I've recently updated my cars ICE with an Android/ Wireless Car Play head unit DMX8019DABS. I can heartily recommend it. Key features of the head unit and the install for me were:
The USB ports deliver 1.5 Amps charge per port, so your phone(s) batteries don’t start running out of power when streaming and navigating.
I purchased this and lost the ciggy lighter to keep the install tidy.
The upper one is for Android phones as there’s no Wi-Fi option for Android Auto yet. The head unit does have an option for HDMI to push your phone to the screen for you tube etc. but I thought that was a bit much and took the extra USB port instead.
I love to listen to absolute radio and Bluetooth connect to a car transmitter similar to this (much cheaper option if you want to get audio from your phone into your car), tuned my radio to 108 and then removed the car aerial to reduce interference. With DAB included there’s no data penalty for listening to DAB now. The unit includes a DAB aerial
With two types of screens available capacitive or resistive. I plumbed for the capacitive option. It’s very fast and smooth with great colours. There’s a great little guide here to change the boot screen on the unit. It can be a little tricky to get the image to Kenwood spec so if anyone ever wants to do it let me know and I’ll help.
A nice surprise for me the, the improvement is massive without any speaker changes etc. I’m no audiophile but the improvement was obvious immediately
The steering wheel controls work perfectly, and the mic picks up my calls of “Hey Siri” without issue. I’m told that when I call people can’t tell I’m not just making a normal call (with the roof up).
The unit comes with a separate GPS unit making the accuracy much better
I wanted physical buttons, and I wanted them the same colour as the rest of the lighting in the car. The head unit has a colour pallet so matching the car wasn’t too much effort. I also wanted an easily locatable button to invoke Siri with ease
Rear camera & guidelines:
I didn’t have the rear camera fitted as they wanted £200 for that so I thought I’d do that myself. The shop that fitted it dropped the cable behind the glove box for me so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. The guides are adjustable, and they advised the guidelines should fit the narrowness of the car perfectly, though a couple of traffic cones would be required to calibrate.
Edited by rheon, 20 March 2020 - 08:39 PM.