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About DennisCooper

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    Ex Police - E39 530d Touring

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  1. DennisCooper

    Innovadrive NXG-39 / OEM look Double DIN Fascia

    Hi, One of the forum members here is running the DMX7018DABS with the NXG-39. The fascia is in stock yes. Just prior to dispatch, I do a final procedure and then out it goes ! Cheers, Dennis!
  2. DennisCooper

    Innovadrive NXG-39 / OEM look Double DIN Fascia

    Hi, The size of the aperture through which the chosen double DIN unit's front face and bezel should/could fit through is 172x96mm. There is a little bit of 'flex' with the top bar in case a unit is just a tiny bit larger, but I'd suggest not trying to bend it too much as there's more chance it'll 'snap' and give way. My suggestion is if there's a head unit or a TFT display panel/screen which is just that tiny bit too large, is to use a sharp file to gradually file away some of the material in order to have it fit snugly. For shallow depth head units, the ones I know 100% will fit, gleaned from feedback from customers so far are; Parrot Asteroid Smart Alpine iLX-700 Alpine iLX-W650 (USA model only so would need to be imported) Kenwood DMX 7018DABS Kenwood Excelon DMX 706S (USA model only so would need to be imported) There's other models like the Kenwood DMX 110BT, DMX125 DAB, Sony XAV-AX3005, Sony XAV -AX1000 which are Shallow Depth but I don't know the exact dimensions of the screen bezel on them. There's a new modular type Pioneer unit, the SPH-EVO62DAB which allows the control unit to be installed elsewhere in the car and the monitor/screen part only installed in the dash area. Again, I don't have the dimensions of the monitor part bezel as yet. I'm hoping to get this information from my contacts at each brands UK HQ's soon. Cheers, Dennis!
  3. DennisCooper

    My e34 M5 Elekta Touring

    Hi, It's a fantastic example, so all credit to you for keeping it OEM & Pristine ! The only thing keeping me from having a little collection is the space to store them! I want another E34 too, there's a 2 owner, with the last being about 27 years, Alpine White example a couple miles away from me and I've already had a great discussion with the owner! Now to look for a bigger house with space to store! Cheers, Dennis!
  4. DennisCooper

    E61 standard hifi?

    Hi Jez, Great stuff! If you already know Peter at Huets, I don't need to say anymore really ! On the 'car' forums, there's plenty of misconceptions about lots of stuff and car audio is no different. Many will say that 'audio' is meant to be at home only and can never achieve great sound in a car. Over the years I've seen many many jaws drop when someone hears a modest, well installed and setup audio system in a car and then compared to what they 'heard' previously. The great thing is that nowadays, it's a lot easier and cheaper to get excellent SQ than what it used to cost in the 90's and early 2000's. Product technology has vastly improved and pricing has dropped massively in relation to performance levels. I'm sort of saying spend more money, but over time! do a stage 1, then 2 and then maybe 3? ! Cheers, Dennis!
  5. DennisCooper

    E61 standard hifi?

    Hi Jez, I'm not far behind you at 47 and also been a hi-fi enthusiast since around 14 ! Between me and some schoolmates, we'd all save up our pocket money/birthday money etc and buy a mid range hi-fi component and share it for a few weeks each amongst us. Older brothers/cousins who were working and had contacts could get us discounts, for instance, Panasonic/Technics main UK centre was a couple miles away and we'd get staff discount prices. A few had home AV and TV shops etc too. The family audio system was Technics and so I'd fiddle around with it etc and try a different cassette deck or record player. A Nakamichi RX202 (or 505?) I remember we all purchased, along with amps/CD players (once they had come out a few years later) from the likes of Rotel, NAD and a few others. I don't doubt that you know what sounds good to you of course, but 'generally' BMW oem audio systems aren't really well rated. I agree that well recorded music can sound better on OEM setups and once some tweaking of audio controls is done, it can be acceptable / good. When I passed my test, I'd already had an Alpine head unit and Clarion 3 way's & 2 ways sitting for a few months prior ready to be fitted into the then family's Vauxhall Cavalier! I'd heard some of the older guys I knew and their setups and wanted to move in the direction they had which was excellent products and well installed - Capri 2.8i Specials & BMW 635CSi's of which there were a number of examples running around in the very late 80's and early 90's around here! So since then all my cars have had upgrades with quality as a fundamental aspect. A few recommendations for you; 1. Huets - http://www.huets.com/ they're in Shoreham by Sea 2. Studio In Car - https://studioincar.com/ they're around the Fareham/Portsmouth area, Speak to Carl. I had him finish off my car's install and do some custom fabrication work. 3. Audio File - https://audiofile-incar.co.uk/audio-upgrades/bmw-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-and-x-series . A good overview on the stage 1,2 and 3 setups they do for BMW's including the E60/1s. Cheers, Dennis!
  6. DennisCooper

    E61 standard hifi?

    Hi, Just goes to show how the same setup can and will sound different to different people! I've heard the base audio in E60's and E90's, E53/E70 X5's and then the same cars with some of the better OEM setups including Logic 7 etc, one of the extended family members 2005 120d had L7 and I thought they all sounded muddy, undefined, woolly bass, lack of sparkle and a bit lifeless. Lots of tweaking improved a little but not much. I've had demo's via a few of the UK's dealer level importers for new products, active DSP addon's etc and although improved by a good margin, to me still didn't sound as good as a modest upgraded/aftermarket setup. For your E61, given you were going to get the upgraded and much better performing MB Quart speakers anyway, I'd say get them and fit them in. As time/budget allows, if you then add in a compact high quality amplifier, those MB Quart's will play even better! The sub bass upgrade under the front seats will also play much more strongly too! I think at this stage you'd be rather astounded at the improvement and most likely won't be describing the OEM setup as you've currently done ! Cheers, Dennis!
  7. DennisCooper

    alphanumeric dash display

    Hi Clavurion, My car has the basic stuff only, instrument cluster looks like this; My Board Computer has a few functions, 6 I think when scrolled via the 'BC' button on the stalk and the details show in that little text display under the odometer. And the head unit area now looks like this; My car is a November 2002 build at Police specification. Cheers, Dennis!
  8. DennisCooper

    Replica touring rear roof spoilers

    Hi, When I was looking for a Touring rooftip spoiler (2008), the OEM ones were very rare to find and when they did show up they were around £300/330 plus delivery. I'd booked my car in for a roof wrap so I just thought to get a replica. It arrived and was warped to an extent, but my bodyshop guy looked at it and said it wasn't too bad and would be able to affix it. Sure enough a day later it was done and remained on up until around 8 months ago. I've had a respray done so all the rough edges it originally came with were smoothed off nicely and it's been reattached/painted. Just making up my mind on what roof wrap to go with this time! As per usual with replica/fibreglass parts, fitment and quality varies. There's no one supplier as there's no brand name etc so you could get a decent'ish one like I did or one that's more banana shaped and won't really fit on nicely/or need a lot more work by the bodyshop you use to make fit. Haven't seen an OEM one for a good few years now, I'm sure a few have turned up here and there, but not recently in my Touring specific searches. Cheers, Dennis!
  9. DennisCooper

    M5 exhaust on 540i

    Hi, Been discussed a number of times before. The M5 exhaust is heavy and setup for the gas flow of an M5 engine, so it'll be the wrong spec as it were for a 540i. Not that you'd be able to tell any real difference really, but not too sure how it'd sound though. Much better value for money to get a new stainless steel backbox installed with better tip choice and from the better entry level stainless steel exhaust specialists, a choice of how loud you'd want the sound to be and usually, a chance to bring it back after a few weeks if you find it too loud or drony etc. Cheers, Dennis!
  10. DennisCooper

    alphanumeric dash display

    Hi, I've used AK Speedo in the last couple months for some custom work on a couple of instrument clusters and will be using them again in the near term future for a little more custom work. Very fast turnaround, great communication from James and a big thumbs up from me No missing pixel work as I don't have the MID panel and the small display in my cluster is working just fine and if/when it goes, I'll look to AK Speedo first. http://www.akspeedo.com/ Cheers, Dennis!
  11. DennisCooper

    E39 touring facelift inner tail lights

    Hi e34m525i, I will have to have a rummage around in my goodies storage, but I'm 95% sure I've got a pair and they'd also need some polish time. That said, they're not too bad as some I've seen ! Cheers, Dennis!
  12. DennisCooper

    530i Auto or Manual

    Hi, Marc P - As per above from Duncan! I have no idea what a Spanner is, so all my mechanical and servicing work is done by those who do and work well with them My 5 speed conversion was carried out by fellow site sponsor/trader Jimmy at Cable Shack ! Cheers, Dennis!
  13. DennisCooper

    disc or not?

    Hi Norseman, You should be able to choose 'CD' as a source within the xtrons unit and yes, you'd put a CD into the slot on the front of the unit Cheers, Dennis!
  14. DennisCooper

    Disc is Unreadable

    Hi, Are you using a genuine Map disk? Cheers, Dennis!
  15. DennisCooper

    disc or not?

    Hi, Does the Xtrons unit you've purchased mention in it's feature list that it connects/works with the OEM CD Changer? Have you connected them both up in the way described in the install instructions (specific cable/extension )? If so, contact Xtrons support to see what they say. If not, leave the CD changer disconnected/remove it as it won't work. Cheers, Dennis!