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Inexpensive Head Unit with Carplay?

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Rocko9999, May 4, 2021.

  1. May 4, 2021 at 10:02 AM
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    Rocko9999

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    Anyone have a good rec for a head unit with Carplay?

    2014 SR5
     
  2. May 4, 2021 at 10:11 AM
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    Kenwood or Pioneer series. Which one specific depends on your budget. But both brands are decent
     
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    How about JVC? I thought kenwood and jvc combined to one company?
     
  4. May 4, 2021 at 10:28 AM
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    Echoing Kenwood & Pioneer. Both excellent.

    When figuring your budget, add $150 for I-datalink Maestro interface (and a radio that is compatible). Well worth the money. Retains not only steering wheel controls but also reads OBDII for tire pressure monitoring, diagnostics, adjust automatic door locks, dome lights, even heating controls and parking sensors (if equipped from factory)

    I have a Pioneer AVIC-8200NEX but it's a few years old now.
     
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  5. May 4, 2021 at 10:56 AM
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    Jvc is basically the same Kenwood. But it's more budget friendly, so i think jvc would have a bit less options and slightly less expensive hardware in it's units. Company wise they're the same.
     
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  6. May 4, 2021 at 11:03 AM
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    Thanks. Does that tie into the stock back up camera easily?
     
  7. May 4, 2021 at 11:17 AM
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    Absolutely, plug and play.. However the Idatalink Maestro is just the brains, you will also need vehicle specific harness HRN-RR-TO2 which is the part that powers up the camera and gives you an RCA output for your receiver.

    I'm not affiliated in any way to Crutchfield but if you buy your new radio through them, they will give a discount on installation parts. Also, Idatalink Maestro website will give you a pdf you can download that shows you all wire colors, what features you can expect to retain, etc.
     
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  8. May 4, 2021 at 11:22 AM
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    Thanks. I have used them before and while not the cheapest it was nice to have instructions and support.
     

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