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Old October 19th, 2012, 08:41 PM
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Radio upgrade Disco 1

Hello all,
I've been out of this world for a while so I need a bit of advice on radio upgrades for a Disco 1. I'm not interested in upgrading the speakers and don't need anything that is even close to top of the line. Basically I'm looking for a good bang for the buck radio that adds (in the order of importance) front audio in, HD Radio, Bluetooth for calling, USB. Currently there is a Kenwood in there, but I haven't pulled it to see if its been spliced or used a no-cut harness.
Cost is an object and brand isn't really important to me, but I always had good luck with Sonys in the past.

I assume I'm limited to single DIN sizes too.
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Old October 19th, 2012, 09:40 PM
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Danny-
Had similar criteria last year when I got sick of the same problems. I went to crutchfield and basically searched under those criteria (minus HD radio which I didn't care about too much-but with the addition of being able to change display screen color).
This is what I got, I think: http://www.amazon.com/JVC-KDX50BT-RE.../dp/B005TE6DNU
Or something along those lines. I have the BT in the front USB, rear USB is an ipod interface in the center console. Still have the aux port in the front for sirius too. BT works well for calls.
The color thing mattered to me b/c I didn't want the truck looking like an 18yr old's honda civic; the JVC setup let me more/less match the green lighting of the dash cluster.

I wired it through the speaker wires (no amp) and it works fine for a Disco's audio capabilities (and for a hearing test failure non-audiophile).
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You can find these on line for $200. Amazon has them as well as others. I have one and am really pleased for the money. If you carry an iphone, it works pretty well and will play pandora.

http://www.alpine-usa.com/product/view/ida-x305s/
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Old October 22nd, 2012, 11:00 AM
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I'm an android guy, but am having trouble finding a radio with native support for android devices over USB.
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Old October 22nd, 2012, 11:26 AM
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I'm leaning towards this one -> http://outlet.crutchfield.com/p_113B...er-reviews-tab

thoughts?
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I am about to go with a Kenwood. There is a model with the numbers ... 552U in it. About $135 with a Kenwood rebate of $15 so $125. USB and aux is in the front. HD of interest but BT not really - I never use a phone in the truck. I am replacing an Alpine and hada Pioneer before that. Honestly, I tried all 3 out at a FRYs electronics and was surprised at how cheap and crappy the Alpine and Pioneer felt.
My basic thing is easy to install, easy to use my android with (Kenwood says it will work), easy to use my daughters i-Phone (with Pandora - very important) and and $140 was my ceiling price.
Below $120 the extra search functions for the iphone, android were missing.
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Kenwood unit is KDC-HD552U
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Wifey now wants it to have bluetooth...
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