So I wanted bluetooth. So I wanted a touchscreen. So I wanted a remote (found the OEM one half way through this process but didn't turn back). So I am upgrading the dash stereo.
We currently have the Magnadyne 9900CDS and we are replacing with the Pioneer linked here:
As gleaned in threads here and elsewhere, the existing unit is 1.5 DIN which is an odd duck and you can't get direct replacements that have many features (if at all).
I went with the Double Din after confirming that I had room inside the dash to enlarge the hole.
I have learned a lot during this process which has led (in part) to the questions below. Thanks for your input and Merry Christmas!
- I guess I hadn't considered the conflict between the TV audio and cockpit stereo before looking into this upgrade. Our TV is on the starboard side of the den, directly across from the couch. I don't yet know if it will power on with the ignition on. If it will, I don't want to try to listen to my driving music over the TV obviously - has anyone tried wireless headphones to address this (for the tv watcher)? I don't really want my daughter watching TV in the bedroom, unbuckled, as we drive across the country.
- For those who have performed this upgrade: was the sleeve enough to support the 2 din unit or did you have to shore it up otherwise?
- I am going to extend the aux in and usb in jacks from the back of the new unit to the dash with a cord. I am also going to install a dual USB jack for device charging. Anything else I should add? How are the stand alone GPS units powered? Cigarette lighter?
- When enlarging the hole in the "oh so brittle" dash panel, what Dremel bit did you / would you use? What about cutting the round holes for the new jacks?