Philips iPhone/USB/DAB Car Stereo with free Philips CAB50 (DAB) adaptor £69 @ Halfords
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Philips iPhone/USB/DAB Car Stereo with free Philips CAB50 (DAB) adaptor £69 @ Halfords

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Found 20th Jun 2014
Philips CE139DR iPhone/USB/DAB Car Audio System

*Free Philips CAB50 Digital Radio adaptor when you buy the Philips CE139DR*

The Philips CE139DR Car Audio System offers you superior sound with dynamic bass boost that electronically enhances the low tones. It has 4 x 50W amplifiers for quality and a 2-band parametric equaliser with 8 presets. The CE139DR allows you to listen to music from your iPhone, iPod and USB. The mech-less unit does not require a CD player to offer full enertainment, instead simply connect your MP3 player or mobile phone to easily access all of your tunes.
Features & Benefits of the Philips CE139DR Car Audio System

Dual USB for front and rear connectivity
USB playback for iPhone/MP3/WMA tracks
Made for iPhone/iPod
4 x 50W maximum power output
2-Band parametric equaliser, 8 presets and dynamic bass boost
Front mounted 3.5mm aux input
RDS radio with 18FM & 12Am stations
DAB with Free Philips CAB50 adaptor

'' Philips Digital Radio Adaptor Spec''
The Philips Digital Radio Adaptor, works wonders with the CE139DR or CE153DR stereos allowing you to get all the benefits of DAB Digital radio, including more choice, great sound and easy tuning.
Philips Digital Radio Extra Info

Support for both DAB and DAB+ broadcasting
Support for both active and passive DAB antennas
Works with all Philips DAB/DAB+ ready units
Automatically switches to FM if signal is weak
Easy installation

37 Comments

Original Poster

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The Adapter

DAB would love that in my car

If this could be used with steering wheel controls I would have had this

jw021979

If this could be used with steering wheel controls I would have had this



It can, get an Autoleads Adaptor, which will allow steering controls. Costs £40+ usually but definitely worth it.

tpol

It can, get an Autoleads Adaptor, which will allow steering controls. … It can, get an Autoleads Adaptor, which will allow steering controls. Costs £40+ usually but definitely worth it.



Just double checked the user manual and it appears it does have support for steering controls. May get this.

I've bought it, can't find anything for steering wheel controls, what's this lead you speak of?

Halfords list the radio and dab adapter as separate fitting costs. Anyone know if you just pay the one fitting fee of £29.99 for both?? Otherwise cold.

SuperEd

Wavod

Halfords list the radio and dab adapter as separate fitting costs. Anyone … Halfords list the radio and dab adapter as separate fitting costs. Anyone know if you just pay the one fitting fee of £29.99 for both?? Otherwise cold.



Not sure why it would be cold? It's a good price for both and i fitted it myself within 20 mins and pretty simple to do.

All I need is the car to go with this!

DAB is excellent in car, but I would ignore the crap Halfords sells in terms of aerials and get a proper replacement roof one. They're pricy, but the signal is excellent and you'll never need to change it!

No cd player cold from me

Does this connect to your iphone wirelessly or via a lead? (Please excuse my ignorance)

stringsonfire

DAB is excellent in car, but I would ignore the crap Halfords sells in … DAB is excellent in car, but I would ignore the crap Halfords sells in terms of aerials and get a proper replacement roof one. They're pricy, but the signal is excellent and you'll never need to change it!



I would "partially" agree, a roof mounted aerial is the best option for optimum reception, however it is the most disruptive of options.

Either you have to drill a hole through the roof, or have the lead feed down to some access point such as a passenger door and fed around the car as tidily as possible and behind the dashboard.

The best compromise (and it only really is a compromise with weaker DAB stations) is to get an external window mount.

Clean windscreen exterior with alcohol wipe, affix outer mount and apply waterproof sealant around the edge (ours has been installed for 4 years and sealant is still going strong), screw in removable aerial (can be unscrewed easily if you find yourself in a dodgy high crime area)

Clean windscreen interior with alcohol wipe, affix inner mount which "sandwiches" the glass, affix DAB aerial lead, feed lead down through side trim of the windscreen and behind dashboard into the back of the radio.

A lot of people are under the misconception that DAB installation is hard or a waste of time.

If you have the skills to fit a standard Car Stereo, there really is not much more work removing one more piece of additional trim (car permitting) and feeding through the aerial.

If you are the sort of person that is fed up with Radio One's Pop RNB autotuned crap and Radio Two's dad rock FM radio is of no use, this may help your radio sanity.

The internal glass mount ones are absolute crap for sure!

Edited by: "cicobuff" 24th Jun 2014

travid

Does this connect to your iphone wirelessly or via a lead? (Please excuse … Does this connect to your iphone wirelessly or via a lead? (Please excuse my ignorance)



It does not have internal bluetooth so no wireless connection would be possible. Would work from your iPhone data lead into the USB socket.

DAB in the car is awesome. Love 6 Music and decent quality Radio 5

This unit is very poor quality and display barely visible and had to return mine within days as unit was faulty. I would advise to stay away as it will be a complete waste of money.

I agree, DAB in the car is great. I have a Pioneer DAB internal aerial affixed to the windscreen and I have no reception problems whatsoever; the area in which you live may play a factor in the reception

I have an internal DAB aerial on my windscreen - never had a problem with reception. Great DAB reception in Cardiff :-)
Edited by: "SuperFlyBlues" 24th Jun 2014

guildwarschamp

No cd player cold from me



who uses CD's now a days?? no need to vote cold because of that

A deal is a deal...just because it dont suit you does not make it a cold deal

I use the Sony DAB unit with a Autoleads DAM / FM splitter and it uses the input from the antenna which came with the car...
Edited by: "olisun" 24th Jun 2014

So you need to upgrade the car aerial???

Paid £99 for this around six months ago and very pleased with it as an entry point to mobile Dab. Also bought the Halfords window aeriel which is a bit hit and miss, but don't want to mess the headlining up to swap the external aeriel over.

Display is pretty basic, but functional, navigation is typical Phillips randomness, but usable. Only problem I haven't overcome is that mine won't switch back to fm when it drops the Dab signal, even though I've enabled it in the settings.... Anyone else have that problem?

I'd also be interested if someone has managed to integrate this into the factory audio controls.... I was under the impression that it was not compatible?

Reasonable unit, very good price. Hot.

Paid £99 for this around six months ago and very pleased with it as an entry point to mobile Dab. Also bought the Halfords window aeriel which is a bit hit and miss, but don't want to mess the headlining up to swap the external aeriel over.

Display is pretty basic, but functional, navigation is typical Phillips randomness, but usable. Only problem I haven't overcome is that mine won't switch back to fm when it drops the Dab signal, even though I've enabled it in the settings.... Anyone else have that problem?

I'd also be interested if someone has managed to integrate this into the factory audio controls.... I was under the impression that it was not compatible?

Reasonable unit, very good price. Hot.

guildwarschamp

No cd player cold from me



CD's are obselete anyways. I cant remember the last time i played a cd in my car. I just use the AUX port and bluetooth to play music.

cicobuff

I would "partially" agree, a roof mounted aerial is the best option for … I would "partially" agree, a roof mounted aerial is the best option for optimum reception, however it is the most disruptive of options.Either you have to drill a hole through the roof, or have the lead feed down to some access point such as a passenger door and fed around the car as tidily as possible and behind the dashboard.The best compromise (and it only really is a compromise with weaker DAB stations) is to get an external window mount.Clean windscreen exterior with alcohol wipe, affix outer mount and apply waterproof sealant around the edge (ours has been installed for 4 years and sealant is still going strong), screw in removable aerial (can be unscrewed easily if you find yourself in a dodgy high crime area)Clean windscreen interior with alcohol wipe, affix inner mount which "sandwiches" the glass, affix DAB aerial lead, feed lead down through side trim of the windscreen and behind dashboard into the back of the radio.A lot of people are under the misconception that DAB installation is hard or a waste of time.If you have the skills to fit a standard Car Stereo, there really is not much more work removing one more piece of additional trim (car permitting) and feeding through the aerial.If you are the sort of person that is fed up with Radio One's Pop RNB autotuned crap and Radio Two's dad rock FM radio is of no use, this may help your radio sanity.The internal glass mount ones are absolute crap for sure!



It's not quite so difficult. I bought a very good quality replacement roof aerial with DAB and AM/FM with two built in amplifiers (one for each). Removing the current aerial was easy, and so no holes drilled. Feeding the cable was a bit of effort, but the roof lining and door sills were very easy to remove and put back, so it wasn't too much effort. The rest is just wiring behind the stereo. You only have to do it once, so it's worth the effort, but I guess how much money to spend depends on the value of the car and how long you plan on keeping it.

Moving from London to Reading, I missed my London stations - the windscreen aerial couldn't pick them up. The roof one is great.

Just noticed, it's the model up with bluetooth that I have (still got a tenner off, so cheaper than I paid),but the model posted has no bluetooth, so no sat nav instructions from your phone over the audio etc. Personally its worth spending the £20 more for BT.

Paid £99 for this around six months ago and very pleased with it as an entry point to mobile Dab. Also bought the Halfords window aeriel which is a bit hit and miss, but don't want to mess the headlining up to swap the external aeriel over.

Display is pretty basic, but functional, navigation is typical Phillips randomness, but usable. Only problem I haven't overcome is that mine won't switch back to fm when it drops the Dab signal, even though I've enabled it in the settings.... Anyone else have that problem?

I'd also be interested if someone has managed to integrate this into the factory audio controls.... I was under the impression that it was not compatible?

Reasonable unit, very good price. Hot.

cicobuff

I would "partially" agree, a roof mounted aerial is the best option for … I would "partially" agree, a roof mounted aerial is the best option for optimum reception, however it is the most disruptive of options.Either you have to drill a hole through the roof, or have the lead feed down to some access point such as a passenger door and fed around the car as tidily as possible and behind the dashboard.The best compromise (and it only really is a compromise with weaker DAB stations) is to get an external window mount.Clean windscreen exterior with alcohol wipe, affix outer mount and apply waterproof sealant around the edge (ours has been installed for 4 years and sealant is still going strong), screw in removable aerial (can be unscrewed easily if you find yourself in a dodgy high crime area)Clean windscreen interior with alcohol wipe, affix inner mount which "sandwiches" the glass, affix DAB aerial lead, feed lead down through side trim of the windscreen and behind dashboard into the back of the radio.A lot of people are under the misconception that DAB installation is hard or a waste of time.If you have the skills to fit a standard Car Stereo, there really is not much more work removing one more piece of additional trim (car permitting) and feeding through the aerial.If you are the sort of person that is fed up with Radio One's Pop RNB autotuned crap and Radio Two's dad rock FM radio is of no use, this may help your radio sanity.The internal glass mount ones are absolute crap for sure!



Fantastic, now I can listen to reactionary drivel broadcasting TalkSport in crystal clear digital. What a wonderful world this is.

stringsonfire

It's not quite so difficult. I bought a very good quality replacement … It's not quite so difficult. I bought a very good quality replacement roof aerial with DAB and AM/FM with two built in amplifiers (one for each). Removing the current aerial was easy, and so no holes drilled. Feeding the cable was a bit of effort, but the roof lining and door sills were very easy to remove and put back, so it wasn't too much effort. The rest is just wiring behind the stereo. You only have to do it once, so it's worth the effort, but I guess how much money to spend depends on the value of the car and how long you plan on keeping it.Moving from London to Reading, I missed my London stations - the windscreen aerial couldn't pick them up. The roof one is great.



Believe me we have travelled with the window aerial, there is a vast difference in reception quality between inside and exterior window aerials, we have tried both.

Any exterior aerial is better, as you say it depends how far you want to go with it and if you plan on keeping the car etc, even so with your method of removing the existing it can still be put back to rights.

Whichever, both of our musings here offer thought to anyone potentially thinking DAB radio installation with decent reception is a lot of faff, it does not have to be,

fishmaster

Fantastic, now I can listen to reactionary drivel broadcasting TalkSport … Fantastic, now I can listen to reactionary drivel broadcasting TalkSport in crystal clear digital. What a wonderful world this is.



If that is all you think is on DAB in comparison to FM then there is no hope.
Edited by: "cicobuff" 24th Jun 2014

cicobuff

If that is all you think is on DAB in comparison to FM then there is no … If that is all you think is on DAB in comparison to FM then there is no hope.



No I think Radio 5 Live is on there too. I love DAB what a fantastic cockup of a digital implementation. Whoever designed it must have said "Hey chaps, how can we design a Radio system that is wholly inadequate for its intended purpose"

I voted this deal hot as there are crazy people out there who try and enjoy listening to DAB and would benefit from this deal.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 24th Jun 2014

fishmaster

No I think Radio 5 Live is on there too. I love DAB what a fantastic … No I think Radio 5 Live is on there too. I love DAB what a fantastic cockup of a digital implementation. Whoever designed it must have said "Hey chaps, how can we design a Radio system that is wholly inadequate for its intended purpose"I voted this deal hot as there are crazy people out there who try and enjoy listening to DAB and would benefit from this deal.



Only thing I do not love about DAB is its poor bitrates, there again its not as if I am feeding its crap sound quality through my hi-fi separates.

I would not call anyone crazy who try to enjoy listening to DAB, not everyone enjoys the generic stations.

Possible workaround for 'dab' is streaming apps like iPlayer radio through an iPhone. I have 2GB of data a month and don't get close to using it all, so for a 15 min commute it works nicely for me (appreciate it won't suit everyone)

The dab adaptor is not the Ariel though

So you would have to pay for Ariel too

How much do Halford cost for fitting dab radio

I also want subwoofer fit

About £30-£35 and they also fit the ariel in with the price.

1. Hands free Bluetooth. - Ermmm .. Not really. If you want to call someone, you have to pick up your phone and initiate it from there ... WTF?!?!
2. Streaming from my android phone via Bluetooth, for some reason it auto sets to shuffle when you choose the next track. Common problem on this from what Ive read, no way around it. Not a problem on my ix35 hands free.
3. No folder names when scanning through the USB or SD Card... makes it a pain trying to find an album.

kobirulali

DAB would love that in my car



I have factory DAB it's hopeless! breaks up all the time
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