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Beat sonic Apple Carplay vs aftermarket radio

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by taijai, Aug 11, 2020.

  1. Aug 11, 2020 at 12:40 PM
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    taijai

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    So BeatSonic has the Apple Carplay add on for our OEM radios... for $500.

    I’m not at all against an aftermarket radio. But I want something that will retain all my OEM functionality like gauge cluster compass/directions, factory mic, steering wheel controls AND front facing/ rear facing anytime cameras.
    Anyone have any good suggestions /pics?

    Does such a radio exist? Or am I looking for a unicorn?
     
  2. Aug 11, 2020 at 12:49 PM
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    Tacospike

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    I think it only works with JBL models for Tacoma's
     
  3. Aug 11, 2020 at 1:37 PM
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    What’s that? The beatsonic system?
     
  4. Aug 11, 2020 at 1:39 PM
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    Yes from what I remember
     
  5. Aug 11, 2020 at 1:49 PM
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    I’ve heard that it works with either system but doesn’t look as crisp with the non JBLs.
    Either way I’m leaving towards an aftermarket system
     
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    I had the Beat Sonic on my truck before. OP is right, the Android Auto and Apple Car Play picture do not come in crisp at all. So I went with an aftermarket radio.
     
  7. Aug 12, 2020 at 1:12 AM
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    @ToyodaTruck which radio did you get? And did it retain all or any OEM functionality?
     
  8. Aug 12, 2020 at 4:22 AM
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    I followed the thread down below and brought the Pioneer DMH-WC6600NEX. It is very nice but very expensive. Everything from OEM headunit was retained except the compass on the small dash screen that sits in the middle of the milesage/rpm/gas/overheating gauge.

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...sh-mount-install.668580/page-47#post-23958696
     
  9. Sep 11, 2020 at 8:24 AM
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    You were able to keep your stock mic functionality? Or did you run the aftermarket mic to the same location? Clarifying bc I haven’t seen an aftermarket unit yet that allows you to keep the mic, even if iDatalink Maestro, so I’ll probably snag this if it does.
     
  10. Sep 11, 2020 at 8:37 AM
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    I was not able to retain my oem mic. I use and ran an aftermarket mic to the stock mic location. To my knowledge, there is no way to retain the oem mic with any after market head unit.
     
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