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    Thread: Audiosources.net AS-7609 8" touchscreen navi stereo

    1. 02-27-2012 08:51 PM #1
      http://audiosources.net/viewproduct.asp?id=1146

      Quoted $320 plus $70 s&h plus $10gps map to Canada.

      Anybody have this unit and how do you like it? Only issue I can see is it doesn't have display night time dimming like the AS-7608 V5. I wonder if it is too bright at night or if it's ok and if so ok at night is it bright enough in the day?

      Other than that seems good, does usb sticks to 64gb, ipod direct control, sdram to 64gb, divx, etc. Rear cam was $48 extra for Jetta specific model.

      DVB-T digital tuner waste of time, N America has ATSC bs system. Why do we always not go with what 3/4 of the planet uses??

      Pics or video of your installed AS-7609 pls.

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      There are similar cheaper on ebay such as eonon or erisin but only 4gb or 8gb usb stick, etc. Too small.

      This 7609 has good looking buttons too, not like the older units with the chrome buttons. This looks more OEM.

      Thoughts?

    2. 02-27-2012 11:45 PM #2
      It's in German but two videos:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzpdV9SpvI4

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyTlfD6lPEg part2

      All the other ones I've seen can't read more than 32gb usb sticks/sd ram cards.

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      02-28-2012 01:13 AM #3
      hmm

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      02-28-2012 01:34 AM #4
      use common sense, the directions were obviousley written by a chinese guy, cheap import > short lifespan and terrible radio. I would say not to waste your money.
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    5. 02-28-2012 01:59 AM #5
      Well... I ordered one.

      Big thread, gotta start somewhere: http://www.golfmk5.com/forums/showth...00995&page=143
      They've resolved most if not all of the bugs with AS-7608 Version5 and I believe 7609 shares same hardware except for front face/screen.

      Some neat options including windows CE mods such as:
      http://www.wincepatch.com
      Adding internet browser and wifi stick capability. RNS510 can't do that.

      I should have it in less than a week. Will do youtube videos for the installation process and functionality.

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      02-28-2012 02:51 AM #6
      I have a somewhat similar unit, the Otto Navi OEM copy.

      It works pretty well, the GPS is great and very accurate. With the WinCE stuff it has some quirks. Like if you're using a SD card or a USB stick, when you browse directories on the card it stops whatever song is playing. Most others don't, as USB and SD can read and write at the same time. Units like a Pioneer let you browse for music WHILE still playing a song.

      The radio works great for me, no signal problems. Even picks up HD radio tag information.

      The Bluetooth sync works without a problem, but the microphone stinks. I can hear people just fine, but they complain I sound tinny and far away.

      The wiring and install for mine was simple, plug and play. It came with a wiring harness that matched up perfectly with my stock wiring. The biggest pain is running the iPod and USB cables into the glove box if you try that. I mounted the GPS antennae in the dash right behind the radio and have had absolutely no signal problems. Make sure you use a very durable adhesive to mount it. It's going to get very hot, so a weak adhesive will melt and the antennae will fall. The GPS information is going to be on an SD card. If you remove the SD card, you'll lose the maps. They don't install onto the unit, they load every time you start the car from the SD card. So make sure to make a backup copy of the info to your computer, otherwise if the card gets damaged or lost you'll lose the GPS funtion. The radio itself fits perfectly and looks OEM. The dealer guys were shocked it wasn't VW OEM.

      Even though I have a different unit you're probably going to have nearly identical functionality to mine. It's a fantastic upgrade over the stock radio, no question about it. But it is going to load a little slower than you expect. WinCE is stable (contrary to what you might hear), but you trade some speed for that stability. Be careful modding it, as this company is clearly foreign and won't be much good in helping you restore any previous functionality.

      Beside owning my Jetta, I'm a computer IT specialist. Gadgets like these (and WinCE) are my bread and butter. It's a solid OS for these radios, but be EXTREMELY careful with mods and changes if you aren't a computer person. You'll find out the hard way those websites won't offer you much help if you brick the thing. I also hope you don't get burned by the foreign seller. And I disagree a bit with the other guy, just because it is a "cheap import" doesn't mean it will suck. Stuff like this is easy to make now, so cheap price doesn't mean bad product. I wouldn't be worried about the quality, I'd be worried about actually getting it or it getting damaged during shipping.

      Even though your brand is different, it'll most likely be exactly like mine. I hope it works out for you

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      Here is the link to the one I got: http://ottonavi.com/product/volkswag...vigation-radio

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      02-28-2012 02:59 PM #7
      Are these non-oem units able to work with the steering wheel controls?

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      02-28-2012 05:25 PM #8
      Neither of these say so, but they do specifically say they DO NOT work with premium audio in the car. So I'd really say that no, you'd lose steering wheel controls.

    9. 03-02-2012 01:22 AM #9
      Best to contact the manufacturer. Talk to Anny export@audiosources.net It's my understanding that the controls all work on my 09' with the in-dash 6disc changer. The CAN decoder is built into the stereo.

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      03-02-2012 08:55 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Ferd Burfel View Post
      they do specifically say they DO NOT work with premium audio in the car. So I'd really say that no, you'd lose steering wheel controls.
      Quote Originally Posted by p_ferlow View Post
      It's my understanding that the controls all work on my 09' with the in-dash 6disc changer. The CAN decoder is built into the stereo.
      I'm considering some kind of a navi upgrade for my wife's 2009 Jetta, which currently has the OEM stereo with the 6-CD changer (no navi, no steering wheel controls). It was my impression that this is what the "premium audio" is. The RNS-510 navi system with steering wheel controls is, well, the RNS-510. No?

      Another problem with all of these aftermarket units is, no satellite radio capability. Sirius is expensive, but we've sure gotten used to it. Understanding that sat radio is pretty much a North American thing.

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      03-02-2012 10:49 AM #11
      Interface looks very similar to the waywell units.. I had one of those and it worked just okay. But if I was ever going to get nav for one of my cars again, it would be factory nav or none at all.
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      03-02-2012 01:14 PM #12
      Looks odd to me. If it works for you though, more power to ya. I went with latest revision RCD-510 and I got a free GPS when I bought my Conti's, so everything's covered.
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      03-02-2012 01:56 PM #13
      its a trap!


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      03-02-2012 02:55 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by p_ferlow View Post
      Well... I ordered one.
      reply back here. let us know how it works out.
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      03-02-2012 03:10 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by dunhamjr View Post
      reply back here. let us know how it works out.
      Yes. And also tell us what kind of car you have (year and trim level), and what kind of stock audio system.

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      03-02-2012 04:23 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by skyline513 View Post
      Interface looks very similar to the waywell units.. I had one of those and it worked just okay. But if I was ever going to get nav for one of my cars again, it would be factory nav or none at all.
      The problem with OEM is the cost. The OEM units are great, but they don't do a whole lot more than the aftermarket ones mentioned here. And they cost 2x to 3x more.

      And I don't have the Audiosources one, but the OttoNavi unit in my car works fine. I have a 2007 Jetta 2.5. No special packages or add-ons that I haven't done myself.

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      03-02-2012 04:39 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Ferd Burfel View Post
      The problem with OEM is the cost. The OEM units are great, but they don't do a whole lot more than the aftermarket ones mentioned here. And they cost 2x to 3x more.

      And I don't have the Audiosources one, but the OttoNavi unit in my car works fine. I have a 2007 Jetta 2.5. No special packages or add-ons that I haven't done myself.
      You can pick up an RCD-510 for $300. I picked up the latest revision with HD radio with the Phone button for $500. That's not much more at all than after market. This is a direct OEM fit, finish, and I didn't have to mess with anything to get steering controls to work. Now the RNS-510, the best option is to find one used. If you're comparing OEM and aftermarket by dealership OEM prices, obviously it'll lose in a comparison every time. What items from a dealer aren't higher priced than other places?
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      03-02-2012 05:35 PM #18
      Semting had something similar but the steering buttons i hear worked.
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      03-02-2012 06:16 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by AsymmetricalDichotomy View Post
      You can pick up an RCD-510 for $300. I picked up the latest revision with HD radio with the Phone button for $500. That's not much more at all than after market. This is a direct OEM fit, finish, and I didn't have to mess with anything to get steering controls to work. Now the RNS-510, the best option is to find one used. If you're comparing OEM and aftermarket by dealership OEM prices, obviously it'll lose in a comparison every time. What items from a dealer aren't higher priced than other places?
      I gotcha man. I'm not arguing with you. I'm just posting my experience. I found the cheap ones ($300-$500) to be shipped from Chinese companies/eBay accounts. I had a TERRIBLE experience getting computer parts this way once, so I didn't want to mess with it again. I also found most of the ones that cheap didn't have the GPS.

      I also got mine for $500 and it too has perfect OEM fit and finish. The wiring harness was plug and play with the stock, no wiring necessary. I don't have steering controls, so I can't speak to that.

      on finding the OEM solution for $500. When I was shopping I couldn't find one that was true OEM that did everything I wanted and beat the price from the other place. Happy hunting to all looking for these stereos.

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      03-02-2012 06:32 PM #20
      I wonder if anyone could get an ipad to work as their in dash. I remember seeing a video a while back of one being installed in a corolla i believe it was. That would be worth the $$

    21. 03-02-2012 07:27 PM #21
      I bought one of these units back almost 4 months ago i paid $408 for it shipped to my door. it came with the Igo8 navigation maps preloaded on 2 Gb sd card which was a mistake coz the maps were outdated they were from 07 i had to buy another 4 GB sd card and installed igo primo 1.2 which is awesome compared to igo8. overall the unit built quality is great just as good as OEM. so far the only problem I'm having is with the SD card once in awhile it locks up trying to read a 16GB SD card i have to eject the card and reinsert it back to get around the problem other than that so far so good.

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      03-03-2012 01:58 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by AsymmetricalDichotomy View Post
      Looks odd to me. If it works for you though, more power to ya. I went with latest revision RCD-510 and I got a free GPS when I bought my Conti's, so everything's covered.
      I missed out on that deal, and last I heard it's a seasonal/yearly promotion.

    23. 03-05-2012 02:56 PM #23
      Guys, just got it delivered by DHL. I ordered it 7 days ago. Pretty quick turnaround from China.
      $320usd for unit, $10usd for map Canada (4gb microsd), $70 DHL 2-3day to Canada plus paypal fee 4%. $416usd delivered. They put $75 audio/video equip on receipt so $20 tax/duty.

      The units looks real nice. I'm prob gonna install it tonight and post up a youtube video of the installation as well as the functionality. I'll be sure to post the link here later.

      I dunno if this link is gonna work for you?


      It's my understanding this one is new hardware compared to waywell units. Runs windows CE 6.0, sdram up to 64gb, usb stick up to 64gb, etc. So reads media with higher capacity than previous units. We'll see how it works.

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      03-05-2012 07:31 PM #24
      More pics. Keep us updated.
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    25. 03-05-2012 07:54 PM #25
      i got the exact same unit it still has the screen protector on the screen the maps are no good they are old I'm talking 07 old you can install igo primo 2.1 you have to buy a 4 gb sd card tho.
      Last edited by raffiqo; 03-05-2012 at 08:51 PM.

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