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

    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.

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

    My 2014 981 CS I bought in Feb 2015 with 2400 miles had a 1st owner installed Pioneer head unit with NAV and backup camera, and it was nice. Pioneer has a newer and better model now, but I can't tell you who offers the best one.
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    I put in a Kenwood DDX374BT. I picked it because it has touchscreen, a physical volume knob, Spotify integration and Wi-Fi sync for navigation.

    I've installed or helped with about a dozen head units in various cars, they're all about the same to install, and they all sound about the same. Pick based off the options you want.

    If I were to do it again I'd get a unit with android or Apple car connect ability. I didn't think I'd be bothered by not using google maps, but I am. Plus future proofing.

    A side note, the POR911S (or POR912B if you want black). Fascia kits are cheaper on Amazon than they are on ctutchfield or eBay.

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

    Amazing advice already! Thanks!

    tabrin, how easy is it to take out the factory radio and install an aftermarket unit? Same question for door speakers.

    I wasn't thinking I would need a GPS unit. But I don't want to regret not getting it down the road. Is there a GPS antenna that needs to be installed somewhere, or does the unit have a built-in antenna?

    The radios I've looked at didn't have Sirius compatibility. I've got a Sirius subscription with another vehicle, so I could switch it to the Cayman. Question: Where do most folks install the satellite antenna? Is it easy to route the wire?

    Thanks!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tabrin View Post
    POR911S (or POR912B if you want black)
    I've seen these front plates with the word "PORSCHE" written on the top, but I don't know who sells them. Any ideas where I could get one of those?

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    I've yet to see a din with a built in GPS. Usually there's a puck with a wire that leads to the radio. There's space under the dash to shove a GPS receiver into. The plastic won't block the signal. I haven't seen a sirius reciever before but I assume it's not too large and could fit there above the radio as well.

    Getting the stock radio out is a bitch, not going to lie. There's guides here on the forum as to how.

    I thought about getting sirius but couldn't justify the cost over Spotify. There's a deal now for a free reciever but the rep on the phone said with that there's no intro rate available.

    The fascia with the Porsche logo is like $250. The blank one is $25. Could get it stenciled or etched.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tabrin View Post
    Getting the stock radio out is a bitch, not going to lie. There's guides here on the forum as to how.
    Do you have a link? I've found a lot of threads about installing new head units, but none that have step-by-step DIY instructions for how to remove the factory radio.

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

    I replaced mine with a Pioneer as well. A 4200NEX with Sirius XM. Love it! Love it! I actually had read about what a pain it is to work with the OE stereo so I used Amazon's car stereo install service which was like around $100 and the guy came to my house. I bought the adapter kit off Ebay and the Stereo off Amazon although I didn't have to buy it from Amazon to use the install service. I had the non-bose setup so I didn't have to swing for that overpriced fiber optic cable. I also love the big touch screen and the fact that I can choose a wallpaper. Here's a night shot.
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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    Quote Originally Posted by snowlady View Post
    I replaced mine with a Pioneer as well. A 4200NEX with Sirius XM. Love it! Love it! I actually had read about what a pain it is to work with the OE stereo so I used Amazon's car stereo install service which was like around $100 and the guy came to my house. I bought the adapter kit off Ebay and the Stereo off Amazon although I didn't have to buy it from Amazon to use the install service. I had the non-bose setup so I didn't have to swing for that overpriced fiber optic cable. I also love the big touch screen and the fact that I can choose a wallpaper. Here's a night shot.
    What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?-2016-12-14-18-43-07-jpg
    Great info! I had no idea Amazon had car stereo installation available. For the $100.00 did the guy remove the stock radio and install the Pioneer, or just remove the stock radio? Where did you put the satellite antenna? Was running the antenna wire a pain or easy?

    Edit: Bummer, no amazon car stereo service in my area.

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

    Found the article discussing the removal of the factory radio. Doesn't look that difficult (I've said that before). I think I'll give it a try myself before having a pro do it.

    http://www.planet-9.com/reviews/elec...emoval-29.html

    Now I've got another concern: The car's functionality after installing an aftermarket radio. I've read on some threads that taking the OEM radio out and replacing it with aftermarket will limit some of the car's functions, specifically when the key is or is not in the ignition.

    Has anyone experienced the loss or change of certain car functions after installing an aftermarket radio? Where there fixes, or do you just deal with the change?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by black987 View Post
    Found the article discussing the removal of the factory radio. Doesn't look that difficult (I've said that before). I think I'll give it a try myself before having a pro do it.
    A couple years ago I temporarily removed the CDR24 to install a Tranzit Blu behind it. There are numerous articles and youtube videos on removing the radio - many time-consuming steps, but nothing particularly difficult (on the other hand, the radio in my wife's Tribute takes about 10 seconds to remove).
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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    Quote Originally Posted by black987 View Post
    Now I've got another concern: The car's functionality after installing an aftermarket radio. I've read on some threads that taking the OEM radio out and replacing it with aftermarket will limit some of the car's functions, specifically when the key is or is not in the ignition.

    Has anyone experienced the loss or change of certain car functions after installing an aftermarket radio? Where there fixes, or do you just deal with the change?
    Assuming you're replacing a CDR24 and not a PCM unit, the only difference you'll notice is the LED display in the center of the instrument cluster will no longer display the audio status (current station, MP3 tags, etc). Not a big deal. Kind of a silly feature since that info is also on the radio screen. I just set it to display TPMS or fuel mileage.
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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    I installed a Parrot Asteroid Smart about 3yrs ago which runs on an older version of Android (but with a limited app market). Even though it's become pretty outdated and I can't update it all anymore, the apps I need still work fine (i.e. Spotify, Waze, & Tunein). Since it's made by Parrot the Bluetooth works great. I did buy a little vent magnet for my iphone and sometimes I just run everything off that and Bluetooth into the stereo. Works great too if you're using the iphone for Waze and stereo for spotify. If I do decide to upgrade I think I will go with one of the units from Carjoying. I really like using Android over one of the name brand stereo's propriety software.....and the units are a lot cheaper.

    Since I have the Bose system in mine I went with the Euromotorspeed kit and did it all myself using articles I had seen on here. I have not had any problems.

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

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

    I have a 2006 987.1 with CDR24 and Bose.

    After doing a bunch of investigation, i realized that I just don't care enough to get into all of the necessary misery of dealing with Bose replacement.

    I use a Bluetooth adapter and my phone. I have a Garmin GPS near the driver's side A-pillar. My needs were met for $100. Yeah, it's kludgey, but it wasn't $1500, either.

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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
    That is a brilliant idea/system! Any photos of install and final product? Also, what amp did you get? Where did you put it?

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

    I'm in the same situation as there are so many options. Was considering Excelon DDX6903S but all the Amazon reviews mention a hissing sound when connected with Apple CarPlay so now the two leading candidates are Pioneer AVH-4200NEX or Sony XAV-AX100. 4200NEX seems popular and I like the simple look of the Sony with real knobs but being a single-DIN in the back installation requires some creativity according to Loi at Euro Motorspeed - going with their install kit to make it as plug-n-play as possible plus I've read so much about their great customer support.
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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    I'm holding out for the Alpine iLX-107 that was announced at CES. They claim it will ship on 2/24/17 and will be the first aftermarket unit that does wireless CarPlay. I think wireless CarPlay is about as good as it gets for those invested in the Apple ecosystem.

    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_500ILX...e-iLX-107.html

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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?
    This is a horrible picture of it, and it's missing the phone mount. My car is in mid-surgery at the moment, and I had to climb under some blankets to get the shot. I have some better pics on my computer at home, but won't be there until next week. There's a aftermarket radio delete kit that would accomplish the same (then just add phone mount). Otherwise there's a spray paint at home depot that almost matches the stock silver trim perfectly. The amp was a 5 channel from Rockford Fosgate, and it was installed in the frunk. You can buy an adapter that just plugs in to the stock wiring harness, then you only need to run the RCA's and signal wire.

    I'll be redoing this with a cleaner piece once the LS3 install is finished.
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    Re: What aftermarket brand and model # head unit did you install?

    Quote Originally Posted by jhall View Post
    I'm holding out for the Alpine iLX-107 that was announced at CES. They claim it will ship on 2/24/17 and will be the first aftermarket unit that does wireless CarPlay. I think wireless CarPlay is about as good as it gets for those invested in the Apple ecosystem.

    https://www.crutchfield.com/p_500ILX...e-iLX-107.html

    Jon
    Yeah, that looks very interesting...
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