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DAB headunit

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by halegavin, Nov 1, 2003.

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    [Nov 1, 2003]
    Do any of you know if audi do a DAB headunit yet. If so will it just be a case or replacing the current headunit. (s3 bose) so it will run the cd changer and stuff.

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    This has already been covered in the ICE forum, but just to summarise: Most DAB In car units are a seperate receiver that you tuck away behind the dash or in the boot, however you have to have a DAB ready HU to use it. Most manufacturers seem to be going down this route rather than producing a DAB HU. GM/Opel are the first manufacturer to offer factory fit DAB in the new Astra, which is a Blaupunkt unit. Audi have moved away from Blaupunkt, to Matsushita (Panasonic). I guess they'll get there eventually, but why not use this as an excuse to upgrade your HU to a decent make. Even if Audi had one available now, you'd be paying well over the odds for a sub-standard piece of equipment. DAB is generally hugely expensive compared to analogue Radio (£150 more on the same spec unit), as it just hasn't caught on, although the car market is the one place you really need it (who can live with just 6 FM channels on a long journey). At home you just use your Sky box, so the price will remain high until consumers see a real benefit. It's not like the introduction of CD's over vinyl which was a no brainer for the consumer.
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