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Old 09-06-2013, 12:28 PM
ryan04 ryan04 is offline
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successful DSP integration of aftermarket head unit!

Just giving a bit of hope to those out there contemplating an aftermarket head unit with DSP. I have a 2001 E53 with Stock navigation, and CD changer with the radio in the trunk. I bought an aftermarket metra harness like all the write ups say and hooked in the 5 wires to DSP amp tricking it to stay on. I thought I was hooped and would have to tear out the whole system, but it turns out you don't! Especially because I had ALL the stereo options. Turns out to be a bit easier than most. Seeing as how the radio is in the trunk the dummy harness isn't seen as it's spliced into the DSP amp and the stock radio harness is extended up to the front. My stock navigation screen isn't integral to the system at all. So that's where it's a bit easier and cleaner. Most guys have to relocate the business cd/radio to their glove box, but seeing as how mine was in the trunk already and navigation screen up front is a just a screen and has no bearing on the digital signal it (stock navigation screen) can be removed permanently ( AS LONG AS YOU'VE SET YOUR BASE VOLUMES) Now I have a Eonon head unit that works perfectly, and full sound while retaining steering wheel controls and utilizing the DSP system. I'm finishing up tomorrow so hopefully i can post a video when i'm done. It's much simpler than you think to do. You just can't be afraid of pile of wires. As long as you've got your patient pants on it'll work. Good luck!! woohoo!!!
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