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Would you happen to know if I would lose any functionality or info if I lost the stock head unit and went aftermarket in terms of the drivers info display?
I looked at the Kenwood DNX9980HD which I think is the only head unit that has the Garmin Nav plus all the other features of the 730N. Something like the PAC CR2-CHY4 adapter and its steering wheel control adapter would also be needed. The kenwood uses a proprietary GPS antenna and Camera, perhaps microphone.. so more cable adapters or use of the Kenwood mic and camera, although someone on the web has made the OEM camera work in a Dodge (no details provided). The USB connectors are different but one of the standard types, so more adapters. (you can play iPod video on the Kenwood). With all the adapters and splicing involved, I became a bit concerned about long term reliability. So about $1400 for the radio and $400 plus in adapters... and then you have to ream out the stock opening a bit (7/32") to fit the bigger double DIN chassis. Possible yes... sounds like some work if you want to DIY.

Reviews seem to indicate the Kenwood works very well, but some say the Kenwood unit is agonizing slow.

I would expect other double DIN radios to require the same type of mods and adapters. These radios seem to be designed for upgrading, not for a plug/play replacement.
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:56 AM
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Thanks for the offer, I'd love to take you up on it! Here are my main concerns:

1. Does the head unit have a file maximum that it will read? On many of these units, stock or aftermarket you can indeed hookup a large external flash or HD drive. Problem is some limit the amount of files to something like 2500, 3000, 4000 or 5000. My collection is in excess of 9000 files so I'd love to get a definitive answer as to whether the head unit will see more than say 4000 files. 4000 is where my Audi Q5 hits the limit wall.

2. One other test I would also like to get a 100% definitive answer to is whether the head units DAC is indeed handling the D/A conversion and not the iPod.

Thanks 1200 RT-P, I look forward to your results!
I'll see what I can do. I'm working for the next 8 days straight, so it may be tough, but i'll try.
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Re: New Member With Head Unit Questions

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There is an old head unit for the GC that uses a custom iPod cable instead of an iPod-to-USB cable. But the 430 RHB and the 730 RHR do not.

If it's the same "type A" USB connector that you see on a computer, then yes, it's strictly digital in and therefore the DAC must be done inside the head unit.

I don't know. Chrysler used the new high-speed CAN bus in the GC. I don't know enough about the bus protocols to say whether they've been standardized.
Thanks Andrew, great info once again and very much appreciated again as well!
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Does anyone know if the 430N or 730N have preamp outs so cleaner more powerful amps could be used?

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I'll see what I can do. I'm working for the next 8 days straight, so it may be tough, but i'll try.
If and when you have a moment, no biggie 1200, thanks.
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