In car sat nav / MP3 / Handsfree - Advice sought

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  1. ericcantona

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    Hi, I am hoping someone has troden the boards on this already as I am starting to drown in the options and permutations of it all.

    What I would like is a SAT NAV system with voice commmands as an option, and 6 digit postcodes. I also require an MP3 player. I dont mind this being a flash card or similar or built in memory. In addition I would like to pick up calls hands free, by bluetooth I guess.

    Now, I seem to have found this in a few models, the best looking like the Garmin 610.

    What I am not sure about is the following:

    Does the sound for Music / Sat Nav / Phone all come through the radio? If so which one takes priority and does it auto dim the music? What is the sound quality of the music like after being transmitted to the car stereo? I have tried a cheapo transmitter before and it was awfull. This may be due to living in a city and having so few spare channels.

    OTherwise is there a better piece of kit for <£250 that will do what I want? I would like to drive my car listening to my music in good quality and only interupted for directions and calls without endless leads and faffing about.

    Anyone?
     
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    Need to know what sort of car it is (and how old) as well as what sort of radio is in the car as this will determine what is possible.

    Best you can hope for is to get a sat nav that has phono outputs then plug that into the back of the head unit. Either the sat nav unit will play the MP3s directly or you can get one that you can plug an iPod or similar into as well as receiving your calls via blue tooth. This will mean that you'll have to get the docking station for the sat nav permanently mounted onto the dash and your head unit has to have an aux in.

    If you don't have an aux in things become much more complicated and expensive.
     
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    You could also try the In Car Entertainment part of the forum; you may get some more answers there. :)

    EDIT: I forgot, there's also a dedicated Sat-Nav section too.
     
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    moved to ICE :smashin:
     
  5. ericcantona

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    Hi, thanks guys.

    The car is a Mercedes c class 220 cdi SE coupe 2003 model.

    The stereo is the factory fit CD stereo. It has a 6 stack CD in glovebox. I can live without the CD if needs be. It appears oversize, though this could just be the facia. I looks to be standard depthe but an inch or two wider than a standard head unit.

    I am also liking the look of the Garmin 660FM, which seems to erradicate the connection problems as you note. I do not want endless wires and fiddly suction pads. I would prefer the bluetooth setup and FM transmitter if it works wel, but a litte dubious if it stands up to the job, so may end up going the hardwired route.


    I have read a report over on ICE and have replied there regarding the FM transmitter.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    I've never been that impressed with the FM transmitters, they do the job but I can't see them ever matching up to a proper wired connection. I guess its down to how much pain you want with the install - if the install is done properly you won't see any wires as they will be permanently plugged in.

    Do you know if you have the Aux in? I'm reasonably sure that your car uses fibre to link to the CD changer so if you don't have an aux in you can't break into the link between the changer without a specialist gateway.

    What sort of budget do you have for this?
     
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    If your mercedes headunit has aux in, then you should be able to plug in an ipod or similar mp3 with relative ease. If not, I would go for an ipod simply as they are very easy to use, then buy an adaptor kit for your car. There are loads around and the question gets asked a lot (including by myself quite recently). You could add something like a Harmon Kardon Drive + for £30, or a Dension. Certain adaptors will allow you to control the ipod via the headunit which was a bonus to me as it allows me to keep the ipod out of sight in the glove box.

    To get the Sat Nav connected to the mercedes headunit use one of these. If everything is installed properly you will not see any wires.

    I'm sure a mercedes forum should be able to find out exactly what headunit you have and the connections.

    I'm sure a FM transmitter would suffice for the Sat Nav voice feature but not for mp3, you really need to go wired, otherwise it will just sound [email protected] A mate of mine recently chucked his itrip thing in the bin as it sounded awful and went for a wired solution.
     

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