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Need some clarification on downside of US unit

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Hey guys,

I've been trying to research the heck out of the RNS-E unit for the past few days, but I have a couple of questions that I was hoping somebody could help me with. Basically, it seems to me that if a US and an EU unit were the same price, it would be better for us US people to go with a US unit because we wouldn't have to patch DVDs to make them work, we'd have the option of sat radio, and our AM stations would work fine.

However, my sticking point is this... can I still get DVDs and or TV to play on the US unit? I know I would still have to buy an external DVD player like the ME3, and I know I would need the Deitz adapter, but after I purchase those two items, I should still be able to get video in motion, correct? (assuming I buy the 1280 adapter) Are there any downsides to the US unit besides the cost? Just wondering if somebody could please help me out here.

Oh, and the US unit that I'm looking at is the E version, so I suppose I would need the newest version of the software? Does this mean that I won't be able to use the nav features until they release the new DVD sometime next month?
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a downside with the EU unit you didnt mention is the missing streets / problem with odd addresses.. this may be able to be fixed by fine tuning the "patch", but no one has figured it out yet..

only the EU has been confirmed to work with external video source via OEM TV tuner or Dietz adapter.. no one has reported testing a US unit yet.. one member with a US unit has a Dietz 1417 on order, and i hopefully will soon have a US unit on the way..

navigation works on all the units "C", "D", "E", "F".. the ONLY EXCEPTION is if you update an EU unit to SW 330 (or higher) but try to use an older map (this applies to both EU maps or "patched" US maps)..

good luck
many believe it is possible, but it has not been sucessfully done yet..
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