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Any ideas as to which Head Unit to fit in my MCS, looking for one which has amber display and buttons, like some of the alpine and clarion ones but do not have ice>link plus interface as yet, looked in the gallery but nothing doing there, maybe thought of Kenwood w7027 but dont like the idea of the facia coming over the auto a/c controls, any ideas or pics?????
 

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Are there any head units that will work with the radio controls on the steering wheel? I'm usually underwhelmed by factory HU offerings, but I don't want to lose the function of the buttons on the wheel.
 

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I have the Alpine 9835R whcih I'm very happy with - Colour and style wise looks very good, sound quality superb and with the right Alpine adaptors have got it working with both the MFSW and my iPod.

Sound was so good I haven't bothered upgrading my speakers.....
 

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Thanks for that rich C i am also using an ipod interface the dension, there dont seem to be any good H/U s that are4 compatible, is the interface between your alpine H/U and ipod good, i presume its the alpine ipod interface?
 

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Yep, it's the Alpine one.

I think it's great - I particularly went down this route as my car is the convertible and wanted to be able to hide the iPod away too. Plus I don't like leads around the cockpit - everything is tucked away in the glovebox on mine.

To get the full benefit you need an HU with a hi-res screen, or a fold out one, to be able to display the playlists properly.

Two critisms:

1. You can only scroll through your playlists at a set (slow!) speed, doesn't accelerate like using the scroll whell on the iPod itself - but I just have a few 'in-car' playlists and name them so they appear at the top of the listing! But takes a while to scroll down to ZZ Top on my full 40Gb model.

2. Some people say the controls aren't intuative - well there's no 'iPod' button but after using it a couple of times I find it all quite easy - select CD changer, then 1 for playlists, 2 for tracks, 3 for artists - scroll and click!

Find yourself an Alpine dealer and go and have a play - think you'll be impressed.
 

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Thanks for that, have been looking at a CDA 9831R combo with the alpine interface. Only i have been told you can control it with the MFSW (with adaptor of course) just wondered what the MFSW buttons did, i presume once you have selected your playlist using the H/U, you select the track using Track UP/Down on the mfsw??
 

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Yep - that's exactly it. You need yet another adapter for the MFSW though, and depending if you've got the Boost or not depends whether you want the one labelled as Mini (with Boost) or BMW (without boost) on the Alpine website.

I've now probably got more Alpine in my car than BMW! :rolleyes:

Also see my other post about signal strength if you go down the Alpine route - Mikey has come up with top advice yet again....
 
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