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    Which OEM head unit is best for 8P2?

    Hi guys, I guess this question has been asked a million times. But it isn't in the FAQ so I am going to ask again

    Which head unit is the best OEM upgrade to go with on an 8P2 with Symphony as standard?

    I would like intergrated phone, some sort of line in or media playback facility which will work with Spotify and that's about it.

    I have seen RNS and BNS, I know one is newer and more sophisticated but as I believe RNS needs a separate Bluetooth module and BNS is all inclusive in the unit? Is this correct.

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    RNSE without a doubt.
    Fantastic looking unit in any Audi dash
    Yes u will require a separate Bluetooth unit etc.
    As for spotify I'm not sure as ud need an aux socket to connect it to ur phone to play it through the unit.
    The RNSE has 2 sdhc 32gb card slots to use.
    More than enough music storage to keep u happy
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    Depends on what kind of area you live in lol, there seems to be a lot of activity in some areas with breaking in and stealing RNS units, myself is sticking with his crappy Concert for now as my area aint the best lol
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    In terms of fitting an RNS and getting it working; so I would require the unit itself and the appropriate Bluetooth module? Is it plug and code?

    Would anybody be able to tell me the differences between the years and different variants?

    If I wanted to add in a tv tuning function could I simply plug one of the many modules that are on eBay into the back of it, have it coded and watch tv whilst stationary?
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    RNS-E is the way to go. Mk2 preferably.

    But obviously like you suggested will need the relevent module for the bluetooth which has to be the highline if you want full telephone control.

    Expensive!

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    Just so u know the Bluetooth module is JUST for using the telephone not for Bluetoothing music to the unit.
    Yes the RNSE and Bluetooth need to be coded
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    quick Q - is a Mk2 RNS-E a straight swap for a Mk1 RNS-E and will the bluetooth etc all still work?

    All I need is the better SD card slots lol.
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    awesome, is a MK1 RNS-E unit worth much?
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    Pablo, the mk1 is worth around £100-£150 less than mk 2. Also although it should be plug and play, you will still need the actual RSN-e coded as it may have come from a car that has different options to yours.
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    200-250? Minus any looms/extra modues etc as Id need to keep those for the new one I guess.
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    So, if you already have bluetooth, will you still need to buy the bt module to mate to the RNSE?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieWebs View Post
    Just so u know the Bluetooth module is JUST for using the telephone not for Bluetoothing music to the unit.
    Yes the RNSE and Bluetooth need to be coded
    Is there a way to play music over bluetooth? - or that mean I have to change to an aftermarket head unit?

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    How can you tell the difference between a rns-e mk1 and mk2. I'm currently looking at trying to buy one my self to replace my symphony with 6 disc in dash changer.

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    Mk2 has media button rather than cd/tv
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    plus the mk2 has a gloss black surround and not matt
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    Gloss black surround is not only mk2, they did the mk2 in matte too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan-Jnr View Post
    Gloss black surround is not only mk2, they did the mk2 in matte too.

    Ahh well... everydays a school day... I like the matt black better... doesnt stand out in the dash..
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    Just changed my mk1 for a mk2 best money I've spent on the car.
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    Pablo. You selling your mk1? What other differences are there then?

 

 

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