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Upgrade to DAB? C70

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Old Sep 16th, 2018, 19:16   #1
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Default Upgrade to DAB? C70

As title, really, Id like to upgrade the standard 'high performance' radio in my 11reg C70, to include DAB.

I have a Pure Highway which I had in a previous car, this would do the job, but I have a pathological aversion to trailing or visible wires, so its a no-no.

I know a different aerial would be needed, but (a) the OE unit isnt standard DIN, and (b) it also displays the AC settings and phone details.

Anyone know if theres a Volvo option, or am I reduced to using my iPhone and the aux input?

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Old Sep 16th, 2018, 19:33   #2

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Bluepower is the obvious solution but expensive (800 fully specced up) and poor feedback on customer service. Don't know how they deal with the antenna issue though. Bluepower shows all the car info., so is a very nice integrated solution.

I had a pure highway in mine but had to ditch it due to the crap window stick antenna. The stick on window thing just doesn't give any decent reception in Suffolk.

Now have an Autodab Go with external antenna. Much better reception but still not perfect compared to wife's xc60 with DAB as standard. You can route the wires out of sight.

Mobile streaming via the aux socket works, but awkward if you want to change station. Very discreet though.
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Old Sep 17th, 2018, 13:25   #3
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The BluePower works, but has it's limitations - see my thread. The DAB+ add-on comes with a couple of aerials you stick on a window.

Alternatively, have a look at the DAB On Wheels website, there are a number of different options and lots of useful information on there.
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Old Sep 17th, 2018, 18:10   #4
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It's perfectly possible to do a Pure 300Di/Alpine EZIDAB install that look wire free.

See here and here.

Mounted on a Brodit mount and wires all routed behind the console it looks pretty clean. You can see the antenna on the left side of the windscreen.
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