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Keeping standard HU but improving sound
01-11-2016, 07:16 AM
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Thanks to you Bundleigh. I think you are right I cannot have most of the radio in the booth because my car does not have steering controls except for the hotter.

I need everything in the dashboard so I can control it from my seat when I sit in it.

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03-11-2016, 10:49 PM
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Aggregate where are you based?I can probably refer you to someone to repair or service the radio for you


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03-11-2016, 11:02 PM
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(03-11-2016 10:49 PM)MajorChipHazard Wrote:  Aggregate where are you based?I can probably refer you to someone to repair or service the radio for you


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Thanks I'm in Fourways. I'd like someone to help.

Look, be careful though because my posts have been deleted. Some people don't believe I have a M5 and a M3 and a few others. Like a z4m. Or even a 1m.

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04-11-2016, 12:29 AM
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Keeping standard HU but improving sound
Theres a guy named Karstens based in Northcliff.Give him a call,he's excellent at repairs.(011) 6783130


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04-11-2016, 06:19 PM
Post: #25
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Alright great thanks. I'll call him.

Also. Now the battery in my E36 is dead I can't help it.

Where's cheapest to buy one, but best quality? Can't hurt the M3.

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04-11-2016, 08:34 PM
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Cheapest doesnt equate to best quality.

So please clarify, do you have an M3 or not???????

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05-11-2016, 07:50 AM
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...why do I smell a rat here....

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05-11-2016, 08:21 AM
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(03-11-2016 11:02 PM)Aggregate Wrote:  Look, be careful though because my posts have been deleted. Some people don't believe I have a M5 and a M3 and a few others. Like a z4m. Or even a 1m.
Simple remedy for that, show some pics of your collection.

Your signature puts doubt on having all those cars.
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05-11-2016, 10:46 AM
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Alright I don't have a Z4M or 1M.

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05-11-2016, 03:49 PM
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Maybe he has got scale models of those cars....

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05-11-2016, 07:09 PM
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Aggregate did you have your lithium today bra
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05-11-2016, 10:16 PM
Post: #32
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Alright guys please I am not Zuma please don't persecute me.

If you want to ask me questions please just ask.

I am not here to hurt anyone and I am just a Bmw fan like all of us.

I apologize for my intrusion and will thusly leave on a quite note.

To those who have helped, my best thanks and I wish you a great life.

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05-11-2016, 11:12 PM (This post was last modified: 06-11-2016 12:51 AM by r0ckf1re.)
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What just happened here.

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11-01-2017, 03:32 PM
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I haven't read through all of the responses but in my E46 I used a sound/signal processor connected to the HU to flatten out the signal. What it does is combines the signals from the HU (which are split by the head unit to the appropriate frequencies) and reconstructs the signal so you have what is essentially the original signal back. If you are a crazy audiophile you may notice a difference compared to playing a CD but generally speaking you won't know the diff. Once you have one of these installed the sky is the limit. You can hook right up to an aftermarket amp and then ... Bob's your Uncle.
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12-01-2017, 07:53 AM
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Alright great?

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12-01-2017, 10:14 AM
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BiglolBiglol u guys are mean
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12-01-2017, 10:29 AM
Post: #37
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(11-01-2017 03:32 PM)TG2k2 Wrote:  I haven't read through all of the responses but in my E46 I used a sound/signal processor connected to the HU to flatten out the signal. What it does is combines the signals from the HU (which are split by the head unit to the appropriate frequencies) and reconstructs the signal so you have what is essentially the original signal back. If you are a crazy audiophile you may notice a difference compared to playing a CD but generally speaking you won't know the diff. Once you have one of these installed the sky is the limit. You can hook right up to an aftermarket amp and then ... Bob's your Uncle.

This sounds like an option for me. I have the stock alpine head unit and the sound is awesome but features are outdated. The modern aftermarket units have great features but i doubt they will have the same sound quality of the Alpine.
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12-01-2017, 03:02 PM
Post: #38
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(12-01-2017 10:29 AM)Waseem 333i Wrote:  
(11-01-2017 03:32 PM)TG2k2 Wrote:  I haven't read through all of the responses but in my E46 I used a sound/signal processor connected to the HU to flatten out the signal. What it does is combines the signals from the HU (which are split by the head unit to the appropriate frequencies) and reconstructs the signal so you have what is essentially the original signal back. If you are a crazy audiophile you may notice a difference compared to playing a CD but generally speaking you won't know the diff. Once you have one of these installed the sky is the limit. You can hook right up to an aftermarket amp and then ... Bob's your Uncle.

This sounds like an option for me. I have the stock alpine head unit and the sound is awesome but features are outdated. The modern aftermarket units have great features but i doubt they will have the same sound quality of the Alpine.

It sounds like you'd like to keep a stock HU but gain the features available in the modern HUs and have the ability to add amps, etc. I recommend looking at something like the AudioControl LC7i (Crutchfield has them but you can probably find them cheaper) for the sound processing. You plug the factory speaker wires in to it and get RCA outputs to an aftermarket amp. It also has a line for a sub (if you don't want to add a sub look at the LC6i, which is a little cheaper but doesn't have the additional sub channel).

I used an LC7i in my E46 paired with an Audison 6 channel amplifier and Alpine subwoofer/component speakers and the sound was stunning. People were shocked when they realized my stock HU was capable of playing music like that.

I would also check out BimmerNav.com and BavSound.com. BimmerNav offers OEM-looking HUs that have all of the modern amenities and BavSound has some great kits for upgrading your whole system and from what I've heard (in person) they are a great upgrade to the factory sound. They are also good people to deal with. Very helpful. (Note: I don't have any affiliation with either of them )

Good luck. Please let us know what you end up doing!
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12-01-2017, 04:20 PM
Post: #39
RE: Keeping standard HU but improving sound
What I was actually looking for was one of those Android units. However I've see all of them already running outdated software. I also noticed the hardware was not great and not one of them answered me on what sound processor was used. I am not too worried about volume. I want quality. I want something that can reach the full spectrum 20hz to 20khz. These aftermarket things have great features (same as a cell phone) but I have no idea what quality of sound it has. From the little research I've done, the cost of upgrading to what I would be happy with was very high. I'm currently using an ipod touch via retrofitted aux input. It's not very user friendly because all that is easy to control while driving is volume.

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12-01-2017, 08:44 PM
Post: #40
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(12-01-2017 10:14 AM)shauwn Wrote:  BiglolBiglol u guys are mean

It has not been my intention to be mean I was just asking questions.

Once mo I apologize please forgive me.


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