SaturnFans.com
what's new (beta) - classifieds - forums - photos


Go Back   SaturnFans.com Forums > Models > Saturn S-Series > S-Series Mods
Register FAQ Members List Groups Calendar Chat Room Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-27-2019, 09:47 PM   #1
Hiisi
Member
Hiisi is on a distinguished road
 
Hiisi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 62

1998 SL2
Question What do you think of this stereo?

Has anyone tried this stereo?
My biggest concern is the power consumption. Won't it overload the car wiring? There's some notorious problem with our cars when people upgrade stereos

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to Hiisi's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help Hiisi reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
Hiisi is offline   Reply With Quote
SaturnFans.com Sponsored Links
Old 10-27-2019, 10:39 PM   #2
Chub
Member
Chub will become famous soon enough
 
Chub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Maine
Posts: 463
 

1995 SC2
Default Re: What do you think of this stereo?

Not sure about that one, but if you are ever concerned about the radio drawing too much power -- you should just run a separate dedicated power line straight off of the battery.

...
1995 SC2: Back on the road again after my second engine rebuild in two years.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to Chub's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help Chub reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
Chub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2019, 11:44 PM   #3
98_Gold_Uranus
Member
98_Gold_Uranus is a jewel in the rough98_Gold_Uranus is a jewel in the rough98_Gold_Uranus is a jewel in the rough98_Gold_Uranus is a jewel in the rough
 
98_Gold_Uranus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Lake City Florida
Posts: 145

1998 SL2
Default Re: What do you think of this stereo?

Pretty cheap Chinese aftermarket radio...

I'm HIGHLY skeptical about that 4x60w power rating... I'd say more like 60w max total output for a 4 channels combined maybe... MAYBE...

It MIGHT pull 5 amps max at full volume. For less than $50, you can't expect much. I've take apart some cheap units like this, and they have literally nothing but the screen on the front, a small circuit board on the back about the size of a credit card, and the rest is open space inside. There's literally NOTHING to them.

Don't waste your money on that cheap garbage...

But, to answer your question, I don't think the electrical system in the Saturn would have any issues powering it. But I'd keep a fire extinguisher in the passenger seat at all times, just in case the radio decided to spontaneously combust...


For what it's worth, I'm running a pretty cheap Android radio in my 98, gives pretty good sound to almost max volume.


...
98 SL2, 70k miles, kept in the family since new!

Her name is Uranus :)

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to 98_Gold_Uranus's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help 98_Gold_Uranus reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
98_Gold_Uranus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2019, 01:38 AM   #4
focusofheart
Member
focusofheart is a jewel in the roughfocusofheart is a jewel in the roughfocusofheart is a jewel in the rough
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Southern California
Posts: 238
 

1998 SL2
Default Re: What do you think of this stereo?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hiisi View Post
Has anyone tried this stereo?
My biggest concern is the power consumption. Won't it overload the car wiring? There's some notorious problem with our cars when people upgrade stereos
'Top 10 Best Touch Screen Car Stereo Radios in 2019 Reviews'

https://topbestspec.com/best-touch-s...-stereo-radio/

https://www.topbest10reviews.com/top...tereo-reviews/

Although I would go for a Kenwood, TDYJWELL is listed on both those review websites - interesting.

...
1998 SL2

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to focusofheart's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help focusofheart reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
focusofheart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2019, 07:14 AM   #5
jpsuli
Member
jpsuli is a jewel in the roughjpsuli is a jewel in the roughjpsuli is a jewel in the rough
 
jpsuli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 202
 

1997 SL2
Default Re: What do you think of this stereo?

Here is my review of one of those cheap Chinese radios, photos are in the post, link. If you don't want to read it, just know that these are bigger than standard double din units, the one I purchased (and most likely the one you are looking at) are a hair bigger than the name brands so they don't fit the Saturns at all. They sound okay for the money, but mine had a major static issue, and as someone who has tested these radios for customers, they generally have defects about 1/2 the time.

...
'97 Saturn SL2 @ 140k

r/Saturn_Cars moderator

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to jpsuli's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help jpsuli reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
jpsuli is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2019, 08:07 AM   #6
fetchitfido
Super Member
fetchitfido has a brilliant futurefetchitfido has a brilliant futurefetchitfido has a brilliant futurefetchitfido has a brilliant futurefetchitfido has a brilliant futurefetchitfido has a brilliant futurefetchitfido has a brilliant futurefetchitfido has a brilliant futurefetchitfido has a brilliant futurefetchitfido has a brilliant futurefetchitfido has a brilliant future
 
fetchitfido's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 14,357
 

2001 SC2
Default Re: What do you think of this stereo?

Only Sony makes a couple of receivers that'd be hard on the wiring, with a built in 40w x 4 RMS unit.


That unit's 60w x 4 rating is an optimistic max rating, not RMS. I'd be surprised if it actually use's 5 amps worth of power (rather than the fused 15amp), unless it's a highly inefficient power supply.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to fetchitfido's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help fetchitfido reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
fetchitfido is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2019, 08:19 AM   #7
Hiisi
Member
Hiisi is on a distinguished road
 
Hiisi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 62

1998 SL2
Default Re: What do you think of this stereo?

Okay, thank you all, guys! I think I should not waste money on that thing

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to Hiisi's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help Hiisi reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
Hiisi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2019, 10:05 PM   #8
98_Gold_Uranus
Member
98_Gold_Uranus is a jewel in the rough98_Gold_Uranus is a jewel in the rough98_Gold_Uranus is a jewel in the rough98_Gold_Uranus is a jewel in the rough
 
98_Gold_Uranus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Lake City Florida
Posts: 145

1998 SL2
Default Re: What do you think of this stereo?

Quote:
Originally Posted by jpsuli View Post
...just know that these are bigger than standard double din units, the one I purchased (and most likely the one you are looking at) are a hair bigger than the name brands so they don't fit the Saturns at all...
That's why you'll notice in the picture of mine that I don't have the trim ring for the double din install kit installed around the radio. The radio does fit, only just, but there's no way of installing the trim ring around it unless you do some major surgery to it...



...
98 SL2, 70k miles, kept in the family since new!

Her name is Uranus :)

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to 98_Gold_Uranus's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help 98_Gold_Uranus reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
98_Gold_Uranus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 09:52 AM   #9
Hiisi
Member
Hiisi is on a distinguished road
 
Hiisi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 62

1998 SL2
Default Re: What do you think of this stereo?

Quote:
Originally Posted by 98_Gold_Uranus View Post
That's why you'll notice in the picture of mine that I don't have the trim ring for the double din install kit installed around the radio. The radio does fit, only just, but there's no way of installing the trim ring around it unless you do some major surgery to it...
I'm still considering ordering one of those. Found it with delivery from China for $18 on eBay. I know the standard frame would never fit. That's not the problem at all. I imagine I could 3D-print one. After sanding&painting it would look pretty much "original".
I mostly want it because of the reverse camera and the screen itself. My ultimate dream is to install Raspberry Pi into the car. That would open a myriad of options. Like OBD information on the screen and possibility to install raspberry pi modules (thousands of them )

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to Hiisi's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help Hiisi reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
Hiisi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 11:17 AM   #10
SC2Sick
Advanced Member
SC2Sick will become famous soon enough
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 689

1997 SC2
1995 SW2
Default Re: What do you think of this stereo?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hiisi View Post
I'm still considering ordering one of those. Found it with delivery from China for $18 on eBay. I know the standard frame would never fit. That's not the problem at all. I imagine I could 3D-print one. After sanding&painting it would look pretty much "original".
I mostly want it because of the reverse camera and the screen itself. My ultimate dream is to install Raspberry Pi into the car. That would open a myriad of options. Like OBD information on the screen and possibility to install raspberry pi modules (thousands of them )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLb3oXGx2cY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEqSAVHxk3Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-Fn6Wxj5fY

This wasn't running a stock ECU btw. Was running megasquirt standalone. The dash is tunerstudio running on a TW700 (under $50 windows ) tablet with bluetooth. It was configured for automatic datalogging when I went beyond a certain throttle percentage so I could log my boost runs w/o having to remember to press another button.

...
sixthsphere.com owner
2002 Saturn SL2 - RHD

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to SC2Sick's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help SC2Sick reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
SC2Sick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 01:38 PM   #11
Hiisi
Member
Hiisi is on a distinguished road
 
Hiisi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 62

1998 SL2
Default Re: What do you think of this stereo?

Quote:
Originally Posted by SC2Sick View Post
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLb3oXGx2cY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEqSAVHxk3Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-Fn6Wxj5fY

This wasn't running a stock ECU btw. Was running megasquirt standalone. The dash is tunerstudio running on a TW700 (under $50 windows ) tablet with bluetooth. It was configured for automatic datalogging when I went beyond a certain throttle percentage so I could log my boost runs w/o having to remember to press another button.
I already have pi 4. Bought it for fun recently. So far been doing just stupid things with it (watching movies and browsing the web). It's definitely more powerful than any crappy processor in those android stereos. Now I plan to get a decent screen, hi-fi module and FM-radio for it and a few cameras. I would like to have a reverse cam, another one in the right mirror and a few more for dashcam recording. And maybe a simple OBD-wire to read check-engine codes from it if any
I'm a grand-pa style driver, so I'm not interested at all in any performance-related data.
Thank you!

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to Hiisi's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help Hiisi reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
Hiisi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 01:49 PM   #12
jpsuli
Member
jpsuli is a jewel in the roughjpsuli is a jewel in the roughjpsuli is a jewel in the rough
 
jpsuli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 202
 

1997 SL2
Default Re: What do you think of this stereo?

If you are willing to wait and have a second-gen, I will be designing a double din mount for the dashboard rather than the original radio spot so that you won't need to look down for the radio.

...
'97 Saturn SL2 @ 140k

r/Saturn_Cars moderator

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to jpsuli's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help jpsuli reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
jpsuli is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 02:06 PM   #13
Hiisi
Member
Hiisi is on a distinguished road
 
Hiisi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 62

1998 SL2
Default Re: What do you think of this stereo?

Quote:
Originally Posted by jpsuli View Post
If you are willing to wait and have a second-gen, I will be designing a double din mount for the dashboard rather than the original radio spot so that you won't need to look down for the radio.
Sounds cool, thanks! I'm definitely not in a hurry.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to Hiisi's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help Hiisi reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
Hiisi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2019, 08:47 PM   #14
98_Gold_Uranus
Member
98_Gold_Uranus is a jewel in the rough98_Gold_Uranus is a jewel in the rough98_Gold_Uranus is a jewel in the rough98_Gold_Uranus is a jewel in the rough
 
98_Gold_Uranus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Lake City Florida
Posts: 145

1998 SL2
Default Re: What do you think of this stereo?

I considered a Pi based CarPC at one time, but in the end I used my Pi3B for Octopri and my 3D printer and settled on an Android radio for my wants in both my Saturn and my Blazer. I have a little bit better unit in my Blazer, a Pumkin brand unit, that is a LOT faster and runs so much smoother compared to the no-name one in the Saturn...

I had to shave the corners of the bezel around it to fit it as well...









...
98 SL2, 70k miles, kept in the family since new!

Her name is Uranus :)

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to 98_Gold_Uranus's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help 98_Gold_Uranus reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
98_Gold_Uranus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2019, 11:52 AM   #15
SC2Sick
Advanced Member
SC2Sick will become famous soon enough
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 689

1997 SC2
1995 SW2
Default Re: What do you think of this stereo?

I was actually looking at the pumpkin single DIN but was convinced it would be pure Chinesium. Is it actually decent in your experience? I prefer single DIN because I buy a double DIN mount but use the lower half for gauges


...
sixthsphere.com owner
2002 Saturn SL2 - RHD

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to SC2Sick's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help SC2Sick reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
SC2Sick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2019, 07:09 PM   #16
98_Gold_Uranus
Member
98_Gold_Uranus is a jewel in the rough98_Gold_Uranus is a jewel in the rough98_Gold_Uranus is a jewel in the rough98_Gold_Uranus is a jewel in the rough
 
98_Gold_Uranus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Lake City Florida
Posts: 145

1998 SL2
Default Re: What do you think of this stereo?

Quote:
Originally Posted by SC2Sick View Post
I was actually looking at the pumpkin single DIN but was convinced it would be pure Chinesium. Is it actually decent in your experience?
As far as this double din Android powered radio goes, yes it is pretty good, in my opinion.

It's not Pioneer quality or anything, but it's a far cry from the cheap China made no-name units.

...
98 SL2, 70k miles, kept in the family since new!

Her name is Uranus :)

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to 98_Gold_Uranus's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help 98_Gold_Uranus reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
98_Gold_Uranus is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I need stereo wire diagram for 04 Ion level 1 need advice on aftermarket stereo ddemier7 Ion General 3 10-20-2014 12:25 AM
car stereo help irondiezl3 S-Series Mods 25 11-07-2007 03:05 PM
Help troubleshooting stereo wiring 92 SC & will a 98 stereo work? GmG S-Series Tech 11 11-04-2007 06:35 PM
Stereo Mod JTyner Ion Mods 2 01-08-2007 11:37 AM
Stereo fit FreakingGomer Classifieds 3 03-16-2004 11:44 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:11 AM.

Advanced Forum Search | Advanced Photo Search


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SaturnFans.com. The Saturn Enthusiasts Site.