At last had a new head unit fitted to replace the Alpine unit.
Just found that the Alpine set up would give us both a headache after a few miles and at speed it was difficult to hear anything clearly. The satnav was far from intuitive and a real pain to update.
After much investigation I found that Pioneer seem to be regarded as one of the best makes and the overall best selling Car Play unit over the past few years was the Pioneer SPH-DA230DAB unit. These are quite difficult to find as they have been replaced by the SPH-DA250DAB unit. This has many upgrades, one of the many being a change from a resistive screen to a capacitive screen.
The difference being that a resistive screen needs some finger pressure to work (like an old Garmin) wheras the new screen is a light touch, very similar to phone screens.
a week or so ago I’d already upgraded the poor standard door speakers to a couple of JVC units from MX5 Parts. Whilst this did provide quite an improvement it was still not too good and of course the satnav remeained the same.
I didnt want to get into removing the trim so took it to an installer in Nottingham who conveniently had the best prices I could find for the new unit.
I’m used to using CarPLay as my wifes car has this fitted and just love using Google Maps or Waze. Far better than the conventional satnav units.
The new unit is just stunning, I’m more than happy with it, it has DAB and DAB+ and music from my phone is stunning, the phone is also very clear too, the new speakers are also excellent.!
All in all, I’m delighted with my choice and can highly recommend it.