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Old 10-18-2023, 05:50 PM   #1
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986 best Apple CarPlay option

I saw a very nice 986 sold on BaT last week with a Sony stereo upgrade that included the full works - Apple CarPlay, back up camera, etc. This was a Sony XAV-AX7000 unit, available from Amazon for ~ $650 (not including back up camera setup, etc). Pelican sells a Porsche factory upgrade unit (presumably not Sony) for more than twice that.
Which begs the question - what have others done to bring their 986s into the 21st century? The original stereo was sub-mediocre at best. Would love to hear what others are happiest with. Thank you.

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Old 10-19-2023, 06:56 AM   #2
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I posted about my recent HU install here. After a month of use I am very happy with my choice. There are lots of threads on here about audio upgrades. Good luck with your search and welcome
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Old 10-19-2023, 07:05 AM   #3
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I posted about my recent HU install here. After a month of use I am very happy with my choice. There are lots of threads on here about audio upgrades. Good luck with your search and welcome
That's a sharp looking install and blends very well, aesthetically, considering 22 year old car IMNSHO!

Nicely done @BruceH @6and6 OP - you certainly won't get hurt taking design cues from BruceH.

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Old 10-20-2023, 10:20 AM   #4
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I installed the single-DIN Porsche headunit with wired Apple CarPlay. I added a wireless Apple CarPlay adapter I purchased on Amazon and it works perfectly. It looks completely OEM and fits in well with the GT3 center console delete (which is why I only had space for the single DIN version.) I didn’t install the Satellite receiver antenna because I never plan to use built-navigation, and I hid the the USB receiver plugs back behind the dash, to give a more clean and integrated look.

The screen on the single-DIN version is comically small and not all that usable while driving, but it certainly beats any other single-DIN alternative.

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Old 10-25-2023, 03:29 PM   #5
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2002 Boxster S. After 14 years of ownership, I finally replaced the original CDR220 with a great set up: 7" Alpine ILX-507a head unit + Alpine KTA-450 Power Pack. This produces 50 watts rms into 4 channels. Focal speakers replaced the front, side and rear, and a Pioneer TSWX140DA self-powered sub fitted behind the passenger seat. To the right of the HU is the Alpine RUE-BK01A rotary volume knob, which I added as this is more convenient and safer to use than pushing a volume button.

Not only is the sound terrific, but the HU enables the connection of a 1 Tb SSD, which holds FLAC files, streaming TIDAL, and plays Car Play wirelessly.

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