New head unit recommendations?

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Warrior
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New head unit recommendations?

Post by Warrior » Wed 25 Mar, 2015 23:07

My zed 3 has a multi (too many!) buttoned all singing all dancing SONY unit running through standard speakers. In 3 years I've not yet learnt everything it can do so am looking to change to something new.

I don't need fancy screen displays, options to set play for opera, rock, pop, acoustic etc.,

I would like buttons that aren't 3mm diameter, Bluetooth capability for phone and a decent sound that's loud enough to make me look an absolute pratt at the lights :D but without having to add woofers, tweeters etc.,

Ideas?

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Re: New head unit recommendations?

Post by Mugs » Wed 25 Mar, 2015 23:21

i always find alpine to be the best sounding and easiest to use (unless you get a competition head unit), have them in all our cars. :wink:

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Re: New head unit recommendations?

Post by Martini » Sun 31 May, 2015 11:52

If you don't look for most advanced stuff, you might want to consider the Parrot Asteroid classic :

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Added bonus : you'll have a (small) satnav in a 1 DIN form factor, which is quite rare nowadays.

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Re: New head unit recommendations?

Post by Southernboy » Sun 31 May, 2015 16:07

Try getting your hands on a Becker......... Bluetooth / front loading CD / iPod or stick aux...

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Re: New head unit recommendations?

Post by Del » Mon 01 Jun, 2015 08:12

Mugs wrote:i always find alpine to be the best sounding and easiest to use
I agree, it is said that Alpine made the original BMW ones.
An important feature is to get one with an "amber" (not red) backlight so that it matches the rest of the dials and looks professional/OE. Alpine usually have "amber" available. :D

Like you, I tend to be pragmatic about these things, I agree you need a Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone facility these days. Personally, I don't believe a CD playing facility is necessary - it only means the inside of a soft-top car is potentially cluttered with CDs. Halfords are currently selling an Alpine unit for around £70 which has the Bluetooth hands-free facility plus several options to play music i.e. radio :D , USB slot, aux plug hole and IPOD connectivity. So you can carry your entire music collection on either an IPOD or cheap USB stick :)

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Re: New head unit recommendations?

Post by bertiejaffa » Thu 04 Jun, 2015 12:25

Del wrote:
Mugs wrote:i always find alpine to be the best sounding and easiest to use
I agree, it is said that Alpine made the original BMW ones.
An important feature is to get one with an "amber" (not red) backlight so that it matches the rest of the dials and looks professional/OE. Alpine usually have "amber" available. :D

Like you, I tend to be pragmatic about these things, I agree you need a Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone facility these days. Personally, I don't believe a CD playing facility is necessary - it only means the inside of a soft-top car is potentially cluttered with CDs. Halfords are currently selling an Alpine unit for around £70 which has the Bluetooth hands-free facility plus several options to play music i.e. radio :D , USB slot, aux plug hole and IPOD connectivity. So you can carry your entire music collection on either an IPOD or cheap USB stick :)
I agree too, not with the Alpine comments as I don't know about them but definitely with the Bluetooth audio streaming, much easier than CD etc. i use my iPhone to store all my music but a Bluetooth iPod or such devise is just as good. I will be getting a replacement unit for my ///M this summer and will definitely check out the Alpine range.

However, what I can also recommend is getting a unit with a rear USB port and the running a lead out from the back of the unit, under their centre console and trim and then out at the rear of the car - either where the rear switches are or, like me, out at the back of the central storage box. I have one of Barry's 2nd generation arm rests and this is perfect for this kind of modification. This way I have the choice of either using the streaming Bluetooth for my music (ideal for shorter journeys when I have plenty of charge on my phone) or to play music via the USB connection And charge my phone without having unsightly wires sticking out of the lighter port
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Re: New head unit recommendations?

Post by peter2b » Fri 07 Aug, 2015 19:41

I've just got a Pure Highway H260DBI does dab, fm ,am radio blue tooth with hands free phone calling ,ipod/phone and USB connection and cd player and a few other things that I haven't sorted yet like variable Colour display £ 140
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Re: New head unit recommendations?

Post by OXO » Fri 07 Oct, 2016 14:31

Found this. It looks really nice, and good spec, low price.

http://www.auna-multimedia.co.uk/In-Car ... hwarz.html

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Re: New head unit recommendations?

Post by petecossie » Sat 08 Oct, 2016 18:12

I have the Alpine CDE-136BT which I'm very happy with, which has the amber backlight. Its a DAB radio (you need to change the aerial as OEM item isn't compatible) which has my iPod connected to it in the glove box, also Bluetooth paired to my iPhone. The OEM CD player isn't connected but that's no great loss.
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Re: New head unit recommendations?

Post by Jonttt » Sun 09 Oct, 2016 09:28

Depends on your budget........ becker are the best value but also one of the more expensive. The reason, the porsche and ferrari guys love them for their classics, so expensive to get hold of but retain / go up in value. So you can spend c£100 on a radio which will be worth £0 in 3 years or £400-£500 on a becker and get your money back / make money in 3 years.

VDO do some good classic options as well. None of the current Alpines / Kenwoods etc..... offer the correct look for a Z3 dash IMHO.

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Re: New head unit recommendations?

Post by Martini » Sun 09 Oct, 2016 12:33

Well integrated 1-DIN & Google maps, any idea beside the Parrot Asteroid classic ?

It's not a big problem to me if it doesn't look vintage.

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Re: New head unit recommendations?

Post by OXO » Sun 09 Oct, 2016 12:44

Martini wrote:Well integrated 1-DIN & Google maps, any idea beside the Parrot Asteroid classic ?

It's not a big problem to me if it doesn't look vintage.
What is the use in posting a unit which is discontinued?

New parrots are hundreds of euros. The one I posted is £55, a bargain.

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Re: New head unit recommendations?

Post by Martini » Mon 10 Oct, 2016 16:33

I asked about a newer solution which would be as good as the 1-DIN Parrot.

Your unit is crap.
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Re: New head unit recommendations?

Post by BladeRunner919 » Mon 10 Oct, 2016 16:45

Gosh, this thread's getting a little 'testy'!

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Re: New head unit recommendations?

Post by mrscalex » Mon 10 Oct, 2016 20:34

Suggest a mod cleans this one up. Don't like to see comments like this on the forum.
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Re: New head unit recommendations?

Post by OXO » Wed 12 Oct, 2016 09:21

mrscalex wrote:Suggest a mod cleans this one up. Don't like to see comments like this on the forum.
Don't look then.

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Re: New head unit recommendations?

Post by knighthawk » Mon 17 Oct, 2016 15:32

:shock:
OXO wrote:
mrscalex wrote:Suggest a mod cleans this one up. Don't like to see comments like this on the forum.
Don't look then.

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Re: New head unit recommendations?

Post by Martini » Wed 26 Oct, 2016 09:59

Back to the topic...

Has anyone encountered an Android unit that works well with the Z3?

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