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post #1 of 18 Old 18th April 2012, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Intravee + Alpine KCA-420i + Sirius ALP1 Module + A/D Convertor

Hey all - I pulled my Intravee setup out of my 2001 740iA. It will work with most (all?) BMW models up to 2004 or so - the ibus models - including e39, e46, e38, etc. The whole setup was bought in 7/2008.

It consists of the following:

Intravee II - Intravention - Home

This replaces your factory six disk changer, and lets you connect supported peripherals such as the iPod and Sirius modules.

Alpine KCA-420i - Alpine KCA-420i iPod control interface at Crutchfield.com

This is the iPod module which works with the Intravee - controls your music with your steering wheel controls, song info etc on your MID or nav screen. Works great with the latest iPhones with the included Griffin "charge convertor".

Alpine SIR-ALP1 - SIRIUS SIR-ALP1 Satellite radio tuner for 2004-up Alpine stereos at Crutchfield.com

This module adds Sirius satellite radio via the Intravee; again, steering wheel controls work, etc. I had it set up so the "auto reverse" button on the nav screen switches between the iPod and Sirius modes. This radio has an active subscription through next January or so.

Dice DSP convertor

This is needed to connect Intravee to a vehicle with the DSP option; this includes the newer e38s, most (all) M5s, etc.

Griffin Charge Converter - http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001OI2VGI

This is needed to allow newer Apple iPod devices to charge from systems designed for the older (firewire based) ones.

All are in perfect working condition; prefer to sell as a package.

To my knowledge these items are no longer available. There is an intravee + kca-420i on ebay for 380.

I'll let everything go for 400 or best offer.

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Still available - nothing firm yet.


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How would you rate the Sirius radio sound quality with this setup? Also, do you have the necessary wiring to accompany the items you've listed? Anything else I would need for XM radio?

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The sound quality is pretty good - not as good as a CD, but on par with mp3s from the iPod/iPhone, depending on how much they compress the channel. All wiring you need is there. Sirius and XM are merged now, so you should get the channels you want with this - check that on the sirius web site - they have channel lists there. The current subscription is the complete lineup.


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The sound quality is pretty good - not as good as a CD, but on par with mp3s from the iPod/iPhone...
Is the quality on par with FM transmitters or would you say it's superior? Static? Rate on a scale (worst)1-to-10(best) compared to CD's?

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....depending on how much they compress the channel.
Explain? Sorry I'm entirely unfamiliar with iPod technology (looking to change that here).


I apologize for the questions, I want to be certain this is what I'm after. Been toying with the idea of going with a similar setup specifically for the satellite radio function and looking for the right compromise.


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Is the quality on par with FM transmitters or would you say it's superior? Static? Rate on a scale (worst)1-to-10(best) compared to CD's?
It's considerably better than FM transmitters - it's a direct audio connection from the source (Sirius) to your car's amp. The quality of the sound is pretty much entirely dependent upon the quality of your source material, rather than affected by the audio connections etc.


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Explain? Sorry I'm entirely unfamiliar with iPod technology (looking to change that here).
IPods play digital music; similar to CDs, except in order to make songs fit in a reasonable amount of space, they compress the music. That compression is usually measured by a "bit rate". The higher the bit rate, the larger the song files, and the better quality the sound. The best quality sound is achieved through no compression at all; which is what you get from audio CDs. The typical bit rate of commonly found MP3's is 128. They say most people can't hear the difference on bit rates higher than 128; many would argue that.

The way satellite radio works similarly compresses the audio stream in order to minimize the amount of data you need to receive from the satellites. Higher compressed stations tend to have worse audio quality - kinda warbly and robotic - and lower compressed stations have higher quality. Sirius/XM usually compress talk stations the most, since it doesn't matter as much, and popular music stations the least.

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Thanks for the info, I appreciate it. It sounds like this is what I want.

Last questions, I don't have the updated BM-53 radio, do I need it for this application? Will the satellite radio stations and/or iPod songs display on the NAV or the OBC?

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