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Spider entertainment

I have just changed the entertainment system in my Spider. The factory unit is ok but just a bit boring. So after a shop around I found the Kenwood DNX4210DAB. I was a DAB sceptic but now I am a convert! The sat nav is Garmin which, if I am critical, is a touch slow to get started but when up and running is excellent. If anyone out there is thinking of splashing out serious funds then here are my top tips:
1. My Kenwood unit has a mat finish which is an excellent match for heater controls. Make sure you get the same finish to match the interior.
2. Consult the useful thread on facia removal on this forum.
3. Get the Alfa 159/Brera/Spider steering wheel harness from Car Audio Systems, Car Stereo, Car Radio DAB Stereos, Car Speakers Amplifiers Head Unit together with the Kenwood patch. This allows steering wheel controls to function.
4. Get the iPod/USB cable to fit in the glovebox. This is a optional extra but in fact essential.
5. There is a requirement for a plastic trim surround but it's cheap and readily available.
6. The screen mounted DAB aerial is unobtrusive and works very well.

I had the installation done by Bromley Car Audio who have done a good job.

Kenwood's website have the instruction manual and you can update your unit with downloads onto a USB flash memory stick. Make sure stick is empty before you download.

One of the best things about the Kenwood is that the controls are easy to see and use. Expensive but great to listen to. However this unit has been around for a year or two and prices might be coming down. Before you say anything, my spider is a 2.4JTDM which does not have its own entertaining soundtrack!
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