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I have E39 M5 - 03/2000 (US Model). The sound system and Navi is all stock, except the screen. It was changed from 4:3 to 16:9 - BMW OEM Head-Unit.
The CD Changer is kind of worthless. It does not play MP3 Formatted CDs, does not recognize Rewritable CDs and skips with every little bump. I had been playing MP3 via FM mod, but the sound is not all that great. To my understating there is a unit that can be installed instead of CD-changer that has MP3 or iPod input. The unit will display the MP3s on the head-unit, just like the CD changer - (Album # and Sound #). Plus I would be able to control the MP3 or iPod via head-unit.
Does anyone know a good brand or can point me in the right direction where to find a good unit. I know there are a lot of units on the market, but some requires wires cutting, etc. That is not what I am looking for. I am looking for a plug-and-play unit.
Yeah, DICE MediaBridge is the way to....................I hope.
Last month I purchased GROM with DSP adapter and it was not a very good unit. At least I did not like it. The menu was not user friendly and unit did not work like it was advertized. So I ended up returning it and I purchased "DICE MediaBridge with DSP" from BavarianSoundWerks (BMW Audio, BMW iPod, Speakers, Subwoofers, & more | BSW: Bavarian Soundwerks) last week. It was just delivered. I'll be installing it after work. I'm pretty exited.
I purchased it with 10%, which was about $30 USD. Not a bad discount for quality product. Also BSW guys gave a code for 10% for future purchases for anyone. here is the code: E98779X538DCI8B8. Anyone welcome to use it.
So how has it worked out for you? I was looking at the Grom unit with bluetooth so that I could use it to control my iPhone (without a physical connection). What Grom unit did you get that you were unhappy with? What were the issues?
I used via USB Flash-Drive, but the I did not like the menu. I was not able to use 1,2,3,4 & 5 buttons on my Navi (they were not doing proper commands) to switch between files. I would have to use button 6 to get to main file menu and scroll down between files that way. That's about it. Maybe I'm just too picky.
I guess I could have live the menu that way it was, but DSP adapter was bad (only working on 1 side), so I just returned all and purchased "DICE MediaBridge with DSP" from BavarianSoundWerks. And yes it was about $100 USD more than GROM.
Well, I thought I post an update. (Its a little comical). BSW's set-up also had bad DSP adapter.
However BSW offered to ship new DSP with a charge hold on my credit card. So I've been with out tunes (other than Radio) since 19th of November and I still don't have a confirmation that a new DSP had been shipping. Its a holiday week/weekend here, so probably nothing will be done until next week. Its a little disappointing, since I went for more expensive system, thinking it would be better. Oh well.
Unfortunately I can not say if GROM is better of worst than DICE MediaBridge, since I have not had a chance to use DICE yet.
I guess GROM could be a better way to go. I am pretty sure that the sound quality will be pretty much identical and GROM is about $80 to $100USD cheaper. But I really want to compare the user menu. Interesting to see how user friendly it would be compare to GROM. (GROM sucked in my opinion). For me that would be a deal beaker. So hopefully...........before end of the year, I'll get it my tunes back.
I was speaking with Halston at BavSound about a unit for my car, but they don't ship to international addresses so regarrdless of how I proposed to do the transaction he wouldn't budge on the international rule. When I asked Halston for his opinion on the Grom unit he said that they (BavSound) used to sell them and that they were ok.
It will be good to hear your opinion on the differences between the user interface of each unit.
Wanted to post an update...................well there is nothing to post I guess. I just got an e-mail from BSW saying that DSPs are out of stock. I was being very reasonable and patient, but enough is enough. CD to MP3 upgrade should take days. I am almost a month in to it.
I am a little disappointed in BSW's customer service. If they knew they were out of DSP's, why no one notified me.
I hope return goes smoother than purchase, otherwise I'll have file dispute with PAYPAL for the original purchase and with Credit Card for the other DSP purchase.
It seem BSW and GROM have one similarity. They both have poor build DSPs.
BSW said that it would be another 1 to 2 weeks, plus buy the time they actually ship it and item gets delivered, it could be another week. By that time it would be end of December.
I am very disappointed. I wish that BSW check their stock availability, prior making charges. I could have purchased BSW DSP adapter elsewhere long time ago and be done with the CD to MP3 upgrade.
But now that I look back, I find this a little comical. 2 different companies with identical problems. Must be my luck. Or maybe its faith telling me not spend $300 USD on CD to MP3 upgrade and just to pay $700 USD and purchase Dynavin BMW.
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