Just for educational purposes...so you (or anyone else that doesn't know) will be on the same page when these topics are mentioned/discussed.... I still don't know what a DNI (DIN?), or an MID are. I guess I don't have DSP because I don't have navigation. ...
Soundbot requires an AUX input jack, (headphone type plug) but if you have that, you are set.Thank you so much! You opened up a whole new world of technology for me. I found a highly rated Sound Bot for just $20 at Amazon that does the phone plus streams your iPhone for music.
Here is a picture of the radio. Can you tell anything from this picture?You know you have dsp if there is a dsp botton on the MID....
I have China screen and everything is nice except calling I can hear them well but the hardly can hear me may be I have to spray some electronic cleaner .Hi,
You can either;
1. Buy a premium quality brand like Pioneer, Alpine, Sony, Kenwood, Parrot, Clarion, JVC etc, be it a double or single DIN and install that, using the respective fascia's, install/wiring harnesses etc. Going this route will provide you with modern technology like bluetooth mobile phone calls and audio streaming, GPS, much improved sound quality, SD card or iPod control and playback of music files, proper build quality and after sales care and support should you need it from local, reputable car audio dealers/installers. Downsides are that you don't get 100% oem looks in the dash and the On Board Computer functions aren't retained/can't be shown on the head unit's display.
2. Buy one of the cheap chinese all in one replacement type units awash all over ebay. These are the opposite of the above, with everything about them being low grade/quality. Many examples over multiple forums where owners have purchased and experienced problems and little or no support after the sale. There is a relative 'handful' of owners who purchased and got a fully working unit which then continued to work long term. It's up to you if you take the gamble on one of these. The 'best' choice out of them all is the Dynavin N6 unit and as you are in the USA you should only buy from Jeff at J&T Distributing in Fresno CA as he's the only reseller who offers proper after sales care and support. It's priced at $599 USD. https://www.jandtdistributing.com/c...s-system-97-03-bmw-5-series?variant=779425481. The N6 is able to show a couple of OBC paremeters only, not the full complement.
3. Fit a Tablet/Car PC - More of a project and hobbyist route. You can use a tablet or make a small car PC and even the Raspberry Pi to run software and provide the extra functionality you'd want. You can install software that'll be able to show the full OBC functions on the display.
The oem amplifier is feeble and the oem speakers were medicore when new and if you still have them now, will be well past their best. 'IF' you do have DSP, then the Dynavin N6 is the only aftermarket head unit which can connect to the oem DSP amp albeit it's a bit 'clunky' to do. You'll need to keep the OEM DSP amp if you wish to use the DSP speakers and they're getting old now and failing more often.
Given all the potential routes you could take, then the 'best' in terms of modern features, money Vs performance and reliability gained, Sound Quality increase, after sales care and support, high quality products would be option 2.
Do you know what I do have? What is that "tel" button for?
Take your MID out (what you took the picture of) and the radio/cd/tape above it. See if there is an AUX port in the back. If so then plug in your aux player and put everything back (like Burning2nd says). If not, then you either need to get a radio with aux input or one of the other solutions proposed.ive heard that they make blue tooth dongles that can plug in to a 3.5mm aux jack...
If you want wireless, and have aux that is the cheapest easiest way
Thanks for the detailed option list, I appreciate your experience. The $599 option is a non-starter, I know I could get a Pioneer or JVC unit with Bluetooth installed at Best Buy for about $250 to $350. No GPS is OK. You have a much more sophisticated system than I am envisioning, and I'm sure you love it.I have China screen and everything is nice except calling I can hear them well but the hardly can hear me may be I have to spray some electronic cleaner .
Hope it'll do the trick all other things working like a charm installed 2 years- 2 and half year