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  • 1. Register FAQ Members List Todays Posts Calendar Arcade Ads by Google GPS Navigation Mazda 3 Car GPS Car Head Unit Mazda Speed 2010 Mazda 3/Mazdaspeed 3 Forums > 2010/2011 Mazda 3 and Mazdaspeed 3 Discussions > 2010/2011 Mazda 3 News & Discussion > 2010+ Mazda 3 User Name Remember Me? Discussion > 2010+ Mazda 3 Audio & Electronics Review: QualiR head unit for 2010 Mazda 3 (QL-MZD313) *with LOTS of pics* Log in Search Ask a Mazda Mechanic Now 9 mazda Mechanics Are Online. Mazda Questions Answ ered Today: 87. Mazda.JustAnswer.com /Miata The Official MAZDA3 Site W ith all its high-end features you w on’t believe it’s an economy car. www.MazdaUSA.com GPS Fleet Tracking Increase Employee Productivity & Save On Fuel Cost. Free Live Demo! www.FleetMatics.com Mazda6 vs Buick Regal Compare the Mazda6 to the Buick Regal. Learn More! www.Buick .com /Regal Mazda3Revolution.com is the premier VS_MAKE VS_MODEL Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads. Page 1 of 7 1 2 3 > Last » LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes 11-12-2010, 01:54 PM #1 (permalink)Matt174e Join Date: Oct 2010Member Posts: 46Points: 1,123, Level: 18 Thanks: 0 Thanked 18 Times in 4 PostsActivity: 7% Review: QualiR head unit for 2010 Mazda 3 (QL-MZD313) *with LOTS of pics* This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.Excuse all the bad pictures. I had to work my way around the glare, so many of the pics are taken from strange angles. I might re-
  • 2. Excuse all the bad pictures. I had to work my way around the glare, so many of the pics are taken from strange angles. I might re-take some of the pictures at night to replace them later.I also took a picture of literally everything (I think) so this may be quite a hit on your bandwith.The head unit comes in a generic no-name box showing a random car that doesnt even have a dvd/gps head unit installed. Also,the user manual has no branding and its all in broken english. Theres a QualiR sticker on top of the unit, and thats about the onlysign of any brand.Installation was very easy. Just pop off the vent, remove the two screws holding the original head unit, pull the head unit out,remove wiring harnesses, plug in harness adaptors, and hook up the new head unit, then put everything back in place. It looks justan OEM head unit, and the buttons have the same kind of style as the factory one. My only issue with the hardware is that thebacklit keys are always on, whether your headlight switch is on or off. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.When first turning on the unit youll begin at the start screen. The UI is pretty good, everything is red to match the rest of theMazda 3 lighting. You can drag and drop application shortcuts from the bottom and it will replace one from the top. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.
  • 3. Original LCDoutside temp still works, along with the clock. And the main screen now shows what the new head hunit is doing (DVD, NAVI, SD,BTMU, etc.).Steering wheel audio controlsThe buttons work the same way they always have, but I did notice a little bit of volume lag while playing music along withnavigation. The volume knobs still works without any hesitation though, regarless of whats going on with the system.NaviNavigation doesnt come pre-loaded on the head unit. It has to be added yourself using a MicroSD card, I use igo8 myself... but anyGPS software made for windows CE/Windows mobile should work.The first time you run the GPS software it wil ask you where the softwhere is located on the card. Also, youll see a checkbox for"PK" underneath the file directory. I honestly have no idea what this is for, all I know is that the DVD or video functions wont showany video which its checked. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.
  • 4. Steering wheel controls with the Navigation as well. For igo8; pushing Up shows Route information, pushing up again shows"detailed instructions", and pressing down returns to the map screen. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.DVDAs I said, uncheck the "PK" box under the GPS directory to allow the head unit to play video. Otherwise youll get a screen saying"Warning do not watch to Master!" with only the audio playing.Not much to say here. The player has all the bacic functions, and has no problem playing anything I put in it. The touchscreenworks with the DVD menu, and the steering wheel controls handle the chapter skipping. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.
  • 5. BluetoothThe phone feature on this head unit is amazing. Its like a full cellphone built into the car. It has a dial pad with a call back button,phone book, and call log. Very impressive clean UI too.Unfortunatly, the bluetooth buttons on your steering wheel wont work from what ive heard. But I cant comment too much aboutthis, as I dont have the BT buttons on my GX. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.
  • 6. I couldnt take a pic of the call in progress screen since my phone wont allow me to call and take photos at the same time. But itlooks exactly as it does on this picture from the autodvdgps.com pageThe music also cuts out during a call, and resumes back to normal after hanging up.A2DP Bluetooth streaming works great, just click on A2DP from the start page and it will automatically pair with your device. Thenjust hit the play button on either the head unit or device and youre set. Steering wheel track skipping still works as well. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.
  • 7. RadioThe radio works as any radio should, and you get 6 presets just as the factorty unit... along with FM1, FM2, FM3, AM1, and AM2modes. The silver UI blends in well with the heating/shifter panals. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.AUXI havnt tested this out yet so Ill update you on how this goes. But I can say that the factory aux input in the console no longerworks. So I plan on running A/V cables to the console. Then I can finally play my Xbox 360 while I drive.Without anything plugged into the head unit RCA inputs, you get a screen saying "No Signal!"TVI dont have an antenna yet, so I cant say much here either. But I ordered one from eBay for $10, so Ill give an update withpictures later. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.
  • 8. MusicThe player is pretty good, but not perfect. You have to browse through your folders on the SD card to go to the song you want toplay. Id rather if it was more like a iPod/MP3 player giving you a list of artist-> albums-> songs, but its better than nothing. Ialmost always play music from my phone using A2DP bluetooth anyway. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.
  • 9. MovieThe video player is great. You have to browse through the SD card like "Music", but I dont find that so bad for finding a video towatch. Itll remember where your video folder is anyway. I tested a DivX video and works great. No slow downs and the video loadsinstantly. There is a fullscreen button on the bottom right corner. Ill test some more file types eventually and update you. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.SD Card slotsThere are two SD card slots. The left, technically, is for music/video. The right is for loading GPS software.However, the media player used to play files from the left SD card is absolutely hidious. The resolution doesnt even seem to evenwork right for the 800x480 display. Theres not even a "Now playing" screen for music. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.
  • 10. Videos looks fine though, once you get past the ugly menu. It works just as it does playing a DVD, with the same menu pop-up bytouching the screen. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.
  • 11. The solution to getting around the ugly UI is to use the "Music" and "Video" programs from the main start menu on the device.BUT; for whatever reason, those two programs run off the GPS microSD slot, not the "SD" slot on the left. My gps software is under150mb anyway, so thats no big deal to me. Im just going to stick with the GPS card slot for music/video, its a thousand timesbetter.Im not sure what the maximum card size the SD slots can take, but I tried my 16GB card from my phone and it works fine.USBThe same interface as the SD card. Not pretty, but works fine.eBookNot sure why this is on the head unit, or why I bothered to take a picture of it. Im guessing its for loading .pdf user manuals, orreading Tom Sawyer at red lights. Who knows. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.Backup cameraWithout a back up camera, shifting into reverse will give you a screen saying "No Signal!" (just like with AUX having no inputplugged in). Also, regardless of having a camera or not, the audio will be very faint while reversing (automatically goes to "1"). Im
  • 12. guessing its some kind of safetey feature. The best way I could think of bypassing this is by checking the "LOUD" box in the EQsettings, which will raise the minimum volume.With a back up camera, the screen will quickly shows whats behind you. I wont go too in depth about the camera, as there aredifferent types, but most have wide-angle lens with night vision. I got a $20 one that fits over the lincense plate. The picturesquality is crap, but does its job well. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.Giving the screen a tap lets you change image settings This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.Settings menuNot a whole lot to see here. Just your basic funtions. And by basic, I mean you can hardly customize anything. Thats not really acompaint though, since Im mostly fine with how everything looks/works.I wont go into too much detail for each setting. The pictures pretty much speak for themselves. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.
  • 13. [i]GPS file path setting[i/] - This is the same screen you get when you first load the navigation start menu. With the file directoryand mysterious "PK" option.GPS Signal Status This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.Language This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.
  • 14. Default Volume This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.Time - This is something that I think should have been in the start menu. Clicking on the Time setting will show you a nicecalander, and in the top right corner youll see an option to switch to the clock (where you can set the time). This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.
  • 15. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.Backlight This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.
  • 16. Rado Area This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.Amplifier - The first screen shows controls for each speakers volume, and adjustment settings for treble, bass, and mid. Then byclicking the icon on the top left you see a screen for setting seperate volume settings for different modes. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.
  • 17. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.Time settings of... - This is an odd one. Clicking on this will give you a screen of two options; Settings on the left, Adjust on theright. Neither of which seem to do anything at all when you press them.Sorry about the picture, didnt turn out very well. The glare really takes a toll on primarily black screens. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.
  • 18. System - Only two options here too. Factory reset (you lose preset radio stations, any EQ adjustments, etc.) and "Touch Screen" forcalibrating the screen if you have touch accuracy problems. This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 800x600.Overall, im very impressed by this head unit. I dindt expect a whole lot from a no name chinese product, but this thing is amazing.The screen looks beautiful, with a very sharp image. And the sound is a lot better than the stock unit in my opinion. Especially withthe ability to change the EQ. Theres a few little quirks, as I pointed out in the review, but nothing major.I have no regrets purchasing this unit, and I think its worth every penny.If anybody has any questions ill gladly answer them.Last edited by Matt174e; 11-14-2010 at 05:24 AM.The Following 15 Users Say Thank You to Matt174e For This Useful Post:
  • 19. Anderfrank (11-21-2010), BSUBigMac (11-15-2010), Claybreaker (12-23-2010), dunston (11-13-2010), glacasse (11-15-2010), jackf (11-12-2010),jricesterenator (01-07-2011), ma/da3 (11-12-2010), Mike (11-12-2010), socalmazda3 (11-12-2010), StitcH (11-12-2010), Toyotech (11-16-2010), w ingzero_ (11-12-2010), XERO (11-15-2010), xxxxcjxxxx (11-15-2010)Sponsored Links Remov e A dv ertisementsMazda3Revolution.comAdvertisement 11-12-2010, 02:55 PM #2 (permalink) Join Date: Aug 2009 StitcH Location: Pittsburgh, PA Posts: 1,280 Moderator Thanks: 38 Points: 6,385, Level: 52 Thanked 155 Times in 91 Posts Activity: 0% gXboxLive Leaderboard: 15th Members Picture AlbumsThanks for the review , Matt.I only have one question that you didnt seem to address. How is the screen at night? Does it dim w ith rest of the dash w hen the lights are turned on?__________________-MikeHow -To Quick Links 11-12-2010, 02:57 PM #3 (permalink) Join Date: Oct 2010 Mike Location: Austin, TX, USA Original Member Posts: 261 Points: 1,504, Level: 22 Thanks: 19 Thanked 25 Times in 16 Posts Activity: 7% Members Picture Albumsinteresting__________________2010 LSM MZ3 5door 6spd 11-12-2010, 04:31 PM #4 (permalink)Matt174e Join Date: Oct 2010Member Posts: 46Points: 1,123, Level: 18 Thanks: 0 Thanked 18 Times in 4 PostsActivity: 7% Quote: Originally Posted by StitcH Thanks for the review, Matt. I only have one question that you didnt seem to address. How is the screen at night? Does it dim with rest of the dash when the lights are turned on?
  • 20. It doesnt dim w ith rest of the dash, but I havnt had any problems w ith the brightness of the screen at night. I usually have the gps running w hich automatcally sw itchesto night mode.The only thing that bugs me is that the back-lit buttons are alw ays on. Im not sure if theres anyw ay around this, but its my only real issue I have w ith this HU.Last edited by Matt174e; 11-13-2010 at 08:01 AM. 11-12-2010, 05:41 PM #5 (permalink) Tetris Champion! Join Date: Aug 2010 wingzero_ Posts: 1,173 Thanks: 36 Senior Member Thanked 158 Times in 126 Posts Points: 4,145, Level: 40 Activity: 99%Thanks for the review . I plan to get one eventually.__________________Mods: Simota 656 SRI | Racing Beat ABE | Racing Beat RSB | 1.25" Road Magnet | Yellow XPEL Fogs| Axela Badge | TB Ground | NextMod STB | Eyelids | HankookVentus H105 Tires | Garage16 Vent Visors | Red Calipers | Advance Timing Mod | License plate tint | TRZ RMM | JBR SSP | JBR BB | MSDS HeaderFuture Mods: Eibach 15mm Spacers | DPTUNEPast Mods: TRZ TM | Flex GKMazda3 Sound Clips 11-12-2010, 06:31 PM #6 (permalink) Join Date: Sep 2009 drewzilla1981 Location: Chesapeake, VA Senior Member Posts: 966 Points: 5,000, Level: 45 Thanks: 32 Thanked 50 Times in 40 Posts Activity: 0% Members Picture Albumshow much w as it n w here did u get it from?__________________Mods:2010 Hatch GT Black Mica, 18" Drifz 207 w heels, black-out emblems, black fog trim, carbon fiber trunk emblem insert, CorkSport Motor Mount Insert, LEDs in Cupholders,TW M Short Shifter Plate, CorkSport SRI, MS3 Spoiler, Advanced Timing Mod, LED Daytime Running Lights, CF Pedals, Tri-Point RSBNext Mods:CorkSport exhaust, lots of AutoExe braces, Tein Springs, Racing Beat Front Sw ay Bar 11-13-2010, 06:50 A M #7 (permalink) Join Date: Jan 2010 Location: Palm Springs, CA dunston Posts: 3,176 The One and Only Thanks: 97 Points: 12,682, Level: 73 Thanked 255 Times in 198 Posts Activity: 100% Members Picture AlbumsLooks aw esome! Thanks for all the pictures!__________________M3R Moderator - PM me w ith any questions.Corksport RSB / RM 1.75" springs / Retrofit bi-xenon headlights / Rear w iper delete / Viper 5701 w / remote start / 18" x 8.5" +48 w ith 225/40/18 tires, Simotaintake........tw isted my arm, stance coilovers GR+, SPC camber links, rear strut tow er brace and 4 corner counter balancing, then Track Time!
  • 21. 11-13-2010, 06:56 A M #8 (permalink) Join Date: Jun 2010 ptcary Location: The Universe Pear White Zoom! Posts: 546 Points: 3,141, Level: 34 Thanks: 33 Thanked 59 Times in 51 Posts Activity: 99% Members Picture AlbumsThose do look good. Kinda busy looking screens in my opinion, but nice overall. If I could have checked out the sound quality before buying one, I w ould haveconsidered it.Thanks for posting the pics.__________________PTCary 11-13-2010, 07:43 A M #9 (permalink)Matt174e Join Date: Oct 2010Member Posts: 46Points: 1,123, Level: 18 Thanks: 0 Thanked 18 Times in 4 PostsActivity: 7% Quote: Originally Posted by drewzilla1981 how much was it n where did u get it from?I got mine from here 2010 Mazda 3 DVD - 2010 Mazda 3 GPS - 2010 Mazda 3 Navigation - 2010 Mazda 3 multimedia system.I added a $20 rear view camera and my order came to $579.27 shipped.P.S. Does anyone know if I can add some kind of spoiler box to hide aw ay the pictures? Or resize the shrunken image low er than 800x600? They same to overtake thereview . Everything looks so clustered, Ill just resize the text for now .Last edited by Matt174e; 11-13-2010 at 07:52 AM. 11-13-2010, 12:05 PM #1 0 (permalink) Join Date: Nov 2009 JoePa2624 Posts: 275 Senior Member Thanks: 17 Points: 2,698, Level: 31 Thanked 20 Times in 20 Posts Activity: 21%Hmm...should I buy w heels or this? Decisions decisions...Sponsored Links Remov e A dv ertisementsMazda3Revolution.comAdvertisement
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