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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:59 am    Post subject: Single DIN: Nav, Sirius, Bluetooth. Reply with quote

Interested in replacing the jumble of devices I currently have with one slick unit. The problem, of course is single DIN and limited space behind the dash. I see a few units with motorised displays that look good, but do they hit the dash lip etc?
While there is plenty of history on units, it's a fast changing world, so does anyone have a good quality unit that features touch screen nav, Bluetooth, Sirius, front inputs. You know, the nice stuff, so I get rid of my soon to be obsolete devices and not have to worry about the wobbly front power outlet too.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great question, and I'll 2nd it!

The old Sony Cassette still plays fine, and AM/FM are o.k. here, but it would be nice to have some more technology.

I looked at a couple Pioneer units at Best Buy that had bluetooth, USB, Sirius ready... and I was ready to go. My mind, "let them do it".

Haha. Yeah, Right. Two different Best Buy locations, stood around for more than a half hour at each, and never had a soul talk to me about scheduling or installation or anything.

I mean, hell, I don't smell...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about this:
http://outlet.crutchfield.com/p_613KVT516/Kenwood-KVT-516.html?cc=01&tp=20220
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been eyeballing this one http://www.amazon.com/PD-710B-Multimeadia-Detachab...f=pd_ybh_5 because the screen goes down instead of up like most others. My only issue is it may block the locker panel while the screen is on.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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How about this:
http://outlet.crutchfield.com/p_613KVT516/Kenwood-KVT-516.html?cc=01&tp=20220

I had already checked Crutchfield and they said it wouldn't fit because of the rear clearance issue. I suppose tight ones could be packed out with spacers?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sort of recall with the dash overhang at the top, the flip up units need to stick out so the display can work.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The rear support bracket in the dash is the limiting factor.
There is plenty of room if you fabricate your own bracket.

I have a Sony ES head unit with A/D/S amps, controller and speakers.

Bluetooth is totally worth having IMHO.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can get right-angled hookups for the back a standard din will fit with a squeeze. The connectors and fuse on mine added about 3/4" so I used three faceplate fillers stacked to give the extra 1/4" needed, you don't notice them behind the faceplate and everything is secure. Take the oem hanger for the back of a stock unit out of there first.

I use the bluetooth a lot, Pandora, phone calls, navigation, all from an android phone.

I did mine about a year ago and if I were tackling this now, I'd still forget about drop down/pop-up screens and use a remote faceplate with the rest of the stuff tucked behind the glove-box or such. These vans are so easy to break into, visible bling is just begging to be swiped.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, I like the flip-down screen. I'm looking for something like this with a DVD player... 8.5GB of MP3s on a DVD-DL beats the hell out of a CD changer any day.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Syncroincity wrote:
Hmm, I like the flip-down screen. I'm looking for something like this with a DVD player... 8.5GB of MP3s on a DVD-DL beats the hell out of a CD changer any day.


Players with SD card slots are also nice too. I'm completely sold on the bluetooth feature on my new sony, all my music on my phone, and hands free calling built in together.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I may order the flip down from Amazon. Looks like it fits what I want.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

insyncro wrote:

Bluetooth is totally worth having IMHO.


Agreed. I bought a new JVC In-dash CD etcetera player last year and the Bluetooth has been terrific to use. Its great to be making legal phone calls and the way it cuts off the baseball game so you can talk to your client in peace is awesome. The USB port is good for charging the old iPhone and also for listening to your new tracks on the way home from the studio! Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:26 am    Post subject: thisis my next sytem Reply with quote

this is my next system


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone actually try the amazon one with flip down screen? That looks like the ticket, but I've never used that brand before...
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far I can tell it doesn't actually flip down. It's just a detachable face. I wasn't aware there were spacers for head units but knowing that I would rather have a flip up screen. Stereo stuff is not high on my to-do list though. Amazon has great return policies of you don't like it or it breaks easy.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

with so many PC pads, Ipads etc on the market what about just a bracket to hold one of these on the dash ? I have a laptop with a sim card slot so it could work like a smart phone. or just get one of the larger screen smart phones. I mean it seems like in dash radio/cd/whatever is becoming obsolete considering my phone is more powerful than my last computer...just a dock for it with power and connection to an amp is all that's needed. if I wanted I spose I could have an external screen mounted in the dash for it. I know there is a patch cord to connect it to a TV.

I just got a small screen for engine monitoring. if it had a fuel gauge I wouldn't need 1/2 my dash. and the speedo can be replaced by the GPS speedo on my phone...just need an odometer. maybe my ECU can monitor engine hours and I could eliminate that too.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't like some of the things about that power acoustic one. Check out the review area on that link for the guy with the video. In order to use an SD card you have to use a supplied SD card to USB adapter Confused Lame. To browse songs on a USB stick or SD card you get a funky file browser window, that does not display ID3 tags? What is this the 90's? Ugh. I searched a lot as I would like to have some screen there that I can hook a larger screen in the back to (for after our snow boarding trips when the sun is going down and we are relaxing in our westy bed watching a movie while eating dinner or sipping cocoa) I think this unit can output video to a rear screen. I have been getting by with an older dell laptop with a stereo cable to the stereo for slightly better sound (stupid stock speakers). So far this power acoustics unit does seem the best option, but its not very good.

http://www.amazon.com/PD-710B-Multimeadia-Detachab...f=pd_ybh_5

Anything else I found with a flip down screen is either discontinued or crappier. Crying or Very sad

We have an ipad but I don't really feel comfortable having that on my dash or using it while driving like a radio... I dunno. Can't find anything I like that does what we want it to do. I suppose I could rip the dash out and modify it for double DIN then I could put something I like that does what I want there... Laughing Sort of low on my list of van things to get done...
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For our Westy, I'd already spent most of our upgrade budget by the time I got to the sound system, so I had to go cheap. I got the Jensen VM9414:

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There's an extra trim ring to space it out far enough to clear the lip above it.

I got the bluetooth adapter, plus it's got GPS and iPod control (160gb of music!), which meant it met all of my needs. The best part? At $399, it was a 3rd of the price of the Pioneer unit I put into my GTI: http://www.crutchfield.com/S-HrGyT3dQwV9/p_130AVIC130/Pioneer-AVIC-Z130BT.html

Of course, it doesn't match up to the Pioneer in many ways; the GPS is super slow, iPod navigation is poor, SDCard compatibility is bad, and the FM reception is not as good either.

But overall, I'm pretty happy with it. I use the GPS to monitor my speed. And the bluetooth has worked perfectly out of the box ( a rare thing - I've had so many stereos with BT that were very finicky).

Still available and on sale for $399: http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAudio/p_27402_Je...QgodinYADw

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But but, it flips up, not down. Confused I don't think I could stand it sticking that far out either. Unfortunately, I'm kind of picky. Nice clean install BTW! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How did I miss this?

http://www.amazon.com/Power-Acoustik-Touchscreen-M...=NAVIBOX-2

Anyone think it will NOT fit for some reason? Kinda hard to tell from the pictures...
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