Posted by Jack on February 20, 1999 at 16:53:27:
In Reply to: Is the operation transparent? (more) posted by Kenman on February 20, 1999 at 11:47:59:
I saw a sony 10 disk changer that will work with 96 and newer bmw 3/5 series with I bus. BUT you can only change the first 6 disks because the head unit can only handle 6 disks. disks 7 through 10 can be played but you can not skip to them (have to play to the end of disk 6 and let the system go automatically to 7, can't pick songs and skip around).
It is not cheaper then the BMW OEM system. you figure $150 for the adapter then another $350 for a changer that's $500. you can get the OEM 6 disk changer for around $450.
: Does this device work without the user knowing it, or is it the type of device where another display or function panel is added for the operation of the unit? I ask because you said that it's supposed to add features... and this seems like it would be impossible without additional buttons, etc. If you need to control this thing independently of the head unit, that stinks.
: : Just came back from Automotive Entertainment in Santa Monica
: : and they just received an adapter that allows you to use an aftermarket (Sony or Alpine) cd changer with the prewiring in all 99 3 series (with I bus). It's also suppose to add features to your headunit (like random search) that is not available normally. I looked at the instructions and it DOES NOT work with vehicles equipped with AI bus. It says it works with any I bus system. The adapter is made by Soundgate (soundgate.com). Price was $150. Seems kinda steep, maybe you could get it someplace else cheaper. In anycase, it's a helluva lot cheaper than buying a OEM BMW changer! Enjoy folks.
: : Sean Park