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Stereo choice for W124

Discussion in 'Electrics, Vacuum, Ignition and ECU' started by alex464, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. alex464

    alex464 New Member

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    Hello all.

    I recently bought a lovely 1994 E320 Coupe which i am very, very happy with. I've wanted one ever since I sat in my Mum's when I was, sadly, much younger.

    One small problem I have is that that stereo is broken, both a faulty head unit and a non-ejecting cd cassette in the boot. As such I've decided to replace the head unit with a new system.

    Does anyone have any advice on what kind of unit would suit the car? I can't find anything that's not covered in flashing lights and totally out of keeping with the car. Ideally, I'd fit the original head unit if there was one with a cd slot, but I'm not sure how feasible that is.

    Any advice or suggestions most welcome. As well as for vendors/fitters in London.

    Thanks,

    Alex
     
  2. huey

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    Hello welcome to the forum:D if you have the removal keys for the existing head unit, then it is simply a case of sliding it out and disconnecting it via a black plug,
    then most modern units will plug straight in,( you will see the plug when you slide the radio out.
    If it doe's not have the same plug as your new radio then Halfords sell adaptors.
     
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    alex464

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    Thanks, Mark.

    Looks like I'll be treating myself for Christmas then!

    Alex
     
  4. taxii

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    I'm not sure if these are single or double din units but If you want one that isn't covered in flashing coloured lights then look for one that matches the cars dash lights. I put the pioneer one out of my fto into the 202 but it just didn't suit the car so I bought a nice beat one that matches the dash lights and isn't as flashy as the pioneer. That's if it's a single din one but if it's a double then IIRC Halfords do a nice Clarion that's not too over the top and looks quite classy. In the end it's what you think look's good in the dash. I would look at getting one that takes S.D cards as thats gonna be the future in ICE. Iv'e got one in my car and Iv'e got about 500 tracks on one card and no damaging C.Ds.
     
  5. SilverSaloon

    SilverSaloon Active Senior Members

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    i just bought a DAB digital radio for SWMBO W124 estate.

    its £99 at Halfords (rrp £150) and comes with a windscreen DAB antenna.

    The lights can be set to any colour to match the rest of the interior lights in the car.

    No idea how good it is yet as its an xmas pressie and as such not fitted it yet.

    There was a few nice "factory" style units in Halfords when i was there for under £200. Some looked really nice.
     
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    This is the single din one I put in mine. Work's well but isn't dab though but as I don't listen to the radio that much it doesn't bother me and only cost me £15 from a member of another forum. Came with a remote as well which I really can't see the point of.
     
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    Do these Becker units have any issues with FM reception? In the States they don't have stations on even FM frequencies (they just use n.1/3/5/7/9). I know many units sold in the USA can be reconfigured for Europe, but just curious what the deal is with these.
     
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    Not saying to buy one from the USA, the link was just to show how their stereos look. Becker no longer make aftermarket car audio but you will find their UK models for sale on ebay etc.
     
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    Got to be Becker in an older Merc.

    The OEM units were Becker, just look right. APS30 is a Traffic Pro.

    They sound great too and have twin tuners (superb radio reception) and speed dependant volume.

    This was my old S210 with a Traffic Pro High Speed in there.....
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    Other option is a Nakamichi CD300 or CD400 (this adds MP3) as these look very oem and sound sublime!!!!

    Can set it to match the Merc yellow too.

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    I have a Sony unit in my W124. Its a bluetooth unit so I can stream from my iPhone for music and hands free calls. It looks reasonably 'OEM' as well. Who uses CD's these days!
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    Do not forget that if you use a non becker/MB radio you may have to cut off pin 1 or the speed signal may get shorted out that controls the auto volume.
     

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