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raymondgoh
Posted on: 2011/8/15 1:44
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Joined: 2011/3/20
From: Penang
Posts: 269
Benz Model: E250 W212
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After Market Audio-Video for Benzer
Hi there,

I am driving E200K W211 (2004) and thought of upgrading my car audio system to audio-visual system.

So far, I came across one from www.bonson.com.my which is tailored made for W211.

There are 2 model which cost RM4,800 (MOST System) and RM3,800 for other brand.

I have some questions that look for good answer from all member :-

1. Any alternative for the AV workshop in Malaysia (Penang) that can do a good jobfor the above mentioned upgrading job inclusive of supplying good AV system ?

2. My W211 original audio system is very good for sound effect (I guess for all E class) and not sure if change to other will have same sound effect or higher or lower ?

3. Any suggestion for better price ?

Thanks in advance for member that replying my questions.

Rgds,
Raymond


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Raymond Goh

MercedesC
Posted on: 2011/8/15 7:57
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From: Putrajaya
Posts: 214
Benz Model: E240 W211
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Re: After Market Audio-Video for Benzer
Hi Raymond,

I'm also in same situation as you.
My problem is now my current audio system did not have hand free option and it not able to connect with my iPhone, it does not have cable to connect.

So far the sound system does not any issue, it is super.

I did not have time to go to visit this bonson in Jalan Pandan Indah.
I used to see the shops before when I stay around there before.

Let see if there is any members did the upgrade.

Regards,
MC
masrila5
Posted on: 2011/8/15 11:01
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Benz Model: W209 CLK 240
Message:
Re: After Market Audio-Video for Benzer
Hello,

I did my HU changed at Bonson recently for my prefacelift W209. The unit was bolt on to the dash with no wire cutting except for the antenna cable in which the correct adaptor was not available then. Also, new GPS and TV antenna was installed along with reverse camera.

The installation took approx 4-5 hours and cost RM3.8k as advertised. For W211, the RM4.8k MOST system will integrate with the onboard computer as opposed to normal system. If I;m not mistaken, all unit at Bonson was made by Dynavin.

After using it for couple of month, I can say I am pretty satisfy with the unit. Audio quality is about the same if not better. All the function advertised works well except for TV which is grainy in some area maybe due to antenna. All steering controls working including the phone function which was not the original option on my CLK. And since the unit has Windows CE 6 OS, it can connected to Wifi or 3G with some tweaks for onboard internet. Originally only Win CE 5 can be connected to internet. But I heard, Android unit is coming year end.

Ipod/Iphone control was seamless. USB and SD card also function well. Only some video format cannot be played through USB or SD card. MAybe u have to convert the video first. DVD player also work fine despite seldomly use. I only use it once to test.

Besides all the function and covenience, it also enhanced the cockpit appearance. If u want to fit original accessories from Mercedes which will include all the function, I'm not surprise if the cost 10 times more...

Just for sharing, if your car was japanese spec, maybe u want to fit correct antena coz on the same day, a japanese spec C class also fitted with the same unit as mine. Later the radio reception gone haywire. Mine is UK spec and work fine till now,
sapekuluk
Posted on: 2011/8/15 23:42
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Joined: 2011/2/1
From: Deep Beach
Posts: 17
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Re: After Market Audio-Video for Benzer
Masrila,

Saw in their website, the unit come with reverse camera too..How was it?...Gud enuf?.... I'm planning to install front sensor for W203 UK specs, do you think they have that too that?....

Last question, Bonson give any warranty for the installation plus unit?

Thanks for the input...really helpfull
raymondgoh
Posted on: 2011/8/16 1:37
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From: Penang
Posts: 269
Benz Model: E250 W212
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Re: After Market Audio-Video for Benzer
Hi Masrila,

Thank you so much for taking time to respond to my mail.

I thought that MOST brand is more reliable compared to others. I check Alibab.com and found lots of China made. i just worry that Bonson also supplying China product. Of course, I am not saying China product is no good but if we pay for RM4,800 (close to RM5K), kind of high price, we will have higehr expectation.

Based on the features that you have mentioned (which inclusive of reverse camera), then I think is worth for the money. Isn'it ?

I was never thought that that AV system is Win CE based. I love much on Andriod based system. My Galxy S2 is performing very well with bunch of software for downloading.

I am going to call Bonson for the detail spec of the MOST AV system. I will pay for if I can be convinced further.

Thanks,
Raymond

I also want to ascertain that those features mentioned in the brochure are workable and funtioning well.

I was trying for the FM modulator and I have bought 2 brands with special request for high quality with higher price. However, I do not like it because of interference noise which make you feel uneasy. Sound effect is acceptable anyway.




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Raymond Goh

masrila5
Posted on: 2011/8/16 6:13
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Joined: 2010/6/5
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Benz Model: W209 CLK 240
Message:
Re: After Market Audio-Video for Benzer
Hello guys,

Don't be misguided. MOST is not a brand. It is rather a technology. MOST refer to Media Oriented Systems Transport, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOST_Bus which is adopted by many car maker including BMW, Audi and Porsche. Both MOST and non-MOST system are Dynavin branded and FYI, Dynavin was incoporated and based in Hong Kong, China.Pls refer here: http://www.dynavin.com/aboutus.php. However, their R& D is much better than other competitors. I also make a thorough research before fitting it as it is quite an investment. The brand is quite popular in US on the BWM though. Even original player on our Merc are from 3rd party i.e Becker, Blaupunkt and Bosch. I think Dynavin has branch here in Setiawangsa. Google it.

As per the OS, actually the system works on two separate OS. The winCE OS only controls the GPS, one microSD slot and one USB slot. Internet function also works from winCE. You can access all the slot with simple tweaks. You also can install whatever navigation software that works with winCE system. On the other hand, Dynavin OS controls all the multimedia which includes the Radio, TV, AV, one microSD slot, one USB slot, Ipod/Iphone interface and of course the Bluetooth. If you like Android, you have to wait for a while as as far as I know, it still under developement. Only E46 unit has it at the moment and not available locally yet. But I don't think it'll make any different coz you don't want ur kids to play some games on the unit do you?

The price quoted by Bonson includes everything as their advertisement in which reverse camera is included. The reverse camera is fine and quite good even in darkest area. The warranty provided is One (1) year.

So, feel free to contact them (Bonson Mr. Tan) and he'll explain anything you want to know. Also, they carry many Merc ori accessories including bodykits!
thesonofman
Posted on: 2011/8/16 11:08
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Joined: 2011/5/23
From: JB
Posts: 7
Benz Model: W203
Message:
Re: After Market Audio-Video for Benzer
Hi Masrila,

I got my original Audio system of my W203K (Jap's specs)changed to AV Pioneer 5250. Well...It's a big awe, i must say... the AV quality is superb...I got bigger screen on reversing and one year warranty from Pioneer...

Thought of changing to Dynavin brand for W203 at first as it comes with GPS, blue tooth etc...Got all these thingy from the phone anyway...so I dropped the Dynavin...Decided to get Pioneer though due to its reputation...According to the accessory shop, Dynavin gives 3 months warranty only...Cost wise, Pioneer is somewhat expensive lah...but it is worth the name...

Btw, it really enhances the overall look of my w203 front panel...Most importantly, installing the 'foreign' AV system into original mercedes does not interfere with the operating system of the car...

Happy hunting for your right AV system...


raymondgoh
Posted on: 2011/8/17 0:17
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From: Penang
Posts: 269
Benz Model: E250 W212
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Re: After Market Audio-Video for Benzer
Hi Masrila,

Thanks you so much for your explanation. I understand much better now. I am actually in electronic industry for 15 years and 6 years until now in LCD field. That is why I am a bit particular asking some questions but you have answer it well.

I do not have any problem whether is WinCE or Andriod but just that I thought my new S2 can shake hand well with the AV system and make some sync jobs.

I will visit to BONSON and get more details. As you said, it is quite an investment.

Thanks once again.

Rgds,
Ray


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Raymond Goh

raymondgoh
Posted on: 2011/8/17 0:24
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Joined: 2011/3/20
From: Penang
Posts: 269
Benz Model: E250 W212
Message:
Re: After Market Audio-Video for Benzer
Hi Masrila,

Do you know the difference between MOST and non-MOST ?

Thanks,
Ray


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Raymond Goh

masrila5
Posted on: 2011/8/17 0:44
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Joined: 2010/6/5
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Posts: 53
Benz Model: W209 CLK 240
Message:
Re: After Market Audio-Video for Benzer
thesonofman,

Initially I also tempted to put other reputable brand HU like Pioneer and Clarion, but I'll need the fascia adaptor and other accessories to maintain the steering controls. With the Dynavin unit, everything I need and don't need come in one package. The amber colour lighting on the Dynavin unit seamlessly blend with the dasboard lighting.

raymondgoh,

to answer your question, MOST system utilised on new Merc MY >2004 or facelifted model. Before that D2B sytem was used. Regarding the Dynavin unit, MOST unit only compatible with W211 and W219 for now. If you choose the MOST system, it will integrate with the meter display, i.e. radio channel or music track will be displayed on the meter LCD. If non MOST, only 'Audio' will appear on the meter display. But worry not, all steering controls working seamlessly on either model. That's the main reason I choose the Dynavin unit, apart than maintaining factory look.
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