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Posted by Kenman on February 18, 1999 at 22:59:35:

In Reply to: Stereo head unit replacements ... Possibilities... posted by Rob Chambers on February 18, 1999 at 22:33:51:

Often the weak link in an audio system is not the head unit.

CD players nowadays are usually quite good. I would recommend replacing the speakers and amplifier while keeping the factory head unit. I'll bet this will provide the sound you are looking for. The weakest link is the speakers, followed by the amplifier. Soon I will order myself a 328i with the in-dash CD player, but without the HK upgrade. Then I'll install my system components (Audio Control EQTs, Rane cross over, Rane time delay, Four SoundStream amps, Dynaudio front stage and Image Dynamics IDW15 subs) with the factory head unit. This provides a nice "stealth" install, where a thief is not attracted by an after-market head unit sitting in the dash. Additionally, the nice look of the dash is conserved.

If, however, you like a CD player with tons of gadgets, like DSP or other useless stuff, then the above won't help you.


: I've got the standard radio that came with the 328i. I'm not impressed. I listened to the HK system before ordering, and again, I wasn't impressed.

: I've taken the car to a few local stereo shops (Seattle area) and they've each told me that it's going to cost $$$ to get a different head unit in the car.

: Curious if any of you have taken the plunge. Are there any kits available (like are available for the non standard sized GMC and Chrysler radio locations).

: Ideas?

: Thanks,
: Rob

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