order they were saved to the disk. And the more files that you have on the disk the longer it takes to actually access the disk (up to 2 or 3 minutes!).
I'm not sure where you heard some of this but it's wrong. I have the pioneer avh-p8400bh an it accesses music pretty fast. The music is stored (and played) alphabetically or numerically in each folder. So if you want the music in a particular order you can simply use numbers in front of the song names. I also have folders 2 layers deep without issue. (I use a 200 gig hard drive on USB 1 and a 32gig stick on USB port 2) My android connects via bluetooth audio and not USB
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