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Topic # 225886 10-Dec-2017 08:30
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Is this the correct forum to ask a question about car audio? I'm referring to replacing the existing audio system in a car with one of my choosing.


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  Reply # 1915887 10-Dec-2017 08:59
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No harm in asking.


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  Reply # 1915893 10-Dec-2017 09:06
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Yep totally fine. What are you thinking about doing? I've just had an audiophile level kit installed in my car.




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  Reply # 1915897 10-Dec-2017 09:10
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I've just ordered this from Carjoying:

 

https://www.carjoying.com/371.html

 

Hopefully it turns up before Christmas.





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  Reply # 1915899 10-Dec-2017 09:14
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Personally I like car audio system that run the Android O/S. That way you can get an in-dash GPS, and other cool apps from the Google store.

There are two standard size for car radios. Single Din and Double Din.

You can get a Single Din Android car system. A large LCD screen can hang outside the unit.

https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-a-2-din-car-stereo-534610

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  Reply # 1915901 10-Dec-2017 09:19
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I thought of that but then there is the other problem with operating system updates (or lack of with many of these systems). I went the route to a head unit with Apple Carplay and Android Auto support and it is great.




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  Reply # 1915903 10-Dec-2017 09:21
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I'm looking at getting a Mazda Demio, 2004-2007 model. Haven't picked one out yet, but I know that the vast majority of them have a horrible, built-in radio, that cannot be changed. I used to drive a 2003 Demio, and the radio looked like this:

 

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/9Ij38UPqHoQ/maxresdefault.jpg

 

(note the legs are not mine - that's just a Google Image Search).

 

I would love to be able to change the radio in it; in the 2003 Demio I used a band expander which was okay but I found some stations just didn't come through properly (as well as the frequency displayed being incorrect).

 

However - I've come across this video where someone (in Russia, I think) did manage to change the radio:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYjDhtOsn6E

 

Would this be do-able by anyone in New Zealand?


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  Reply # 1915907 10-Dec-2017 09:25
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  Reply # 1915908 10-Dec-2017 09:26
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Thanks, but that's for 2007 onwards - I'm looking for the 2004-2007 model. There was an overlap in 2007; some have the older one, some have the newer one (like the one you posted).


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  Reply # 1915925 10-Dec-2017 12:05
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I dread to think what a mess doing this would cause in my Landrover.

 

All the systems are so meshed together using a common fibre optic 'ring main' that you get odd things already: sometimes the GPS (built in) fails to initialise. If it does so, the stereo system will not function - it physically does (you can see CD time counters changing etc) but it remains resolutely silent!

 

Leave the car locked for a while and come back - hey presto all good again.

 

So ripping all of that out and replacing it with something else (which as a concept I would not mind) would be the stuff of nightmares when it came to the bill - and you'd need immensely experienced technicians to do it, I suspect.

 

You're lucky if your vehicle is straightforward. 








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  Reply # 1915998 10-Dec-2017 13:20
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It's a major nuisance when car manufacturers do this sort of thing. But I suppose when they're assembling the car (particularly in Japan) they're not thinking about any markets it could be exported to. Otherwise if the radio went from 76-108MHz it would solve these kinds of problems immediately.

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  Reply # 1916020 10-Dec-2017 14:47
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michaelmurfy: I thought of that but then there is the other problem with operating system updates (or lack of with many of these systems). I went the route to a head unit with Apple Carplay and Android Auto support and it is great.

 

Which one did you go for?  I've had my eye on the Sony XAV-AX100 but they have just released a new model


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  Reply # 1916048 10-Dec-2017 16:52
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shk292:

 

michaelmurfy: I thought of that but then there is the other problem with operating system updates (or lack of with many of these systems). I went the route to a head unit with Apple Carplay and Android Auto support and it is great.

 

Which one did you go for?  I've had my eye on the Sony XAV-AX100 but they have just released a new model

 

I went for the Pioneer MVH-Z5050BT along with Focal expert speakers (x4), a Soundstream Exact 12" sub and a Fusion CA-DA51600 1600 watt D-Class amplifier. Expensive, but man does it sound good. The head unit is very good as it isn't too laggy on its own and has a rather nice interface and plenty of configurable options. Nothing gripes me more than getting a head unit that has a crappy interface.

 

The Sony's looked good but were quite lacking on features and the one I was looking at cost more, and didn't have both Apple Carplay and Android Auto (if I ever went back to Android).





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  Reply # 1916054 10-Dec-2017 17:29
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GROM audio https://gromaudio.com was a place I used to get gear to retrofit my old Volvo system with blue tooth etc - you may find some thing helpful or interesting there - you can search usage your car make model and year.

 

They shipped quickly and without any problem.


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  Reply # 1916069 10-Dec-2017 17:41
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michaelmurfy:

 

I went for the Pioneer MVH-Z5050BT along with Focal expert speakers (x4), a Soundstream Exact 12" sub and a Fusion CA-DA51600 1600 watt D-Class amplifier. Expensive, but man does it sound good. The head unit is very good as it isn't too laggy on its own and has a rather nice interface and plenty of configurable options. Nothing gripes me more than getting a head unit that has a crappy interface.

 

The Sony's looked good but were quite lacking on features and the one I was looking at cost more, and didn't have both Apple Carplay and Android Auto (if I ever went back to Android).

 

 

Looks good.  This is the one I'm considering, I like the idea of a volume knob because my car doesn't have steering wheel controls


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  Reply # 1916152 10-Dec-2017 18:13
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It's on special at Repco at the moment with a reversing camera.

http://repco.co.nz/catalogue#view=catalogue&saleId=9224&page=5




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