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#11
Originally Posted by jalyst View Post
*UPDATE* 18/04/13 @420pm AustEST:
Anyone else have some thoughts on the unit I went with? (see post #4)
Would you have picked something different in that (rough) price-range, if so, what?
*BUMP*
So aside from justadude, can any other folks share their experiences here? TY.

Last edited by jalyst; 2013-06-19 at 04:28.
 
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#12
Originally Posted by jalyst View Post
<SNIP>*UPDATE*

Buying this....
http://www.sony.co.uk/product/icd-bluetooth/dsx-a50bt
https://www.jbhifionline.com.au/defa...10180&P=670934
That will do for now...
If anyone feels there's better options for (roughly) that price, please list them.
Later -time permitting- I'll experiment w/a carputer (FOSS/Linux etc) + touchscreen.
Seriously considering this instead now....
http://www.pioneer.com.au/au/product...0DAB/page.html
Found it for as cheap as $398 so far, $200+ more than I was originally going to outlay.
But it's hard to find a unit that has BT "&" DAB+ integrated, even today, which is quite pathetic.
I don't see anything else quite like it, very well-rounded set of features.
SQ features/aspects aren't top-notch, but they're good enough...

The compare tool on Pioneer's site is very much appreciated (although not perfect):
http://www.pioneer.com.au/au/product...983&__P5=62831
http://www.pioneer.com.au/au/product...083&__P3=63346
I wish more OEMs/Vendors would do that on their sites...

Are there other mechless (or not) units with "broad" BT capabilities AND DAB+ integrated?
So far only Pioneer seems to be in that game*, rather not go into full touchscreen & double-din.
It's looking like I'll have to spend at least $350, $420 is probably my absolute maximum.
Unless there's a AMAZING combo of features that I just can't ignore at higher price-point.

*although I haven't yet systematically gone to every OEM site & carefully checked that

Last edited by jalyst; 2013-07-04 at 03:37.
 
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#13
If that is your budget then consider the unit I am using currently. Through my business I can get them significantly cheaper than their advertised price ($500.00). Are you located in the States by chance? I can send it to you. I have no problem helping another member out by giving you my cost. I know you don't want a double din, but it's tough anymore to find single din with all the bells and whistles because they are slowly being phased out.
 

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#14
Originally Posted by justadude View Post
I use this one on a daily basis
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...s/AVH-X8500BHS
So which of these Australian units do you reckon most closely resembles your American model:
http://www.pioneer.com.au/au/product.../overview.html
If it's basically the same as the top 1-2 in that list, then it's a very reasonable price...
But that price is dampened by the fact that a significant chunk of it's functionality would be useless here.
Because the yanks use very different TV/Radio broadcasting standards to Australia, EU, & many other countries.
 
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#15
I hear ya. The AVH-X8550BT is actually the exact same as my head unit but has app radio functionality put into it as well. That is actually better than the one I have. Mine would sit between that and the AVH-X550BT.
 
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#16
Tis ridiculous how much more expensive things are here compared to the US & elsewhere, it has been like that since forever...
So your unit, which is better than the Australian AVH-X7550BT (2nd from the top), cost LESS than $500USD, which is LESS than $547AUD, yet the AVH-X7550BT here, costs $999-freaking-AUD!
Admittedly that's RRP, it could probably be found for quite a bit less, but it's unlikely to be found for less than $547AUD brand new (Australian stock, not grey-imported).
If only we shared compatible freaking broadcasting standards, that pricing is far, far, cheaper than here, I would snap-up your offer in a heartbeat!

Last edited by jalyst; 2013-07-22 at 07:12.
 
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#17
So these are the only units I've found that meet my basic criteria (or roughly):


Single-din (no touchscreen etc):

DEH-X8500DAB
http://www.pioneer.com.au/au/product...0DAB/page.html
KDC-U7056DAB (last I checked they still hadn't updated their site, hence the google search)
http://bit.ly/132Wvqe
CDE-136BTi
http://www.alpine.com.au/showItem.php?item_id=280
CDX-DAB500U
http://www.sony.com.au/product/cdx-dab500u
CZ702A
http://www.clarion.com/au/en/product...617399837.html


Double-din or greater (touchscreen, the works etc):

AVH-X3500DAB
http://www.pioneer.com.au/au/product...0DAB/page.html
DNX4330DABNAV
http://bit.ly/188BEY9
CED190BT
http://www.philipscaraudio.com.au/he.../ced190bt.html
NX702A
http://www.clarion.com/au/en/product...617713267.html


Is this all of them, am I missing some makes/models that have DAB+ or the ability to add it? (although I'd prefer that it was already there).
I'm yet to insert up-to-date RRP for them all, but I do know that there's big pricing disparities between some of them.
My maximum budget still sits at about $450AUD, many of these units can be found for much cheaper than their RRP.
More analysis/notes, & whittling-down to come...

Last edited by jalyst; 2013-07-11 at 09:40.
 
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