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Keeping standard HU but improving sound
29-10-2016, 12:15 PM
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Keeping standard HU but improving sound
Alright thanks.

My car is a E36 BMW ok? The car is stock but the head unit proffers problems so I want to upgrade sound right but the look must be completely original.

I'd like to hear your advice on how to rickshaw this issue so that I can keep it solid but original.

My thanks to you all in advance.
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29-10-2016, 12:27 PM
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RE: Keeping standard HU but improving sound
I sat with exactly the same problem with my E36, I eventually gave in and decided to fit an aftermarket HU.

One solution is to install a secondary HU in the cubby.. although this requires extensive rewiring and just sounds like a pain haha.

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29-10-2016, 12:36 PM
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Thanks so much I appreciate it.

My problem is the car is original and immaculately kept I am low on IQ so I can't drive it but I just want to keep it original.

Alright I will move along.
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29-10-2016, 12:46 PM
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Why no pictures of this immaculate car ? Rollsmile

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29-10-2016, 12:54 PM
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Alright I'll put some up but hang on ok?
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29-10-2016, 12:56 PM
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(29-10-2016 12:54 PM)Aggregate Wrote:  Alright I'll put some up but hang on ok?

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29-10-2016, 01:58 PM
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Best option is to install something like the Audison Bit ONE or Bit TEN. This is a full programmable DSP unit which will allow you to connect to an amp using the speaker output from the unit. It can be mounted hidden away somewhere so you don't see it.

I did this with the wife's Jetta running the stock RNS510 navi unit.

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29-10-2016, 02:47 PM
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Thanks hey alright??!

This is great advice the result is that the HU doesn't work well though. Can you fix it please?
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29-10-2016, 07:13 PM
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I understand that you want to keep the stock HU for aesthetics. However, one advantage of the E36 is that you can get away with a decent single DIN that does not look out of place. Take a look at Alpines range - IIRC, they even have a colour that matches the original BMW orange on some of their models.

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29-10-2016, 10:20 PM (This post was last modified: 29-10-2016 10:36 PM by Maljan.)
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Replacing the HU will not improve the sound quality very much. For a big upgrade, replace the front speakers and add hide away an amp to drive them. Don't bother with the rear speakers, they are for the rear passengers. If they want better sound, send the hat around so they can pay for it. For deep bass put a subwoofer box with another amp in the boot. For 21st century tunes you can put the CD changer into storage and replace it with a box of tricks that connects to your phone.

If the head unit is broken or lets the show down, there are modern replacements to look the part. I like the look of the Clarion FZ-102E but I don't know if it is still available.

[Image: ClarionFZ102E1_zps797c440d.jpg]

Or you could hunt down a BMW Business CD43 unit - the real deal.

[Image: cd43radio.jpg]


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30-10-2016, 07:15 AM (This post was last modified: 30-10-2016 07:21 AM by Aggregate.)
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I just want to say thanks I really appreciate your responses and the time it took you to provide me with information.

MMS, I don't really want to do anything to the car for religious purposes though. Whether I believe in a higher power or not is not the reason I want to operate on the radio issues. It's merely because the radio is faulty.

Maljan once more my thanks to you for a great post and pictures too, which now point me in the right direction.

Great information that I can use. I cannot be more thankful.

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This picture shows you what I have now.
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30-10-2016, 02:35 PM
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If your car has the factory am and sub, all you do is change the hu from business to professional. That worked very well for me [Image: c42ae2dd4cf4ec20f108da3944e5ac41.jpg]


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30-10-2016, 04:35 PM
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This is great how do I change it to professional? Is there a switch?
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31-10-2016, 01:53 AM
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(29-10-2016 10:20 PM)Maljan Wrote:  Replacing the HU will not improve the sound quality very much. For a big upgrade, replace the front speakers and add hide away an amp to drive them. Don't bother with the rear speakers, they are for the rear passengers. If they want better sound, send the hat around so they can pay for it. For deep bass put a subwoofer box with another amp in the boot. For 21st century tunes you can put the CD changer into storage and replace it with a box of tricks that connects to your phone.

If the head unit is broken or lets the show down, there are modern replacements to look the part. I like the look of the Clarion FZ-102E but I don't know if it is still available.

[Image: ClarionFZ102E1_zps797c440d.jpg]

Or you could hunt down a BMW Business CD43 unit - the real deal.

[Image: cd43radio.jpg]h

HU makes a huge difference with regards to sound quality.

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31-10-2016, 08:58 AM
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(29-10-2016 10:20 PM)Maljan Wrote:  Replacing the HU will not improve the sound quality very much. For a big upgrade, replace the front speakers and add hide away an amp to drive them. Don't bother with the rear speakers, they are for the rear passengers. If they want better sound, send the hat around so they can pay for it. For deep bass put a subwoofer box with another amp in the boot. For 21st century tunes you can put the CD changer into storage and replace it with a box of tricks that connects to your phone.

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31-10-2016, 02:14 PM
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(29-10-2016 10:20 PM)Maljan Wrote:  Replacing the HU will not improve the sound quality very much. For a big upgrade, replace the front speakers and add hide away an amp to drive them. Don't bother with the rear speakers, they are for the rear passengers. If they want better sound, send the hat around so they can pay for it. For deep bass put a subwoofer box with another amp in the boot. For 21st century tunes you can put the CD changer into storage and replace it with a box of tricks that connects to your phone.

If the head unit is broken or lets the show down, there are modern replacements to look the part. I like the look of the Clarion FZ-102E but I don't know if it is still available.

[Image: ClarionFZ102E1_zps797c440d.jpg]

Or you could hunt down a BMW Business CD43 unit - the real deal.

[Image: cd43radio.jpg]
Wow for an aftermarket unit the Clarion fits the look really well.
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31-10-2016, 04:53 PM
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Now I am really confused about BMW!!!

The E36 has a CD front loader but my E46 came out with a Radio/Tape HU????

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31-10-2016, 06:21 PM
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(31-10-2016 04:53 PM)GPGrobler Wrote:  Now I am really confused about BMW!!!

The E36 has a CD front loader but my E46 came out with a Radio/Tape HU????

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Thanks for the message gpscobler I believe there are anomalies. But the problem still remains, but I have received enough information and should be able to reach a conclusion.
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31-10-2016, 06:34 PM
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(30-10-2016 04:35 PM)Aggregate Wrote:  This is great how do I change it to professional? Is there a switch?


You need to go to scrap yards and find a car that came with the professional radio. Mostly the e34 540i's and e36 328i's and M3's have it.


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31-10-2016, 10:03 PM
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(31-10-2016 06:34 PM)tyu333 Wrote:  
(30-10-2016 04:35 PM)Aggregate Wrote:  This is great how do I change it to professional? Is there a switch?


You need to go to scrap yards and find a car that came with the professional radio. Mostly the e34 540i's and e36 328i's and M3's have it.


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E34 540i has the lovely/silly Becker unit. Won't work as a straight swapping because most of the unit is in the boot.

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