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2005 XRS radio upgrade

My 2005 Corolla has the 6 CD radio that came in all the XRSmodels. After my 2006 was totaled, theone in my current 2005 doesnít work so well. Especially when it gets hot. Idid a search ond only one post came up. But the unit had navigation.
Anyway, I like to replace it. I do NOT need one with full navigation. I have Garmin GPS and waze.
What I would like is something that will
  • fill the stock position
  • Take CDís (I love to listen to audio books fromthe library on the long trip to work)
  • Take a download off my phone or device so I haveall my music.
  • A radio. Sometimes I like to listen to the local stations.
  • Simple to use.
Thatís it. I wouldalso consider upgrading the car speakers if they fit the stock location.
Any recommendations appreciated. I live on Long Island, NY if someone know a great car audio place to have this done. That would be great.
One last thing, budget is in the $500 to $800 range. Thanks!!!
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go to crutchfield.com and use their configurator, you can choose single or double DIN units and they sell you the proper harness and dash kits as well, you just need to enter your info and the configurator sets you up once you choose one of the radios that fit.
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Unless you need to have multiple discs installed at once, I'd recommend a Kenwood Single DIN receiver. Most of them have CD and front usb input, a 2nd rear usb input for charging, bluetooth, HD radio, lots of colored lights to suit your liking, and support for most apps all for $200 or less. Crutchfield usually supplies the Plastic insert, so you can install your new receiver.

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I stopped at one audio place, just to see what they would recommend. Here is what they recommended:


https://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/excelon/dpx593bt/ $140


https://www.alpine-usa.com/product/s-s65 $100


https://www.alpine-usa.com/product/s-s69 $120


Honestly, unless it was all installed and I could hear it, I have no idea if this is a good system.
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I'm biased to the Kenwood in the Corolla, mainly because I have the similar older, non Excelon model of the one they suggested... DPX500BT.

The Excelon models are usually better, have better sound processing and features.





Kenwood and JVC are now the same company, my next unit for the Scion tC will most likely be Android Auto enabled, and will either be a Kenwood/JVC unit, but Sony and Pioneer are making decent looking Android units as well.
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I went to a few places. Customer service can be a real eye opener. But that is off topic.


Two places I was considering using offered these 2 units:


Mentioned above: https://www.kenwood.com/usa/car/excelon/dpx593bt/


and this one: https://www.pioneerelectronics.com/P...-S6000BS#specs


Can you guys educate me? What are the features to look for? What are the differences that would make one better than the other?
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I'm biased to the Kenwood in the Corolla, mainly because I have the similar older, non Excelon model of the one they suggested... DPX500BT.

The Excelon models are usually better, have better sound processing and features.





Kenwood and JVC are now the same company, my next unit for the Scion tC will most likely be Android Auto enabled, and will either be a Kenwood/JVC unit, but Sony and Pioneer are making decent looking Android units as well.

I have to say that looks like a factory fit. Did you put speakers in too? Or are the stock ones up to the task?
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Yeah, when I purchased the Kenwood deck I knew it changed color, so that was the closest I got to match the OEM lighting on the XRS cluster. My rear speakers eventually blew, so I replaced the 6x9's with a set of aftermarket speakers my neighbor had lying around that he was selling... quite punchy actually.

The fronts are still OEM, and still do the job ok... I honestly love the Double DIN decks, they look much better in that opening than a single DIN and pocket do.



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Op,

Double din or single din?

What features do you want?

Subs and amps in the future?

Flush look?

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Op,

Double din or single din?

My assumption is double DINs aren't necessarily better in terms of sound quality, so I am not sure it matters. But I like the way REN69 looks



What features do you want?


What I would like is something that will
  • fill the stock position
  • Take CDís (I love to listen to audio books from the library on the long trip to work)
  • Take a download off my phone or device so I have all my music.
  • A radio. Sometimes I like to listen to the local stations.
  • Simple to use.
Subs and amps in the future?


No. Probably not

Flush look?

Yes.
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Double DIN looks closer to OEM as there is no gap to close with a pocket... not a lot of manufacturers make single DIN radios anymore, I can't remember the last time Toyota did, but my guess is early 2000s (98-02 Corolla came with them, after that they were Double.)



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The pockets are always warped with the single din HU. Have you tried looking for a OEM nav from a vibe or matrix?

Better off with a pioneer or Sony double din. Plenty of options out there.

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The pockets are always warped with the single din HU. Have you tried looking for a OEM nav from a vibe or matrix?

Better off with a pioneer or Sony double din. Plenty of options out there.
Nav I have covered (2 GPS and phone)


"Better off with a pioneer or Sony double din. Plenty of options out there" If you could make recommendations or point me to a previous post that would be great. I really love the car and this upgrade will make it even better for those long rides to work. What are the key factors to look for? Watts? Thanks guys for the posts!
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Sony WX-920BT
https://www.crutchfield.com/p_158WX9...0BT.html?avf=Y

Kenwood DPX503BT

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_113DPX...3BT.html?avf=Y

Pioneer AVH-501EX DVD receiver

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_130501...1EX.html?avf=Y

It's been quite sometime since I have upgraded any hu in my vehicles. These are based on crutchfields sorting. They all play CD's, have radio, but only the Kenwood is xmsirius ready, and the pioneer can play DVD's and is touch screen. Did not look into wattage or additional features.

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the DPX503BT is the newest version of mine, excellent radio... mine is now about 4yrs old, finally some of the pixels are dying on one corner, otherwise the unit is going strong.



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