I just posted the update to my build log that shows me installing these both in my 2012 Acura TSX SE
I thought I'd post more here about my experiences and thoughts with this combo.
Here are the pics installed:
Overall the setup works really nice together. I am still working on all the settings with the iPad Mini to get it to do everything I'd like.
With having an iPhone, I was able to get an iPad Mini with only Wifi and use my phone as a hotspot for data. So, Google Maps are available for Navigation (this should be a very handy feature). I also found a few apps that play high resolution files, so I can download them and play them through this app, which mimics iTunes in looks and functionality. I also read that iTune may be making high resolution files available later this year, which would be a huge bonus.
The startup time is super quick and the biggest differences SQ wise I have noticed with the Sony is that the instruments seem better separated and there is more liveliness/energy to the music. I can only relate this to the sound of the liveliness of the Alpine F#1 CDA-7990. I haven't even heard a high resolution file yet and I am giddy with the results (but all head units sound the same, don't they? ). The volume knob screams high quality and the unit is the fastest I have ever used when it comes to changing tracks forward/back or changing radio stations. The Bluetooth sound quality is on par with CD (although the iPad is now connected directly via USB) and it just all seems to work really good.
I have just a few issues that are mainly settings or possibly ones I will have to live with:
1) having to lock the iPad screen after turning off the car
2) the GS9 loses the Bluetooth connection for the SongPal App when you change the input to USB, meaning I need to use the remote to change any settings like Subwoofer volume instead of the App
3) the center dial is so smooth and high quality, I want to use that instead of the button on my steering wheel
Okay, that last one isn't really an issue....lol. Overall I am very....no extremely impresses with what Sony put to the market and won't miss for a second hauling around a huge CD case and searching, while driving, for the CD I want.