Browsing Archive October, 2008

Eclipse AVN52D Receiver

Eclipse’s new AVN52D is a fantastic multi-source receiver that can do it all.  The quality and performance of this unit really make it stand out when compared to other receivers in the same class.  For starters, it comes included with the GPS antenna and the GPS navigation.  Its maps completely cover the United States.  The navigation is accurate and surprisingly quick.  While it is not the best navigation on the market, it is a very good value buy.  The AVN52D provides the outputs for a complete car stereo system.  The three sets of preamp outputs allow for greater flexibility when running the audio signals through an amplifier or multiple amplifiers.  The 5 volt outputs result in superior sound with little noise resistance.  When connected to a high end amplifier, the sound of this unit is nearly unmatched.  It is truly amazing.  Aside from the normal audio CD and MP3 discs, this unit offers playback of WMA files and DVD movies.  The DVD playback is seamless and looks fantastic on the 7 inch LCD display.  The screen is large and bright enough for everyone in the vehicle to see.  For those that need more displays, the Eclipse AVN52D provides all the video outputs that one could ever need.  It can provide an output for an overhead monitor mounted to the vehicles ceiling or to a couple headrest monitors.  Either way, the unit can support excellent playback and video output.

In addition to the video output, the unit offers a dedicated video input signal for a rear view camera.  These back up cameras are becoming more and more popular in today’s society, and for good reason!  If you have ever used a back up camera or been in a vehicle with one, then you know exactly how nice these things are.  Some drivers that have kids consider these rear view cameras a must because of the safety that it can provide for the children.  Connecting one of these back up cameras to the unit is quite simple, as it is for all of the additional add on features.  One additional adapter adds the complete control of an iPod through the head unit.  Unlike other lower end units, the iPod interface on the AVN52D is fast and accurate.  It is one of the best that is on the market today.  Another add-on is the Bluetooth adapter.  This Bluetooth adapter from Parrot allows one to talk hands free in the car.  It connects and integrates seamlessly into the vehicle.  When a call is incoming, the music will mute and then resume playing after the call has finished.  For those that live in areas where it is illegal to talk on a cell phone and drive at the same time, they will appreciate this feature.  Aside from the convenience factor, it is also makes your drive safer.  HD Radio is another optional adapter that can be added to the unit for more listening options. This unit does it all.  The possibilities are endless with the AVN52D.

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