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UPDATE: The latest model now includes the USB adapter, has HDMI and the screen is 9” instead of 8” in size.



They advertise this unit as having full stock functionality with both cameras and features. I can happily say that it is exactly what they say it is. I have a lot to say so read carefully if you are considering purchasing this unit. Hopefully I can help.

Brief rundown:
All the cameras work and the unit even retains the MPG and trip mpg history features. The unit also adds some features like graphical door ajar indicators. Plug and play with some configuration through a password protected factory settings menu. (password is 126). Steering wheel buttons work and are programmable. This thing is LEGIT!

Cameras:

With a little configuration they both work just fine. The Lane Assist camera has the distance lines programmed in to it so they display automatically. The reversing camera settings include options to show trajectory as well as a distance ruler too.

To properly route the signal for the Lane Assist camera in a USDM HRV EX I had to do the following:
"GO to Settings >Car >Factory Setting (password 126) >Other >Customer Version >Version 2"

In "Settings >Car >Extra Settings >Reversing Volume >On" or set the reverse volume to the desired attenuation. Otherwise as configured by the factory the audio will cut out when the reverse or Lane Assist cameras are active.

(The "Factory Setting" menu has a lot of other configurable options that are vehicle specific. Password: 126)


Installation:
The Dasaita is plug and play with a little common sense. Huge bundle of wires that will need to be zip tied and kept tidy, perhaps wrapped in foam to prevent rattling. Two harnesses did not plug in to anything, one with two green wires and a large gray plug and the other was a small blue DA plug (confirmed not needed by support rep.)

The dash trim pulls off easily and only 3 bolts hold the stock unit in to the dash. My first go around has me thinking that the new unit is intended to simply pressure fit in to the cavity where the original stereo came out. The original stereo's metal cage didn't fit the new Dasaita unit but I would prefer that it did. The Dasaita gets quite hot to the touch after a short period and a metal heatsink to the chassis would be preferred. I may end up installing a small fan to cool the unit.

GPS antenna: Even though my HRV is only an EX it still had a GPS antenna installed. It was directly above the stereo unit on a metal bracket with a short pigtail cable. I removed the original antenna from the bracket and installed the new Dasaita antenna in it's place. This worked out great and I had no trouble getting a fast and accurate GPS lock with google maps.

WiFi: get a bigger WiFi antenna. It made a big difference in speed and reception after I swapped it for one I had lying around. You either need an SMA Male Connector antenna or do what I did and cut a piece of short solid core wire to act as the center pin. MOST wifi antennas are SMA FEMALE so you won't likely have a Male one lying around.

USB: Included, but not shown in the product description, is one adapter labeled "Toyota usb adapter" which allows you to connect one of the units usb ports to the stock HRV under dash ports. Do yourself a favor and order a second one from Amazon to connect the second port. It won't fit perfectly but if you double check the orientation and just cram the plugs together it will work. Tested and verified.

HDMI: there is no HDMI, so the mostly useless port under your center console will be nonfunctional. I would be interested to see If one could obtain an additional USB port for this location to better utilize the Dasaita's third usb connection.

Speed and Responsiveness:
The specs seem to be true to the user experience, it is very responsive, fastest Android device I have ever owned. But then again I generally own 2+ year old phones anyway.

Sound quality:
Let me preface this by disclosing that I am an audio engineer and have spent the better part of a decade performing modifications to audio equipment to improve the audio path and quality on a commercial level. I have a very discerning ear, but I don't buy crazy expensive HI-FI equipment due to my practical nature and the law of diminishing returns. Great sound quality can be achieved without breaking the bank. Additionally, I have already upgraded the speakers in my HRV so I am getting the full benefits of a new headunit.

With the exception of Bluetooth (see below), the audio quality is where the unit has proven itself to me. The stock stereo has some terrible equalization profile applied to the audio at all times or the analog audio path consists of junk components. Having only has bass and treble controls you cannot correct the crappy audio quality in the stock hrv headunit. The Dasaita unit has a 9 point graphical EQ that can be set completely flat and is fairly transparent when cutting and boosting frequencies. My advice would be to mostly cut, not boost. For example if you want more bass, don't turn the bass up, turn the trebel down. This helps with headroom and Dynamics. I think that the unit produces great sounding audio to the speakers through the internal amplifier. However, like most internal amplifiers, the headroom leaves much to be desired. When you start turning up the volume to where the music gets "loud" the dynamic range is compressed and eventually starts to distort. This is true of most internal amplifiers of car head units. The great thing is that the Dasaita has proper front and rear RCA outputs for attaching a 4 channel amp and sub. I will likely install an amp down the road but the audio quality of the Dasaita will get me by until then for sure! The noise floor is a little bit higher than I would like, but only really a slight hiss that is noticeable when sitting still, when the car is in motion it is mostly masked by road noise. I guess I will find out down the road if this is the audio path or amplifier noise floor.

Bluetooth audio: I have not yet tested this unit with another Bluetooth audio device, but with my stock HTC One M8 the bluetooth audio streaming quality was COMPLETE GARBAGE! Unlistenable amounts of noise, crackles and distortion. Update: tested with an iPhone, same result. I will try different software.. So far this is my only gripe.

Software:
This is straight up ANDROID IN YOUR DASH! No restrictions, any app any time.
The stock music player is basically a proof of concept player. Download a better one ASAP.
The unit came preloaded with iGo Navigation which loaded up with French as the default language. I haven't put any time in to using this application because when I need to navigate I use Google Maps then Sygic Maps then Sygic Car Navigation (in that order of preference).
The stock launcher is junk but they do include a full licensed version of "Car Launcher AG" and I quite like it! Once configured it is a great dashboard interface.

Screen:
The 8" screen almost fills the entire opening on the dash, this is GLORIOUS! No more black bar around the screen! The screen is recessed in to the dash trim by a gloss black bezel. I get the impression that the angle was designed for right hand drive vehicles but it looks nice and clean. The color and contrast of the screen is great, so much better than stock.

Phone integration:
The provided apps and settings allow for making phone calls over bluetooth, but I haven't done much more than make a test call to check my voicemail.

I haven't spent a ton of time using the new unit so I may report back with updates as I become more familiar.
I would recommend this to anybody with an HRV and enough confidence to install it. VERY MUCH WORTH IT.
 

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Hey thanks for this writeup. It all sounds leaps and bounds better than the stock headunit. I don't use bluetooth for much so that's no issue for me but will be for some people. Did you order from Aliexpress or directly from the Dasaita website? Also, could you provide an amazon link to the adapter you're talking about?


As for the hdmi replacement I believe it would be a straight swap with a usb plug. The part from honda new is about 45 dollars but this would be a good thing to go to a junkyard and grab.
 

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Hey thanks for this writeup. It all sounds leaps and bounds better than the stock headunit. I don't use bluetooth for much so that's no issue for me but will be for some people. Did you order from Aliexpress or directly from the Dasaita website? Also, could you provide an amazon link to the adapter you're talking about?


As for the hdmi replacement I believe it would be a straight swap with a usb plug. The part from honda new is about 45 dollars but this would be a good thing to go to a junkyard and grab.
I purchased through AliExpress. They asked for photos of the stock dashand rear of the headunit and connectors. (I just found a photo of one on eBay for the rear/connector photo. The model number is on the front upper right of the stock unit.)

I contacted the manufacturer directly through the AliExpress messaging system to get the Lane Assist camera configured. There was a bit of a language barrier but the support rep was very helpful.

this is the USB adapter I ordered I haven't actually received it yet but it looks the same as the one that was included. I will report back on this as well.

eBay may be my source for a used USB. Or perhaps it is a standard Honda switch/accessory hole size and a generic one will work. Hmmm...
 

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I purchased through AliExpress. They asked for photos of the stock dashand rear of the headunit and connectors. (I just found a photo of one on eBay for the rear/connector photo. The model number is on the front upper right of the stock unit.)

I contacted the manufacturer directly through the AliExpress messaging system to get the Lane Assist camera configured. There was a bit of a language barrier but the support rep was very helpful.

this is the USB adapter I ordered I haven't actually received it yet but it looks the same as the one that was included. I will report back on this as well.

eBay may be my source for a used USB. Or perhaps it is a standard Honda switch/accessory hole size and a generic one will work. Hmmm...



Thanks for the reply. I'm aware that the US EX models have a GPS antenna in the dash that the stock radio doesn't use. I believe this antenna can be retained with the use of a GT5-1S to SMA male adapter if one were so inclined.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I'm aware that the US EX models have a GPS antenna in the dash that the stock radio doesn't use. I believe this antenna can be retained with the use of a GT5-1S to SMA male adapter if one were so inclined.
Perfect! Much appreciated. The antenna included with the unit has a really long cable and isn't likely up to par with Honda oem.
 

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Perfect! Much appreciated. The antenna included with the unit has a really long cable and isn't likely up to par with Honda oem.

I did find an ebay auction from a US seller that makes these adapters in various lengths. The also make one with the SMA end at a right angle if that would be helpful for easier fitment.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/RG316-SMA-MALE-to-GT5-1S-Coaxial-RF-Cable-USA-US/371775235261?hash=item568f87e4bd%3Am%3Am5p1Zk7Anj5qziCvhbmhKQA&var=640748968167


Also, I have a quick question. Is the Dasaita unit capable of changing rear camera views like the stock headunit can? Or is it permanently in wide view mode?
 

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Few more questions. Does this really have an IPS screen. Some comments on youtube video say it is TN and that means bad viewing angles. Another question, is there a way to get HD radio working on it, like with a DAB dongle or something?
 

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this is the USB adapter I ordered I haven't actually received it yet but it looks the same as the one that was included. I will report back on this as well.
This USB adapter arrived and I can confirm that it works perfectly. The two under dash stock USB ports are now fully integrated and working.

I may have found a product that will allow me to replace the now useless HDMI port with a USB (for the third USB on the new unit) and 1/8” AUX input jack. I'll report back.
 

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Excellent writeup, I'd be interested if the company responds to a question on Bluetooth distortion. That's a deal breaker for me, pretty much the only thing I use on my unit.

I'm amazed it keeps the fuel mileage thing!
 

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Excellent writeup, I'd be interested if the company responds to a question on Bluetooth distortion. That's a deal breaker for me, pretty much the only thing I use on my unit.

I'm amazed it keeps the fuel mileage thing!
I received a response but we are only starting troubleshooting so far. Nothing solved yet.

Would a standard 1/8" auxillary input get you by?
 

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I received a response but we are only starting troubleshooting so far. Nothing solved yet.

Would a standard 1/8" auxillary input get you by?
Honestly I doubt I'll ever convince my wife I should buy this over something for my daughter lol, but yeah I'd be pretty frustrated if I had to use an aux cord. I can't guarantee my next phone will even have a headphone jack, and I plan to keep this car for many years. Sure I could hardwire my own bluetooth adapter in...but it still feels like a step backwards.
 

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Wonder if a usb bluetooth dongle would work on the 3rd usb port if the problem cannot be resolved?
That is an option that I have considered. The bluetooth audio quality of the stock head unit was surprisingly good and I became accustomed to using it so I'd like to retain that function.

The first response I got from them about bluetooth was that bluetooth compatibility is not 100% guaranteed. I called them out on false advertising and the guy said something about there being a setup document somewhere in the head unit but I haven't looked yet.
 

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Some people have mentioned that part of the bad video quality on the oem camera system was due to the low resolution on the head unit.
You wrote that the color and contrast on this unit look a lot better than the OEM head unit. Does it change the camera video quality or is it the same?
 

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Do any of these aftermarket units deal with XM?

I'm not huge on XM in general but I keep it on because it's a fairly cheap way to keep up with sports programming while I'm on the road. I guess I could always just switch to the app if needed...
 

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Some people have mentioned that part of the bad video quality on the oem camera system was due to the low resolution on the head unit.
You wrote that the color and contrast on this unit look a lot better than the OEM head unit. Does it change the camera video quality or is it the same?
It does help some, it certainly does look better but we are dealing with a SD resolution camera here so don't expect much improvement. Because the screen has higher contrast the rear and side camera display a bit darker than the stock unit. Fortunately for the reverse camera there is a setting in the settings (possibly in the password protected "Factory" section, I can't recall exactly) that allow you to adjust the brightness. I have not found such a setting for the side camera but I haven't found it to be a problem at all, just different.
 
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