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revjames

2 din car stereo recommendations?

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revjames

I just bought a van from my son. More of a camper type 'day' van. Its a Honda Stepwagon, jap import dated at 1998. There is a great big hole with a normal sized stereo in it. I am looking for something that has:

 

2 Din size

DAB radio

CD player

Bluetooth hands free etc

Reversing camera input

Decent sound and power output 50 w or so

 

I know there are cheap chinese ones available that do everything but I'm not convinced. Would be handy to have a single unit that does all these things esp the rear camera.

 

Just wondered if anyone had a particular one they had seen or used that can be recommended

 

Thanks

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Sidewinder

Kenwood?

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Andy™

just fitted one of these in my van

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/351760965719

 

not much help as its only single din, no CD player or reverse input, but it does have DAB & bluetooth hands free...

 

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revjames

have looked at a few. there are a lot of chinese ones very cheap that do everything but not convinced. Seen a decent spec Pioneer unit

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pioneer-AVH-A3100DAB-In-Car-Touchscreen/dp/B0781VY2FJ

 

£219 best price so far, plus about £15 for a DAB aerial. Just thinking campervan, handy to have CD/DVD usb and phone connectivity for those rainy days. This unit does it all, I like everything to be incorporated and hate additional screens for reversing cameras etc.

 

Just noticed Pioneer...... made in China

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Sharpend

Sadly Rev, most named brands are made in China now, so they are all pretty much a muchness of the same print. Probably all coming from the same one or two factories! 

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revjames

Seems to have good reviews. I guess made to better standards than the non branded ones. Honestly cant see one thats £50 being any good. 

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Sidewinder

Stick with the known brands Rev, we bought a used car a year or so ago, it had an unknown brand 2 DIN unit it had all the bells and whistles, it was rubbish.

Ripped it out and put in a Kenwood CD/DAB unit with bluetooth & as it happens a camera input.

Mainly because we had it kicking around, but, if we hadn’t we would have bought something else, the no brand unit was that, bad, even though on paper it did loads of things it did nothing well.

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revjames

Thanks Sidey, I have just ordered the above Pioneer unit, a DAB aerial and a chinese rear camera (£7) dont mind if that needs replacing (the one on my van has lasted 3 years). Pioneer unit has some really good reviews. Hopefully not too much of a faff to install in a 22 year old jap import. I have already got the cable to convert from the honda connector to the 2 ISO plugs. 

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Sidewinder

It’ll be easy for a man of your talents Rev honestly, vehicle electrics are really easy!

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revjames

This is the van

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Sharpend

Looks in good nick Rev. What size lump in it.  

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revjames
19 hours ago, Sharpend said:

Looks in good nick Rev. What size lump in it.  

In very good nick as its a jap import. No rust anywhere. Might need to underseal. Its a 2.0 petrol V tec with 4 speed auto. The body kit has been taken off as it was badly fitted and needed painting. May go back on once its repaired. Not very practical as the front spoiler hits my driveway and every single speed bump and you cant go anywhere near kerbs. Bigger wheels?

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Geoff1946

I actually think it would look better without that big spoiler. Matter of taste I suppose.

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Sharpend

With a 2.0 lump then it should carry well. Body kit not practical for campervan, off road field parking? 

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revjames

Its all off now Geoff. Not a big fan. Also has a big noisy rear exhaust box that I dont like, that has to go as it would be annoying on a long run.

Just now, Sharpend said:

With a 2.0 lump then it should carry well. Body kit not practical for campervan, off road field parking? 

 

It goes really well and V tec motors very reliable.

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Onoff

Just bought this sub £11 bad boy! 😂

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-Din-Car-Radio-Bluetooth-Stereo-MP3-Player-FM-USB-AUX-SD-In-dash-Head-Unit-12V/283119089868?

 

Took it out again. Sounds a bit ****e compared to the Sony it was to replace. Main reason was that the permanent and switched lives are ar5e about face compared to the loom plug on the Pug. 

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revjames

You really do get what you pay for with chinese stuff. Pioneer was always the brand leader with car stereos. Havent got it quite installed yet but ,ade a start. A lot to put in - DAB aerial, Rear camera signal cable, Bluetooth mic, USB cable as well as the existing FM aerial and DIN plugs. Annoyingly the orifice that it was supposed to go into is about 8mm to small on height and about 2mm on width. Multitool will be coming out methinks

 

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Sidewinder

@revjames, is there a cage in the aperture already for the old unit that needs to come out first?

Check carefully, because I have been caught with that one!!!

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revjames
2 hours ago, Sidewinder said:

@revjames, is there a cage in the aperture already for the old unit that needs to come out first?

Check carefully, because I have been caught with that one!!!

no cage just an opening in the plastic thats just a bit too small

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kerching
2 hours ago, Sidewinder said:

@revjames, is there a cage in the aperture already for the old unit that needs to come out first?

Check carefully, because I have been caught with that one!!!

I feel your pain

took old unit out

nice clear space to see behind dash

hole OBVIOUSLY TOO SMALL

actually had a plastic infil frame/sleeve that was so well fitted I didn't realise until bezel moved slightly.....closer tolerance than the space shuttle

got it out to find standard opening

 

just saying

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revjames

Well its rough outside so not going out there to faff about in the dashboard of a van today! Just been sorting some of the wiring out. There is (so far):

Pioneer loom to vehicle ISO

DAB aerial

FM aerial

USB cable

AUX jack

Mic

Rear camera signal cable

 

Then theres the faff of getting signal cable through roof lining into tailgate along with reverse signal power supply from tail light.

 

apart from all that its a piece of cake.... remember before the universal ISO all the connector blocks and crimps in the dash? 

I had a pioneer unit and an audioline 7 band graphic equaliser booster so there was loads of wiring. At least its relatively 'plug n play' now.

 

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revjames

Job done, just need to route USB AUX etc to glove box, Mic to A pillar and camera to tailgate

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Sharpend

Nice job Rev, why usb to glove box? Mine is located in pidgin hole below at end of centre console thus allowing phone to be attached for charging on a longer lead to place on top of dash if signal is too weak lower down. 
the tailgate camera going under carpets to boot? What did you run in Top liner? 

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revjames
On 16/02/2020 at 23:17, Sharpend said:

Nice job Rev, why usb to glove box? Mine is located in pidgin hole below at end of centre console thus allowing phone to be attached for charging on a longer lead to place on top of dash if signal is too weak lower down. 
the tailgate camera going under carpets to boot? What did you run in Top liner? 

I figured as its got bluetooth etc and can play music from phone and handle calls wirelessly then it wont be a regular thing tophysically have to connect phone. It is easy to get into the bottom of the fixed part of the glovebox and leave a coil of aux and USB cable in case its needed. I ran the DAB aerial up the side of the dash and then up the A pillar next to the glass, nicely tucked in, cant be seen. The mic will go under the dash and then up the drivers side A pillar tucked into the door seal and emerging at a suitable height. Rear camera will probably fish through headlining and then be fed with loom into tailgate. 

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Sharpend

All I was getting at is the Phone call signal strength may be impeded by the phone being in the glove box? 

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