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    What do you guys think to cheap stereo's? I got the missus a sendai one from Halfrauds to pop in her KA, at £39.99 it was worth about as much as the car which is why I only wanted a cheapo one, but I must say it does a good job. The speakers in the KA are crap anyway so it's hard to really rate it but has anyone had any bad experiences with one or is most peoples problem with them the fact that they don't have a well known name on them? I'd like a new stereo for my 04 SRi to replace the cd2005 which is rubish but I want to keep my steering wheel controls, is this something I'll not be able to do with a cheapo stereo? I'm mainly after an aux in for my iphone and a usb port, which I can get a cheapo Sendai unit with these for about £50. Does anyone do a opatch lead so I can use my stereo controls with a Sendai?

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    For me the issue is sound quality. I have always had good single din units so cannot comment but certainly some of the cheap double din units sound awful compared to a quality unit IMO.

    But I think you have hit the main one for many vectra owners... The steering wheel controls. Normally you have to buy a better one in order to be able to get an interface for it... Some cheap ones do offer a steering wheel control input but this is often in teh form of a few bare wires coming out the back that you have to work out where to connect which can be hit and miss....

    In the vectra the steering wheel controls are canbus so you will always need some sort of adapter for them....

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    For me the issue is sound quality. I have always had good single din units so cannot comment but certainly some of the cheap double din units sound awful compared to a quality unit IMO.

    But I think you have hit the main one for many vectra owners... The steering wheel controls. Normally you have to buy a better one in order to be able to get an interface for it... Some cheap ones do offer a steering wheel control input but this is often in teh form of a few bare wires coming out the back that you have to work out where to connect which can be hit and miss....

    In the vectra the steering wheel controls are canbus so you will always need some sort of adapter for them....

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    I guess you can get a reasonable brand stereo with a canbus adaptor for just over £100? It's just that I'm not likely to find one with usb and ipod interface for that which is what I really want or else there isn't much point in changing.

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    To give you an aux in, why not try this mod http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showth...40#post1206440 .

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtr1000 View Post
    To give you an aux in, why not try this mod http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showth...40#post1206440 .

    I did see that but I'm not too confident that I wouldn't ****** it up and it still wouldn't give me a usb input.

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    Does your steering wheel have 6 buttons (half-canbus) or buttons and scrollwheel (full-canbus)? The problem is that your 04 model is right at the end of the half-canbus Vectra era (Sept 2004 are the first of the full-canbus)

    The reason I ask is that CD2005 is a non-canbus stereo, so doesn't have a canbus interface to the steering wheel controls. It is however a well known GM protocol, so adapters exist. For example Autoleads PC99-X45 to connect to the Vectra's wiring harness, and then you need PC99-ALP,PIO,KEN,JVC,SON,BLA for Alpine, Pioneer, Kenwood, JVC, Sony or Blaupunkt respectively.

    If you buy a stereo that isn't on that list, it's not so easy or maybe even possible to interface to the steering wheel buttons.

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    Get a cd70 navi mate top quality bit of kit

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    Mine is a half canbus model with the 6 buttons on the steering wheel. So if I want one that will connect fairly easily with an adaptor it has to be one of those brands? I presume with what you're saying it's not a case of even matching wires up as there needs to be an adaptor in the middle to translate from the stereo to the controls and vice versa?

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    Correct.

    Different stereos have different things that can be controlled by remote buttons or stalks - and different cars have different things on their steering wheel buttons or stalks. So some form of interface is needed in between to convert (say) the volume up button on a 2002-2004 Vectra C into what (say) a Kenwood stereo would interpret as a volume up command.

    The major makes (ie the ones in the list above) have a consistent interface on the different models of stereo, so there just has to be one interface for the whole range.

    If you then decide to take that Kenwood stereo out and fit it into another make of car (eg a Renault Laguna), then all you need is to get the Renault interface to plug into your Kenwood interface.

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