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talked to a shop the other day that does impressive work -- i already purchased my subs, speakers, and sub amp so all I need is a box for the subs, amp for the components, and the speakers and amps installed.

their pricing lines up pretty well except for one thing - they say they need to pull the head unit and "condition" it to make sure it gives a clean output - and want $350 for labor. what exactly is the deal with that? shouldn't my hk head unit be able to talk to the xtant and phoenix gold amps just fine?
 

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sounded like that was what was going on - i thought the head unit already put out a clean balanced signal, but i obviously am way out of my element w/this stuff...
 

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The signal isn't necessarily bad, but it's not balanced, not balanced to where it puts out a 100% perfect signal. I personally think $350 is a HUGE waste of money, especially for a factory headunit. You could run a line driver for half that and get the same result.
 

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nevermind, just saw your other post... i'll pm you in a sec
 

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seriously! it's a lot of money. i want to keep the factory unti though because of the look (no aftermarket unit will fit right or look as good) and the steering wheel controls...
 

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That sounds like a rip off to me too. BTW They do make adapters for aftermarlet headunits that allow you to retain the function of the steering wheel controls. Ask Ron about them.
 

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is the bmw head unit really not good enough to give my xtant and phoenix gold amps a good signal?
 

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get a line driver, thats what id with my stock head unit and my system sounds great. i had an aftermarket head unit in my last car and it sounds just as good
 

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so do I still need to get amps that can handle the "Balanced" input? i.e. Phoenix gold, or could I use an MTX 6304 for the infinity kappas?
 

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PAC SWI-X is one.

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That sounds like a rip off to me too. BTW They do make adapters for aftermarlet headunits that allow you to retain the function of the steering wheel controls. Ask Ron about them.
 

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i haven't seen any head units that will "fit in" with the bimmer dash aesthetically though
 
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