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Dash Radio Upgrade 2006 Diplomat


Scotty Hutto
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Upgraded the dash radio and speakers and added a subwoofer to my dash radio.

Replaced the stock Magnadyne (1.5 DIN) radio with a Pioneer AVH-X4800BS double din radio. Thanks to @pwhittle for the very sleek trim plate. (Note: This is a unit I already owned; If I were to purchase something today, I would get one with CarPlay and Bluetooth -- something like the Pioneer AVH-W4500NEX)

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Added a Pioneer TS-WH500A powered subwoofer and placed it under the dash console behind the bottom drawer

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When I added the pic below, it reminded me that I removed about 6-8’ of flex AC conduit that was coiled up back there  

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Replaced the stock Magnadyne 5-1/4" speakers with JBL Concert Series 521 5-14" 2-way speakers.  Although I went from 3-way to 2-way, the sound is greatly improved.


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Nice. Did you have to modify the drawer for the sub to fit?   And do you replace all the speakers in the ceiling and did they require any modifications?    Pics of sub installed and new speakers installed please?  

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I am interested in changing out my magnadyne m9900dvds as it is the second one that I have and does not work.  It lights up but nothing happens.

Looking for alternate radios that will fit in the hole or have an adapter plate for a new radio.  would be pleased to see what other have done.

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The size you will need is a 1.5DIN radio and there's not much out there.  Many of us enlarged the hole for a double DIN radio as Scotty's pic above shows.  That is what I also did and would be my suggestion.  Car audio shops or Best Buy could do the install for you. 

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On 2/6/2021 at 7:46 AM, Steven P said:

Nice. Did you have to modify the drawer for the sub to fit?   And do you replace all the speakers in the ceiling and did they require any modifications?    Pics of sub installed and new speakers installed please?  

I did not have to modify the drawer.  There is plenty of room behind the drawer for the subwoofer.  I did remove the drawers for the installation, and it was a little difficult getting back there to anchor the subwoofer to the floor.

I replaced four of the six speakers, and rewired them so that they are set up to use the balance and fader properly.  I disconnected the bedroom speakers, and will address them in a future project - most likely somehow tied in with the bedroom TV.

I’ll add some pics next time I make it over to the coach. 😁

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I changed-out my original stereo that was connected to the CD player, DVD player, TV and had GPS built-in.  The thing is it was so complicated I could never understand it.  I also replaced the drop-down TV with a smart tv.  I gave-up on CD's, DVD,s as streaming is my future.  I found this Alpine single DIN with a large screen.  Now I plug-in my iPhone and use Apple play, bluetooth, Google maps and it is constantly updating and plug and play.  So much easier!  Here is the unit I installed, I highly recommend it.  https://www.crutchfield.ca/p_500ILXF259/Alpine-Halo9-iLX-F259.html

Cheers!

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