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Old 04-18-2018, 07:25 PM
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Looking for recommendations

I'm looking to upgrade my stock radio/speakers. I have a 2012 JKU with the "upgraded" infinity system with sub. I also have UConnect. I was looking for a new Navigation Receiver with DVD/CD etc. What are some recommended units that are compatible?

I don't need the best of the best, looking to stay in the $700 range. While I make the switch, I'd also like to upgrade the speakers, thinking maybe Polk. Any speaker recommendations?

If you need more into, let me know. Thanks in advance for the help.

EDIT: Higher price range

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Old 04-19-2018, 07:14 AM   #2
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The most popular head unit in that price range seems to be the Pioneer AVIC-4200NEX or it's predecessor the AVIC-4100NEX. Both support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, have a DVD drive, can accept a SD card for music, and support the iDataLink Maestro module which is the easiest way to integrate things like steering wheel controls. While it does not have an internal GPS it will allow you to use the navigation from your cellphone on it's display.

I've been using the Pioneer AVIC-7100NEX, which DOES have internal GPS, for a couple years now and it's worked flawlessly. You might be able to find a used one for a reasonable price.

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So I spoke with a shop today and decided it's probably better to up my price range some. You get what up pay for and I shouldn't buy on a budget with this upgrade. So on that note...

I was looking into the Pioneer AVIC-5201NEX. Looks to be a good best bang for your buck receiver. Anyone using this unit? Pros/Cons?
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Pioneer seems to be the go-to brand for a lot of people on the Jeep forums I frequent. I think 5201NEX is the the replacement for the 4200 series.

Depending on your market, it might be worth the extra $30 to jump up to the 6200NEX which would add HD Radio support if that's something you're at all interested in. Also, be advised that neither of these units support Android Auto for some reason. You have to jump up to the $800 units for that.

Since you mention you have the uConnect I'm going to assume that means you also have the steering wheel controls. If so, make sure to budget for the iDataLink Maestro. The Maestro is an interface module that goes between the head unit and the Jeeps CANBUS. It allows you to retain things like your steering wheel controls and USB ports.

If you're not dead set on Pioneer you might also consider the Kenwood DNX893S at $599.99. It includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, and navigation.
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I'm definitely not set on Pioneer, it was recommended at the shop since they are an authorized dealer of Pioneer. I do have an Android and would like it to be compatible with my phone without extra equipment. I also would like to keep my steering wheel control functions.

I'm visiting another shop today who is a Kenwood Authorized Dealer. I was looking at the DNX893S, it has a larger screen and like you said, includes Android Auto which may be a better fit for me. So I'm guessing I would not need the extra hardware like I would with the Pioneer?
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If you're referring to the iDataLink Maestro unit, you'll need that regardless of which aftermarket head unit you use. The Maestro acts as a translator and bridge between the vehicles native CANBUS language and the aftermarket head unit allowing you to retain things like steering wheel controls. You can pick one up either at the shop who does your install, or off Amazon. You might be able to get away without using the Maestro depending on the head unit, but I highly recommend one just to keep things simple. It's a pretty powerful thing and is entirely programmable.

As for the Kenwood unit, I have never had a bad experience with a Kenwood product. I chose the Pioneer because of some additional functionality it has (AppRadio) that I'm going to be using on another project soon. Audio quality wise the Kenwood will be every bit as good as the Pioneer. It also uses Garmin based navigation if that's a selling feature for you.
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Well I ended up pulling the trigger on the Pioneer AVH-2330NEX. Also picked up the iDataLink Maestro since I wanted to keep my steering wheel controls. After talking to the shop, I felt I did not need the Nav program and using my phone would be just fine with Google Maps. Plus, the price difference is big when jumping to a unit with the Nav build in. This unit has exactly what I need and what I'm looking for. It gets installed next week so I'm pumped.
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PERFECT! Looking at that, it's pretty close to the 4100NEX. I'm glad you were able to find something with Android Auto built in. I think you'll be very happy with that.

That radio also supports AppRadio mode so I recommend looking into that. Particularly an app called AppRadio Unchained Reloaded. It will let you mirror your phone on the Pioneer display. I'm currently working on a project right now using that very thing.
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Thanks for the info Skippman. I'll look into that app. I'm sure there will be a learning curve when I get this installed next week lol
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The NEX with app radio unchained works great. If you have a Samsung phone that has a MHL port, it's easy, if you have a USB C phone like a S8, then there is an adapter to convert it to HDMI.

I have all the pieces to do the conversion, if you need that info, let me know.

Ran mine that way until I fried the Pioneer and went Android.
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The NEX with app radio unchained works great. If you have a Samsung phone that has a MHL port, it's easy, if you have a USB C phone like a S8, then there is an adapter to convert it to HDMI.

I have all the pieces to do the conversion, if you need that info, let me know.

Ran mine that way until I fried the Pioneer and went Android.
Which MHL adapter did you end up getting? Right now my plan is to use an old S4 with a cracked screen as the "brain." I'd considered using one of those Android set top boxes (I own two nVidia Shields) but realized waiting for them to boot each time I fired up the Jeep would be annoying. If I use a cellphone, it's got a battery and I can leave it in standby mode when the vehicles off.
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This was the MHL cable I bought.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
For a newer Samsung without MHL, you need this:
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
USB C Extension cable
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (Length is up to the individual
An HDMI cable
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
12V USB power plug
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
This cable to have a female charging port as the module was buried under the dash.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Dang, that MHL adapter isn't sold anymore. I guess I'll pick one up that's similar and hope for the best.
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Dang, that MHL adapter isn't sold anymore. I guess I'll pick one up that's similar and hope for the best.
I got 2 that I'm probably never going to use again. I don't remember what I paid for it but if you want one, I'm sure we can work something out.

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