Aftermarket Display Can Match Ambient Cabin Light - 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Aftermarket Display Can Match Ambient Cabin Light

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on November 19, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

I completely understood the desire to replace the dated-when-new head unit in our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8, but I didn't hold out much hope for the new piece. I have this hate/hate relationship with aftermarket stereos, partly from having one in a personal car and partly from experiencing them in other people's cars.

I could go into the general tackiness of their design, the cheapness of their controls or any other irks that have soured me on these things, but my main reason has always been that the colors don't match the rest of the interior lighting.

With our Pioneer, I needn't have worried about that last bit. 

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

What can I say, I'm a photographer and color matters to me.

As you can tell by that lead photo, the Pioneer gives two sliders for adjusting the color output for the physical buttons. The top one is nice — you can certainly get the color in the ballpark — but the bottom one lets you adjust the brightness/intensity, and that was the key to dialing it in.

The sliders are a bit finicky, but as you can see by the next photo, the colors are about as close as they're going to get. They're certainly close enough to satiate my pickiness.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor

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