My new A3 is due imminently, and aside from the Bose speakers that are specced with the Black Edition pack, it has the standard Symphony (?) head unit.
I've been running an Alpine iPod head unit (iDA-X001) for a year or so now and enjoy the interface. It's mated to the JBL speaker pack that came with my 206. I'm no audiophile but it sounds good to me!
Having seen a double din touchscreen Alpine/Kenwood (can't remember which) in my brothers old Golf GTi 25th Anniversary, I always said I'd treat myself to one when I got a double din car!
I do love the factory look that the RNS-E offers, but it doesn't do much multimedia-wise. I also already have a new TomTom 530 so don't need the sat-nav abilities (particularly as I hear the RNS-E doesn't do 7 digit postcodes .....
I have a 120gb iPod that holds all the music I listen to regularly, so really want to keep the use of it, and I do prefer to see the album art, and full track info.
Current favourite is the Alpine IVA-W505R: http://www.alpine-electronics.co.uk/...ons/iva-w505r/
I am a complete numpty when it comes to electronics and technical stuff so will be getting anything done when I bring the car to the UK.
Sounds like my mind is pretty much made up, but am I overlooking something that would make the RNS-E worth considering?