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#313035 - 16/08/2008 18:44 Re: Interesting new headunit from Parrot [Re: andym]
wfaulk
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Registered: 25/12/2000
Posts: 16706
Loc: Raleigh, NC US
Originally Posted By: andym
Well I have my new (old) car now and I'm in the market for a new headunit.

I've heard about this fancy headunit called an empeg. Have you given one of those any thought?
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#313036 - 16/08/2008 19:12 Re: Interesting new headunit from Parrot [Re: wfaulk]
andym
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Registered: 17/01/2002
Posts: 3978
Loc: Manchester UK
Originally Posted By: wfaulk
Originally Posted By: andym
Well I have my new (old) car now and I'm in the market for a new headunit.

I've heard about this fancy headunit called an empeg. Have you given one of those any thought?


I know, I know. I should be putting the empeg in. But I want something with Bluetooth phone and audio integration, a more reliable tuner with option to upgrade to DAB later, the ability to hook up to an ipod and play off a mass storage USB device.
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#313038 - 16/08/2008 19:50 Re: Interesting new headunit from Parrot [Re: andym]
andym
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Registered: 17/01/2002
Posts: 3978
Loc: Manchester UK
Also, i'd like something that doesn't require an external amp.
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#313055 - 18/08/2008 04:31 Re: Interesting new headunit from Parrot [Re: andym]
SuperQ
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Registered: 13/06/2000
Posts: 429
Loc: Berlin, DE
So I have installed the Alpine unit in a friend's car.

Pros:
* Easy install
* Works with iPod
* Great audio quality

Cons:
* Holy crap, could you make the UI suck more
* Holy crap, you can only attach one USB device (iPod or FAT device) at a time
* last I looked the bluetooth adapter is backordered everywhere. (new model supposedly, bugs in previous model)

For the most part it works fairly well, and quality is good.. I just can't get over how terrible the UI is. Especially after using my empeg.

I still have yet to find any device on the market at any price tag that can replace my empeg. *sigh*
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#313066 - 18/08/2008 13:51 Re: Interesting new headunit from Parrot [Re: andym]
boxer
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Registered: 16/04/2002
Posts: 2011
Loc: Yorkshire UK
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with option to upgrade to DAB later


I don't think that the Parrot will give you that.
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#316538 - 19/11/2008 20:06 Re: Interesting new headunit from Parrot [Re: boxer]
boxer
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Registered: 16/04/2002
Posts: 2011
Loc: Yorkshire UK
I see it has been put back to January now, and no upgrades to the firmware since I returned mine to Halfords.
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#316732 - 27/11/2008 13:26 Re: Interesting new headunit from Parrot [Re: boxer]
shairrthis12
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Registered: 27/11/2008
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Looking for some help. I have a 99 volvo C70 convertible. And I'm replacing the head-unit with an aftermarket brand and I cannot find the factory amp. Does anybody know where it is in that model car. It's not in the trunk or under the seats.


Edited by shairrthis12 (27/11/2008 14:14)

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#316744 - 28/11/2008 09:19 Re: Interesting new headunit from Parrot [Re: shairrthis12]
Schido
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Registered: 29/03/2005
Posts: 364
Loc: Probably lost somewhere in Wal...
I guess it's a little off topic here, but found this with a little googling: "Power amp is located in the trunk, left side, in the quarter panel behind the little storage bin in the side wall of the trunk or behind the 6 disc changer if yours is so equipped."
http://www.volvoforums.com/archive/threads/power-amp-location-44033-1.html
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#330822 - 06/03/2010 07:49 Re: Interesting new headunit from Parrot [Re: boxer]
boxer
pooh-bah

Registered: 16/04/2002
Posts: 2011
Loc: Yorkshire UK
I just happened to notice that the Parrot Car Audio is back on the market, but it has taken a leap from the originally announced 150 to an eye watering 310 - an FM tuner well in to the DAB price range, I feel.
It is now called the Rki8400: I've been staring at the picture to see whether they've utilised the original case and just sorted the software, in which case the fascia will still fall out every time you go over a pothole (And we've got a heck of a load of potholes since the snow), or have they started from scratch?
The only discernible difference is that they now supply a dash mounted mike.
The concept was brilliant (I owned one for three weeks), it just didn't work. Just off to Halfords to shake the display and see if it falls to bits!.....
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