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A/V New car head unit

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Buzzons, 18 Jun 2013.

  1. Buzzons

    Buzzons Active Member

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    All,

    Current car has a Kenwood head unit that, while serviceable, has an annoying "one button does everything" kind of interface.

    So what would everyone recommend .. it needs to be able to do the following

    USB in (preferably on the back)
    Aux In (pref on the back but front is fine too)
    Play MP3 CDs

    It would be nice if it could do BT Audio streaming from a phone ->> car speakers but that's a nice to have not a must.
     
  2. Somer_Himpson

    Somer_Himpson New Member

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    Alpine is what I swear by. Functionality and styling and sound quality all top notch in my experience

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    Somer_Himpson New Member

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    My particular model has all the functions you mention. I use both rear USB which pi run a lead from to by my feet so I can unplug when adding or changing the contents and my phone now and then when I forget USB. It also can connect to internet radio if you have an iPhone. CDE 135BT is the model number. I would highly recommend it. It also has 3 pre-outs for connecting after market speakers amps etc. The only thing it doesn't have is DAB but you can get the next model up in the range if you need that as well. I have 4 Infinity speakers hooked up to an Alpine amp and subwoofer with its own built in amp. Amazing sound quality.

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  4. Jeevus

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    What is your budget? I just bought a head unit this week and my requirements were:

    iPod connectivity (rear)
    CD
    Bluetooth

    I was looking at the CDE-174BT here.
    I ended up buying this though as I preferred the styling.
     
  5. Buzzons

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    Also, don't shop in Halfrauds obv
     
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    £139 here:-
    http://www.carsoundsandsecurity.co.uk/store/cde-w235bt/
    And customer reviews on Crutchfield:-
    http://www.crutchfield.com/S-X4MLNG3uWQ9/p_500W235BT/Alpine-CDE-W235BT.html#customer-reviews-tab
     
  9. jizwizard

    jizwizard Well-Known Member

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    Back in the day it was either alpine or pioneer, you couldn't go wrong with them.
     
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    keir S p i t F i r e

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    http://caraudiosecurity.com/kw-av50-6-1-inch-wvga-touch-panel-monitor-with-dvd-cd-usb-recei

    £180 - the one I'm getting when I get my money :)

     
  11. Buzzons

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    thanks for all the links chaps - one assumes that the alpine can do BT audio streaming?

    Other than the double din units - anyone got any recommendations for a single din one?

    also - are there any nice alpine ones with both a read and a front USB port? rear would be good as it means i can put something in the glove box like an ipod and forget about it.
     
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    I have listed my unit which comes with front and rear usbs and it streams audio via BT

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    aye - it looks good for a single din unit - any idea if there's a similar one that's double din?
     
  14. jinq-sea

    jinq-sea 'write that down in your copy book' Super Moderator

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    I recall that Alpine does a double DIN equivalent - lemme have a look :)
     
  15. Buzzons

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    looks like the only two current double dinn head units from apline are no where near as good as some of their single din units!!
     

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