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    DAB in car adapter

    Found myself a decent 2011 Honda CRV (see previous thread) but I like my DAB radio.

    An in car adapter should do it as the original unit has sat nav, reversing camera, phone etc so I don't want a complete replacement.

    Are the adapters easy to fit or should I get Halfords to do it?

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    Alpine/ pure highway ones are pretty good
    It really depends on you abilities - ever fitted in car radio before?
    If your care has aux in its pretty simple
    Obviously you’ll need a dab aerial attached to maybe the windscreen
    I replaced the whole unit in my fiesta for one with dab and nav - slightly more complicated but there were a few guides
    I presume you car definitely doesn’t have dab- maybe the dab aerial is somewhere hidden - mine was
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    Thanks Lewie

    No I've never done any fitting. I'll pop in to Halfords and see what they say
    Quote Originally Posted by lewie View Post
    Alpine/ pure highway ones are pretty good
    It really depends on you abilities - ever fitted in car radio before?
    If your care has aux in its pretty simple
    Obviously you’ll need a dab aerial attached to maybe the windscreen
    I replaced the whole unit in my fiesta for one with dab and nav - slightly more complicated but there were a few guides
    I presume you car definitely doesn’t have dab- maybe the dab aerial is somewhere hidden - mine was
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    I have a Golf mk5 with standard CD but no Bluetooth to connect my phone. I visited Halfords who said I cannot add an auxiliary adapter with 3.5mm jack and I should buy a new stereo.

    I contacted a local fitter who confirmed what is needed and he will fit it in. All done professionally and approx 90 all in.

    Halfords can be a hit and miss. I would advise contacting a local fitter.

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    Or if you can connect your phone you could use an app like Tune In to play the stations you want.
    My car doesnt have DAB but I can connect my phone and can get pretty much any station that way.

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    Id forget Halfords
    The install looks very simple
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kTnwHXlVYE

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    Quote Originally Posted by bambam View Post
    Or if you can connect your phone you could use an app like Tune In to play the stations you want.
    My car doesnt have DAB but I can connect my phone and can get pretty much any station that way.
    I do the same, mostly BBC sounds using Bluetooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noaksey View Post
    I'll pop in to Halfords and see what they say
    I would also avoid the unskilled, barely trained yoot in Halfords.

    Find your local, independent car hi-fi specialist. They will sort you out.

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    The Pure adapters are relatively easy to fit, have good DAB reception with the stick on window aerial, and add (basic) hands free phone.

    Get a KTC-500DAB if you can find one - re-badged Pure item at a much lower price.

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    Refurbished pure 600s are just over 50 on eBay

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewie View Post
    Id forget Halfords
    The install looks very simple
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kTnwHXlVYE
    Thanks that looks easy enough. I'll give it a go

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogthrob View Post
    The Pure adapters are relatively easy to fit, have good DAB reception with the stick on window aerial, and add (basic) hands free phone.

    Get a KTC-500DAB if you can find one - re-badged Pure item at a much lower price.
    Thanks, had a look can't see any anywhere bar one in Germany on the Bay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noaksey View Post
    Thanks, had a look can't see any anywhere bar one in Germany on the Bay

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    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/195073812...mis&media=COPY

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    I use one of these:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...0?ie=UTF8&th=1

    Great VFM, I've got it paired with my iPhone and it works really well.

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    I've fitted the original Alpine Ezi-DAB into a couple of cars and it has been brilliant. Neat installation with everything hidden away



    Made by Pure -same as the Highway 300Di but with selectable illumination colours (so I could almost match to the Skoda green rather than Pure's orange). I'm sure the later Pure units (or Alpine equivalent https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/114253910...gAAOSwN1Ne32lJ) are just as good.

    Smaller, plug in DAB options may be ok in some areas, but DAB does seem to be very sensitive to signal strength so for me a proper wired in solution does work best.

    However... an alternative that might be worth considering, especially as mobile contracts with big data plans are quite common these days, is simply streaming channels from a phone. Worth looking at this regarding data usage https://www.coolsmartphone.com/2020/...eally-consume/

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    Thanks everyone

    My local independent has said they don't do DAB modules and would replace the whole unit with a new Pioneer system cost 680

    I'll give the Highway 600 a go

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    I have a spare Pure Highway DAB if you're interested - no use in the Caterham...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunner View Post
    I have a spare Pure Highway DAB if you're interested - no use in the Caterham...
    If the OP doesnt take you up on the offer then please let me know as I'm just about to try the Alpine unit off eBay..

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunner View Post
    I have a spare Pure Highway DAB if you're interested - no use in the Caterham...
    Thanks I'm sorted now

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunner View Post
    I have a spare Pure Highway DAB if you're interested - no use in the Caterham...
    Is this still available?, l'd be very interested if it's not yet been taken.
    Cheers
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