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skru_fase 11-25-2012 08:00 PM

USB playback - opinions needed please
Hey guys, I have a stock BMW Nav system, and would like to keep it if possible, but add the ability to play USB sticks or SD cards via purchasing some sort of 'adapter'. I see that the DICE mediabridge would work, but I was looking to find something a little cheaper as I don't really need a lot of the functionality that it provides (Bluetooth, Sirius).

All I really care about is having a good interface to navigate folders on the storage, hopefully working steering wheel controls, and obviously display of the media on my screen.

What are the best options out there?

Comments much appreciated....

white46 11-26-2012 05:28 PM

Try gromaudio.com.
They have cyber monday sale going on currently.

skru_fase 11-26-2012 05:32 PM

The Grom unit was the only other one I found which I think may work for me. Does anyone have any experience with both the Grom and Dice Mediabridge systems? From what I have read, the Mediabridge may have a better interface for navigation, but I like the ease of the install of the Grom, and it's quite a bit cheaper... Are there any major differences in sound quality between the two?

markusmarkus 11-26-2012 06:45 PM

Several people have successfully integrated the media bridge.

nukem22 01-03-2013 10:34 PM

My first post, so bear with me. I installed an AUX adapter (http://www.oemautosound.com/pc-292-8...mw-radios.aspx) several years ago that plugs in where the CD changer would go. Used to use if with a portable MP3 player. Last year I added a Kenwood KOS-A300 (http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113KOSA...em.html?tp=119) for only $50. I don't have any pics of it installed, but I mounted the controller, display and USB connector in the pouch above the ashtray._nr_

skru_fase 01-13-2013 10:39 AM

hey guys, ended up going with the Grom unit. Works pretty well. Super easy to install too...

Thanks for all your input.

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