- good tuner (the tuner in my SC-816 is awesome)
- aux in
- would be nice to have bluetooth but I can add that through the aux in
- ability to connect to an external amp
Getting a line in adaptor for my SC-816 would probably work for me, but for the price (around $120 I think) I'm most of the way there for a new head unit. And I've read a lot of posts saying this amplifier isn't very good. I'm not sure if they're right or not, I actually love the sound of it, but maybe another amp would sound better.
I was considering the Kenwood DPX593BT, but I've read some reviews saying the tuner sensitivity isn't very good. I listen to a lot of left-of-the-dial low powered stations and can't stand tuners with weak sensitivity. That head unit is also a little gaudy, but probably less so than most aftermarket stereos.
I was also considering getting an SC-901, but then I'd still need to get the line-in adaptor, and not sure if I can use any amp or if I need theirs. If I found one complete at the junkyard I might go that route though since I've read so many raves about the sound.
Another option is an HU-XXX head unit from a later model Volvo at the junkyard, since they're so easy to build line in adaptors for. Does anyone have any thoughts on how they sound compared to my SC-816?
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I'm also considering touchscreen style amps with Android Auto and Car Play, like the the Sony XAV-AX5000, JVC KW-M730BT or KW-M650BT, or Alpine iLX-W650, or Kenwood DMX-905S. It would be nice to have a large nav screen, but I'm not sure the S70 is the best candidate for this since the head unit is so low on the dashboard. Has anyone used on of these in an S70? If so, do you find it to be a problem having to look down at the screen?
(Edit: my front runner here is the Alpine iLX-650 and the Taramp TS 400X4 amp. The Alpine is single DIN behind the double DIN screen, and the Taramp amp is pretty small so I *think* both will fit in the double DIN slot. And the Taramp is cheap at $70, and the Alpine is cheap for the category at $300, and can probably find it for $200 on eBay refurbished)
There's also a new class of head units that run Android directly, which is interesting but I'm guessing full of issues:
Or any other clever solutions to get good sound in an S70 volvo, and have a line in? Maybe there's some other double DIN head unit from another car that works well?