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Old 04-15-2019, 12:45 AM   #1
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Default New head unit advice

Good evening all.

I have a 2018, factory stereo, and I am looking to potentially upgrade, and I have just started to do some research, and was potentially looking at the alpine halo 9, or the iLX-107 (or something similar).

I would like something essentially as close to plug and play as possible, and would like to have everything that works now in my van, like the steering wheel controls, back up camera, usb,, etc to work as advertised. I know crutchfield has all the necessary components needed, but I thought I would ask the forums advice as to anyone who has done this; is this all I am needing?

Also, I was curious; I noticed most head units come with a microphone for hands free, does the oem microphone not attached directly?

any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

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Old 04-15-2019, 01:11 AM   #2
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Default Re: New head unit advice

Here's my take on replacing the OEM head unit. https://ridingroadsandtrails.com/201...tall-sprinter/

I ran the new mic along the A-pillar to the driver side visor shelf and Android Auto/Google works very well with it located there.
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Old 04-15-2019, 02:55 AM   #3
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Just did this on my 2018. Went with a Kenwood DDX9705s plus all JBL 6500c speakers using Heinís adapters for the fronts. Everything works like factory except song info is not displayed by the speedometer anymore. I did have to use the new mic as the existing didnít work. Ran it up the a pillar and back to the stock location. Also ran SiriusXM to the roof. Stock usb plug works (now with car play) plus have a 2nd usb. Backup camera is automatic. Steering wheels controls work. Went through Crutchfield.
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:58 PM   #4
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Just did this on my 2018. Went with a Kenwood DDX9705s plus all JBL 6500c speakers using Hein’s adapters for the fronts. Everything works like factory except song info is not displayed by the speedometer anymore. I did have to use the new mic as the existing didn’t work. Ran it up the a pillar and back to the stock location. Also ran SiriusXM to the roof. Stock usb plug works (now with car play) plus have a 2nd usb. Backup camera is automatic. Steering wheels controls work. Went through Crutchfield.

Looks great! Really appreciate the reply! Everything needed for the install, came thru crutchfield? nothing else needed?
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:58 PM   #5
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Old 04-15-2019, 03:04 PM   #6
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Looks great! Really appreciate the reply! Everything needed for the install, came thru crutchfield? nothing else needed?
Thanks! Other than normal tools and trim removal tools, the Crutchfield install kit came with everything. You can even pay $25 for them to wire the adapter for you if you don't want to take the time splicing wires together. Their instructions were ok- I did have to call them twice just for clarification on connecting wires. If you wanted to add larger speakers to the doors, you do need to purchase the adapters on ebay from Hein. Otherwise slightly smaller speakers will fit (as indicated on Crutchfield's website).

I like that huge 9" screen JFloFoto! Fills up the dash nicely.
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Old 04-15-2019, 03:20 PM   #7
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I have the Halo9 and it's been incredible after 27k miles and 9 months on the road. Google Maps+Waze+Podcasts, all with a big screen, and voice control?
Can't get the HDMI input to work, but otherwise it's been rock solid.
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I have the Halo9 and it's been incredible after 27k miles and 9 months on the road. Google Maps+Waze+Podcasts, all with a big screen, and voice control?
Can't get the HDMI input to work, but otherwise it's been rock solid.
Thanks! Thats what I have been looking at, really loving the look of it.
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:05 PM   #9
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I installed the iLX-107 Alpine with Echomaster turn signal cameras, have been an Alpine fan for a while and the OEM unit is an alpine. Also used a couple Alpine amps and component speakers to finish it off. But my build revolved around a 28" dropdown TV for the rear passengers. The iLX can also be paired with KAC-001 to control other electronics, but I found that it was redundant and I like switches more than controlling fog lights/winch through a head unit. Most crazy was adding the Alpine PXA-H800 with RUX-C800 controller mounted in lower DIN space with custom 3d printed spacer for a flush fit. With so many listening/viewing zones to try and level sound out, it took lots of trials.
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:51 PM   #10
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I also have the halo 9 and really like it.
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