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Thread: Upgrading from Gamma head unit

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    Upgrading from Gamma head unit

    Hi.

    I've currently got the standard VW Gamma head unit fitted with the factory DSP upgrade and the original Nokia amp still in the boot. The only thing that has been changed is that I removed the CD player from the boot and put a cheap Ipod lead in it's place.

    I'm looking to upgrade it to something a bit more advanced that will allow me to upgrade my speakers/add a sub in the future if i feel the need. Mainly however I'd like a head unit with Sat Nav built in, since i don't like having to keep a Tom Tom in the car/wires trailing over the dash when I'm using it/the rings it leaves behind on the screen - basically I like it looking clean.

    I've currently got two trains of thought on what to do:

    1: Replace it with a genuine VW Sat Nav.

    2: Replace it with an aftermarket head unit such as this one.

    The main thing I want to know is wether changing from the stock head unit will cause me lose the functionality of the steering wheel controls and the information that is displayed on the screen between the speedo and the rev counter (Sorry I don't know the actual name for this but it is split into 3 sections Audio info at the top of it/MPG, average speed, mileage, etc in the middle and the temperature at the bottom.) Also this screen can be flicked into a 'Navigation' mode, I'm assuming that this would work with a VW Sat Nav.

    Any help on this would be appreciated, as you can probably tell I've never really messed with audio before. Thanks (The car is a 52 plate MK4 Golf GT TDI by the way)


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    Re: Upgrading from Gamma head unit

    aftermarket all the way, better sound quality and saves the pain of changing all the ariel and wires! yes you would lose that feature


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    Re: Upgrading from Gamma head unit

    Cheers for the reply.

    Yeah that's what I was thinking of, I do want something with better sound quality. Only thing is I don't want a big blank bar across the top of the information screen.

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    Re: Upgrading from Gamma head unit

    change your clocks and steering wheel! wheel will feel alot better anyways

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    Re: Upgrading from Gamma head unit

    What would you change the clocks to? Never really looked into it.

    And would I not need to keep the wheel for using cruise control.

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