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SO I SEE THESE ADVERTISED FOR $729.99 ...assuming this is a good price i also saw a old ad they had where the price was $769. Whats the typical price. I want one so bad but I am doing HP upgrades and kids Xmas is important. should I pull the trigger now and wait on new Blower or get the deal now lol.
Also can you see Face time on these or messenger Face time?
 

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That's about the right price. I don't see them putting these on sale. Too small a market. Sale is what you do when you have excess inventory you need to move before the quarter closes. They don't carry much inventory. Mine had to ship from China and took about 2 weeks to show up.
 

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Mine is Android 7. But this is the second one I got. The first was Android 4. Someone on the forum bought that off me and at last report was pretty happy with it. I was, except that it was too slow for the things I wanted to do with it. The Android 7 version is much faster but otherwise pretty much the same.
 

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Avoid the 4.4 units. They work but are too slow. Try to get a 8.1 or 9.0 one. I was reading the 9.0 comes as fastboot. There's custom firmwares available from a guy called sergey kozlov that adds nice features and solves several issues. Don't buy with phoenix, better via alibaba and invest the saved money for the custom firmware.
 

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Mine is Android 7. But this is the second one I got. The first was Android 4. Someone on the forum bought that off me and at last report was pretty happy with it. I was, except that it was too slow for the things I wanted to do with it. The Android 7 version is much faster but otherwise pretty much the same.
lol, I was the guy that bought yours and as you mentioned it is very slow, and freezes all the time. As I mentioned in my thread, I am in Italy for the next three years (should be returning around 2023), and I plan to upgrade to whatever the latest version is. Very happy with it overall, if it wasn't so slow and I believe that is fixed in the later versions.......
 

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I'm debating the Android 9 one
I know somewhere in this thread it was mentioned about the devices running 4.4 but reporting as a higher version
Hope that's not the case with theAndroid 7/8/9 units
 

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The instructions are only marginally helpful. The hardest part of the job is getting the center stack apart and removing the old HU and they don't provide any help for that. The Tesla replacement goes in as a single assembly, with two bolts to hold it in. You just need to plug stuff in that you unplugged from the original HU. There's a picture to show you the connectors plugged in as a reference. It's really pretty easy to put in. The hardest part of this step is just juggling the assembly while you do the plugging. If you had someone to hold it for you, that problem goes away.
 

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Well I bit the bullet and bought the Android 9 fast boot version (with built in Android Auto)
Now begins the waiting game to see how long it takes to get to me (Canada)
 

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My first one took a few days. The second took a few weeks. With Covid, coming from China, you might be looking at a month...
 

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Looks like this thread has gone quiet.
I got my shipping information and expected delivery data is Thurs 25th.
However looking at the tracking information, it does indicate that as of this morning it's 'Arrived at Delivery Facility in ONTARIO SERVICE AREA - CANADA'

Then I'll have to reread some of these pages.

@RocketSled maybe you can advise.
I remember someone mentioning in here that the base/treble levels should be flattened on the stock radio first? Is this true?
If so, is there a volue level I should have the stock radio at before replacing as well?
 

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I rehooked the oem unit to increase the volume. My hope was that the static background noise I have will go away. It had no effect on the volume when I reinstalled the Tesla unit.
 

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I rehooked the oem unit to increase the volume. My hope was that the static background noise I have will go away. It had no effect on the volume when I reinstalled the Tesla unit.
Even though my CTS was totaled over 2 years ago, I remember there being a page on the tesla-style unit that allowed you to change all of the OEM amplifier settings (as well as amplifier volume) without having to put the OEM head unit back in to change the settings.
 

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I rehooked the oem unit to increase the volume. My hope was that the static background noise I have will go away. It had no effect on the volume when I reinstalled the Tesla unit.
Good to know. Thanks.

Even though my CTS was totaled over 2 years ago, I remember there being a page on the tesla-style unit that allowed you to change all of the OEM amplifier settings (as well as amplifier volume) without having to put the OEM head unit back in to change the settings.
I remember reading about changing car type to get additional settings and flipping back.
But was just curious if some of the struggles was due to the unit trying to amplify something that was very low to begin with.
 

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If your Cartype is set to CTS-HI, then you have under console separate lever for volume, bass, etc. The same as on the oem unit. To minimize the static noise, I lowered the volume under console from 40 to 25. But then the overall volume is very low. If you set it back to cartype CTS you can get some of the lost volume back.
 

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I haven't had the issue with hiss/static and low volume on my setup with either the first one I bought (that was Android 4 based) and the second one I bought (that was Android 7 based). I sold the first to someone on the forum who didn't report any problems with the audio on his car. So my guess is that it was fixed at some point in the production of the first version and carried forward to the second. Since it's not my car that seems to be the factor.

The front/rear fader doesn't work correctly. Set that with the stock HU before you remove and don't touch the fader in the Tesla unit Equalizer page. If you do touch it, you'll lose the ability to fade to the rear afterwards. But note, this may also have been fixed. I busted the interface board on my new unit and used the one from the old. The control of the fader is in that interface board (since that's where the OBD interface is, and the Bose amp is controlled digitally over the OBD vs. with knobs). The newer one may have worked correctly. I never bothered to get Phoenix to send me a new one since I wasn't psyched to take the thing out of the car again anyway, and I'm happy with the way it sounds in spite of its hobbled adjustability.

The tone controls in the equalizer actually work pretty good, though what they do is counterintuitive (meaning, they're labeled like frequency bands but that isn't quite what they seem to control). I just move them around until I get the sound that I like. And there is a significant range of variation in the sound. The defaults the tablet starts up with are terrible. The system sounds substantially better with a little experimentation.

Also worth noting, if you press the RESET button on the front of the unit, all the audio settings are reset to their defaults. Nothing else is reset that I've noticed.
 
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