You know, my humble six-year-old Japanese sedan is past its halfway-mark for its lease on the roads and I’m determined to make the best out of its remaining years with me. It’s been through a lot with me – since I first got my driving licence at the age of 18, through my university days in Nanyang Technological University, to the plastering of hot pink hearts and flowers with my huge name splashed across its sides, to being featured in video and print interviews and also spotted at prominent car events.
My car has not been modified for performance (ECU is left untouched) and I’ve only changed the wheels and added a strut bar for sharper cornering. Some people say the loud stickers on the car is a huge ‘modification’ in itself though! Other than sending my car for regular maintenance, I’ve also changed certain components of the car like the brake pads, air filter and wiper blades. While those are mainly for safety purposes, I am going to focus on enhancing the driving experience of the CTmobile (as in CherylTaymobile like Batmobile!) next.
My Mitsubishi Lancer GLX 1.6 (A) comes with a factory-fitted audio system that sadly, does not have an auxiliary jack for me to plug my own devices in. I can burn a CD of MP3s but the maximum I can get is 20-odd songs and there isn’t a CD changer so most of the time I just listen to the radio. The radio is great to listen to, but sometimes you just want pure nonstop music and no talking in between, especially when you are having a bad day and you just want to listen to specific types of music. On other occasions, it really helps to have some good music in times of traffic congestion and delay, which are becoming a norm in Singapore lately.
When you don’t have your own choice of music and have to depend on switching between radio channels, this might happen to you:
Ensuring that I will never have to go through any of that again, guess what the CTmobile is getting next?
The Pioneer AVH-8450BT with the awesome MIXTRAX technology!!
(Pardon photo quality – I promise I will replace my Blackberry with a mobile phone that has better camera abilities!)
This may just seem like a box to some people, but those who know, will know what an awesome set this is!
The AVH Series is Pioneer’s new line of car AV receivers and this AVH-P8459BT comes with a seven-inch Double DIN Multimedia DVD Receiver with MIXTRAX, a new technology by Pioneer where you can seriously create your own mix of music from your iPhone, iPod, USB or SD device with added transitions and effects. How cool is that!
In particular, I am highly anticipating the Pioneer Advanced App mode (AppRadio) which can connect to your iPhone 4/4S or iPod Touch (4th gen) and allow the AVH-P8450BT to use apps like Google Maps or you can simply camwhore then load your photos onto the screen for the whole car to see.
To install this AVH-P8450BT into my car, I have to change my centre console and that means having to order an additional part for it. This is how it looks like now:
To fit the seven-inch display screen there, I would have to shift the air-conditioning controls down and then do some re-wiring to get the the Pioneer head unit to work. The part is not readily available and has to be ordered, so that means having to wait before I can start bopping my head to my favourite tunes in the car ANY TIME I want and not wait till it plays on the radio, if ever.
Once I successfully get this installed in my car, I’ll be back with my review as well as more photos!
Meantime, here’s a video on the Pioneer MIXTRAX – I’m getting more excited watching this!