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    after-market cayman stereo recommendations?

    Anybody have any good thoughts on a better stereo replacement that fits snug as a bug into the cayman.


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    There has been lots of discussion in this subforum on the topic, just search. The Pioneer AVIC line is a favorite. I will be personally installing the D3 shortly.

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    I've searched through the forums and found nothing so far...i would like a recommendation on just the basic stereo...no nav just a radio/cd mp3 player. I just want to remove the head unit and replace it and replace the spearkers with something better then what porsche offers. PI don't want to clutter up my dash with the Pioneer AVIC system since I will never use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saucerman View Post
    I've searched through the forums and found nothing so far...i would like a recommendation on just the basic stereo...no nav just a radio/cd mp3 player. I just want to remove the head unit and replace it and replace the spearkers with something better then what porsche offers. PI don't want to clutter up my dash with the Pioneer AVIC system since I will never use it.
    This is really difficult to do because the design trend with in-dash aftermarket stereos lately has been tons of buttons, which leads to a busy and complicated interface. Also you ideally want a double-din unit, so that you don't have one of those left-over storage slots that I think look bad. I'm partial to Pioneer Premier receivers, but Alpine ones are very nice too (but more buttons).

    This is a good unit, Pioneer FH-P800BT. It should be out any day now, other models with the same design but a few less features are available now.



    But honestly, if you're not concerned with more features like bluetooth, mp3 player, etc, just better sound... I highly suggest keeping the factory head-unit and separately tweaking the amplification and speakers.

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    suneet, thanks for the great advice....the pioneer is very nice looking but as you said I'll probably go the route of tweeking just the sound with better speakers and better amps.

    again thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by saucerman View Post
    suneet, thanks for the great advice....the pioneer is very nice looking but as you said I'll probably go the route of tweeking just the sound with better speakers and better amps.

    again thanks
    Was there a particular function you were looking for by replacing the head unit?
    Otherwise, stick with the speaker / amp replacement. A high end audio shop will be able to do it without taking away from the stock look. Below are a few pictures of my setup.

    -Door speakers have been replaces by Morel separates
    -Dash speakers are unplugged
    -8" JBL driver in trunk with custom enclosure
    -Boston Acoustic gt50 amp in front boot.
    -Stock PCM remains
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    Dan,
    I've got to say, that is a seriously good looking installation. You must be proud of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mankey View Post
    Dan,
    I've got to say, that is a seriously good looking installation. You must be proud of it.
    Thanks Mankey. I wish I could take credit for doing it myself, but that's not the case. I like that it looks stock. *It sounds pretty good too!
    Last edited by dreis44; 02-24-2008 at 12:58 PM. Reason: Spell check is GOOD.
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    Was there a particular function you were looking for by replacing the head unit?
    just better sound...love your setup Dan...love the look of keeping it stock...this is the way I'm going to go...now I just need to find a shop that will do it right....okay first I'll need my car which cannot get here soon enough - completion date march 20. I'm just getting my ducks all in a row first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saucerman View Post
    just better sound...love your setup Dan...love the look of keeping it stock...this is the way I'm going to go...now I just need to find a shop that will do it right....okay first I'll need my car which cannot get here soon enough - completion date march 20. I'm just getting my ducks all in a row first.
    Thanks Saucerman.
    I'm sure if you post your location someone here can point you in the right direction for a quality shop.
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    zone 2, where George Washington froze his butt cheeks off waiting for the British who never came....aka valley forge, pa

    so If any one knows of a good shop around my area please yell it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suneet View Post
    This is really difficult to do because the design trend with in-dash aftermarket stereos lately has been tons of buttons, which leads to a busy and complicated interface. Also you ideally want a double-din unit, so that you don't have one of those left-over storage slots that I think look bad. I'm partial to Pioneer Premier receivers, but Alpine ones are very nice too (but more buttons).

    This is a good unit, Pioneer FH-P800BT. It should be out any day now, other models with the same design but a few less features are available now.



    But honestly, if you're not concerned with more features like bluetooth, mp3 player, etc, just better sound... I highly suggest keeping the factory head-unit and separately tweaking the amplification and speakers.

    - Suneet
    That unit looks really nice for $350. I wonder if that is not a better solution than a Dension with the CDR-24. It will be totally intuitive control of an iPOD and either satellite radio provider. Do we think the e-bay bezel will work with that? I wonder how the black unit would look in the cayman dash?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradtaft View Post
    That unit looks really nice for $350. I wonder if that is not a better solution than a Dension with the CDR-24. It will be totally intuitive control of an iPOD and either satellite radio provider. Do we think the e-bay bezel will work with that? I wonder how the black unit would look in the cayman dash?

    Ebay bezel will work b\c its the standard double-din size. If you're adventurous you could mask the buttons and paint it gray...

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    Quote Originally Posted by suneet View Post
    Ebay bezel will work b\c its the standard double-din size. If you're adventurous you could mask the buttons and paint it gray...

    - Suneet
    Ok, this looks like the most attractive solution yet. I get an upgraded head unit that controls my sirius and my iPod, a bezel that is a very close match so the car still looks good, retain the little storage spot under the climate controls, and it's all going to come to about $800 including a sirius tuner. I'll run the iPOD cable to the glovebox? And put the sirius tuner where the CD changer should be?

    Glad I didn't go for the sound package plus or the Bose on my order. Now, I just need to convince myself to take apart my rattle-free interior on my new $48,000 car (it was a lean order, and a good price)! Anybody know a reliable shop in the bay area? If I bring them the parts, the install should only take them around an hour, I would think. Is it bad to be buying toys for the Cayman when it's not on the continent yet? Should land in San Diego on the 28th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradtaft View Post
    Ok, this looks like the most attractive solution yet. I get an upgraded head unit that controls my sirius and my iPod, a bezel that is a very close match so the car still looks good, retain the little storage spot under the climate controls, and it's all going to come to about $800 including a sirius tuner. I'll run the iPOD cable to the glovebox? And put the sirius tuner where the CD changer should be?
    To be honest with you... you can get a new AVIC D3 with the Sirius tuner and ipod cable and bluetooth module for under $800 on the Internet. Even crutchfield who sells their products at MSRP sells the D3X package (includes ipod cable and bluetooth) for $999 - $200 rebate and free XM tuner. Granted you'll have to still buy a Sirius tuner, but you could sell the XM and buy a Sirius, or go to a retail store and swap the items. If you want to avoid the rebate, buy the same package from etronics.com for $789 shipped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreis44 View Post
    Was there a particular function you were looking for by replacing the head unit?
    Otherwise, stick with the speaker / amp replacement. A high end audio shop will be able to do it without taking away from the stock look. Below are a few pictures of my setup.

    -Door speakers have been replaces by Morel separates
    -Dash speakers are unplugged
    -8" JBL driver in trunk with custom enclosure
    -Boston Acoustic gt50 amp in front boot.
    -Stock PCM remains
    Just posting to mark this for myself later.
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