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Old 03-01-2004, 09:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey fellas,
I'm swapping out my component speakers and OEM amp for stronger speakers, a trunk sub and a 400W 5-channel amp. With all the car controls that are integrated in the OEM Head Unit, I can't see swapping to something else and loosing all of the computer functions (clock, mileage, ect.).

BUT...I hate the OEM 6 changer CD. It skips at the slight bump or rivet in the road. Has anyone swapped out their CD Changer for something better? Say a 10 or 12- changer? Or something with a better shock system?

And since I'm going to have to live with the head unit, has anyone added the XM satellite with any success? Any advice would be great!

Suggestions??
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Old 03-06-2004, 11:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am going thru same process. I am thinking of MBQuarts speakers for front/back, 1 large amp and bass box. You mind telling me what brand, model or size speakers you found to fit.

As for CD changers, I installed (truck) an Alpine 6 disc unit with BMW converter box that uses same wire harness from head unit. It does a good job and does not skip.

Also, I am also stuck with head unit. I have seen XM/Sirrus units such as the Roady be installed with an FM modulator connected thru the the stock antenna cable.
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Old 03-07-2004, 11:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's been a painful journey so far on this speaker conversion. I posted a cry for help and a log of my trials and tribulaitons in the broader Audio forum. I'm fearing that the folks at BMW didn't want anyone screwing around with their sound system setup in the E39 and have made it very tough to change.

So, I don't have any good news to report as of yet. Later this week I'm going back under the knife...and hopefully will be able to report better results. ghead
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If you are talking about an E39, this is the CD/MP3 changer info that I keep around for when my OE changer takes a dump.

MP3 Changer - Alpine S634

The OEM CD changer is made by Alpine as well. The S634 will fit right in with the regular OEM brackets. You'll need to purchase a CD interface, Soundgate and Blitzsafe are a couple of manufacturers. The interface is wired in between the changer and the factory wiring harness. Basically, it translates the Alpine I-bus protocol to BMW M-bus. Everything will function as the factory changer does. You'll retain all the steering wheel controls and the display will work. However, keep in mind, all you will get is the disc no. and track no. It will not display text or anything else the changer is capable of.
http://bimmer.roadfly.org/bmw/forums/e39/f...?postid=3092919

Information from CHET (sgtech@soundgate.com) at Soundgate:
The interface from Soundgate that you would need to install and control the Alpine CHA-S634 changer is the ABMW35V5 and it retails for 129.95. If your car has the DSP sound system is another story and you would need in addition to this interface the BMWDSP which retails for 179.95. These would be available from any one of our dealers and they should be able to install it for you as well.
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I've actually installed the Alpine 6-disc MP3 changer with success and am using it right now. I have found the Blitzsafe adapter at Crutchfield.com for less than $100. Keep in mind that my factory radio does not have the DSP option. I know of someone who has the DSP upgraded radio and is still trying to find the correct adapter to make the Alpine MP3 changer work.

All in all, the MP3 changer works well. I haven't explored in all of the options as of yet, but if there is a way to jump to song number 70 without having to advance it one song at a time, that would be nice. Keep in mind that with a MP3 disc, you can probably fit more than 100 songs per disc. That's about 9~12 CDs albumns!
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