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Sony DSX-A210UI Car Stereo £26 @ Halfords
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Sony DSX-A210UI Car Stereo £26 @ Halfords

£26£49.9848%Halfords Deals
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Posted 12th Jul
This seems like a good price for a basic head unit. It doesn't have Bluetooth so it won't be for everyone, but if you just want something that will play music from your phone/USB stick then it'll do the job. I don't know what stock availability is like around the country, so I'd check that first.

  • 55 W max. output
  • Front USB port or AUX input for connection to audio devices
  • Integrated FM / AM radio tuner
  • Red lighting adds colour to the dashboard
  • EXTRA BASS for deeper bass sounds at the push of a button
  • Playback Files: WMA, MP3, FLAC
  • PreOut connection available
  • 10 x equaliser
  • Steering wheel remote control compatible
  • Display panel removable

Connectivity

By AUX connection any music source can be connected. Via USB, iPod / iPhone, Android smartphones, Sony Walkman and other mass storage devices such as USB sticks will be able to accommodate your Mp3 / WMA / Flac music collection.


iPod / iPhone compatible

Thanks to compatibility with iOS devices, you can relax and enjoy your music library. At the same time your phone is charging. Android smartphones can also be connected. Nothing is better than enjoying your favourite music in the car.


Steering Remote Input Ready:

DSX-A210UI is compatible with steering wheel controls. This requires an adapter, which you can obtain from your car manufacturer.


AOA2.0 = Android Open Accessor

AOA 2.O is a protocol for Android devices and accessories components that defines the communication between devices. AOA 2.0 supports USB audio with 2-channel 16-bit PCM output and a bit rate of 44100 kHz.

Prior to the AOA protocol, smartphones could only be accessed through mass storage mode.
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tan15918/07/2019 22:52

Cheap but no Bluetooth for hands free calling which is a must given its 6 …Cheap but no Bluetooth for hands free calling which is a must given its 6 penalty points & £200 fine.


Even with that I still see between 2 and 10 people every day on the phone while driving. When you are on a motorcycle you see more
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Thank you reserved one at local store. Heat added
Great just reserved thanks!
I like Sony head units, also some good Chinese lookalikes on ebay with Bluetooth for 21 quid
Radio/cd player from my Vauxhall Astra (2012) doesn't have Bluetooth, neither USB port. Is it any adaptor that I can use to have Bluetooth or USB on it?
danflorin312/07/2019 22:24

Radio/cd player from my Vauxhall Astra (2012) doesn't have Bluetooth, …Radio/cd player from my Vauxhall Astra (2012) doesn't have Bluetooth, neither USB port. Is it any adaptor that I can use to have Bluetooth or USB on it?


Google
bluetooth fm transmitter car
still waiting for my click and collect text... from 6 days ago...
Thanks for posting OP, you were beaten to it this time though! hotukdeals.com/dea…598
No CD player and I don't have an iphone, so my options would be android phone via AUX, or plug in a USB flash drive?
Cheap but no Bluetooth for hands free calling which is a must given its 6 penalty points & £200 fine.
tan15918/07/2019 22:52

Cheap but no Bluetooth for hands free calling which is a must given its 6 …Cheap but no Bluetooth for hands free calling which is a must given its 6 penalty points & £200 fine.


Even with that I still see between 2 and 10 people every day on the phone while driving. When you are on a motorcycle you see more
simonbrown18/07/2019 22:50

No CD player and I don't have an iphone, so my options would be android …No CD player and I don't have an iphone, so my options would be android phone via AUX, or plug in a USB flash drive?


Your Android phone would still work. Marketing idiots, like the folks at Halfords, say iPhone when they should say "USB music player" such as iPhone, iPad, any Android phone, zoom, cheap Chinese crap etc etc. Even a Nokia N95 would work on this!

Android auto is something completely different.

Agreed on the leak of cd though.
how much for fitting?
yorkshiretightass18/07/2019 23:06

Your Android phone would still work. Marketing idiots, like the folks at …Your Android phone would still work. Marketing idiots, like the folks at Halfords, say iPhone when they should say "USB music player" such as iPhone, iPad, any Android phone, zoom, cheap Chinese crap etc etc. Even a Nokia N95 would work on this!Android auto is something completely different.Agreed on the leak of cd though.



8gb usb is more than sufficient
t1000013/07/2019 00:46

Google bluetooth fm transmitter car


Don't,they're crap lol.....spend £100 on a decent stereo or pick one up on Gumtree and be done with it.
If this is like my Sony you will get an annoying beep every time you turn off the ignition to remind you to take the face off (which nobody has done since about 1988). Turning it off is not in the normal menu, hopefully this video will work for this model too:

youtube.com/wat…Rxs

I also recommend the steering wheel stalk kits from Connects2 as on some Peugeot cars for example if you remove the factory radio you cant change the clock or dash display:

connects2.com/pro…cle
Surely these are now a thing of the past.
I think these you have to change 2 wires over on the back for memory otherwise you have to keep setting it up everytime you turn ignition on
thabiz12/07/2019 16:29

I like Sony head units, also some good Chinese lookalikes on ebay with …I like Sony head units, also some good Chinese lookalikes on ebay with Bluetooth for 21 quid


I bought a random unbranded on off eBay about ten years ago. Played DVDs and everything, brilliant!
non in my area.
danflorin312/07/2019 22:24

Radio/cd player from my Vauxhall Astra (2012) doesn't have Bluetooth, …Radio/cd player from my Vauxhall Astra (2012) doesn't have Bluetooth, neither USB port. Is it any adaptor that I can use to have Bluetooth or USB on it?


It has usb
simonbrown18/07/2019 22:50

No CD player and I don't have an iphone, so my options would be android …No CD player and I don't have an iphone, so my options would be android phone via AUX, or plug in a USB flash drive?


No you can plug your phone in via the usb. So using your charger cable.
tan15918/07/2019 22:52

Cheap but no Bluetooth for hands free calling which is a must given its 6 …Cheap but no Bluetooth for hands free calling which is a must given its 6 penalty points & £200 fine.


Or you just stop to make/ take a call?
bazray19/07/2019 03:05

If this is like my Sony you will get an annoying beep every time you turn …If this is like my Sony you will get an annoying beep every time you turn off the ignition to remind you to take the face off (which nobody has done since about 1988). Turning it off is not in the normal menu, hopefully this video will work for this model too:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9wMQx1PRxsI also recommend the steering wheel stalk kits from Connects2 as on some Peugeot cars for example if you remove the factory radio you cant change the clock or dash display:https://connects2.com/products/steering-wheel-control-interfaces/vehicle


You can turn that beep off in the menus.
Stetec19/07/2019 10:33

You can turn that beep off in the menus.


Yeah but only in clock mode on mine, in normal "on mode" it disappears for some reason.
username123418/07/2019 23:01

Even with that I still see between 2 and 10 people every day on the phone …Even with that I still see between 2 and 10 people every day on the phone while driving. When you are on a motorcycle you see more


I work as a cycle courier in London. Pulling up to and away from traffic lights, I would say 1 in every 5 is using a phone. I even had a fecking ijeeeet almost hit me because she was looking at her phone whilst driving up a narrow street. She literally didn't even see me (I'm 6'3", with a big backpack!).

I now knock on windows and do the phone down motion with my hands. My headcam on my helmet definitely gives people a scare.
Bought this after seeing this post, good unit easy to fit and works great.
No CD, but would it work with a CD multichanger? Doesnt say anything about this anywhere.
mealsondeals19/07/2019 08:36

I think these you have to change 2 wires over on the back for memory …I think these you have to change 2 wires over on the back for memory otherwise you have to keep setting it up everytime you turn ignition on


Nope. When you open it there are leads with them. If they're not the correct ones for your car then you order them for like five quid.. a tenner at most. When buying an aftermarket stereo for the car this is always the case unless you fancy rewiring the cars stereo loom to it and perhaps screwing up the electrics in your car.... and that's gonna cost more than a tenner to get fixed.
yadiyada19/07/2019 11:24

I work as a cycle courier in London. Pulling up to and away from traffic …I work as a cycle courier in London. Pulling up to and away from traffic lights, I would say 1 in every 5 is using a phone. I even had a fecking ijeeeet almost hit me because she was looking at her phone whilst driving up a narrow street. She literally didn't even see me (I'm 6'3", with a big backpack!).I now knock on windows and do the phone down motion with my hands. My headcam on my helmet definitely gives people a scare.


One in five.. I'm not excusing it when folk are stopped, but when they're belting down a motorway and losing control, or sitting between 40-50 on a 70 zone - sit in a truck sometime.. you can see the lot of them trying to take selfies and update Facebook as they're going alone the road nightmare. It's all one if someone does it and loses control while I'm around the zone but when they smash into the big bad lorry driver and obviously die because they're teeny and I'm massive.. guess who's gonna get their face all over the papers...

Nice stereo though but maybe Bluetooth should be a standard requirement in the motors these days
Edited by: "Davejay81" 19th Jul
Davejay8119/07/2019 12:20

Nope. When you open it there are leads with them. If they're not the …Nope. When you open it there are leads with them. If they're not the correct ones for your car then you order them for like five quid.. a tenner at most. When buying an aftermarket stereo for the car this is always the case unless you fancy rewiring the cars stereo loom to it and perhaps screwing up the electrics in your car.... and that's gonna cost more than a tenner to get fixed.


I've just realised it's the A212 model that the wires need swapping not the A210
mealsondeals19/07/2019 12:24

I've just realised it's the A212 model that the wires need swapping not …I've just realised it's the A212 model that the wires need swapping not the A210


Thing is though, loads of these things need the converter plug to work properly. That aside however, my Mum's car's fitted stereo needs turned off manually as for some reason the ignition doesn't work as a killswitch that bemused me.
Stetec19/07/2019 10:32

Or you just stop to make/ take a call?


Point is you lose that facility with this stereo which can be a biggy for some folks. Good price anyway especially if you want to sell a car that has nothing in it
username123418/07/2019 23:01

Even with that I still see between 2 and 10 people every day on the phone …Even with that I still see between 2 and 10 people every day on the phone while driving. When you are on a motorcycle you see more


When you're in a truck looking down you see even more again 👀 hence why the rozzers are using plain unmarked trucks with a car or bike to catch people , shame there's not more of them about lots of idiots still using handheld devices while driving ...fines are good but the % of getting caught is far too low sadly
yorkshiretightass18/07/2019 23:06

Your Android phone would still work. Marketing idiots, like the folks at …Your Android phone would still work. Marketing idiots, like the folks at Halfords, say iPhone when they should say "USB music player" such as iPhone, iPad, any Android phone, zoom, cheap Chinese crap etc etc. Even a Nokia N95 would work on this!Android auto is something completely different.Agreed on the leak of cd though.


Does it not depend on the version of Android/implementation/where your files are stored?

I've got a comparatively modern Pioneer head unit (X8700DAB) that works perfectly with an iPhone but really doesn't like my Pixel 3.

AVRCP browsing via Bluetooth doesn't always respond to track selection, and if I plug it in via USB it has a full on hissy fit. That's using Google Play Music.

Admittedly I haven't tried manually copying MP3s or a playlist to the phone's storage but one of the reasons I stuck with iOS for so long was because the integration with car audio was years ahead of Android.

This is a great price btw, was looking for a cheapo head unit for my mum's car last year and couldn't get anywhere near this kind of money unless you went for a 15 year old second hand unit.
Edited by: "Bossworld" 19th Jul
Cold. You aint gonna use that in my local area
bazray19/07/2019 10:57

Yeah but only in clock mode on mine, in normal "on mode" it disappears for …Yeah but only in clock mode on mine, in normal "on mode" it disappears for some reason.


Are you sure your stereo is storing its settings? You might have to switch two wires around. I know on VW group cars you have to switch the permanent live around with another wire. I think it was blue into white and white into blue on my skoda fabia.

You should be able to turn off that beep and it save the setting, though I find that beep reassuring that everything is working correctly.
Talibmania19/07/2019 07:04

Surely these are now a thing of the past.


Why? Just because cars for 10 years or more now come with factory fitted units that blend in with the interior better doesn't mean that single din and double din after market units are not useful.

Not all factory fitted units have the features you want such as Bluetooth, DAB, aux or USB and a fascia kit makes them blend in quite nicely. Nice cheap and easy upgrade for an older car to give it features your mates newer car has.

For £30 I can make my bfs mums 2002 focus have Bluetooth music and calls and a fast charge USB point. All well liked features by us.
thabiz19/07/2019 16:37

Are you sure your stereo is storing its settings? You might have to switch …Are you sure your stereo is storing its settings? You might have to switch two wires around. I know on VW group cars you have to switch the permanent live around with another wire. I think it was blue into white and white into blue on my skoda fabia. You should be able to turn off that beep and it save the setting, though I find that beep reassuring that everything is working correctly.


Thanks for the wire tip but it stores all settings and it does turn off for good now, but the menu is only available when the stereo is in clock mode as in the video I posted it has 3 modes, on / off and clock (standby). It all works fine now until the battery ever dies then I have to set it up again lol.
thabiz19/07/2019 16:45

Why? Just because cars for 10 years or more now come with factory fitted …Why? Just because cars for 10 years or more now come with factory fitted units that blend in with the interior better doesn't mean that single din and double din after market units are not useful. Not all factory fitted units have the features you want such as Bluetooth, DAB, aux or USB and a fascia kit makes them blend in quite nicely. Nice cheap and easy upgrade for an older car to give it features your mates newer car has. For £30 I can make my bfs mums 2002 focus have Bluetooth music and calls and a fast charge USB point. All well liked features by us.


Chav-tactic! Enjoy your shell suits and cans of special brew
mealsondeals19/07/2019 08:36

I think these you have to change 2 wires over on the back for memory …I think these you have to change 2 wires over on the back for memory otherwise you have to keep setting it up everytime you turn ignition on


I have 5 cars all with aftermarket Sony head units.......never had that problem.
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