Which aftermarket head units have OEM style appearance?
I am planning to upgrade the head unit of a non-HK system. I want a high quality unit that draws no attention to itself and truly blends into the MINI center console. Ideally, it would look as though it might have come with the car from the factory. Thus:
simple, understated appearance
all dark matte finish with no shiny controls or trim
compatible night illumination
I'd like to know about units that MINI owners have found to blend well with the car's interior. After searching through the web, these are some of the better matches I have found so far:
These have that generic plain OEM look (from any car maker), which is what I want. I found some positive comments about their performance on the web. Nakamichi car audio is not currently distributed in the US but the products can be found online with some effort.
Blaupunkt Bremen CD72
This is a very sophisticated hi-end unit that was at the top of the Blaupunkt range several years ago (now discontinued but can be found online). All of Blaupunkt's current models seem include silver trim, which I don't want. The CD72 includes such features as a microphone for tailoring a car's acoustics and compensating for noise, It does not have quite an OEM look as Nakamichi, but its plain, dark face should blend into a MINI console pretty well (at least when it's off). However, I'm not so sure about night illumination color selectability (it seems to have red but not amber available).
I would be grateful for any other suggestions from MINI2 members.
this one matches very nicely - Pioneer DEH-P77MP. it has a lovely retro look to it without all the flashy graphics, the row of chrome buttons match the chrome toggles in the car & it has a brushed finish which goes lovely with the anthracite interior trim. the night illumination is white so although it doesn't match the car, it doesn;t clash with it either.
Go for 1 one the Alpine range, i had the same problem when i wanted to change my HU, on the 9831, 9855 you can change the colour of the illumination to suit the car, i went for the Alpine 9831R and Alpine Ipod interface, v impressed
Last edited by venox22; Jul 4th, 2005 at 04:26 PM.
In addition to it's reputation for high quality, the Nakamichi wins the MINI OEM look alike contest hands down !!!
Availability in the US
cd 400 doesn't play mp3
cd 500 does but is $599 (pricey)
if it's hard to find in the first place, what about warranty repairs if necessary
interface with MFSW ???
The head unit gallery (stickey) on this Forum shows one or two acceptable looking models like the JVC KDG G612 or the Pioneer above which I've only found on sites in UK/Europe. Again... what about warranty? Wll Pioneer or JVC in the US service it?
I hope that like me, RKW is at least considering the best thing would be to retain the oem head unit, and just buy better speakers than the oem's or add an amplifier to support the best quality speakers available...a topic for another thread.
Here's a picture of aforementioned head unit in my rusty old Ford.
If I want pretty I'll stick a picture of Heidi Klum on the dashboard. As it is, I prefer great sound to flashing lights. I once had a head unit (top of the range Kenwood) with leaping dolphins on the display. I changed it for the Nakamichi. Enough said.
[quote=hugh1] That a rusty old Ford is as close to my shiny new Mini as a Nakamichi headunit is to a standard headunit! Guess I should have used the "roll eyes" smilie during my sarcastic introduction!
They are standard mats with Momo T200 Grids that I fixed on using the supplied allen bolts. 20 minutes measuring and fitting and you too could be the envy of your friends!
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