alternative to standard head unit

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  1. warhonowicz

    warhonowicz
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    All I ever listen to in my car (the weekend toy that is, not the daily driver) is music from either my iPod or a USB stick. I have just bought a new (old) one and it could really do with not having a head unit anywhere visible. As it is an old Mini, there is little space to hide one.

    Does anyone know of another solution, that I can install out of sight (though I want to control the volume and on/off from the drivers seat) and that gives me the ability to play mp3 files?

    I seem to remember seeing something like a cross between a normal head unit and a harddrive a couple of years ago but can't seem to find it anywhere.
     
  2. V_J

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    Dunno how good the device is, but the Pioneer Avic F700BT is essentially a portable navigation with a docking station and an amplifier....
    You could use the navigation more as an MP3 player...

    Most likely it will become too complicated and expensive, but Alpine has the vehiclehub...
     
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    I have the Pioneer DEH-p85BT which supports the ipod, i installed ot so that the ipod lead comes out of the back of the head unit and into the glovebox ( depending on your car you should be able to do this) the ipod is then controlable from the head unit and works rather well being able to cylce through albums/artists/playlists etc ( although not quite as intuitive as the ipod itself)

    this was about £250 last year, possibly cheaper now but also has the advantage of bluetooth calling and you can also bluetooth music to the head unit depending on your phone - works well on my k850i but i prefer using my ipod.

    on the other end of the scale my mate has just bought a cheap wharefdale stereo from argos (£50) which comes with ipod lead. doesn't seem half as easy to control but at that price i'm sure it would suit.
     

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