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Fitting a new radio (DAB)

Discussion in 'Interior, ICE, Security, Lighting & Electrical' started by kiwiNCFC, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. kiwiNCFC

    kiwiNCFC

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    I am going to replace the standard renault clio 182 headunit with a better one as frankly it is rubbish.

    I want to have a DAB radio as I'm bored of just radio 1 and kiss fm. I was just asking really if they are easy to install? I see that halfords charge £30 to install a new radio but could I do it myself?

    Would it be just a plug and play job and will it need a fascia surround??

    This is the one I am getting

    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/..._productId_788105_langId_-1_categoryId_265865

    Thanks! :lolup:
     
  2. skinz

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    I would sooner recommend the sony dab700 unit instead (http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/..._productId_869325_langId_-1_categoryId_265865) - purely because the Philips comes with a crap rigid antenna which has a magnetic base and is designed to be roof mounted - looks crap.. whereas the Sony has a glass mounted aerial (there is also a Kenwood/KVC from Halfords with glass mounted ones iirc)

    No facia/wiring required unless looking to connect steering wheel controls - in which case I would recommend MTAUDIO

    I have fitted numerous digital radios in work and tbh there amount of extra stations and the reduction in their prices make them tempting - however it would take a DAB/Bluetooth unit to fully convince me - not many available that do both (only 1 in Halfords - Sonici). In regards to fitting cost I can't really comment due to my current employers :wink:, I would personally consider it pretty straight forward - however I have seen people struggle with simplier things :tongueout:
     
  3. kiwiNCFC

    kiwiNCFC

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    Thanks for your help mate! I think I will go for the Sony one then! I had a look at MTAUDIO steering wheel adaptors and they are around £40 so I think I will have to make do with just reaching my hand across to turn it up ha!

    I'm going to fit it myself but I read something about DINS. Does this affect the fitting of radios?
     
  4. skinz

    skinz

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    DIN is just the size of the stereo - you get single/double din - the standard clio stereo is single din so no facia adapters are required to fit an aftermarket single din
     
  5. kiwiNCFC

    kiwiNCFC

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    Cheers buddy!
     
  6. Sunglasses_Ron

    Sunglasses_Ron ClioSport Admin

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    Stalk control adaptor and patch lead about £25 ish on eBay. Got mine from there and work really well.
     

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