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Hello all,

Has anyone any ideas whats the best way to get DAB radio installed on the 9th gen? I see many options but I was wondering if someone has seen or done something clever.

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buy a 1.6 diesel in the new year. they have it installed or as an option on the se & es model.
 

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buy a 1.6 diesel in the new year. they have it installed or as an option on the se & es model.
That's not particularly helpful considering the OP already has a 9G...
 

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its a fairly ambiguous question which lead to my fairly obviously sarcastic, yet informative, response.

I could of course have said "take the existing unit out and install a DAB unit." which would no doubt have been just as much useless advice.
 

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There is a product called autoDAB which interfaces with your existing head unit. NH Dan, is it true that the new diesel model will have factory DAB?

Can it be retrofitted?
 

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the new 1.6 comes in 3 grades , SE, ES and EX. The ex has it as standard, the SE and ES have the option of having it added at factory as a £600 or £450 option (prices to be confirmed).

The new CR-V will also have DAB in some grades.
 

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its a fairly ambiguous question which lead to my fairly obviously sarcastic, yet informative, response.

I could of course have said "take the existing unit out and install a DAB unit." which would no doubt have been just as much useless advice.
Obvious? Didn't seem it to me.

In any case the OP was clearly asking how to install a DAB setup and if anyone had done it before.
Unfortunately I can't help with this but guessing more information will become available in time as people move on to installing Double DIN units and figuring out the dashboard cabling etc... exactly the same happened with the 8G after all!
What kind of options have you seen already?
 

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Hi all. I had seen the autodab, the worry I have is, i don't want to mess with my car warranty. Surely if I start pulling or adding to the ICE that would invaildate.

For now I am using "tune it in" app via my iPhone 4. It works well with Bluetooth. I know this enters into the relems of data consumption but I will keep my eye on it.
 

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the new 1.6 comes in 3 grades , SE, ES and EX. The ex has it as standard, the SE and ES have the option of having it added at factory as a £600 or £450 option (prices to be confirmed).

The new CR-V will also have DAB in some grades.
So DAB has been around for years... why did Honda not offer it when the 9G was launched :facepalm:
 

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I had read that "car manufactures" have good reason not to supply DAB radio. And that is they have an international market to sell too, so they don't install DAB as standard. Makes sense.
 

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I had read that "car manufactures" have good reason not to supply DAB radio. And that is they have an international market to sell too, so they don't install DAB as standard. Makes sense.
Could have been an optional extra from launch though? To be quite honest I was surprised that the 8G didn't have it in the facelift model.
 

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tbh no-one ever answers that question when asked as no-one seems to know the answer.
It's never been an issue to me as living in london, we dont have any reception issues here and I don't have any 'specialist' listening requirements.
 

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tbh no-one ever answers that question when asked as no-one seems to know the answer.
It's never been an issue to me as living in london, we dont have any reception issues here and I don't have any 'specialist' listening requirements.
Which seems to me to be the problem as a whole, London doesn't have a problem so no need to fix anything sod the rest of the country.

Dan am not getting at you, or your answer I am talking about the bigger picture If that makes sence :confused:
 
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Well I live in London and I want DAB - at any price.

Will it be possible to buy the ES DAB and do a straight out and in swap? If Honda are charging £600 extra for it on a new car it can't be much more or very difficult to upgrade.
 

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I have a Pure DAB radio in my car, which works through the car stereo, but is a separate unit which you have to retune (if that makes sense). There are some photos somewhere... let me see if I can find a link.

It works reasonably well but nowhere near as good as regular analogue FM is right now, so if it's going to bother you listening to 'FM' stations on MW/LW quality sound, don't do it.

Some areas work much better than others. On my daily morning commute for instance, all is fine and dandy from Chelmsford to the A12, then it's patchy at best on the A12 and down the M25 to the M11. The M11 is good some days, patchy others. When I pick the A12 up again though at the M11/A406 junction, it's all good again.

Edit to add link: http://www.civinfo.com/forum/gallery/70265-katmobile-3-a.html
 

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See the tiny issues I have with the pure radio is the wires. The Aux line on the 9th gen is under the left arm rest. That means I have to drag wires over the car. Thanks for pics.

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Well I live in London and I want DAB - at any price.

Will it be possible to buy the ES DAB and do a straight out and in swap? If Honda are charging £600 extra for it on a new car it can't be much more or very difficult to upgrade.
the easy answer is yes, you will be able to swap it all over but how easy in practice? I have no idea. Does DAB need a different aerial? if so, refit, rewire one of those, again, its possible but costly.

Even if its just a head unit change, the £600 factory cost takes into account the fact that you are not having the standard unit in the car. An aftermarket fit would mean you buying a new headunit, and they aren't cheap.

Can it be done - Yes, would you want to spend the money to do it? No.
 

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If you have a iphone/android/windows smart phone get tunein radio app. Its as good as DAB radio and has most of the stations available.

Works anywhere with a 3G signal and buffers well for those areas out of sync.

I also use Spotify for music in general. Much better than trying to get a DAB unit in. Also they both work over bluetooth and the USB port.

Cheers.
 
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