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Old 04-01-2022, 01:57 PM   #1
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Default Radio head unit recommendations?

I'm looking to replace the stock radio. Wondering if folks have recommendations? I'm looking for something (double din) that can support a back-up camera and also good bluetooth connections (one Sony I was looking at had complaints about having difficulties getting the phone to connect). Sound quality, of course is also important. Thanks!
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Old 04-02-2022, 05:35 AM   #2
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I've been happy with Pioneer. I'm not sure what size unit will fit in your RV. I really like buying from Crutchfield - they know the products well and give you free, excellent support for the life of the unit.
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Mine has a Kenwood 'DDX9704', with which I'm quite unhappy. I'd love to replace it someday.
  • Glare
  • Irrational user interface
  • Doesn't automatically adjust volume base on background noise
  • Doesn't have a volume knob, so to adjust the volume one has to repeatedly push a tiny button while driving down the road.

As far as sound quality, it's hard to say. My van has enough wind and road noise enough that it's pretty much impossible to tell while driving.

So for me, anything but Kenwood, as long as it has a volume knob and mute button.
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If you have an iPhone make sure it has Bluetooth and car play.
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I've been happy with this unit.
Limited-time deal: [New] ATOTO A6 PF Android Double-DIN Car Stereo, CarPlay & Android Auto, 7 Inch Touch Screen in-Dash GPS Navigation, Dual Bluetooth, WiFi/BT/USB Tethering Internet, HD LRV, 2G+32GB, A6G2A7PF https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B3T59TX...ing=UTF8&psc=1
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I am going to, later on, get one that has a screen that retracts in for my truck. Want it mainly for backing up.
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I've been happy with Pioneer. I'm not sure what size unit will fit in your RV. I really like buying from Crutchfield - they know the products well and give you free, excellent support for the life of the unit.
Ditto for Crutchfield. They've been doing it the right way since 1974.
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We got the Sony for Apple car play and are happy with it. Added backup camera and works well.
Ha! @Michael -I asked if there were any “knob” models and was told none but retro devices! Glad someone else doesn’t like the tiny buttons!
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Thanks for the info.
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Mine has a Kenwood 'DDX9704', with which I'm quite unhappy. I'd love to replace it someday.
  • Glare
  • Irrational user interface
  • Doesn't automatically adjust volume base on background noise
  • Doesn't have a volume knob, so to adjust the volume one has to repeatedly push a tiny button while driving down the road.

As far as sound quality, it's hard to say. My van has enough wind and road noise enough that it's pretty much impossible to tell while driving.

So for me, anything but Kenwood, as long as it has a volume knob and mute button.
I have a Kenwood DMX7706s and pretty much agree with the above, except no real issues with glare.

Biggest downer is that Android Auto keeps disconnecting constantly, so not usable as a Google Maps screen.
The UI is very in-intuitive (is this a word?). Takes forever to figure out how to do something, and is difficult to remember. Several layered setup screens, inconsistency, secondary screens, etc. Yet feels limited in some ways.

On the plus side, it plays movies from USB sticks. Not that one would confuse it with a movie experience. More of a "hey, look at that".
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Another ditto for Crutchfield. I have a Pioneer unit that I got from them almost 3 years ago. It’s no longer available but similar units are. It’s got CarPlay and android auto and a built in nav system, supports the back up camera, sound is great. Things I would choose if I were to replace it are a bigger screen (7 or even 10”) and a volume knob or at least a simple mute/stereo off button. I’m not sure if I would pay for the built in nav, Google maps, etc. are so good and automatically updated that it’s hard to justify.
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I installed a Sony XAV-AX7000. WAY overpriced for what you get - I regret buying it.

I ended up also getting a dedicated GPS navigator - something way beyond Google Maps on the stereo. I went with a Garmin RV-890 and I like it quite a lot.

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I asked if there were any “knob” models and was told none but retro devices! Glad someone else doesn’t like the tiny buttons!
I also wanted knobs - many people do. The Sony XAV-AX100 has a volume knob. It's discontinued, but you may still be able to buy this new-in-the-box somewhere online.
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If you go to Crutchfield and use their selection wizard, a volume knob is an option and there are quite a few radios with them.
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Hi Team,

I went with a less expensive route. The Boss products are significantly less expensive than the main line brands and I found a 10" floating screen that fits in and covers my double din space (with a black-out kit). This thing has a decent amplifier in it and I use it exclusively with apple car play. The 10" touch screen is a total upgrade and looks great. I think the head unit was like 350$.

Just something ng to consider!

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I recently installed a Jensen CAR710X in my 2011 C210P and pleased with it so far. Got it from Crutchfield. The only problem was figuring out the wiring since Roadtrek changed some of the wiring colors when installing the Eclipse. Has Apple & Android play.
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Another vote for Crutchfield. I am installing a Boss unit in my 2007 Econoline rig right now. I had a question about one of the back-up camera wires. I called the help number mid morning on Saturday and a tech picked up the phone right away and answered my question right away.
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Hi Team,

I went with a less expensive route. The Boss products are significantly less expensive than the main line brands and I found a 10" floating screen that fits in and covers my double din space (with a black-out kit). This thing has a decent amplifier in it and I use it exclusively with apple car play. The 10" touch screen is a total upgrade and looks great. I think the head unit was like 350$.

Just something ng to consider!

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I was looking at that unit for my 1998 Popular. It's on the Dodge platform with an annoying DIN and a half opening. it looks like there's room to fit a double DIN, but no one seems to make templates to fit one, so I'm stuck with a single DIN. I'm a little worried about the floating screen interfering with the column-mounted gear selector. Can you please tell me how much it protrudes from the dash? I have about 3.5" of clearance when the selector is in Drive. I can maybe slide it to the right and tilt it towards the driver to give a little more room.
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Anachr0n,

If you have 3.5in of clearance you may be able to make it work. I did not measure it but here are some profile pics that may help.
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If you have 3.5in of clearance you may be able to make it work. I did not measure it but here are some profile pics that may help.
Thanks for the pics @Liv4Truth. I think it'll fit. I might bump it if I'm wearing ski gloves, but that'll be a rare event.
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