My Clarion XMD3 started refusing to play CDs early this year, no biggee since I use the IPOD most of the time. This winter I plan to replace it with a new head unit. This involves making a new dash plate for the remote too. The big problem is the main unit being mounted in the glove box so I need a remote with a display so I can see the mode.
I am thinking the Clarion CMD5 with the IPOD interface may get the nod. The remote matches my dash gauges, it plays MP3s, and it works with my existing H2Owaves remote. I know that Sony and Pioneer also have display remotes but they look a little clunky in the dash. I still have the direct AUX in capabilities through my EQ if I want to take a signal from another boat or hook up the ipod without the interface.