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    Dynavin N6 - Photos, video, review

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    Late last year I made the switch to a Dynavin N6. Now that I've had it for some time, I thought I'd do a quick write-up on my thoughts of the unit.

    Before the N6, I was running a Mk2 RNS-E with AMI, OEM Bluetooth, and a newer satellite receiver. It looked good, sounded great, and everything functioned like it should. I was only missing one thing... Good A2DP. I wasn't happy with any available option to get bluetooth streaming on the RNS-E, so I started to look elsewhere.

    After shooting some emails back and forth with Jeff at J&T Distributing and browsing some BMW forums (Dynavin is much more popular with them), I decided to pull the trigger. I sold my RNS-E setup and bought the N6 for $749. I even made some money switching, woo!





    Here's what came in the mail:
    - The box!
    - Radio
    - Manual
    - Stylus (Neat! I've never used it..)
    - Removal keys
    - Antenna adapter
    - CAN box (allows MFSW to work with the HU/radio info to display on the DIS)
    - iGo Primo on a MicroSD card along with a full size SD adapter
    - Microphone (I just tapped the microphone I had up in the stock location instead of using the included one)
    - GPS antenna
    - Ground loop isolator (I didn't use this, didn't need it)
    - Wiring harnesses for both the Quadlock style and ISO style connectors
    - RCA harness for connecting external a/v sources/playback devices and backup cam, etc
    - USB cable





    I'm not going to do an install DIY because it was easy. Remove old radio, install new one, run wires to where you want them, enjoy. There, best DIY ever.

    Here's some installed shots of the unit. I just made a little panel in my glovebox with some couplers I had laying around. I already had a hole cut there for the AMI to sit in there. RIP AMI... Also, a shot of the reverse camera I used (I know it's no longer available at that link, but you can find the same one all over the internet - I paid $15 for that camera and it actually produces some great video and does nicely in the dark). Also, I know my car needs a bath.

















    Now here's a video of the magic and a few notes on the video sequence:

    - Radio (reception is definitely better than the RNS-E but still not totally amazing, make sure you select phantom power in the radio settings - the little cog on the bottom of the radio screen)
    - Bluetooth phone (not much to explain here, it works. You can also set the MFSW left thumb wheel click to activate Siri or Google Now, so voice activation works great)
    - iPod (forgot to show this in the video, but it works great and displays album art as well. You can search, list by artist, song, album, playlist, etc - full functionality)
    - A2DP (sweet, sweet A2DP functionality. No album art, but the track info and skip buttons work, such happiness)
    - Navigation (the unit comes with iGo Primo loaded on a MicroSD, works great! The version they send doesn't have any voices that read out the street names, so I modded the software to do that. I also modded the speech library to say "northbound" or "southbound" for things like "turn left onto I-15 SB." It originally would just say "SB." That's just me being picky though. Other than that, the nav system is waaay more capable than the RNS-E.
    - The OBC (onboard computer) screen doesn't display anything, this only works for the BMW guys
    - Sound settings
    - You can set individual speaker delay times if you want for sound staging, I don't bother with this.
    - I found the bass output to be a little weak at the original levels, so you can see everything turned up in the video
    - You can adjust the levels on each source, I have them all turned down because I like to have the most versatility with low volume levels for when people are in the car
    - System settings
    - Brightness can be configured to adjust manually or automatically. I have mine on auto/use built-in light sensor, seems to work just fine.
    - SD Card (plays music, video, pictures, pretty straightforward)
    - Reverse camera (works great!)
    - Second video shows the DIS working





    Now for some notes and bugs with the N6:
    - Cold boot starts when you unlock the car with the remote, takes about 15 seconds or so. Cold boot only happens when you've been away from the car for awhile. The reverse camera works during boot.
    - Bluetooth connects to you phone whenever a door is opened instead of when the car is actually powered up. I have to turn off BT on my phone when listening with my garage speakers, so it doesn't try to start playing on the car when I open doors.
    - The "Loud" setting disables itself after making a BT call. The checkbox is still checked under sound settings, but I have to uncheck and check it again to get it activated again. I got around this by just bumping the levels manually in the equalizer and using the "Dyna-bass" feature.
    - All of the source levels are a bit high for me (I like more control of low volume levels for when other people are in the car) so I have them turned down all of the way.
    - I've modified my iGo navigation software to be able to announce road names, this is just my personal preference.
    - There is an Apple CarPlay add-on you can purchase, I don't know much about it but you can read up on it here
    - The N6 supports dual zone control (external displays) - I don't use this
    - It plays DVDs, also don't use this

    Overall:
    I've been happy with the N6. It does everything I want it to and most of all A2DP works perfectly. Now I can stream/control Spotify from my HU and steering wheel. Life is good. I initially had more issues with it when I got it, but Dynavin was good about responding to emails and fixed pretty much everything in new firmware updates. The "Loud" setting is the only thing that I haven't seen fixed yet. With my current sound settings, it sounds pretty much the same as my RNS-E did. Low volume bass levels are a bit lower (because I have the "Loud" setting is disabled) but this is by no means a deal-breaker for me and I'm hopeful that they'll get it fixed in a firmware revision. The N6 looks at home in the A4, not quite as OEM looking as the RNS-E, but most people think it's the original HU when they get in my car. The buttons click nicely, and everything runs smoothly. If anyone has questions, feel free to ask them here!

    I'll finish out with the specs for the N6 from Dynavin's website.

    Tuner
    Memory Presets: Preset Stations (FM:15 / MW: 15)
    Memory: Auto Memory
    RDS Functions: AF, TA, TP, PTY, NEWS, RADIO TEXT

    Bluetooth
    Built-In Parrot Bluetooth Module
    Hands Free Calling
    Phone Book Transfer
    Phone Book Search: Alphabet Search
    Favorite contacts
    Wired Microphone Included
    Redial Function
    Call History Display
    Adjusting the volume when receiving a call

    Made for iPod/iPhone
    USB Connection
    Compatibility with iPod / iPhone / iPad with 30Pin or lightning connector
    M.I.X. (Shuffle) Capability: Song, Albums, All
    Music Control: Song Up/Down, Fast Forward/Backward, Repeat
    Available Selections: Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, Audiobook
    Alphabet Search Function
    Information Display: Album Art, Song (Title, Album)
    Direct iPod/iPhone Control Function
    Disc Player

    DVD/CD Player
    Disc Playback Type: DVD Video, DVD Audio (2ch mix down), CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+-R/+-RW, DVD-VR
    Compressed Media Playback: MPEG/ AVI /RM/ FLV/ ASF/ WMV/ MP4/ MKV/ OGM/ DivX/ MP3/ WMA/ AAC Playback
    24bit-DAC
    Sensor: Music Sensor Scan, Repeat
    Playback Control: Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Backward
    DVD Direct Menu Control
    M.I.X. Mode: One (Folder) / All (Random Play) / Random (CD Only)
    USB / SD Media Connection

    USB Connection (USB Cable Included)
    Cover Art Display
    Music Playback: MP3/AAC/WMA Playback
    USB Class: Mass Storage, Play from device
    Available Selections: Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, Audiobook
    Alphabet Search Function
    Information Display: Album Art, Song (Title, Album)

    Sound Tuning
    Subwoofer Level Adjustment
    Dyna-Bass level adjustment
    Bass Level Adjustment
    Treble Level Adjustment
    Source Tone Memory
    Time Correction Adjustment
    Equalizer: 5-Band Parametric Equalizer Feature

    General
    Power Output: 4 x 50 W High Power Amplifier
    High Grade Audiophile Design
    SD Card: Video Playback
    PreOut: 2 PreOuts (4V) and 1 AV Output
    PreIn: 2 PreIn (Front / Rear) Ready
    AUX-In: 1 AV Input
    Steering Wheel Control Ready (Adapter Required)
    Auto Dimmer
    Power Antenna Output
    Amplifier Remote Turn-On Output
    Audio Interrupt
    Camera Guide Line Adjustment
    Dual Zone Control

    Connection
    Power & Speaker : ISO 16pin
    Radio: Single Fakra / Dual Fakra
    GPS: Fakra
    Steering wheel control: Universal Analog steering wheel control
    - Steve
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    Wow, that really looks great. Thanks for the write up.

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    That looks great. I recently made the switch from the RNS-E to an aftermarket unit. I like how your unit has a "rubberized" look to the face plate, more OEM looking. Your D1S displays info which is also great. For some reason with mine my D1S stays blank even though I have a canbus decoder installed. I do love the rear camera though.
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    Nice. I was looking at these for a while because I know they're pretty popular on the BMW side. Pretty awesome that the DIS actually displays info.

    Kinda jealous of that, lol.
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    Thanks for the great write up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRchop88 View Post
    That looks great. I recently made the switch from the RNS-E to an aftermarket unit. I like how your unit has a "rubberized" look to the face plate, more OEM looking. Your D1S displays info which is also great. For some reason with mine my D1S stays blank even though I have a canbus decoder installed. I do love the rear camera though.
    Is that an Android or WinCE unit?

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkoNova View Post
    Nice. I was looking at these for a while because I know they're pretty popular on the BMW side. Pretty awesome that the DIS actually displays info.

    Kinda jealous of that, lol.
    I'm really happy with how well it works. I was worried about it interfacing with the Audi because of the emphasis on BMW from Dynavin.

    One of the other great things is I don't have to dial in addresses or names like I did with the RNS-E. When trying to setup a nav route on that thing it felt like I was using a rotary phone.
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    My radio is an android 5.1 unit. Im happy with it, only thing I think the rns-e has better is the oem sound quality. I may run my door speakers off an aftermarket amp to resolve this though.
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    GTRChop88, your unit looks like mine. I've gone through 3 different iterations of the Dynavin unit. I didn't go for the N6 as mine was still going strong until recently. My reverse camera doesn't work for some reason though

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    Hey can I ask what brand/model the camera is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    Hey can I ask what brand/model the camera is?
    I got it on Amazon. Here's the link. The video quality is light years better than my wife's Touareg. Not bad for $15!
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    Thanks for the link. Do the brackets move when you turn the steering wheel? I'm guessing not in a $15.00 camera. But it beats not having one, which is my situation right now .

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    Wow great detailed info and thanks for sharing it. I've gone back and fourth on Dynavin for years and still just haven't gone for it. It definitely seems well done and a solid upgrade.

    I'm still rocking my Audi Symphony listening to XM radio!!!! I have to hand it to Audi on the sound quality though. Not even being the Bose system, the sound is incredible in my car and sort of why I'm hesitant to do anything in the car. I still remember back in 2007 putting the XM modulator in and thinking it was so great.

    I may have missed it, or maybe it isn't so, but if you put Dynavin in a car with a SAT module, can it remain active or is there a way to set up SAT radio on the system?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    Thanks for the link. Do the brackets move when you turn the steering wheel? I'm guessing not in a $15.00 camera. But it beats not having one, which is my situation right now .
    Nope, the brackets are static. I think I actually prefer it that way. I use them solely as a way to determine distance. I've never seen much use for the ones that turn other than it looks neat-o.

    Quote Originally Posted by oaybar007 View Post
    Wow great detailed info and thanks for sharing it. I've gone back and fourth on Dynavin for years and still just haven't gone for it. It definitely seems well done and a solid upgrade.

    I'm still rocking my Audi Symphony listening to XM radio!!!! I have to hand it to Audi on the sound quality though. Not even being the Bose system, the sound is incredible in my car and sort of why I'm hesitant to do anything in the car. I still remember back in 2007 putting the XM modulator in and thinking it was so great.

    I may have missed it, or maybe it isn't so, but if you put Dynavin in a car with a SAT module, can it remain active or is there a way to set up SAT radio on the system?
    You'll lose the OEM satellite module going with the Dynavin. There are external inputs available that you can use, but you'll have to use an external receiver/tuner.

    I really tried to like XM... but they've gone with quantity over quality... Their transponders have limited bandwidth and instead of using it for a selection of good stations at a decent bitrate, they've gone with a ton of stations at varying levels of low bitrates.

    Spotify/Pandora/etc is where it's at. Paired with the N6 they kick XM's butt. Spotify is really all I use now. I can control it via the HU or the MFSW and the audio quality is great (also get track info on the HU and DIS)!
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    I'd like to hear how you updated the nav software to do street names and 'southbound' instead of SB

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    I'd like to hear how you updated the nav software to do street names and 'southbound' instead of SB
    It was pretty simple. I just followed the file structure on the iGo SD Card down to where the speech library was located, opened the ini in notepad, and changed a few lines. I'm out of country at the moment but when I get home I could pinpoint the specific lines/file structure for you. Adding the street name functionality was as easy as adding the TTS/voice files to the card. More easily, TTS can also be added by purchasing it from iGo in their update app.
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