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Best Radio console upgrade for Apple/iPhone use???

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by axeman26, Apr 18, 2021.

  1. Apr 18, 2021 at 1:53 PM
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    axeman26

    axeman26 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,

    I’m trying to figure out which radio console to upgrade to. I have a stock 2015 Tacoma with the CD player touch screen from the factory. I’d like to have a more friendly apple/iPhone compatible radio console to pair with my phone and use for navigation, regular hands free phone use. Anyone recommend a good replacement unit for my application?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Apr 18, 2021 at 6:12 PM
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    Waasheem

    Waasheem The catholic radio bear

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    I went with Pioneer avh-1500nex, backup camera, steering wheel controls, new speakers, all a recommended by my installer dude. Very happy. Pioneer makes several avhXXXnex. I’ve never looked to see what’s different.

    Look at crutchfield if you plan to install it yourself.
     
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  3. Apr 20, 2021 at 12:21 PM
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    I went with the Sony XAV-AX5000 and I love the way it looks, almost OEM looking. Supports Apple Car Play, which I use all the time.

    A bit of advise for you...Buy the Scosche Dash kit over the Metra. Its a little more expensive but WAY worth the price. Scosche has metal mounting brackets, whereas the Metra kit uses plastic. I tried the Metra kit first and the holes didn't even line up with the factory bolt holes. I had to bend the tabs over to get it to fit. I got frustrated and ended up ordering the Scosche kit. Fit and finish of the Scosche are perfect. Link below..

    You might have a hard time finding a radio right now with the global chip shortage. I looked on Crutchfield and most everything they have is sold out.

    Amazon.com: Scosche TA2111BPB Compatible with 2012-15 Toyota Tacoma ISO Double DIN & DIN+Pocket Dash Kit; Black Pearl: Car Electronics
     
  4. Apr 20, 2021 at 1:19 PM
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    How does the Sony work with the phone text messages and calls? Do you use an iPhone in the truck?
     
  5. Apr 20, 2021 at 4:12 PM
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    Pioneer makes great radios I use to use them back in the day. But i was on a budget for my truck and went with the sony also mainly because it has a actual volume knob. Back up camera is great Bluetooth works fine apple CarPlay works great to. I also recommend the schose kit and the axcess or something steering wheel controls 95A33240-4873-4A35-B8CF-7C029AD4BD02.jpg
     
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  6. Apr 20, 2021 at 4:35 PM
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    axeman26

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    Looks good.
     
  7. Apr 20, 2021 at 6:35 PM
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    A question for anyone else who leaves the phone in the cubby below the climate control knobs. I noticed last summer, I was driving with pandora, waze and google maps all open. The phone overheated after about a hour driving. I wonder if it’s because I had too much running on the phone or engine heat hitting the cubby? I was thinking of putting some sort of insulation or doing something to not have the phone in there.
     
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    I actually just re ran my cable from the back of radio to the arm rest trying. Im trying to not see any wires. Plus I needed the cubby for my Switch-Pro . That being said i have a usb to usb connection into a factory blank if you need one ECE04B66-3E20-4427-97F2-BF2E78A2C7C9.jpg
     
  9. Apr 21, 2021 at 5:50 AM
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    My 2014 gets really hot down in the cubby if I’m on a long drive. I no longer put the phone there .
     
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  11. Apr 21, 2021 at 8:46 AM
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    It works great! Sometimes people complain about hearing road noise, but that is the fault of the truck.
     
  12. Apr 21, 2021 at 9:12 AM
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    Here is a picture of the Sony XAV-AX5000 installed with the Scosche kit I linked above.

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    Any details on that blue sea USB charger replacement on the bottom/right of your pic?
     
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    I've been happy with my ILX-107, it has wireless apple carplay. Also I second the Scosche dash kit, the metra isn't great.

    IMG_0454.jpg
     
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    How did you wire your backup camera to the new radio? I have a 2010 also and my cam is in my mirror. i will be installing a Kenwood this weekend. Also is that USB adaptor a direct fit the blanks under the dash. Id be interested but doubt it makes it to NC before the install.
     
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    I love it! Capable of charging my iPad and iPhone. There is a write up on here about how to do it. It’s the Blue Sea 1045. Basically once you get the dash apart, you can de-pin the factory connector for the cigarette lighter and the spade connectors will fit directly onto the Blue Sea USB. Very easy to do if you know how the dash comes apart.
     
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    Same radio that I have in my truck. It’s a nice set for the money. I really like how the screen feels like a cell phone screen instead of the cheap squishy bad image type that is 99% of radios in that price range.
     
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    Did you upgrade speakers at all? If so, what did you end up going with?
     
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    Yes, I bought the Rockford Fosgate speakers on Amazon. I did the same upgrade Tacomaholic did on his truck. It sounds great even though it’s the factory amp. Link to his video below.

    https://youtu.be/HHJ95TTmFk8
     
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    Yep, that was the ultimate deciding factor for me! I like the simplicity, almost OEM look, and the capacitive touch screen.
     
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