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  1. 21 Jun 2018 at 8:59 PM #1
    jammy111

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    Hi all,

    Looking at replacing the HU in my car as it’s got a few dead pixels and looks out of date.

    Going to go for one of the new units rather than replacing the screen.

    From what I’ve seen there is an alpine unit that works well (ilx-700) and also a sony one (ax-100).

    Has anyone got any recommendations otherwise? Only thing I’m really fussed about is apple car play, everything else is just a nice to have.
     
  2. 21 Jun 2018 at 9:12 PM #2
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    Hi,

    The Alpine iLX-700 in an E46 looks like this;

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    No need to modify/cut the airbox/pipes and fit's flush as it's shallow depth.

    Currently, all the other reputable brand Apple Carplay units don't have as good smooth looks when fitted.

    The iLX-702E46 is the 2nd generation Alpine unit and costs quite a bit more.

    The Sony AX-100 doesn't look as nice when fitted and is not shallow depth so needs more time/effort/money spent on fitting it.

    I don't think there's any other prestige brand shallow depth head units with Apple CarPlay, I daresay in the future there will be !

    Cheers, Dennis!
     
  3. 21 Jun 2018 at 9:52 PM #3
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    Ok, so as I thought from some research, looks like it’s the ilx-700 I’ll be going for.

    Next question is what cables do I need to purchase to fit it and get the steering controls working. Same goes for the plastic bezel and any other mounting hardware that required.

    If someone’s got a link to a diy install or similar that would be great
     
  4. 22 Jun 2018 at 7:31 PM #4
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  5. 14 Jul 2018 at 12:06 AM #5
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    If you add some options to your Avin avant 3 = $699.99 - $50 = $649.99, unit like DAB+ = $59.99, Apple Carplay/Android Auto = $99.99, IGO GPS = $49.99 that's an amount of $859.96 (€731.85) it nearly cost as much as the
    Alpine who has build in DAB+ receiver and Apple Carplay and Android Auto and cost 899,00 €

    The price difference between the two units is 167.15 Euro, so not that much.

    Alpine Europe told me they wanted to keep the radio low on price because the radio could be more expensive than that the car worth is because of the age.

    So personally, i did a long time thinking about the Avin avant 3 and the Alpine iLX-702E46 or even the Halo 9.

    Every radio has his pro's and con's, Avin is to expensive for what it is, not to mention those bugs it hase.

    I know ExCop530dT, that the alpine is top notch on sound quality and quality in general, but the alpine don't meet my needs like MirrorLink, seperate micro SD card for music or video, a higher screen resolution (specialy by the halo 9 were you can see the pixels) and would to have a stand alone gps modul, you have to connect your phone all the time or may not forget him at home, or if the phone breaks down or worse, get stolen, you can not use the Carplay or android auto to navigate.

    Now i have buyed a 9 inch screen from Android Auto Shop for €329.97 with a inbuilt DSP hardware and is rooted, some guy's from XDA helping to optimize the software.

    It took some time when i got it from Hongkong.

    I modified it with a cooling fan to keep the PX5 cool, and it was a suprise that the unit is much smaller than the one with a cd slot, so there is much more room behind the radio, i din't install it yet because i got no time and i have a knee problem.

    The good thing is that i still can use my DAB+ monkey board and my Sygic software with the sharkfin DAB+ and gps antenna mounted on my roof.

    If i installed the unit and tested, i will post my findings, it could be good, it could be bad.
     
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  6. 14 Jul 2018 at 11:49 AM #6
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    For me, the avin 3 is the only head unit (including the avin 2) I’ve seen that looks stock enough that I’m willing to install it... making it the only option other than stock (which I ran for 15 years for the same reason).

    A bunch of people are rooting it, though, if rooted android is an experience you’re looking for.

    Can’t argue it’s not pricier!
     
  7. 14 Jul 2018 at 2:27 PM #7
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    Personally I went with the ILX-702D because its apple and android compatible...
     
  8. 14 Jul 2018 at 3:36 PM #8
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    I have to say, I didn't care at all about CarPlay till I started using it on the Avin. It's pretty great.

    Can't wait for iOS12, and Waze on CarPlay!
     
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    Hi,

    Dendeeze - 'Hopefully' whichever Chinese unit you have will work well long term and consistently, so I wish you good luck on that. Also good luck in feeling better with your knee!

    Obioban - I know you're USA based, so as I've mentioned previously, the USA get's excellent pricing on pretty much all 'consumer level' or retail products compared to the UK and most other countries in the world for the 'exact' same product. The Avin brand is USA based and anyone importing one over here will pay a considerable amount more in equivalence than a US based customer like yourself, even when the exchange rates are more in favour to the UK. Given that the Avin 3 has issues and problems, just as all the cheap chinese units most likely and potentially have, then it's only a tiny proportion of UK based enthusiasts who'll buy one.

    eoghan - Do you have a build thread or a specific thread with pictures of your iLX702?

    Lastly, Kenwood have just released their DMX7018DABS shallow depth unit with Apple CarPlay and Android - http://www.kenwood-electronics.co.uk/car/nav_mm/android-auto-mm/DMX7018DABS/. Pricing is around the £400 level.

    Cheers, Dennis!
     
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    I actually used my Avin to eliminate every factory stereo module (since they're all redundant to the Avin) and the factory stereo harness (just plugged the speakers directly into the Avin and used it's internal amp.

    Don't know if you'll have to be an M3forum.net member for this to load, as the pics are hosted there...

     
  11. 16 Jul 2018 at 12:17 AM #11
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    I have the Sony AX-100. It's one of a few headunits that can do both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

    I use CarPlay myself and it is great! It's pretty quick in how it works too!

    No modification of the heater box is required for this headunit either and it's to my knowledge one of a few 'big brand' HUs that retains a volume knob:

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  12. 16 Jul 2018 at 12:30 AM #12
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    Just to say Sony have launched xav-ax5000 android and CarPlay with shallow depth so should fit e46 without mods.
     
  13. 16 Jul 2018 at 12:41 AM #13
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    Now that I have CarPlay, I really want wireless CarPlay :rolleyes:
     
  14. 16 Jul 2018 at 12:44 AM #14
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    Just need pioneer to bring a shallow depth unit out!
     
  15. 17 Jul 2018 at 1:14 AM #15
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    Hi,

    The Sony XAV-AX5000 is a USA release and for that market. The differences will be in the Tuner stage where it's tuning step frequencies will be different to UK step tuning and will be geared for those who have Sirius/XM requirements - so no UK DABS+ support.

    Hopefully, more good shallow depth units to come from all the high quality brands!

    Cheers, Dennis!
     
  16. 17 Jul 2018 at 1:46 AM #16
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    So the tuner won’t work in the uk?
    Was gonna get a friend to pick one up for me when he’s in New York.
     
  17. 20 Jul 2018 at 7:05 PM #17
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  18. 25 Jul 2018 at 10:49 AM #18
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    The Sony XAVAX205DB.EUR looks interesting. Includes a CD mech, and a DAB radio...
     

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