Originally Posted by Skidmark
Jared, weren't you planning on upgrading to a 505, but they didn't have the optical cable like the 205?
That was the case originally. That was only an issue because I use the 701 processor. The 505 uses a fancy connection on the back for the digital optical output. I went ahead and bought the 505 though a few months ago and then the cable when it finally became available. I still haven't installed it yet because I'm going with a whole new interior setup, so my new amps, head unit, etc are all just collecting dust for now.
Of the three, I would definitely go with the W505. Docking the Blackbird inside the deck is great, and the 505 has a larger screen than the 200/205. They also brought back the mute button on the 505. That's something I missed when switching from the 200 to 205. From my understanding, it will also play AND control an Ipod Video, which you can't do with the 200/205.
Besides the mute button, another advantage of the W200 over the W205 was the graphic eq interface. It actually showed a graph, whereas the 205 just lists the frequencies. The former was much cooler and more intuitive. Since I haven't hooked the 505 up yet, I don't know how they display the eq settings when using it with the 701, but I think I heard that it's much like the 205. That's a bummer, but won't matter to someone not using the 701, and even for someone who is (like me) it isn't a big enough drawback to negate the larger screen, the ability to dock the Blackbird, or the ability to control and playback video from an Ipod.
One other thing worth mentioning is that the 205 and 505 work better for bluetooth, either by use of the separate bluetooth modules or Blackbird II. With the 205/505 you can access stored numbers, call lists, dial pad, and caller ID from the screen. With the new 350BT, you can even do voice dial. I haven't used that particular module, but with the 300BT and the Blackbird, I will warn you that the saved numbers and call list syncing didn't work with a lot of bluetooth compatible phones. Actually talking hands-free worked okay though.