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Hi,
My head unit has developed what I understand is a common problem of turning itself on.
I would like to replace the head unit myself with the minimum of fuss. The obvious choice would be to replace like for like, but I wondered if there was a better alternative out there.
The head unit is a Blaupunkt Alfa 937 CD NS with a Blaupunkt CDC A03boot changer.
Thanks in anticipation,
Gary:)
 

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the factory headunit is fairly restricted in features, so there's definitely 'better' out there. it just depends how much you wish to spend.

part of the installation will include a dashkit fascia piece, that fills the gap around the rectangular '1-DIN' headunit. and if you have steering wheel controls, that should be considered. depending upon the brand/model, you may need an external interface that connects between the alfa control plug and the new headunit; typically another UK$40~60.

features you will find on some headunit compared with the original include:
*iPod connectivity
*BT (bluetooth)
*more complex EQ, time correction, inbuilt crossover filters
*RCA preouts for connection to amplifiers
*more power, lower distortion

some people prefer the cosmetics/integration of the factory models. and an aftermarket model is unlikely to be compatible with the CD changer. also, if your car has a multifunction display that shows track numbers and radio stations, you will lose this function with an aftermarket headunit.

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struggled since 2001 to get an ipod ( Mac formatted ) to play properly through the Blaupunkt 147 high, finally gave up and have fitted an Alpine IDA X 100
Digital Media Receiver - Alpine - Europe - Mobile Media Solutions, mirrors ipod on 2.5" screen, plays flawlessly only drawback so far, 6 weeks in, the unit is not speed sensitive.Works with and charges iPhone 3g. Personally wish this solution existed years ago.
 

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If you get a head unit that will play mp3 disks you can get 10 or a dozen albums onto one disk - about the same as the changer in the boot.
Carry a CD case with 10 or 20 disks in it and you've got a lot of music with you. Alternatively invest in an mp3 compatible changer.
 

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have a replacement headunit (Blaupunkt 937 High) that has a darker shade on its fascia being grey instead of silver, my question is can I swap over the silver outer fascia over from my old unit does it just click off....has anyone attempted it before?
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should be possible, but i've never tried. if you're adept at pulling things apart, then go for it. i expect the face is either clipped into position, or there are a couple screws holding it in position from inside the unit. best to open it up and see.

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try pulling the face off the broken head unit first and see if you can stick it back on okay again - just ito ensure you don't wreck the one that's working!!

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