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Carl (cwmoser) posted this after my posting about installing a new head unit in the "What Did You Do...Today" thread:

"benztag , a suggestion ... Start a new Thread titled "Post a photo of your Aftermarket Radio". I think it would be
interesting seeing what other folks use. Might be a lot of cool radios out there like yours we are not aware of."

So here it is. I'll start with the Kienzle CR1225 DAB+ head unit that I just installed. I didn't know they existed until Martin from Germany posted a pic of his (Danke, Martin!). I bought mine from a vendor in Germany via eBay as they are not available here. Kienzle, Continental, and VDO are apparently the same, or very similar head units but with various appearances. These heads appear to be popular in Europe. I have found pics of the three brands installed in Benzes, BMWs, and Porsches. Some installed over here too.
I replaced an old p/o installed Alpine head. So far, I'm very happy with it. The display screen is actually dark, but appears light in the pic from the camera flash.
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Great idea Benztag, I recall spinning up a similar thread last year or so but didn't get too far - let's see if this one takes off!

Here's my Becker Europa - not aftermarket per se, but it's not the radio the car came with originally so technically it is aftermarket :) Alas, there's a new one coming soon!

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Credit to Carl (cwmoser) for this thread. Your Europa looks really nice. I think I would have a hard time pulling it. The decision to replace the old p/o installed Alpine was easier for me.
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When I bought my 560 4 years ago it came with an awful silver Japanese cassette-player.
I eventually found a european single CD unit that was never fitted to any model in North-America. (I believe that N-A never had a single CD player, they only came with trunk or glove-box fitted changers) If you check out the German ebay.de You will find these units. Put “Mercedes audio 10 CD“ in the search and you’ll find lots for sale. they are made by Becker and they can also be paired with a CD-changer. I know many of you will want a blue-tooth connection but I’m a bit old school. I don’t know this for a fact, but I assume that Becker N-A can add that this these units as well. (And I have way to many cd’s in the house that I don’t play anymore.) My wife had at the time a c230 coupe with a factory glovebox mounted CD-changer that she never used, so I ”borrowed” it and bought a used glovebox-insert for my 560 since it had to be cut to fit the changer. I wanted this to be reversible.

I really like the factory look of the Mercedes branded unit.
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PO had installed a Clarion system, head unit, 4" speakers, sub and amp in the boot. I removed all that, mostly as I wanted blue tooth and no boot sub. Installed a Continental head unit, no cd or dab, neither of which I'm interested in. Really happy with the unit and it's relatively simple to operated. Sound is good enough, although 4" speakers are very limiting. A bonus I took a punt on, illumination matches the rest of the interior. Pic below shows a yellow shift, but in reality the colours look identical. Have to admit, doing it again, I most likely would be swayed to the Keinzle unit above, looks a little more classy than the Continental

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Here is a before and after shot where I replaced the factory radio with a Kenwood.
I'm not exactly loving the looks of the Kenwood but I do like big knobs over pushbuttons.
Like to find a Radio that "trips my trigger"

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BTW, the reason I replaced that factory Radio in my 380SL was because it would drain my battery.
Installed the Kenwood and afterward did not have a battery drain problem.

Later, I installed that factory radio in my 560SL wondering if it really was the cause for the battery drain issue.
Yep, the battery in my 560SL would drain down too with it installed.

I will say the factory Radio has these pluses:
  • easier to operate, less complicated
  • easier to read the display with my 72 year old eyes
  • fits in the slot slightly better
 
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I don't know what it is but I like it. Is it a "Radio Delete"?
 

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I know this might be sacrilegious to some of you but my car is not a show car and it came with a bad aftermarket cassette deck. I looked at Cruchfield and found a nice head unit with CD, Bluetooth and usb for under $100 (on sale) and some Alpine 4” speakers (in stock location) that kick ass.

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All of my music is on my phone anyway and this works out very well. This works great for GPS and phone calls too. My phone case magnetically adheres to its base and is very secure when on the dash...

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In the future I might add an amplifier, maybe two more speakers and a sub. I don’t want to cut up the car (why I haven’t done it yet) maybe sub under seat but haven’t really put much thought into it yet...sounds pretty good as is!
 

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Excellent condition! It looks brand new, and right where it belongs. Chances are that you had to pay more than you may have wanted, but the end result looks well worth it.
 

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Thanks @benztag - it cost €450 which is a lot of money, but not for a radio in such original and pretty much mint condition. Most importantly it was serviced last year by a specialist in Germany https://www.oldtimer-radio.de/home.php?sprachauswahl=2 incl. warranty and that job cost €238, so overall great value proposition especially when you see those ridiculous prices on Ebay. I've been eyeing Mexico for a few months and waiting for the right one to show up on my radar - finally I got lucky :)
 
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