: PAC Audio vs VCIM + GMX550



05Gride
12-22-11, 07:21 PM
Looking at options to get bluetooth plus iPod/iPhone integration with a nav lockpick in to my 2008 Escalade. In my assessment I've narrowed it down to one of two options and I'd love inputs on this:

Option 1: All Pac-Audio products
ISGM571 http://www.pac-audio.com/productDetails.aspx?ProductId=903&CategoryID=36
with ISBT21 http://www.pac-audio.com/productDetails.aspx?ProductId=917&CategoryID=55
with NUGM29 http://www.pac-audio.com/productDetails.aspx?ProductId=875&CategoryID=34

Option 2: new VCIM plus Coastaltech's GMX550

Obviously Option 2 would be cheaper by around $200-300 but I've now seen an entire thread about how bad the audio quality is with the GMX550. But it would have a better iPod interface. This option highjacks the rear camera inputs

Option 1 is more expensive but you get a better microphone with noise canceling vs the stock one that just stinks. Still integrates in with the favtory nav system and you only have to go through a menu option to turn on the nav lockpick, vs the 4 mute button presses even just to use the iPod. This option highjacks the XM menu function.

I don't see a whole lot of folks who went with Option 1 (PAC Audio) on here. Most seem to go with the new VCIM and the GMX550 so I'm beginning to wonder why and what I'm missing here!

05Gride
12-23-11, 04:33 AM
Tons of views but no viewpoints to share??

05Gride
12-27-11, 12:16 PM
Post holiday bump looking for some inputs.

Has NO ONE looked at the Pac Audio products before?

K9Caddy
12-27-11, 05:46 PM
I have the PAC audio for the iPod. It sounds okay, with some slight audible distortion, but not nearly as bad as the Coastal products. The usability on the NAV display is terrible, it's workable, but has its flaws.

05Gride
12-27-11, 07:19 PM
I have the PAC audio for the iPod. It sounds okay, with some slight audible distortion, but not nearly as bad as the Coastal products. The usability on the NAV display is terrible, it's workable, but has its flaws.

Do you find yourself more often just picking up the iPod itself and using that? Can you be a bit more specific about what you mean when you say "it has its flaws"?

Also, does the Pac kit transmit video (i.e. if I hooked an iPad up to it) to the screens if you have a lockpick?