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Car CD/MP3 Bluetooth Radio - £49.99 @ Aldi

Thermal Rider Avatar
5y, 5m agoFound 5 years, 5 months ago
Available in black or silver. from this Sunday.
This seems a decent spec. for the price and it has free 3yr warranty.

Full function Bluetooth car stereo
A2DP music streaming – transfer music wirelessly from mobile device
AM/FM RDS radio (30 preset stations)
Plays CD/CD-R/CD-RW/MP3/WMA music formats
Front Aux-In for iPod connection
USB input and SD card reader
Multicolour LCD display
Flip down detachable fascia
High power 4 x 40W


http://www.****.co.uk/news/Lates_News/45939_Bluetooth_Car_Stereo_35.html

Replace stars with q u e s h ^^

Looks like it is not "Fascin8" this time but rather "****" djonesuk
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#1
is the bluetooth bit so as mobile phone can be heard through the speakers?
#2
flatlander
is the bluetooth bit so as mobile phone can be heard through the speakers?


I assume so....it says in the blurb "Bluetooth allows safe hands free telephone connection"
#3
I bought one more than a year ago. The first one was broken and exchanged by Aldi. The second one was *great* - and still is.

I bought it for all the high tech, and really used all of it. The MP3 playing from USD was working, but fiddley to get working as I wanted it to. (I could not save a million songs to a USB drive and play playlists or all of 'em on random.) But the bluetooth A2DP works very nicely (Phone plays the music, and transfer the stereo audio to the radio) works like a dream. Using the phone as hands-free via the radio also works OK.
The Aux-in is also very nice.

So - I still think this is a bargain, and would have bought one again if I needed another one.
#4
flatlander
is the bluetooth bit so as mobile phone can be heard through the speakers?

A2DP music streaming – transfer music wirelessly from mobile device
#5
I am thinking of getting this to replace the Audi Chorus cassette radio that is in my A4.

Please can anyone advise if fitting would be straightforward?
My car has the Bose speaker system...Thanks


Edited By: Thermal Rider on Jun 17, 2011 14:30
#6
I have 6 speakers in my MINI, I presume this will be no good for it?
1 Like #7
Euch...looks every bit cheap and nasty that the price reflects.

I am a big car buff though, so would only buy the best :p
#8
Thermal Rider
I am thinking of getting this to replace the Audi Chorus cassette radio that is in my A4.

Please can anyone advise if fitting would be straightforward?
My car has the Bose speaker system...Thanks



Removing the radio from most cars is straight forward. It's just a case of getting the little metal tools (you may not get a set with this new radio) and pulling out the old one. Check Youtube for "how to" videos such as this one for an A3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMI3ktIPCcU
#9
Thermal Rider
I am thinking of getting this to replace the Audi Chorus cassette radio that is in my A4.

Please can anyone advise if fitting would be straightforward?
My car has the Bose speaker system...Thanks



Yeah its easy to fit this in. You will be able to do it your self.

Its a very good deal, voted HOT
#10
Not a bad spec on the face of things, but worth another £35 if you can afford, to get something like the below...

http://www.incar-emporium.com/product_info.php?currency=GBP&products_id=2645
#11
Anyone know if this unit has any pre-outs and if so how many?
3 Likes #12
Thermal Rider
I am thinking of getting this to replace the Audi Chorus cassette radio that is in my A4.

Please can anyone advise if fitting would be straightforward?
My car has the Bose speaker system...Thanks


Sorry but getting this to accompany your Bose speakers is a crime!
#13
jenks84
Euch...looks every bit cheap and nasty that the price reflects.

I am a big car buff though, so would only buy the best :p


From your avatar I'd have thought that you would be driving a Vauxhall, like Johhny Cash says, one piece at a time !! BTW I have a similar model of radio from Lidl the SD is limited to 2GB but the bluetooth is great apart from the sticky pad for the microphone being useless after the first sunny day and of course not being able to hear anything in my suzuki once I get over 50 mph.
#14
IMO not the nicest looking head unit. Could go for a much nicer head unit with all of those features for near enough the same price with higher wattage/branded.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchCmd?catalogId=10151&storeId=10001&categoryId=165474&langId=-1&action=listrefine&constraints=teq||Bluetooth+compatible||Yes||sor||Price||1
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alexmonkeychops
Thermal Rider
I am thinking of getting this to replace the Audi Chorus cassette radio that is in my A4.

Please can anyone advise if fitting would be straightforward?
My car has the Bose speaker system...Thanks


Sorry but getting this to accompany your Bose speakers is a crime!

Yes, definitely get some better speakers!
'I hear no highs, I feel no lows...'
#16
pd040153
radio from Lidl the SD is limited to 2GB

I've got (I think) the same model and a 32GB SD card works fine in it. Very happy with it, apart from the size of the buttons. The spec was a bargain and so is this.
#17
pd040153
jenks84
Euch...looks every bit cheap and nasty that the price reflects.

I am a big car buff though, so would only buy the best :p


From your avatar I'd have thought that you would be driving a Vauxhall, like Johhny Cash says, one piece at a time !! BTW I have a similar model of radio from Lidl the SD is limited to 2GB but the bluetooth is great apart from the sticky pad for the microphone being useless after the first sunny day and of course not being able to hear anything in my suzuki once I get over 50 mph.


Haha...nope im all about the MG ZR ;)
#18
pulsex0r - Jun 17, 2011 15:26
IMO not the nicest looking head unit. Could go for a much nicer head unit with all of those features for near enough the same price with higher wattage/branded.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchCmd?catalogId=10151&storeId=10001&categoryId=165474&langId=-1&action=listrefine&constraints=teq||Bluetooth+compatible||Yes||sor||Price||1
Agree looks loads better but no usb? (_;)
#19
Thermal Rider
I am thinking of getting this to replace the Audi Chorus cassette radio that is in my A4.

Please can anyone advise if fitting would be straightforward?
My car has the Bose speaker system...Thanks



I'm pretty sure this won't plug and play with the Audi setup - particularly as there may be amplifiers external to the head unit itself in your car.

I think the best option would be to get an alternative input adaptor for the Chorus and use it with the system you have.

Another thing to be careful of when adding aftermarket audio gear to VW/Audi cars is that some cars use a spare pin on the ISO block (the wiring to the radio) for communication between the car and audio equipment - when fitting an aftermarket radio it's possible to short this pin to 12v which may cause issues if you need a diagnostics readout at a dealership - they have been known to refuse to scan cars with aftermarket audio equipment in.

Read more here http://www.ross-tech.com/vag-com/aftermarket-radio.html

Hope that's of some help to VW/Audi/Seat/Skoda owners
#20
If you play around with the website (Even though Halford's charge ridiculous amounts for most of their stock) you will be able to find a decent head unit with what features you want. Coupled with the fact they have a 15% discount on car audio might be a good investment.
#21
pulsex0r
IMO not the nicest looking head unit. Could go for a much nicer head unit with all of those features for near enough the same price with higher wattage/branded.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchCmd?catalogId=10151&storeId=10001&categoryId=165474&langId=-1&action=listrefine&constraints=teq||Bluetooth+compatible||Yes||sor||Price||1


Also needs an adaptor for Bluetooth!

"Bluetooth Ready for hands free calling & music streaming requires the optional KS-BTA100 adaptor"
#22
Heat added. Got the £40 version from Aldi without bluetooth. After getting the removal keys for my VW Polo's radio and an antenna converter, fitting was a doddle. Works fine, advanced features for the price, and whilst it does look slightly tacky it's probably all from the same factory in China anyway...
#23
andymagic
Thermal Rider
I am thinking of getting this to replace the Audi Chorus cassette radio that is in my A4.

Please can anyone advise if fitting would be straightforward?
My car has the Bose speaker system...Thanks



I'm pretty sure this won't plug and play with the Audi setup - particularly as there may be amplifiers external to the head unit itself in your car.

I think the best option would be to get an alternative input adaptor for the Chorus and use it with the system you have.

Another thing to be careful of when adding aftermarket audio gear to VW/Audi cars is that some cars use a spare pin on the ISO block (the wiring to the radio) for communication between the car and audio equipment - when fitting an aftermarket radio it's possible to short this pin to 12v which may cause issues if you need a diagnostics readout at a dealership - they have been known to refuse to scan cars with aftermarket audio equipment in.

Read more here http://www.ross-tech.com/vag-com/aftermarket-radio.html

Hope that's of some help to VW/Audi/Seat/Skoda owners

Thanks Andymagic, my car does have an external amplifier to my Chorus radio/cassette head unit.I think I need to be careful here. It may be better to replace mine with an Audi Concert radio/CD from Ebay I am now thinking.
#24
good price, but I assume no dimming at night and I would lose the steering wheel controls.
#25
http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_770517_langId_-1_categoryId_237503#dtab

Decent alternative, is around £67.00 after discount! Surely worth the extra money for a branded item, better sound quality.
#26
pulsex0r
If you play around with the website (Even though Halford's charge ridiculous amounts for most of their stock) you will be able to find a decent head unit with what features you want. Coupled with the fact they have a 15% discount on car audio might be a good investment.

Ok. I played around and this is the nearest I could get - Sendai CD988BT Bluetooth CD Radio

Still nearly £20 more and with less warranty

Edited By: Loopijuce on Jun 17, 2011 16:19
#27
It's a matter of personal preference at the end of the day - I'd spend a little bit extra for a branded unit with clearer sound and nicer display. Also, while it's nice having a lot of features on a head unit (AUX, bluetooth, UXB) Which ones are you actually going to use? you should focus around that!
#28
I was comparing 'like for like' (in terms of features; AUX, bluetooth, usb & SD). You may well be right about sound quality. Obviously this is the biggy, but without a demo it's anyones guess.
#29
Hi,

Can anyone adivce me if this would be suitable for a Ford Focus 07 Plate?

Thank you x
#30
pulsex0r
It's a matter of personal preference at the end of the day - I'd spend a little bit extra for a branded unit with clearer sound and nicer display. Also, while it's nice having a lot of features on a head unit (AUX, bluetooth, UXB) Which ones are you actually going to use? you should focus around that!

My android phone has 8GB of music on it. This means I have a huge selection at my disposal via bluetooth every time I am in the car.

When I drive my wife's car, on the other hand, if I don't remember to pick up some CD's on the way out - and who has the time for that all the while - I'm stuck with the same six that are in there already.

I could never go back to a non-MP3 compliant stereo now. In fact I wouldn't be bothered if my next one couldn't play CD's.
#31
Thermal Rider

Thanks Andymagic, my car does have an external amplifier to my Chorus radio/cassette head unit.I think I need to be careful here. It may be better to replace mine with an Audi Concert radio/CD from Ebay I am now thinking.


I'm not 100% on this, but some VW/Audi radios can be coded (The Gamma in my Golf can - not as in PIN codes to unlock) to have different options, such as front speakers only, rear speakers, different car setups (A4/A6 etc) as they have different acoustic properties, it might be worth getting a Concert from the same type of car (A4 estate for instance) just to be on the safe side, along with the security code.
#32
I bought one of these 2nd hand off eBay almost a year ago. It's in my shabby old Polo and looks nasty with it's silly multicoloured display, but it does the job. Cheaper than a £60 fine and 3 points!
#33
chloe02
Hi,Can anyone adivce me if this would be suitable for a Ford Focus 07 Plate?Thank you x

It'll fit in any car just like most aftermarket stereos. You might need to get an ISO adapter and a fascia adapter but these are widely available on eBay and cheap. Just prise out your old one and unplug it. You'll work out the rest. It won't work with your steering remote though, if you want one that does you'll have to buy a decent make and another adaptor. It's all dead easy though, don't be scared to have a go.
#34
It looks gash

would be alright if you have a car you needed to sell but it has no CD player/you want to take your existing one out for your new car
#35
i had a very similar INPHASE one from ebuyer a few years ago but without the bluetooth, paid about 60 quid for it and was very happy with it. Played all my files which i have on sd cards, after 2 yrs one of the speaker outputs stopped working, but you get what you pay for, you'd be paying double this price for a similar specced sony or kenwood which still only come with a 1 yr warranty.
Think i'll get one myself, worth the money IMO, and 3yr warranty bonus.
#36
I remember buying an Aldi stereo as my first ever stereo!

What an awesome stereo it was!
#37
DM24
Not a bad spec on the face of things, but worth another £35 if you can afford, to get something like the below...http://www.incar-emporium.com/product_info.php?currency=GBP&products_id=2645
So you'd pay another £35 to get a unit that DOESN'T play SD cards?
Why not just make a point of NOT using one of the radio's BEST features and save £35?

< Walks out of room muttering.................oO
#38
I bought one very similar from Aldi over 3 years ago and the display had just gone so may replace it with this. Bluetooth works very well for hands-free and music. Sound quality and equaliser settings ok - you do get what you pay for but anything more expensive would be wasted in my car!
#39
thanks was looking for this
#40
Would anyone really put this in their car
Halfords have a JVC KD-R321 CD/MP3 Player Cat code: 260740-0 for £50.99

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