At first I thought I wanted a flip out, double din, apple car play, radio, but a little soul searching led me to a more reasonable want list:
- Play Spotify and Pandora from my mobile device
- Connect to Bluetooth and execute Siri commands
- Hands free calling
- Use the existing Bose system, initially
- USB ports, the wife always seems to be charging her phone
I chose a Kenwood, non-CD, media player deck, with the required connection accessories, along with also a USB panel mount extension cable.
The radio will start up my last playing Spotify playlist just after starting the car.
There is a dedicated phone button that prompts Siri.
The radio comes with a microphone and a long cable. I mounted the microphone just on the inside top of the driver side A-Pillar. Siri communications works well with the top down, but windows up. With the windows down the wind noise confuses her.
The radio has two USB connectors, one in front and one in the rear of the deck. I mounted the USB extension cable, which is a panel mountable, inside the center console, connecting the cable to the rear USB connection, with a little electrical tape around the connection, as I really don't want to go in there again..
I'm very happy with the radio choice, and with the proper EQ setting, it sounds great to me.
I sold the old cassette deck on Ebay for a couple of dollars, and still have the CD changer.
Here is my buy list:
I would of ordered everything from Crutchfield but they had the deck on back-order and I was antsy.