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Which Aftermarket CarPlay Radio did you go with?

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by TacoTime850, Jan 13, 2020.

  1. Jan 13, 2020 at 5:07 PM
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    TacoTime850

    TacoTime850 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I’m looking to replace the factory unit for one that has CarPlay.
    I’m looking at the Sony ax5000 as my top pick so far. I would like a unit that matches the dash and blends in well.
    Please post pictures of your install if you have them.
    Thanks for your input.
     
  2. Jan 13, 2020 at 5:09 PM
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    PennSilverTaco

    PennSilverTaco On the spectrum...

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    I have a 2nd Gen, but I’ve got a Pioneer in my truck and I’ve been satisfied...
     
  3. Jan 13, 2020 at 6:05 PM
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  4. Jan 13, 2020 at 7:17 PM
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    forty2

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    I just ordered a Kenwood DMX906S, UPS will be delivering it tomorrow. Unit reviews well and wireless Android Auto was a must. As to blending into the dash, I'm more concerned with the look of the trim. Both the Scoche and American International trims that seem to be the most common don't quite look right to me. I found a Metra trim that might look okay, but it's an additional two weeks out. If it doesn't look right I'll probably just design one that looks exactly how I want it to and have Shapeways print it.
     
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  5. Jan 13, 2020 at 7:25 PM
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    I installed an Alpine ILX -207 with a Maestro adapter in my 2017. It worked great and looked factory installed. I put the stock head unit back in when I sold my 2017 for a 2020. I then reinstalled the Alpine in my daughters boyfriends 2000 Tacoma so it lives on doing its thing back in a Tacoma.
     
  6. Jan 13, 2020 at 9:54 PM
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    MannyTheAudioGuy

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    I have put in Racesport gen3 leds I'm the process of doing a custom audio overhaul which will include Hybrid audio unity 6x9 mid bass, unity 3 inch mid driver in the dash and fiberglassing tweets in pilar soundeading all the doors, floors, and headliner and I will be using a helix processor to retain the factory radio and as far as subs I might make custom brackets to move rear seat foward a few inches to get a full size sub in there or I might just go with a pair of jl tw5 or tw3 and it will all be powered by jl audio HD amps or I might try out the new hybrid amps
    Stinger elev8

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  7. Jan 13, 2020 at 9:55 PM
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    Tacoian

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    I’ve always gone with pioneer and never had issues. Plenty of functions and never breaks
     
  8. Jan 13, 2020 at 9:59 PM
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    How do you guys retain the stock units system settings when replacing the deck?
     
  9. Jan 14, 2020 at 1:20 AM
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    dnguy77

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    Maestro RR kit, retains most function. You'll lose the compass in the instrument panel however.
     
  10. Jan 14, 2020 at 1:51 AM
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    Nyin99

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  11. Jan 14, 2020 at 4:42 AM
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    Do you also lose the turn-by-turn directions in the dash mini-display? What about the the music information in the dash mini-display?
     
  12. Jan 14, 2020 at 5:04 AM
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    TheCochese

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    Had a 4200NEX in my last two vehicles that I won't be transferring over. Reasons: resistive display, not bright enough in daylight, sometimes restarts. Going to do a ton of research and find something that is as perfect as possible: retains factory mic location, same size screen, wireless CarPlay, looks factory-ish, adapters over cutting, good resolution.
     
  13. Jan 14, 2020 at 5:05 AM
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    Wow, that looks really good. How is this Stinger treating you? I like the way they look in our 3rd gen. I’m just not quite sold on the brand. Does everything work properly as far as oem function? How is the quality and very importantly, how is the operating system? I am looking for a smooth and user friendly operating system.
     
  14. Jan 14, 2020 at 5:07 AM
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    What your saying here is exactly what I’m doing. I would want everything to be seem less with the factory stuff.
     
  15. Jan 14, 2020 at 7:03 AM
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    I have put in Racesport gen3 leds I'm the process of doing a custom audio overhaul which will include Hybrid audio unity 6x9 mid bass, unity 3 inch mid driver in the dash and fiberglassing tweets in pilar soundeading all the doors, floors, and headliner and I will be using a helix processor to retain the factory radio and as far as subs I might make custom brackets to move rear seat foward a few inches to get a full size sub in there or I might just go with a pair of jl tw5 or tw3 and it will all be powered by jl audio HD amps or I might try out the new hybrid amps
    So I’ve been messing with this radio since before it came out for resale(I got a demo unit) and I love it. I’ve done a few installs and it’s smooth the operating system is great super easy to navigate. It has built in steering wheel controls so I did not have to buy a separate adapter, it also has optical out which was the main reason I got it. Also has four camera inputs(rear,front,left turn, right,turn) hdmi input,optional built in nav and if your fab savy you can flush mount it like I did and it looks dam near factory.
     
  16. Jan 14, 2020 at 7:06 AM
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    I have put in Racesport gen3 leds I'm the process of doing a custom audio overhaul which will include Hybrid audio unity 6x9 mid bass, unity 3 inch mid driver in the dash and fiberglassing tweets in pilar soundeading all the doors, floors, and headliner and I will be using a helix processor to retain the factory radio and as far as subs I might make custom brackets to move rear seat foward a few inches to get a full size sub in there or I might just go with a pair of jl tw5 or tw3 and it will all be powered by jl audio HD amps or I might try out the new hybrid amps
    Also stinger is a great brand is owned by aamp of America they are huge in the 12v world. I know one of the head designers of this radio and he is a huge audiophile and actually cares about what he puts out in the market he has been a iasca(sounds quality competition) judge for years.
     
  17. Jan 14, 2020 at 6:48 PM
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    @forty2 That’s the bad boy I’ve been eyeing and think is the best bang for upgrading my aging aftermarket pioneer non carplay unit. I have an 08 and didn’t wanna break the bank but figure if I’m gonna tech her up and prob pay for install I might as well have some features that are nifty like wireless Apple carplay. Do u mind sharing where u bought it and good price and do u plan on having it installed. Also if u wouldn’t mind sharing your thoughts after u get it in. I wanted to take advantage of bestbuy free install but they don’t have this unit. @destin_meeks any way to get this through bestbuy or do they just not carry kenwood excelon line ? What would it cost to have them install a head unit that wasn’t available to be bought through them ?
     
  18. Jan 14, 2020 at 6:51 PM
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    Any of them do car play wirelessly. Having to plug in is anon starter for me and they bury that deep in the manuals.
     
  19. Jan 14, 2020 at 7:01 PM
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    destin_meeks

    destin_meeks I fix people's crappy stereos

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    Nope, Best Buy doesn’t carry the excelons unfortunately. Touch screen install is $100
     
  20. Jan 14, 2020 at 7:24 PM
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    It's funny, just the other day I posted in a thread somewhere that I didn't actually hate Entune as much as I expected to when I bought the truck, and I meant it. And yet, ever since I posted that all I can think about when I'm in the truck is: yeah, I am actually ready to replace the damn thing.

    If you have time, I'd love to hear what you think about the unit; that's the one I've been looking at. All the reviews I've found have been very positive, and it seems to have everything I'm looking for. One thing I've always been hesitant about (with aftermarket in general, not this HU specifically) is the quality of the microphone. I take conference calls for work in my truck every so often, and the quality from the factory mic is pretty good; half the time folks don't even know I'm not at my desk. I know there are a few threads with various failed attempts to re-use the factory mic or replace it in the same location. I dunno, sooner or later Entune's navigation is going to push me to replace the unit no matter what, but I keep wishing I could retain the mic. Knowing audio quality isn't significantly downgraded will put my mind at ease a bit lol.
     
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