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After Market Head units?
« on: 08 April 2018, 20:59:52 »

Hi all, I'm just curious as to what aftermarket head units you guys are using?  I'm not after a banging sound system, I just looking for something with Bluetooth for my phone and either USB or memory card compatability for my music collection.  I know some form of interface for the steering wheel controls and I'm presuming you lose the radio display from the trip computer.  I just want an upgrade to the CCR 2006 in my car as the facia is loose on it after the previous owner attempted to remove it while there were grub screws in the removal holes.

Does anyone know what size the grub screws are btw? 

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Re: After Market Head units?
« Reply #2 on: 09 April 2018, 09:54:49 »

I've fitted this one  :y

https://www.alpine.co.uk/p/Products/dab3842/cde-196dab

Note its single din so you will need a adapter plate to fit your omega.
Absolutely brilliant bit of kit.
Sound quality is first class and does everything you could ever ask imo.
Also, its NOT full of flashing lights and fancy graphics which can do your tits in  ;D
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Re: After Market Head units?
« Reply #3 on: 09 April 2018, 09:59:08 »

What head unit is currently fitted?

I retro-fitted bluetooth to my NCDC 2015, as I like the factory look and integrations, it allows me to stream music from my iPhone via Spotify.

You loose the CD changer, but that was buggered anyway and lasers shot.
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Re: After Market Head units?
« Reply #4 on: 09 April 2018, 10:04:14 »

I got one of these cheapo units i will probably fit
(currently has a 4cd tape radio original in , all working but i fancy a back up camera )
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-DIN-7-Touch-Car-Stereo-Radio-MP5-MP3-Player-Bluetooth-AUX-Input-HD-Camera-UK/263563628445?hash=item3d5d9dcf9d:g:yx4AAOSwWGxasxxP

you can get them for 30 quid if you buy from china

most will need an adapter surround
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Re: After Market Head units?
« Reply #5 on: 09 April 2018, 17:34:52 »

In my Omega, I too use the standard HU, modified to take audio in...  ...and unlike Tunnie, impedence matched to gayDevices to get the volume/tone right...


...not that I ever listen to anything but the wireless!
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Re: After Market Head units?
« Reply #6 on: 09 April 2018, 17:58:05 »

In my Omega, I too use the standard HU, modified to take audio in...  ...and unlike Tunnie, impedence matched to gayDevices to get the volume/tone right...


...not that I ever listen to anything but the wireless!
Does it still run off the accumulator? :D
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« Reply #7 on: 09 April 2018, 21:15:44 »


you can get them for 30 quid if you buy from china

most will need an adapter surround

Think you need to ask yourself, at £30 will it be any good? Can you buy a decent £30 phone? There is a reason Alpine and such command £350-£700......
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Re: After Market Head units?
« Reply #8 on: 09 April 2018, 21:16:55 »

In my Omega, I too use the standard HU, modified to take audio in...  ...and unlike Tunnie, impedence matched to gayDevices to get the volume/tone right...


...not that I ever listen to anything but the wireless!

Mine sounds fine!  8)
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Re: After Market Head units?
« Reply #9 on: 09 April 2018, 21:34:54 »


you can get them for 30 quid if you buy from china

most will need an adapter surround

Think you need to ask yourself, at £30 will it be any good? Can you buy a decent £30 phone? There is a reason Alpine and such command £350-£700......

I looked at youtube reviews , I wanted a back up camera, it does that , sound quality may not be great , dunno , not tried it , will lose the steering wheel controls too , but having driven a vauxhall carlton for 18 years ,that never had steering wheel audio controls , i'm not going to miss that feature  :P

the alternative being , i also have one of these knocking about
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/7-LCD-Monitor-Mirror-Car-Rear-View-Kit-Wireless-18-IR-Car-Reversing-Camera-UK/312063504818?hash=item48a86f31b2:g:xUgAAOxyFIFR~3~h
so i could keep the original radio gram vauxhall fitted  :D
great design , can't eject the 4 CD cartridge whilst in PARK  ::)

If i went that route, i'd probably mount it to the screen sun visor ,rather than on ,or in place of ,the rv mirror
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« Reply #10 on: 09 April 2018, 21:44:34 »

I think you are going to struggle with that level of kit, eBay stuff at this price will be Chinese tat that will probably last for 5 mins. The quality will be poor, the video will be poor, it won't react to your steering wheel like factory fit jobbies.

Fit bluetooth to your current factory fit radio and standard GM parking sensor retro fit, will be best combination and most reliable.

Factory fit cams tend to pop down/up when reverse is engaged, if always there it's going to get covered in road muck and be next to useless.  :-\
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« Reply #11 on: 09 April 2018, 22:57:50 »

I think you are going to struggle with that level of kit, eBay stuff at this price will be Chinese tat that will probably last for 5 mins. The quality will be poor, the video will be poor, it won't react to your steering wheel like factory fit jobbies.

Fit bluetooth to your current factory fit radio and standard GM parking sensor retro fit, will be best combination and most reliable.

Factory fit cams tend to pop down/up when reverse is engaged, if always there it's going to get covered in road muck and be next to useless.  :-\
That last paragraph is tosh. Start to finish.

They are almost all fixed as part of the number plate illumination/bootlid handle assembly.

If you make a point of checking and cleaning the number plate and rear lights, what like you're legally obliged to, then they are fine positioned there ::)
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« Reply #12 on: 10 April 2018, 21:07:06 »

Factory fit cams tend to pop down/up when reverse is engaged, if always there it's going to get covered in road muck and be next to useless.  :-\
Virtually all are fixed.
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« Reply #13 on: 10 April 2018, 21:07:35 »

In my Omega, I too use the standard HU, modified to take audio in...  ...and unlike Tunnie, impedence matched to gayDevices to get the volume/tone right...


...not that I ever listen to anything but the wireless!

Mine sounds fine!  8)
I suspect you're tone deaf, like myself. But even I can tell ;D
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« Reply #14 on: 10 April 2018, 23:07:19 »

Factory fit cams tend to pop down/up when reverse is engaged, if always there it's going to get covered in road muck and be next to useless.  :-\
Virtually all are fixed.

VW pop up, from rear logo/boot handle. Merc C class I’ve seen pop down as well...
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