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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    I recently upgraded my 987.1. I went with the Pioneer 4100NEX. Mainly because I guess I couldn't justify to myself the extra for the 4200. I only mention that because it sounds like your budget for this is tight and if you keep a close eye out, there are some good deals to be had on the 4100 on eBay. As some have mentioned here, go with one of the kits. I did Loi's kit and it made a tough job for a novice much easier. For me, everything went smoother than I expected. A lot of videos and docs out there for connecting the aftermarket DIN. Then I came to the backup camera install. Two months later and I still haven't completed it. With the engine in-between the trunk and the front, running the cables has been a huge challenge for me mainly because there is a lot of discussion around it. But I have yet to find anything that actually shows how to route it in pictures or video. I mention that only because if that is something you are looking at doing and since you haven't started anything yet, you may want to look into just having a shop do it all for you and save the headache. It might cost more than you have budgeted for it, but in retrospect, it may be worth it.

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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    This is what I'm going with to connect the backup camera to the head unit: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Figured it's worth the gamble at $16. For the camera itself going with Coolint CT-107B which seems to have a few users in this forum.
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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    Hi Newold. I actually have considered the wireless option myself. I actually bought the one you linked to among a couple. I also bought a Tadi Brothers one as well. And then went with a similar one to the one you linked to, but with a trigger wire. The biggest pain (and reason I have gone through three now) is that the entire point of the wireless is to not have to route the wires front to rear. But without a trigger wire on the wireless, the video will not pop on reverse. You have to manually change to video every time you want to backup. Which was one of the problems with the one you linked to as well as the Tadi Brothers one I bought. Which sort of defeats the purpose for me. The main concern I have (and I plan to test before a perm install) is that there is a lot of discussion about the cheaper wireless units and how hot they get. The transmitter isn't a problem since it will only get power when in reverse. But the receiver will need to have constant power. And a lot of reviews I have seen on them have talked about them getting so hot they start to melt. Which is obviously scary. I went with the Tadi Brothers one since that seemed like a much better build and from what I understand doesn't have the overheating issue. But it doesn't have the trigger wire. Which is just a pain. For the cost of that one, you would think they wouldn't have overlooked something so obvious as that. So I ordered one like you linked to, expect with a trigger wire. Only place I could find it was from China on eBay. So once I get it, I am going to test out the overheating issue. I am hoping it doesn't have that issue. The solution of course would be to hit a backup light wire upfront somewhere. I know I can get it under the drivers seat. But my car unfortunately has some stripped screws which has made that a really challenging task. I have been trying to find a wire under the dash that would give me this. I believe there is one. But I have been unsuccessful in locating it even with the wiring diagrams. Anyway, I wanted to make you aware of the overheating issue so you can test it out before you possible connect and hide away the connector somewhere and not realize its melting.

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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    Thanks for the pointers drewman! I did not realize the trigger wire issue and as you've pointed out it seems like an obvious oversight. I'm going to cancel that order and go with a wired signal then.
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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    Here is the one I bought off eBay that has the receiver trigger wire. It actually arrived a little earlier today which is funny since I just wrote about it yesterday. Took 21 days from date of order to get here (ordered 01/25). I hooked up the receiver to a test battery about an hour ago and so far so good. It's warm, but nothing I would consider dangerously warm or even hot. So seems promising. Will probably install it this weekend and see how decent the transmission/signal is from the transmitter and make sure the trigger wire actually works.

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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    Quote Originally Posted by black987 View Post
    The auto-search didn't come up with a similar topic hit, so, hopefully, this topic has not been discussed.

    I'm curious to know what brand head unit and model number you installed in your 987.1. I've got a 2007 Cayman S (basic radio) and I'd like to remove the factory radio and install a new head unit. I checked out Crutchfield and saw quite a few possibilities. I've heard good things about Pioneer, but would certainly consider other brands. My budget for just the head unit is up to $300.00.

    What did you install?
    Are you happy with it?
    Easy to install?
    What would you do differently?
    An advice for me?

    Same question with door speakers.
    I installed iPad Mini on my Cayman. loved it, sold the car last year.
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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    Quote Originally Posted by blacksea View Post
    I installed iPad Mini on my Cayman. loved it, sold the car last year.
    COOL!

    So did you run a stereo mini-plug from the iPad to an amplifier?

    Where did you install the amp?

    What amp did you use?

    Is there a mount specific for iPads or did you make something?

    How is the iPad powered?

    Thanks!

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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    Quote Originally Posted by black987 View Post
    COOL!

    So did you run a stereo mini-plug from the iPad to an amplifier?

    Where did you install the amp?

    What amp did you use?

    Is there a mount specific for iPads or did you make something?

    How is the iPad powered?

    Thanks!
    i installed the amp under front hood, it looks complicated but very easy to do. its all plug in. iPad is powered by iPad was powerd by iSimple. Also check your second post i left you a reply. you can also connect your iPad to your radio without removing the radio. my ipad is 128 gig, wi-fi, LTE, i had internet service
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    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B43LKV0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    Case For iPad Mini
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BPKITZC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    iSimple Dashboard Mounting Kit for Apple iPhone Device with Lighting Cable

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GP3PB4G/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    PAC LC-1 Remote Amplifier Level Controller

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002J226O/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1









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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    I installed a Sony XAV-AX100 on my '06 Boxster. Here are some photos: https://imgur.com/a/M3OfH

    Looks great with the physical knob and is classier than the alternatives IMO.

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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    Of all the aftermarket radios, I think the Sony's look the best. Nice, clean, classy look. But I'm concerned about reliability and sound quality. Seems, overall, Pioneer and Alpine get better reviews on both Crutchfield and Amazon. But on many models Pioneer has that huge volume control and the Alpine models look so complicated.

    Amazon's rating for the XAV-AX100 were excellent, however... just a bit out of my price range.

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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    Alpine is the only aftermarket brand that offers wireless CarPlay. To me the convenience of not having to plug a cable into my phone every time I get in my Boxster is a major plus.

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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    Can anyone confirm that the radio bezel is that same between the 987.1 and 987.2 aside from the color? I am looking to upgrade the receiver in my R, but I cannot find any aftermarket bezels for the 987.2.

    Thanks!

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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chin View Post
    Can anyone confirm that the radio bezel is that same between the 987.1 and 987.2 aside from the color? I am looking to upgrade the receiver in my R, but I cannot find any aftermarket bezels for the 987.2.

    Thanks!
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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    You can get a black bezel from either Crutchfield or Suncoasticon Porsche. The one at Suncoast is more expensive but it looks to be a much better match.

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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    Quote Originally Posted by black987 View Post
    That is a brilliant idea/system! Any photos of install and final product? Also, what amp did you get? Where did you put it?
    I too am intrigued and would like to see photos of the install.

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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    Quote Originally Posted by Houston987 View Post
    I just replaced the HU with a bluetooth adapter. (I had BOSE, so also had to swap the amp). Installed a flat plate over the vacant space, and stuck a phone mount to it. The phone + bluetooth does everything I need.

    Adapter I used:
    https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-980-.../dp/B00IQBSW28

    Power converter for the adapter:
    https://www.amazon.com/SMAKN-Convert...ords=12v+to+5v
    I am intrigued with your solution. Do you have any photos of the install? Would appreciate seeing what it looks like.

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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    I installed a 987 styled $400 Chinese headunit with a $60 BOSE adapter.

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Andr...719163302.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/MOST...608.0.0.jd1JaC

    It looks very close to OEM, which is great. Most of the aftermarket head units look far too Fast and Furious.

    I'm happy with it as a music player, the MOST interface works great.

    I'm less happy with it for navigation - it works but I prefer my phone because the startup lag is annoying and because I want live traffic (bluetooth wifi sharing isn't offered).

    It crashes every two weeks and loses all of my radio presets - however my CDR was also locking up (requiring me to pull the fuse) so that may be my car rather than the hardware.

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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    So for those of you with the bluetooth adapter, how long does it take to kill the battery? I bought a Kinovo bluetooth adapter for $35 and it works really well plugged into the aux jack, however I didn't realize the 12v power outlet is always on. I feel like remembering to unplug it every time is going to be annoying, but I also have no idea how much current it draws and how long it would take it to drain the battery.

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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    Quote Originally Posted by gnarfle View Post
    So for those of you with the bluetooth adapter, how long does it take to kill the battery? I bought a Kinovo bluetooth adapter for $35 and it works really well plugged into the aux jack, however I didn't realize the 12v power outlet is always on. I feel like remembering to unplug it every time is going to be annoying, but I also have no idea how much current it draws and how long it would take it to drain the battery.
    There's a simple mod to make the 12v switched. It involves a jumper in the fuse box from the line side of a switched fuse to the load side of the 12v plug's fuse. Bluetooth/Phone auto-connect with key insertion -- Finally!
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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    Quote Originally Posted by gnarfle View Post
    So for those of you with the bluetooth adapter, how long does it take to kill the battery? I bought a Kinovo bluetooth adapter for $35 and it works really well plugged into the aux jack, however I didn't realize the 12v power outlet is always on. I feel like remembering to unplug it every time is going to be annoying, but I also have no idea how much current it draws and how long it would take it to drain the battery.
    As gnarfle also pointed out - wire it to a switched 12v source. Mine is hardwired on a switched 12v line... so only draws power with the key on. It pulls such little power, I use the same wire as my amp 'turn-on' lead. I actually put my adapter in the frunk, near the amp.
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