04-05-2011, 12:18 AM
Join Date: Feb 2011
My Ride: 2002 325i
| My Dice Silverline Duo Review (Radio harness tested with iPhone 4)
I installed the unit this friday. It took me about 2 hours. (I have never taken the e46 dash apart at this point) The dash/radio removal was very easy if you follow the DIYs. The only issue I had was fitting the harness behind the radio. After cutting my hand countless times and trimming the plastic connector I managed to get it fit without cutting the central vent support. Keeping in mind I have installed countless sound systems, I found this a huge pain in the but to do. I would definitely recommend getting the trunk harness. It does take a little bit longer but you will not be as frustrated and cut up.
Sounds great, only a small amount of noise. I can only hear it when the phone is not playing any music and the volume is fairly high.
Ability to control the iPhone through the steering wheel. I was surprised that I was able to control third part applications such as Steamtome.
The interface is very good considering what they had to work with.
Esthetically the unit feels VERY cheap. The insides of the unit rattled. I had to open it and stuff in a small peace of foam to prevent it.
I feel that the input connector on the unit will break off if the cable is plugged in more than 10x. It has a good amount of play.
The Ipod cable is overly thick. The connector is monstrous. It will not fit with many cases. I am hoping they did this for durability. Time will tell.
Sometimes gets stuck in a weird mode Ipod is unlocked and doesn't let you control the radio
Initially when connected to a iphone it thinks it is a video out so the steering wheel controls dont work. This is remedied by unplugging the iphone and plugging it back in again.
Update: A few weeks into the install. I placed the unit in the glove box for easy access for firmware updates. A few days ago the device stopped working. I had a look at it and one of the wires broke off the connector. I have contacted Dice about a replacement radio wire. I doubt they will sell me one.
In conclusion. The device barely does what is stated. If your vehicle is able to use the standard aux in I would use that. The construction of the whole device is worse than some eBay knock offs I have purchased. Do not mount the device where the wires will have play such as the glove box.
I would not purchase this device again.