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New Alpine HU

jdp1962 Jun 6, 2004

  1. jdp1962

    jdp1962 Grumpy Old Moderator Staff Member Moderator Team V6 TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter Team Tornado quattro Black Edition Audi S4 s tronic

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    My Alpine system was installed yesterday. There wasn't enough time to install speakers into the back door. That's a custom job for another day, that is, if I bother. Even retaining the OEM speakers, the improvement in sound quality over the Concert HU is enormous, and the AM reception is a transformation. I knew the old one was in a bad way, but I hadn't realised just how bad. Just before I dropped the car off, I cleared all the station memories & set it to scan & search for new stations. It only managed to store one station on AM, Radio Five Live, and it was barely audible above all the cracking & hiss. The new one can pick up everything, (including some French stations!) all with perfect reception, zero interference, & none of that crackling you get when you go under a bridge. I love it, and I wish I'd done it months ago. The only slight disappointment is that it doesn't speed-sensitive volume, but I guess I'll soon get used to adjusting it again myself.

    With the fascia adapters, an Autolead connnector to link one of the pre-outs to the rear speaker amp) and an in-line aerial booster, it came to £440. The laugh of it is that I will be able to sell the old Concert HU & CD-changer on Ebay for the best part of £300. That reminds me, I noticed that the OEM CD-changer is made by Matsushita, as you might expect, but the Concert HU is made by Blaupunkt. I'd never realised Blaupunkt made them as well. I thought it was just Ppanasonic & Matsushita.

    Here are some pics (I hope, this is my first attempt to post pics)

     
  2. garethj

    garethj Member

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    Congrats another Audi owner dumps the [censored] that is the Concert headunit.

    BTW Panasonic is owned by Matsushita.
     
  3. jdp1962

    jdp1962 Grumpy Old Moderator Staff Member Moderator Team V6 TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter Team Tornado quattro Black Edition Audi S4 s tronic

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    [ QUOTE ]
    garethj said:
    Congrats another Audi owner dumps the [censored] that is the Concert headunit.

    BTW Panasonic is owned by Matsushita.

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    I didn't know that, but how does that explain the Blaupunkt connection?

    Here's another pic, with less reflection.
     
  4. garethj

    garethj Member

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    Blaupunkt, Grundig & Matsushita have all made branded headunits for Audi.

    I believe the current headunits are all Matsushita.

    The Alpine looks good nice that the red ties in with the rest of the dash.
     
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    jetspeed New Member

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    I thought the CD Changer was made by Alpine???
     
  6. jdp1962

    jdp1962 Grumpy Old Moderator Staff Member Moderator Team V6 TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter Team Tornado quattro Black Edition Audi S4 s tronic

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    JetSpeed said:
    I thought the CD Changer was made by Alpine???

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    That's funny. My installer said exactly the same thing, but it clearly says "Made by Matsushita" on the back.

    I do have one wee gripe with the Alpine kit. The HU display is very reflective, and unreadable in anything more than gentle sunshine. Still, a small price to pay for great radio reception & great sound.

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  7. AndyMac

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    Looking good Jeff. Get those speakers swapped out!
    Blaupunkt used to make all VAG head units, then Panasonic/Matsushita got the contract around 1999. My wifes A3T is Blaupunkt on a 99, but my mates A3TQ is Panasonic on a 2000 plate, my A4 Delta was Blaupunkt before I buried it in the garden. Believe it or not the Blaupunkt sounds worse than the Panasonic, incredibly flat sound, but more reliable (or should that be less unreliable).
     
  8. jdp1962

    jdp1962 Grumpy Old Moderator Staff Member Moderator Team V6 TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter Team Tornado quattro Black Edition Audi S4 s tronic

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    I spent Friday afternoon talking to my local installer. He's a diamond geezer as we say in these parts. First news is, if I want to fit speakers in the rear doors, it's a big fabication job, with speaker netting & mdf frames, the latter sprayed as closely as possible to match the colour of the door card (dark blue). I'm looking at over £100 labour for the fabrication, plus the materials, plus the cost of the speakers themselves. Well over £200 all-in. My wife has vetoed the idea, saying I've spent enough on the HU & CD-changer already.

    She has a point, plus I'm very conscious that £200+ is a lot of cash for a set of EXTRA speakers, bearing in mind that I only recently spent £180 on a beatiful pair of Monitor Audio Bronze B2s as the sole pair for my home hi-fi. Now that I have a good quality, well functioning HU & changer, anything I fit to the car is only ever going to provide ever decreasing incremental improvements, and I know they'll never sound as good as the Monitors do in the house. The environment is just too compromised. That's what I call diminshing returns, especially when you factor in the installation costs. I also don't like the idea of so much surgery to the door cards.

    Andymac, it's obvious from reading your posts that you are an auto-electrical wizard. Please understand that I am not, and what is a breeze to you is a destroy-it-yourself project to me.

    I'll enjoy what I've got for a few months, then when my wife isn't looking, I'll get a pair of "invisible" custom-fit drivers put in the FRONT doors, heheheh!.

     
  9. excursion

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    Jeff if you want speakers in the rear doors then order yourself a pair of Bose rear door cars /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     

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