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Old 07-20-2017, 01:52 AM
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Hi guys, i have a e500 w211, the factory unit was defective, it would be expensive to repair or replace a new one, so i consider an aftermarket and i found this Android unit:

http://www.dvdgpsnav.com/android-dou...head-unit.html

It's with Android 7.1 os, with all the features i need, i'm just a little worry about installation, i don't know if my car has fiber optic amp or not, can anyone recommend an installation shop near Houston? how much would it cost?

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Hi guys, i have a e500 w211, the factory unit was defective, it would be expensive to repair or replace a new one, so i consider an aftermarket and i found this Android unit:

http://www.dvdgpsnav.com/android-dou...head-unit.html

It's with Android 7.1 os, with all the features i need, i'm just a little worry about installation, i don't know if my car has fiber optic amp or not, can anyone recommend an installation shop near Houston? how much would it cost?

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Did you purchase this unit? I'm wondering if anyone has a good android radio they can say works well from experience
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Did you purchase this unit? I'm wondering if anyone has a good android radio they can say works well from experience
There's some info on it here. He recently installed one and I think he talks about it some a few pages in.

https://mbworld.org/forums/w211-amg/...-sideways.html
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Bought and installed my Android Unit back in 11/2015 from www.erisin.com been working flawless since.
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Bought and installed my Android Unit back in 11/2015 from www.erisin.com been working flawless since.
Did you already have the HK speakers before upgrading the head unit?
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Did you already have the HK speakers before upgrading the head unit?
Yes. I have Harmon/Kardon Speakers. Used the extension cable and new amps for my install.
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Yes. I have Harmon/Kardon Speakers. Used the extension cable and new amps for my install.
For what I gather, there is no low cost plug and play options to use the factory amp/speakers?
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Originally Posted by speedracer.eric View Post
For what I gather, there is no low cost plug and play options to use the factory amp/speakers?
There is the Fiber Optic Decoder Box for the factory amp. Not sure if you can get them at low cost though. Those wasn't available at the time I purchased my unit.
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There is the Fiber Optic Decoder Box for the factory amp. Not sure if you can get them at low cost though. Those wasn't available at the time I purchased my unit.
Xtrons sells a decoder box for $100. I've never priced out any others so I don't know if that's a good price or not.

http://xtrons.com/fobb01-optical-fib...edes-benz.html

They also come with some of their head units.

http://xtrons.com/pb76m211ap-fobb01-...r-decoder.html
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Xtrons sells a decoder box for $100. I've never priced out any others so I don't know if that's a good price or not.

http://xtrons.com/fobb01-optical-fib...edes-benz.html

They also come with some of their head units.

http://xtrons.com/pb76m211ap-fobb01-...r-decoder.html
To your understanding, this unit would be plug and play?
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I think they're mostly plug and play. I'm not 100% sure on that though as I have never installed one.
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Xtrons 7.1 Android Head Unit is Junk

I can assure that the 7.1 android head unit kit that they sell is garbage because it does not even work. Their fiber optic decoder and canbus controller did not even a wire up physically to the available ports in their wire harness. Xtron is a joke, the kit did not even come with any instructions because obviously they never installed that product on a w211 let alone an e55. This was not even me attempting to install it but a pretty decent car audio shop in my area that does high end cars.
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I have installed the screen, I love the way it looks and I love the fact that the factory screen and system are now on this big screen. I haven't had the best luck with navigation or connecting with wifi. Youtube and internet is so slow, and I have ATT. But just to have the screen there, with the stock radio and door sensors and other things working makes it worth it to me. I'm not impressed with the Blue tooth on this thing, there's a slight buzz.
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I have installed the screen, I love the way it looks and I love the fact that the factory screen and system are now on this big screen. I haven't had the best luck with navigation or connecting with wifi. Youtube and internet is so slow, and I have ATT. But just to have the screen there, with the stock radio and door sensors and other things working makes it worth it to me. I'm not impressed with the Blue tooth on this thing, there's a slight buzz.
When you say you have the screen, do you mean the 8" or the 7" because it seems xtrons now has a larger 8" version with no physical buttons/knobs?

I have yet to take the leap to purchasing one of these head units, as right now I'm using a $20 bluetooth dongle plugged into the headphone tape deck adapter. It surprisingly doesn't sound bad after tuning my phones equalizer but this was a $30 fix so I wasn't expecting much.

Anyone with experience with these units mind chiming in?
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I'm really interested in knowing if there is anyone who has successfully install this android unit into a W211.

Certainly there has to be a way. This unit fits perfectly into a W212. It felt like such a loss if we are stuck with the old COMAND Android unit style.

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Im would like to put a andriod in mine as well. Im going to go with this 1 due to it having a camera to record everything while driving.

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Im would like to put a andriod in mine as well. Im going to go with this 1 due to it having a camera to record everything while driving.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B076P...nit+dvr+camera
I've ordered too much things from China that came much different then advertised then to believe this is as perfect as it seems.
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Was anybody able to sync Iphone contacts with the phone app?

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One more thing.

I installed waze but can't get it to work.

When I launch the app I would get "No connection" error and the app closes.

Of course I have wifi and gps connected.

What should I do?

Thank you!
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One more thing.

I installed waze but can't get it to work.

When I launch the app I would get "No connection" error and the app closes.

Of course I have wifi and gps connected.

What should I do?

Thank you!
I had an Eonon unit in my BMW....another chinese product, which I am sure this big screen item is as well. I had a first model that was very good, then I had an itch for something more sophisticated and purchased an Android based unit. Much of it worked OK, but many things were not so perfect and the issue you speak of was one I had as well. I ended up returning that particular unit.
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I had an Eonon unit in my BMW....another chinese product, which I am sure this big screen item is as well. I had a first model that was very good, then I had an itch for something more sophisticated and purchased an Android based unit. Much of it worked OK, but many things were not so perfect and the issue you speak of was one I had as well. I ended up returning that particular unit.
If anyone runs into this error, the solution was to set the car time and date to the correct ones. The date on my car was wrong.

That's it!
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is there any difference if you have the HK system with the amplifier

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hi, by any chance do you know how to reverse the menu screen? I attach photos
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Hello!

Does anybody know if it is possible to edit the original menu that the Android screen comes with. For example, to delete the īMusic' and īVideoī links and change them, to say, Spotify and Netflix?

I canīt seem to edit anything.
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