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Old 08-20-2014, 04:15 PM
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2006 X3 - Satellite Radio and Aux In Questions . . .

. . . first off many thanks to the forum for the great storehouse of knowledge. Cannot tell you how much dough I've saved thru the miracle of the "search" button on here. We can start with the transfer case motor gear/triad issue (solved for $150 !) and go from there.

I have a question on the OEM radio and how best to juggle the satellite radio/aux in/ipod issue.

It's this: 2006 X3, "Business CD", no nav. Recently upgraded to the Alpine SPS-410 speakers and am enjoying the difference. What I'm not enjoying is : 1) no front aux input and 2) the rather sub-par sound from my external XM Onyx Reciever.

The XM receiver is directly connected to the FM out. Great coverage but sound is muddy.

Have contemplated installing the AUX IN wire install to listen to the Ipod but have ALSO considered wiring the XM receiver to the AUX IN wire (once installed) to improve the sound after reading somewhere that using the AUX In will improve the sound. Have also been told the satellite radio sound is better on modern satellite ready HU's - but that may have been salesmen talking.

Question: is it one or the other? I have considered an aftermarket HU with an AUX Input and satellite ready innards but . . . they just don't look right. As crappy as the OEM radio is . .I like the way it looks.

So the issue is . . . what's the best set-up using the OEM radio to get decent satellite sound AND Ipod/Aux capability? Or should I just settle on the sub-par XM sound (and listen to the talk stations more) and listen to the Ipod using the aux??

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Old 08-20-2014, 05:28 PM
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Something like DICE Meidabridge + SIRIUS Rx'er? Are you prewired for factory SIRIUS?
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Old 08-20-2014, 09:14 PM
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Something like DICE Meidabridge + SIRIUS Rx'er? Are you prewired for factory SIRIUS?
Nope, not pre-wired, but just from Googling the issue, I think a USA/SPEC interface rig might do the trick.
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:22 AM
al_macaroni al_macaroni is offline
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I'm running Sirius with one of the original Sportster receivers and it is connected via the AUX input on the back of the console on my 2008. The sound quality is OK when I listen to the music channels. Due to varying amount of road noise depending on speed, wind, road surface, and tires - to me it isn't worth it to get a newer head unit with a Sirius/XM receiver. I also have the Alpine speakers and they did make the sound better.

For the Sirius, I have a stereo AUX cable running under the console, so it is only visible where it connects to the BMW's AUX in port and the Sirius receiver. I keep a second AUX cable in my door pocket and I just pop out the Sirius AUX cable and use the second one with my iPhone when I'm want iPod music. Do make a decision what I want to listen to before I start driving so I do not have to fumble with the AUX cable while I'm driving.
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:43 AM
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Al, that sounds like a cool system as well.

And a helluva lot cheaper than a DICE/USA SPEC deal.
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:49 AM
al_macaroni al_macaroni is offline
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Al, that sounds like a cool system as well.

And a helluva lot cheaper than a DICE/USA SPEC deal.
It's not all that cool, but it is relatively inexpensive and it works.

Wires all over the place drive me crazy. I tried to do my Sportster install in a way that would allow me to minimize wire visibility as much as possible.
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:23 AM
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