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Post by ericono » Thu May 07, 2015 3:38 pm

Greenedoggie,

Got any pictures? Either installed or in the process of being installed?

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Post by bpoliakoff » Fri May 08, 2015 5:18 am

+1 for the Nak. I have a new CD400 that will go in my car when ready. It is very period looking and the other reason, beside quality, that I bought it for, is the lighting can be set at green or orange to match the stock lighting
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Post by ericono » Sun May 10, 2015 1:36 am

pummer wrote:CD43+GROM. Done deal. Looks legit and does it all.
Can you give some more details on this setup? I looked up GROM and found what I believe you are using, but I haven't found much other information likes reviews or comments and such.

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Post by Greenedoggie » Mon May 11, 2015 2:16 pm

ericono wrote:Greenedoggie,

Got any pictures? Either installed or in the process of being installed?

Thanks,

Eric
Hey Eric:

I'll take a couple of pictures tonite and post.

Cheers

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Post by jps635 » Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:21 am

Managed to get a Nakamichi CD400.

Installed with a rocker switch on the aerial feed, as this does not go down when using CD or Aux, and aux jack in one of the spare switch panels. Looks good with the amber display and sounds good. VERY easy to use - don't have to be a space cadet.
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Re: Factory Looking Headunits

Post by SORIANOTRON » Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:20 am

Gravedig!

Looking to install a new headhunt and was looking for suggestions on some clean, OEM looking aftermarket units some of you guys might have?

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Re: Factory Looking Headunits

Post by G03rt2 » Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:45 am

The one everyone seems to be going for these days is the continental tr7412ub-or. It's actually made by VDO.

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Post by brickwhite » Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:18 pm

I put a VDO unit in my wife's e30 it works great and looks great. Also put one in my old e23, with No CD player they are not very deep and easy to install.

Just google - TR7412UB-OR you can find them for about $130

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But for the price and ease of install, it's much better than my stock head unit, The guy I got if from on Ebay shipped it quick (less than a week from Germany)

Pros
- no static
- nice clear audio
- Price
- close to OE look, amber is close too
- pretty easy to install
- Has bluetooth Streaming from phone (works well) pandora, itunes, etc
- Has bluetooth Phone options, did not run the other (supplied) micrphone so you would have to talk toward the headunit mic under the dial.
-Made a call without the additional Mic and it works pretty good, you need to talk louder toward the head unit but it works.

Cons
-no preout connections to add amp/etc
-protrudes out farther than oe Radio when mounted
-Mounting the cage is OK, not as solid as OE radio (but that's how most install)
-Did not come with Wiring (iso) harness had to order ($10)
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Re: Factory Looking Headunits

Post by brickwhite » Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:37 pm

Not factory looking but Cheap...


https://www.walmart.com/ip/Blaupunkt-AM ... /836526302 @ $11.99
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Post by Bostn635csi » Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:34 am

I installed the Kenwood Excelon KDC X998. I like the one knob look similar to OEM. Also has an orange display. Lots of features like HD Radio, built in Bluetooth and automatic iPhone pairing. Pandora, IHeart Radio and SirousXM.
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Post by G03rt2 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:36 pm

Instead of going for something that LOOKS period correct. You could always get something that IS period correct. The best kind of period correct:

https://youtu.be/dZ0l7dzB0y0

(Not me in the video)

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Post by Tommys 89 635 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:57 am

I prefer and had my Alpine deck for 15+ years and still working, nice thing is you can change the buttons to amber red so it matches the obc lights. Good luck with your decision.
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Post by G03rt2 » Sun May 26, 2019 12:44 pm

I ended up buying the Bravo IND-400BT. It has a red display, looks basic, no CD, Bluetooth and all of that jazz and only cost $17 on amazon warehouse deals. I think normally it was $40. It fits the bill perfectly for me. Two downsides:
1. The faceplate is "thick" and sticks out far past the mounting. It didn't look right. To solve this I glued the bezel to the mounting frame and installed the radio from the back. (See picture)
2. The buttons and dial feel ok, but this thing is light. I can't imagine the internals are well made are high powered.
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Post by Rondel Fan » Wed May 29, 2019 1:18 am

That's what I did.
http://imgur.com/a/nzL2edt
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G03rt2 wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:36 pm
Instead of going for something that LOOKS period correct. You could always get something that IS period correct. The best kind of period correct:

https://youtu.be/dZ0l7dzB0y0

(Not me in the video)

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Post by Sixracer1 » Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:24 am

I keep saying I am going to put this in, then use then aux/changer input for some form of iPhone integration but haven’t done it yet. Not easy, need to do the whole system over imo. 35 yr old speakers.

BMW Business CD43
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-BUSINESS ... 2028155710
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Post by JCS » Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:58 am

Sixracer1 wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:24 am
I keep saying I am going to put this in, then use then aux/changer input for some form of iPhone integration but haven’t done it yet. Not easy, need to do the whole system over imo. 35 yr old speakers.

BMW Business CD43
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-BUSINESS ... 2028155710

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Sixer,

These people that sell the CD43 on Ebay are a JOKE, missing one or both of the side screw covers
You cannot make it work unless you have the multi pin connector with pigtail wires, and you also need a 90 degree antenna interface connector,
These guys selling these CD43 are stupid, if you buy it it will not work, so they just are junk mongers! OOH you also need the the booklet and code password #.

The only one that ever did it correctly was Robb Mars,

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Post by Bhart » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:10 am

New red LED unit - ideal replacement?

https://www.blaupunkt.com/en/nc/product ... gle/19059/
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Post by brickwhite » Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:07 pm

that would be great, if you can find one.
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Post by Bhart » Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:41 am

Looks like it will be available in September - https://www.classiccarstereo.co.uk/clas ... ar-stereo/
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Post by K1W1 » Tue Jul 02, 2019 2:16 am

Continental TR4217 for me, installed on Saturday. Phone works easily and less depth makes it an easy fit. Julian

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Post by nick88highline » Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:34 pm

I got one of the new Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB. Probably the first one installed in an E24 :lol:

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Still fiddling around with it, but it's the most factory looking headunit I have installed in this car.
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Post by brickwhite » Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:19 pm

Very interested in how it works and sounds for the money.

Does the Bluetooth connect well to Audio and phone?

Where did you get it? UK? https://www.classiccarstereo.co.uk
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Post by Soperman » Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:30 pm

I have been giving thought to one of these.
How does the illumination of the head unit compare to that of the rest of the dashboard? My concern is that it is too red, and not orange enough.
A night-time picture with everything would be enormously appreciated!
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Post by nick88highline » Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:46 pm

I got it from classic car stereo as suggested by brickwhite.
Still investigating sound quality, but it seems to be pretty good compared to the Pioneer reference headunit I had in there before.

The colours can be customised using an RGB mixer with 8 levels per colour, so you can mix up different colours and also brightness levels for day and night driving. The day time match is a bit off at the moment (too orange) but the night time match is quite good. The pictures below show this.
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Post by Boggie » Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:00 pm

I have fitted a period Becker Mexico, modified for bluetooth hands free and audio streaming by a widget from a bloke in Germany. It looks perfect and the Mexico is even mentioned in the BMW M635 manual. The kit comes with a microphone, discreet answer/end call button and a breakout box for Aux input, USB plug for memory sticks and SD card slot, if you do not want to stream bluetooth direct. All this is controlled by the Becker head unit too. So, a period cassette/radio but modern hands-free phone calls and audio streaming.

The Becker Mexico was a premium option on 80s BMWs and considering it was built in the 1980s, is surprisingly powerful and offers great clarity. I have a set of B&W floor-standing speakers in my house and before fitting the Becker, I setup and ran it for the morning, connected to them. It was loud and I was very surprised how clean it was, even at high volumes and with my Audiophile critical ears... :)

However, in the car and connected to the original 1980s 4x Pioneer 2way 6x4 speakers (kick panels and pods) it soon overpowered them and generally sounded crap, at any volume. So, I plan to use the existing pods for 6x4 2 way for mid/high with 2x8" bass drivers mounted in the boot panel, facing into the rear seats, and alongside a pair of 2way crossovers hidden by a carpeted panel in the boot. All will be Alpine speakers, another manufacturer commonly seen in 80s BMWs.

In the front, the existing holes in the side kick-panels will house 6x4 mids and with under-seat subs, where I will akso fit 3way crossovers. I want to fit tweeters into the small triangular panels where the door mirrors are mounted. However, I do not want to fit surface mounted tweeters there. Is there a replacement panel from a more modern BMW that has a tweeter grill, that can be modified fit the E24?

Once I have solved that last challenge, I should have a system that looks original but has modern functionality and will sound fantastic.

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