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    Active Member Two Rings
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    What Radio Do I Have?

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    Now, let me start off by saying I'm the 3rd owner of this car, and basically everything that was ever touched by anyone other than what was installed at the factory has been done wrong; Not sure who the previous mechanics were, but I am sure happy I don't live anywhere near them. I believe the radio was also installed wrong, but I haven't pulled it out for fear it just disintegrates and I'm stuck with no radio for a while.

    My car is a 2006 A4 Avant Quattro, and I think it has most options you could have gotten with the car. There is a sub in the right quarterpanel as well. My vehicle has steering wheel controls.

    Now, the car currently has a Kenwood Excelon 1-DIN headunit fitted, and it both functions poorly, and has an insanely asinine interface. It has some issues too, in case this helps anything:
    - Radio and CD/BT have the same fader setup, but functionally they're way different (I have to leave the headunit faded 12 forward for radio to work right, 0 for BT and CD)
    - Raising volume above 25 results in a weird "clipping"; basically sounds like the amp is going into overload and turning off and on very quickly with a ton of static.

    Is this enough information to figure out what radio WAS in there? I am hoping to replace it with a radio/nav combo, and keep bluetooth functionality.

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    Veteran Member Four Rings
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    You would have had either a Symphony II unit (not a II+) or an RNS-E. No real way to say which was originally in there without pulling that Kenwood unit out and even then if whoever put it in hacked up your wiring harness it may still be difficult to know exactly which of those 2 was in there. If I were you I would pull it out and take a look at the wiring harness, if you get lucky they used an aftermarket harness and left your OEM harness intact and you can just unplug it and install something new. To retain nav and bluetooth you will need to look at double DIN units and unless you get another Kenwood with the exact same harness you have to get a new one anyway.

    Look at the speaker grills will tell you if you had Bose or not (will have Bose stamped on the grill).
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    Stage 3 Forum Advertiser Four Rings Christian@enfig's Avatar
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    The clipping is caused by not disconnecting the center channel speaker.

    Audi's all suffer from low rear audio. Just google Audi low rear audio. Our harness fixes the problem.

    I can make everything better but you have to make sure that your harness is still intact.
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    Active Member Two Rings
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christian@enfig View Post
    The clipping is caused by not disconnecting the center channel speaker.

    Audi's all suffer from low rear audio. Just google Audi low rear audio. Our harness fixes the problem.

    I can make everything better but you have to make sure that your harness is still intact.
    My car is in the shop for like 20 problems, and I yanked the radio and gave it to a friend to ensure that I replace it once the car comes back. Here is a pic of the existing harness; thankfully they didn't cut it up. There is also some kind of steering wheel control module that's installed as well.

    Is this picture of the plug good enough for you to identify it?
    WP_20170328_14_09_28_Pro.jpg

    As well, thankfully there's no "Bose" logos anywhere. I am not finding any radios I like currently, but I have an old Blaupunkt Alaska and Alpine 7977 collecting dust that would be nice to use in the interim; the latter has no internal amplifiers of it's own, and I'm not sure if it can use the factory ones (the Alpine has something like 5.9v outputs or something nutty like that).

    Thanks!

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    Stage 3 Forum Advertiser Four Rings Christian@enfig's Avatar
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    If you use the alpine you shouldn't need the HILO if it has 6V outputs. Give me the whole part number and I'll give you a list of parts needed.
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    Active Member Two Rings
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    A thread resurrection of my own thread: with the updated image below, can anyone identify what radio WAS in my car? My brother was at an auto wreckers that had an Audi similar to mine, so he grabbed the radio (he's working on getting the code). While it physically fits, the connectors are different.

    Attached is an updated pic of MY connectors (including the antenna one):
    IMG_20190413_183739.jpg

    Here's a pic of the back of the radio that doesn't fit in my car:
    IMG_20190413_183829.jpg

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    Stage 3 Forum Advertiser Four Rings Christian@enfig's Avatar
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    That's a radio from a 2007-2008 or a 2009 Convertible.
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