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| Originally posted by Larry Horne@Mar 19 2005, 10:08 PM |
I wish I read this post earlier. I just disassembled mine for the 6th time. I could take the partially assembled unit and test it in the car, press daown on the circuit board and it would burn bright. It kept going dim. I tried soldering the obvious connectors but nothing fixed it.
Unfortunately I shorted out the LED display the last time I was probing inside it and now the display is dim and solid. no numbers.
Here I come Crutchfield, the main decision is Alpine or XM.
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| Originally posted by Larry Horne@Mar 20 2005, 01:04 PM |
you are right,
Do you a a minute for a few questions you sound like you have done this once before. I think this post keeps it technical but let me know if it should be moved to other forum.
If I buy a new HU from Crutchfield and get the euro antenna adapter (FM) and the BMW wiring harness adapter (new HU bundle in and OEM connection out) is this all I need to do? Is there a down streem BMW amp that needs power? some say yes and some say no. I have not ripped out the trunk yet so I have not looked deep. Does anyone know what the small wire is with the FM antena in the OEM wiring config?
RE the XM antenna, is there a difference with trunk mount verses roof mount. I can only think that in certain positions (satelites verse car) there may be a interference of the back window other than that I cannot see where it matters. It will certainly matter with cable reach.
Do you have any "real" technical advice when it comes to identifying aftermarket greatness. Hell the OEM business HU sounded fine to me. I am 40 years old and listen to a range of music..............a very wide range. I sometimes test the volume but in most cases its a leisurely 45 minute commute. I make a few of my own CD's here, WMA files usually but HATE the OEM trunk changer so I seldom change the disks.
Oh, I know you will say $ enters into the analysis...........Really would like to keep it all under $500 for HU and SAT. Will leave OEM speakers for now. Would like to someday do a SUB but I really need the trunk space. This old man has to carry a golf bag once in a while.
Thanks for the time and effort.
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