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Recommend me a stereo

Any advice on what stereo I should put in the car?

I'm not bothered about it having iphone/ipod connectivity as I use a creative zen x-fi for my music, so I would want that to be able to connect (usb or aux cable).

Phone connectivity if possible but not essential.

I don't want to spend more than €150.
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You won't get anything (new) decent for €150 that I know about. Even if you do, a wiring harness, fascia adaptor and a steering control adaptor will increase the base cost.

If you want AUX/USB connectivity, better that it is on the rear and not the front as it is tidier to run it into the glove compartment rather than have it plugged into the front as there is no place to put your Creative Zen when you have it plugged into the front.

Do you have the original stereo? If you do, or can get one cheaply, you could hook it up to a Loudlink, which looks a pretty good piece of kit.

The stereo Dermo had in the car looked really well. Alpines are well regarded and you can get away without the steering control adaptor AFAIK as some of them are programmed to work with the steering controls.

Better off looking in the ICE forum-there are loads of good threads and you'll get more replies.

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Thanks, i'll look in that forum too.

It's the original that's in at the moment, Dermo kept his one.

I hadn't thought about the steering controls

I could go more than €150 but want to keep costs down as much as possible
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There's more to think about than you think then!

You need to read this thread

https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/ice-a...56-and-gt.html

You could pay €50 alone for the fascia adaptor, wiring harness and steering control adaptor.

I had an aftermarket Blaupunkt fitted for over a year but was never happy with it and swapped it back out for the OEM unit last week.
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If you have a look round the Alpine and Pioneer sites or even Sony I can get them cheap enough Niall if you want to sort ya out. But I don't think you'll be getting much for 150 euro. And you have Kicker speakers in the front doors
 
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Last year I needed a really quick cheap replacement and ran into Halfords
I got a Sony stereo for €110 and its really very good for the money. Sony cdx-GT33U. It has a usb port and a few different sound settings. I ran my iPOD off her no probs. If youre big into your sound system its not for you but if you want something good for under €150 its perfect
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That sounds perfect. Sony's aren't the worst better than blaujunkt or shi tspeed.
 
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if I'd get one it would have steering wheel controls, would take any USB sticks from the front and would read mp3 tags. and definately no dancing dolphins you can't switch off. but I'm an old geezer, my first computer was a sinclair spectrum 48k
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I've seen that halfords do an audio clearance while stock lasts, so go up there and you might get something more decent under 150 euro.
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would take any USB sticks from the front
Rear is better for the 147/156/GT. My Blaupunkt had a lead fed from the rear into the glove box-this is a neater solution as unlike, say, the 155, there is no cubby hole near the stereo to hold the USB device.
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I just use the standard tape deck with my ipod combined with an I trip, problem solved, no arseing around with wires n' stuff, did I mention I have a degree in computer science!?!!
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I just thought if you want to take out/replace the USB sticks it's easier if you don't have to take the unit out. A proper line in (ipod in) should be at the back, agree.
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I just thought if you want to take out/replace the USB sticks it's easier if you don't have to take the unit out.

You don't!

The stick/device is attached to a USB lead that is then attached to the stereo. You can get stereos with a port that a stick plugs directly into on the front though...
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I have some (50+) tapes for you, some early 90's alternative music (sounds like a hamster in a washing machine trying to use a salt grinder to my untrained ears), got them with the stereo I bought about 1 day before all this mp3 thing started
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You don't!

The stick/device is attached to a USB lead that is then attached to the stereo. You can get stereos with a port that a stick plugs directly into on the front though...
that makes sense. then you can keep the stick in the glovebox hanging off from the cable.
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True, and the mito has a usb socket between handbrake and gear lever. Problem is that you always take out the stick when you park up as it's too tempting for the local thieving yoof.

I have a Dension thing connected to my standard blau headunit which gives an ipod connecter, USB socket and 3.5mm jack for analogue (along with bluetooth phone). It works, but only some of the time and I certainly wouldn't recommend it. It's just too much of a pain. I wish I had got a new HU.


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Not trying to hijack, but on the offchance does anyone know if it is easy to keep the bose amp option working with a replacement hu on the 147? Something with bluetooth and a USB socket?
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Lmao, Klap, I'll take them just to torture people at the next meet
 
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Not trying to hijack, but on the offchance does anyone know if it is easy to keep the bose amp option working with a replacement hu on the 147? Something with bluetooth and a USB socket?
You would be far better off asking in the ICE forum!
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indeed I would. I was just telling myself exactly that. I should listen to myself more.
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How about the 70/80quid stereo that is in lidl at the moment?! USB, aux, sd and Bluetooth! Cheap as chips!
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But not compatible with steering wheel and may not fit in with the fascia if there is no adaptor.

Not sure what the story is with ISO leads either.
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ISO cables are fine and steering controls issue went over my head as I'm driving a pre face lift 156! Thought this may be controversal
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Does it integrate ok with the fascia? Maybe this isn't an issue for the 156 but I would have thought it matters for the 147/GT where an adaptor is normally required?

Those ALDI/LIDL stereos offer good bang for buck though-if I didn't have the aftermarket Blaupunkt already I would seriously consider one for the 155.

I still reckon that a front aux-in solution is too messy for the 156 though as you would have to keep the MP3 player sitting down near the pen-tray bewteen the seats and so have a lead getting tangled with the gear stick! Well, that's my experience in the GT anyway. No place on the dash for an MP3 player as no flat area to store it.
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