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      11-20-2017, 02:56 PM   #1
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F32 Base stereo upgrade

I am been trawling through sites trying to figure out what my options are for upgrading the base stereo (Front, Rears & Subs, no Tweeters, No Amp) in my 2013 F32. While it appears the Bimmertech Amp is a well liked solution, I was wondering if there if any other options?

I like the idea of fitting an amp without cutting any wires. Is the Technic PnP an option? Any else I'll need to consider?

Any help on the matter would be great!
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I am been trawling through sites trying to figure out what my options are for upgrading the base stereo (Front, Rears & Subs, no Tweeters, No Amp) in my 2013 F32. While it appears the Bimmertech Amp is a well liked solution, I was wondering if there if any other options?

I like the idea of fitting an amp without cutting any wires. Is the Technic PnP an option? Any else I'll need to consider?

Any help on the matter would be great!
There's no need to cut a single wire with the bimmertech amp.

The choice of speakers is yours, but since Bavsound wont deliver to Europe any longer, I suggest perhaps a set of Focal units combined with the Bimmertech amp and harness.

You'll have to code the HU to HiFi output but otherwise it's plug and play....
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Is there any option other than Bimmertech?
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There's no need to cut a single wire with the bimmertech amp.

The choice of speakers is yours, but since Bavsound wont deliver to Europe any longer, I suggest perhaps a set of Focal units combined with the Bimmertech amp and harness.

You'll have to code the HU to HiFi output but otherwise it's plug and play....
Many USA sources for domestic address that forward overseas.

If they didn’t exist, all the oversea scammers would have much harder time buying iPhones and other items with stolen credit cards and PayPal accounts.

You could always use for a legit purpose.

But yes, some very nice upgrades have been done in EU if you spend sometime reading through the UK threads.
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Is there any option other than Bimmertech?
Yup, but not plug and play and you'll need to get a custom harness. For pure simplicity, the Bimmertech option is the best.

Just a word of warning...if you have a CIC headunit (CHAMP2), the output is crap. Like really crap and you won't be able to get the best out of the amp. The only option then is to plug directly into the amp into the line input, but of course then you lose all car sounds but phone bluetooth still works.

You also have the option of the Alpine upgrade which is not quite plug and play as you need to route power through one of the firewall grommets into the fuse area in the engine bay and that can be tricky.

I've used the Alpine kit in my 1 series before and it's not bad, but you only get front speaker upgrades and an amp. The rears and subs don't get upgraded so you end up with a bit of a half-way upgrade (but then you can change them yourself).

There was also another update from another company that sort of faded away. I can't remember their name but you do need a HiFi set-up for their kit so not really an option for you.

Anything else would require a custom set-up so I can't advise but those are the two easiest options.
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Just a word of warning...if you have a CIC headunit (CHAMP2), the output is crap.
I'm new to BMWs (previously owned Hondas) so how would I tell if mine is a CIC unit? It's a Professsional 8.8" if that helps?
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I have tried both Audison 8.9 and Gladen D2 80.6 and Gladen wins hands down. Great sound and much better DSP adjustments. I have Alpine upgrade set speakers + Gladen subs under the seats. I recommend Gladen speakers to all channels. Car is F31.
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