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What can replace my Concert (Tape) HU in S3

h3msy Apr 12, 2005

  1. h3msy

    h3msy Member

    Ok, as my post further down states I'm having problems with my CD changer in the boot. I have a Concert HU with a tape player.
    The system is non-Bose, my car is pre-facelift S3.

    I don't like the CD changer in the boot anyway, i much prefer to have a stereo which takes CD's, even if it is just one at a time. So my question is, whats the best way to go here???

    Q1) Are Concert HU's available with single CD's. If so are they the same physical size to fit in my fascia?

    Q2) Are Concert II's double Din?

    Q3) Anyone selling a Concert HU with CD.

    Q4) Would you suggest going for a different HU altogether. but then spacers come into the equation....

    Thanks guys for any info /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ok.gif
  2. Masterm8fo

    Masterm8fo Warmonger

    newer concerts had CD (Concert 2/Symphony ?) they are about 150-200 quid on ebay
    fits straight in app.

    It is single DIN (Symphony 2 is double din i believe which wud mean moving A/C unit - not worth the hassle)

    dunno about aftermarket spacers etc. but heard on forum the Leon one fits best - i personally prefer to stay OEM
    have now got Icelink for ipod which is great in my opinion - better than CD HU and only 115quid if u already have ipod
  3. AndyMac

    AndyMac Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Yeah Concert2 should be a straight swap (as long as you have the radio code), but have heard HU's from different Audi models are slightly different widths i.e. Concert2 from a TT won't necessarily fit your S3.
    If you are happy with the abysmal quality of your current setup then I would go with a Concert2. If not , then aftermarket is highly recommended but as you say there are a whole bunch of issues surrounding this upgrade, fascia adapters, wiring adapters, antenna amp, interference problems, popping when you change track on a CD, fronts too loud for rears etc etc, so really if you go aftermarket then you need to consider upgrading speakers at the same time and bypass as much of the Audi **** as possible.
    Alternatively go for Concert2 and add a sub, this provides a huge improvement to the standard system, even sticking with the stock front speakers, as you can dramatically reduce the bass going to the cabin speakers which makes them sound a whole lot better.

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