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      08-29-2012, 06:06 AM   #1
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NEW! Fully Integrated DAB retrofit for 299

The email copied below popped into my Inbox and is just what some of us have wanted to see from BMW.



FULLY INTEGRATED DAB
DIGITAL RADIO 299.
SOUND GOOD?


Delivering access to a wide variety of radio stations, the BMW DAB Digital Radio is yours for a one-off cost of just 299 that includes all fitting and labour and a full three-year warranty.

The system works through your existing radio head unit with a small aerial that is fitted discreetly to the inside of the windscreen, and you'll soon be singing the praises of the handy wireless remote control that can be mounted to the dashboard allowing you to change through the stations seamlessly.

Pin-sharp audio clarity
Access to a wide variety of radio stations
Seamless integration
Handy wireless remote control
Three-year warranty
All for just 299 including fitting

To find out more call us on 01926 333888 or email bookingswarwick@rybrookbmw.co.uk

Rybrook Warwick
Heathcote Lane
Warwick
Warwickshire CV34 6SP
www.rybrookwarwick.co.uk

Terms and Conditions: Suitable for BMW cars from 1998 production onwards with RDS text function (please check availability with your dealer). To check coverage in your local area please visit www.ukdigitalradio.com/coverage/postcodesearch. Excludes Channel Islands.


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How is this "fully integrated" if it comes with a "handy wireless remote control"? Isnt it controlled thru the iDrive if its fully integrated?

Or am I missing something here
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How is this "fully integrated" if it comes with a "handy wireless remote control"? Isnt it controlled thru the iDrive if its fully integrated?

Or am I missing something here
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There's also mention of an additional aerial by the windscreen.
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I have DAB on my F20 and in addition to the sharkfin aerial, it has another antenna on the rear windscreen to improve reception. My impression is this new DAB retrofit uses a window antenna (so they dont touch the sharkfin aerial + gives it a wider base to improve reception).

The remote is in addition to iDrive operation. On the F07 / F01 you get an extra remote for rear seat operation of the iDrive if you so wish.
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Great info!

Wish I could find someone that does this in Sweden.

Regret not getting DAB so much. Got the harman/kardon option but with FM radio stations it sounds like shit. And its a pain having to always dock the iphone and start the BMW Connected App in order to listen to web radio...
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Interesting development on this subject

Contributor SunnyUK dug out this interesting press release suggesting this integrated DAB unit is a commercially available product called AutoDAB from Connect2.

http://www.getdigitalradio.com/dab-news/view/374

While advertised as 299 fully fitted by BMW dealers, it is available online from Halfords for 149 plus 30 for fitting in select Halford Centres. This takes one hour

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...Id_265865#tab1

This is for an AutoDAB unit with vehicle specific wiring harness with required connector for the I drive as well.

Customer review is positive: good quality sound and operation, seamless integration, use through existing steering controls and voice prompt, but the window patch antenna on passenger side not invisible.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...Id_265865#tab3

I specked my F20 with DAB and thoroughly recommend it. But if you are a radio/music enthusiast and miss it, or have a HK/hifi upgrade, you may wish to consider this.
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I can't speak for the product itself but I had a Connect2 adapter fitted to my MkV Golf some years ago for my MP3 player and the quality was good. Oddly enough it was my local Halfords that fitted it and the fitter took his time as the Golf had quite a complex dash to take apart to pull the head unit out of. the labour charge was far more than 30 per hour - probably more like double that - and the work was carried out in the car park.
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Halfords quote 30 fitting charge online when booked with the 149 AutoDAB for BMW unit.
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