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I have a '09 ford escape XLS with the standard radio (as in, not the fancy nav radio of the more expensive models). I've had the car for three months now and i'd like to upgrade the radio to something a little nicer. Would I need to get ford's own touchscreen nav/radio as an upgrade because of the dedicated phone buttons and whatnot? (my escape is equipped with the Microsoft SYNC, I wouldn't want to mess with that) if not, what do you guys suggest as other options? and lastly, how would I start going on about doing all this? I would appreciate any help.
 

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Mobius said:
I have a '09 ford escape XLS with the standard radio (as in, not the fancy nav radio of the more expensive models). I've had the car for three months now and i'd like to upgrade the radio to something a little nicer. Would I need to get ford's own touchscreen nav/radio as an upgrade because of the dedicated phone buttons and whatnot? (my escape is equipped with the Microsoft SYNC, I wouldn't want to mess with that) if not, what do you guys suggest as other options? and lastly, how would I start going on about doing all this? I would appreciate any help.
If you want to keep SYNC, I believe the only option you have is to:

A. Ditch it all and run aftermarket (some aftermarket options mirror SYNC technology anyway)
B. Keep SYNC, leave the head unit stock, and improve downstream (which is possible, believe it or not.)
C. These things, which sorta figure 1/2 of it out: http://cgi.ebay.com/Metra-Axxess-AFSI-0 ... 20acbfaae3
http://cgi.ebay.com/Metra-Axxess-AFSI-0 ... 1c0ba8dff4

IMO, SYNC features are overrated, but I don't own it so perhaps its in the eye of the owner. Sound quality is more important to me so anything that gets in the way gets axed. And if you have the same preferences, I can definitely help.
 

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fourthmeal, I would prefer to keep the headunit when I get the chance to upgrade my sound system. How does that work? I'm audio-technologically inept.
 

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fourthmeal, I would prefer to keep the headunit when I get the chance to upgrade my sound system. How does that work? I'm audio-technologically inept.
Its complicated in that the stock HU adds distortion that affects the rest of your system build. I have covered this a few times on the forums, do a search for my posts and soak that stuff in, then we can cover more in depth specific to your issue.

I'm all for keeping the stock deck if you MUST, but remember it is severely limiting the sound quality potential. I wish you guys could hear my truck...the thing has a strong presence and a really wide and deep soundstage that brings you right to the music. Replacing the stock deck, adding processing power for time alignment, using quality front separates (woofer / tweeter), a decent sub, heavily deadening / sealing the doors and trunk area (against rattles, resonance, all that), and having a decent amount of power on tap is what it took. But man the results speak for themselves. It just depends on how good you want your music to be in a car. Not LOUD, but how real, how natural and effortless do you want it? Loud is easy, getting good is tough but worth it.

You can also get all the goodies you want, like iPod hookup, bluetooth connection, etc. etc.
 
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