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Installing AVN52D Combo Into a 2002 RAV4

By Lucas Lazore – SonicElectronix Lead Installer

I finished installing the AVN-5510/AVN-52D with iPod and Bluetooth into a 2002 Toyota Rav4 today. The Bluetooth adapter (BTE-500) actually made the job quicker because the Fujitsu-son company includes a Toyota Proprietary plug that allowed me to quickly plug the AVN-5510/AVN-52D and the Bluetooth directly into the vehicle without using any connectors on the main Power/Speaker harness. I could have broken records for the fastest install of a head-unit and Bluetooth. However, to guarantee accuracy of the Navigation I was required to hunt three wires: the Speed Sensor (VSS), reverse and parking brake wire. Armed with my trusted multi-meter I was able to verify all three wires in their given locations in the matter of 15 minutes.
I had to remove the center console to get to the parking brake wire. I noticed that I had enough room to mount the Bluetooth Accept/Decline controller and iPod controller module here. This was great news because the center console is so close to the glove box that it made it easy to run the iPod cable. The good news continued as there was plenty of room to mount the NAV antenna on the dash using the supplied grounding pad. This was also a big plus because I didn’t have to run any cables to the exterior of the car. The Bluetooth microphone comes with 3 mounting adapters, so I was easily able to mount it. I decided to mount it in my gauge cluster housing, and I managed to do so without obstructing the view of my tach or speedometer.

The entire install, including a test drive, lasted 2 hours. The picture quality on the unit was amazing. Even though the DVD maps only allow 2-D viewing, the important thing was how spot on it was, even as I was making a U-turn thru the company’s parking lot. Selecting the destination was so simple that I didn’t even need to look in the owner’s manual for instruction. What impressed me the most was the responsiveness of both the touch-screen and motorized face. The screen reacted instantly, even to the softest touches of my fingertips. Boot-up time was quick, and source-source transition triggered without hesitation.

The BTE500 only provides audio over the factory radio, so the customer will still need to screen the calls by glancing at the phone. The audio was clear and the test call was successful with minimal background noise and zero echoing. The entire unit itself sounded great, as I didn’t get any hissing or high pitched buzzing out of the factory speakers. The auto radio-programming loaded up the best stations in my area.

For the price, it is definitely the best unit I’ve installed. The newer JVC KW-NX7000 has more detail with the navigation and blue-tooth, but the clarity, responsiveness, and price-tag of the Eclipse package definitely earns its spot on my “leader board.”


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.