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Hi, I'm after a replacement headunit for my GT to replace the standard CD player but don't really want to ruin the look.. Does anyone body have any recommendations? Ta
 

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Hi, I'm after a replacement headunit for my GT to replace the standard CD player but don't really want to ruin the look.. Does anyone body have any recommendations? Ta
got an alpine in mine ....glows red and has a silver trim to match the dash, ipod compatible etc, got a lead that hooks up to the steering wheel controls too.
been faultless for years.

CDA-9885R ....i only know that because the box is behind me lol
 

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I've just had a Kenwood KDC DAB4551U fitted to my Sportwagon - £220 supplied and fitted by my local mobile vehicle electronics specialist. It is excellent - with single CD, aux and usb sockets for mp3s/ipods and comes with a windscreem (stick on the inside) mounted DAB ariel. Installation was very neat, no sign of the ariel wire as it slots into the widscreen trim, and DAB reception is great (I'm in Fleet, Hants) with crystal clear channels - and of course you can have 24 hour Planet Rock as well as the more usual suspects. AM/FM reception is better than the unit that was in there but with the infamous 156 Sportwagon rear screen ariel its never going to be that good. I'd recommend going to DAB now as the signel is certainly very good down here in the sunny south. :)
 

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Mr Mac I have the Alpine IDA-X100 ipod head unit, I have been through a fair few in the past and this is by far the best I ever had. There is a new version out now which adds even more features like built in bluetooth I believe but dont hold me to that, its one of the only properly licensed ipod units, meaning it has the full official ipod interface and shows all album arts on the display. It does not however have any CD input so its ipod or radio. I go for the overall sound of my music than just volume and this unit delivers in spades! It has so many adjusments unless your a qualified sound tech you may not be able to get the best out of it lol

I have changed mine to red and it looks like it came installed as OEM. It also hooks up with the steering wheel controls which cost me about £25.
 

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Sony bt3900u available from halfords, has Bluetooth music and hands free kit, and iPod connection.

The illumination can be set to red and best of all, it's only £150 at the moment
 
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Mr Mac I have the Alpine IDA-X100 ipod head unit, I have been through a fair few in the past and this is by far the best I ever had. There is a new version out now which adds even more features like built in bluetooth I believe but dont hold me to that, its one of the only properly licensed ipod units, meaning it has the full official ipod interface and shows all album arts on the display. It does not however have any CD input so its ipod or radio. I go for the overall sound of my music than just volume and this unit delivers in spades! It has so many adjusments unless your a qualified sound tech you may not be able to get the best out of it lol

I have changed mine to red and it looks like it came installed as OEM. It also hooks up with the steering wheel controls which cost me about £25.
IIRC the really good feature for ipod's is it doesn't rely on the ipod's audio out. It actually takes a digital out then uses the headunits own 24bit dacs and pre-amp. The amps inside ipods are not best quality (you'll notice the 1st gen ones sound better on analouge connectors than the latest ones) but this means a good step up in sound quality. It also comes with USB for USB sticks etc. and a cable from rear that you can mount on dash (say in wee cubbyhole below ashtray so you can plug a usb key in down there out the way...

Lastly all modern alpine units actually have a little amplifier unit that actually doesn't need special wiring, just plugs into headunit then speaker ISO job done... handy if you don't have bose and need an upgrade without the hassle :)
 

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That it does indeed! I have my usb lead to exactly where you said all you need do is pull the ipod connector out and push in the usb and you are away, it also ignores other files that arent music so you dont need to clean up the drive or scroll through all the .exes, .docs etc. I shall get a pic of it up so you can judge if it suits the car.

If you get the additional audio processor (which I think you are refering too in your last sentence) it constantly adjust the eq settings as well to give the best possible sound for that track for where ever you are sat in the car. Such a clever little beasty!

After a quick look around I dont think there is a new version out yet which would mean you need the additional parrott bluetooth interface if you wanted it.
 
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Nah it's just an amplifier module.. Don't thin it does eq IIRC but it is not expensive and is plug and play + provides a useful upgrade in power and quality of the amplification.
 

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I have just been looking on the alpine site and have seen what you mean, the imprint sound processor is another bolt on for it to further enhance it.

The amp combined with the parrot and the sound processor you would prob have one of the best combos available today. Just a shame they make you pay for all these extra bits especially with BT been built in to a lot of lower end units now too.
 

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How much are you looking to spend?

I can really recommend the Headunits that come with every input (especially SD)

I had a high end Apine unit that i bought moons ago for £350 until it was pinched, but then I replaced it with a cheap mutant MT2300bt headunit brand new from halfords for £60. I only intended to have it as a fill-in until I saved up to buy another decent one, but I still have it almost a year on. It has SD, USB, CD, I-POD jack and bluetooth.

SD is a must as there so small and you can get massive storage for cheap nowadays. CD's are a pain to store and keep changing them, USB's are good but look annoying as they stick out and IPOD's are okay but you have to lug them around with you all the time.

Im looking at the Pioneer: DEH-6300SD has everything except blutooth and its Red ;) and only £100
 

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Wish I had seen that a few years back! My 147 is going soon as I'm getting a company car so be pointless for me to get it now :(
 

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If your a serious audiophile SD cards arent always the way to go unless you spend on a high quality class 6 or above card as any lower than that and the sound quality diminishes especially on proper music, if you are a listening to people like 50pence then that isnt so much of an issue as a child banging on a saucepan always sounds the same ;)
 
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