2005 Mercedes Comand system and Harmon/Kardon LOGIC 7 sound system Review and Full in Depth Tour
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Cockpit Management and Data system - COMAND for short - acts as a "command center" for all audio, telematics and telecommunications functions on Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Depending on vehicle specification, functions like the radio, CD player, DVD player, navigation system with dynamic routing, and amplifiers are all integrated in the COMAND system.
A high-performance processor controls the system and manages the various programs. If requested by the driver, the CD changer, sound system, TV receiver, telephone and Linguatronic voice control system can also be linked up to COMAND via an optical fibre ring bus named D2B or MOST.
The latest generation of the COMAND system used in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class boasts a large color TFT screen in 16:9 (wide-screen) format, and uses a multi-directional wheel - located in the center console - to navigate and use the numerous menus and functions. The system allows the control of a huge number of features, from seat bolster inflation to the satellite navigation.
With the Mercedes-Benz COMAND APS system, for instance, the car radio can act in concert with the telephone to establish contact with a service provider that will transmit digital traffic-jam warnings to the navigation system via SMS and recommend a detour if necessary.
The COMAND APS system includes a navigation computer with a second DVD player in the boot. The speech technology engine, used in the application is provided by Nuance CommunicationsI recently purchase a 2009 Mercedes CLK350 with Comand Navigation System. I've had a BMW Z4 factory Nav system and a Megellan portable system, so I have a number of years experience using Nav systems. I have read, re read, and re read again the Operator Manual and I have still not been able to understand how to 'effectively" use the Mercedes Nav system to direct me to a location using a reasonable route.
In my experience, if you are clueless on how to get somewhere, a Nav system will get you there, but not always using the most logical or quickest route. My experience so far tell me the my new Mercedes Nav system is the most ill-logical, worthless, piece of crap, Nav system I've ever owned.
I'd rather not have to rely on my 3 yr old portable Megellan Nav system, sticking to the windsheld of my $60k new Mercedes, with it's state-of-the-art Comand Nav System, but I guess if I have to rely on a Nav system getting me somewhere, I can't trust the Mercedes.
Fitted as standard, the latest COMAND multimedia system enables convenient, intuitive operation of a range of vehicle functions. The enhanced system includes an ECO function that plots the most fuel-efficient route, up to 40 GB HDD storage for the navigation system, 3D map display, and PIN-protected navigation update. It also comes with TMC (Traffic Message Channel) to help you stay one step ahead of road congestion.
Entertainment highlights include a 7.2 GB Music Register for storing audio files and a new music search function. This enables you to search by categories such as album or genre on the hard disk, SD-Card, USB device and CD/DVD player. You'll also appreciate Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free phone calls, the latest Linguatronic voice-control system and a handy USB port in the glove compartment.