What's the best head unit for iPhone charging and selection from thousands of tracks?

Stuart Wright

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I want a new head unit because the current one doesn't charge my iPhone.
At the same time I want to be able to play tracks from the phone, and need to be able to easily select which of thousands of tracks from hundreds of folders to play.
Which is the best head unit for this?


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Sony mech less unit.
Sony DSX-S300BTX


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I just fitted one of these, a Pioneer DEH-6400BT, rear (important) iPod connection, built in Parrot, external mic, £130 - Bargain

DEH-6400BT CD Tuner with iPod/iPhone Control, MIXTRAX, Bluetooth, SD card slot and 3 Hi-Volt RCA Pre-outs (RGB/Multi-colour buttons and display) (2012 model) - Pioneer Car Audio - CD Player


also just got one of these but not needed now ive ordered a new car
will sell to you for 80 if interested but you must collect or pay postage
comes with box manuals etc plus think i have the proof of purchase from halfords
sorry my mistake mine is the phillips car studio from halfords
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Stuart Wright

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What does your ipod say when you plug it into your existing headunit?
Can't remember if there was a message.
If there was, it would have been a standard message.


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What car is it going in Stuart??

Can it take a double din unit?

I am using the Pioneer Appradio 2, and it does that pretty well.
Plus lets you run freenav off your iphone as well on the occasions you want nav.

The Pioneer 8300BT is also a good one as it has a colour screen so you can see artwork, and has bluetooth built in.

MVH-8300BT Bluetooth Digital Media Receiver with 3-inch Screen (2011 Model) - Pioneer Car Audio - CD Player




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Because it means you haven't got wires hanging out the front of the unit making the car look messy.


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I got an Alpine IVA-D105 (discontinued for the D106) single DIN fold out screen. Best I used for iPod/iPhone but that doesn't charge either. However they do an accessory that says it will charge the iPhone but I haven't used it.

Alpine - iPod Cables - KCX-422TR

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