This month I’ve decided to replace my stock Bose Symphony headunit with something a bit more up to date. I know it means I’ll have to ditch my Now That’s What I Call Music 24 cassette, but hey, it’s time to move on and get some next gen technology.
I started my search online so I could compare prices, specs, and ensure I got a unit that would meet my needs. After a bit of research I found the perfect double-DIN – the fantastic Alpine INE-W970BT.Fast forward 24 hours and it was on my desk, along with a double-DIN facia fitting kit and an Auto Leads wiring harness. Nice!
Next it was fitment time. The old unit was a right stubborn bastid to get out, but a few bent stereo keys and some strong language later and it was out.
It was then a straightforward bit of plug-and-play with the normal ‘mare of trying to fit a lot of wires in the limited space behind the unit. Job done.
I’ve owned a few double-DIN units in my time, but the Alpine INE-W970BT is easily the most impressive yet. The touch-screen display is so easy to navigate and works great with my iPhone. Whilst the Bluetooth connection for the hands free and audio streaming is super efficient and easy to set up.
Media wise, this bad boy can handle music and video playback from my iPhone/ iPod, USB sticks, and the DVD player can play DVD-Video/ CD/DivX/MP3/WMA/AAC which look amazing on the 6.1-inch WVGA screen.
Other functions include sat nav coverage of 46 European countries, with detailed maps and super-cool 3D landmarks, plus a shed-load of extras I’ve not even had a chance to play with yet. Amazing!
Alpine INE-W970BT double-DIN £699
Celsus double-DIN facia fitting kit £44.50
Autoleads PC 9-404 wiring harness kit £16