[Biturbos4] Phatnoise Installation.
northrup at crazybug.com
Mon May 29 02:14:12 EDT 2006
As others have posted before, these have been dropping in price quite a
bit. They seem to have stablized between $150 and $180 for the unit
and adapter cable (Interface Wire Lead) for the B5S4. The S4 should have
the CD changer cable available already, even if the car does not have a CD
Anyway, I picked one up last week.
I was skeptical about the voice prompting, at first but it is really much
better than taking your eyes off the road and the navigation is quite
quick. So far i like it better than looking down at an ipod or similar
device... and navigation through artist/genre/album is quite efficient.
The unit mounts into the CD Changer spot in the S4, but there are only two
screw holes that line up. I opted to remove the bracket and add another
hole for stability. The unit sits in there quite firmly now.
If one searches the various audi archives, one will notice that there are
two models. The older one (red?) had a flat base and using velcro to
attach the unit to the bracket would be the way to go. The newer unit
has a curved base, so i wasn't quite so keen on the velco plan.
If you opt to order one for the B5 S4, do not order the brackets. they
will be useless to you. Keep in mind also that these are now
discontinued, so you'll have to find one in stock somewhere.
New cartridges shouldn't be much of a problem as the DMS and Phatbox
continues to be sold for other applications. In addition, google will
show you how to replace the hdd if you are so inclined.
I do dislike the tones that present themselves after one has finally
selected the playlist/track/etc that one wishes to play. It's not really
bad, but i'd like to get rid of it. Maybe i'll look into that.
'00 S4 BiTurbo
'94 RX7 TwinTurbo
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