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Ordered mine with Tech pack (high)but am now wondering whether it's really worth it given that many devices inc iPhone etc can do much same thing at fraction of cost. How desirable will integrated Sat Nav realy be in say 3 to 5 years time ?

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Ordered mine with Tech pack (high)but am now wondering whether it's really worth it given that many devices inc iPhone etc can do much same thing at fraction of cost. How desirable will integrated Sat Nav realy be in say 3 to 5 years time ?

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personally sat nav is never an option i would go for its so expensive and it cost a fortune to upgrade the maps.will stick with my garmin! its taken me everywhere.only thing that is good is that you get mmi control buttons down buy the gear change.
 

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............only thing that is good is that you get mmi control buttons down by the gear change.
I didn't go for satnav (don't need it), but would have liked the MMI control knob by the gearshift - I find it just slightly awkward to use the dash mounted one when driving and my watch keeps catching on the gear selector stick.

I got my AMI leads yesterday (only 1 week delay - so no complaints) and have to say I am really pleased with the iPod integration (coupled with B&O)
 

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I didn't go for satnav (don't need it), but would have liked the MMI control knob by the gearshift - I find it just slightly awkward to use the dash mounted one when driving and my watch keeps catching on the gear selector stick.

I got my AMI leads yesterday (only 1 week delay - so no complaints) and have to say I am really pleased with the iPod integration (coupled with B&O)
how is the b&o system am really looking forward to hearing it,have the bose in the a4 and is really good.
 

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Take a copy of the Michael Jackson DVD, This is it and play that in the car - picture quality is brilliant and the bass on Thriller is awesome - you can alter the surround sound settings and also front stage of the B&O depending on how many people are sitting in the car

This WILL convince you the B&O is worth every penny

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For me - definitely worth it. IMHO integrated Sat Nav is so much easier to use and the Park System Plus is nice too. I have a 250G hard disk running via AMI with entire Music Library on it. If you don't use Sat Nav much, then probably "No".
 

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For me - definitely worth it. IMHO integrated Sat Nav is so much easier to use and the Park System Plus is nice too. I have a 250G hard disk running via AMI with entire Music Library on it. If you don't use Sat Nav much, then probably "No".
I agree, much prefer integrated Sat Nav.

The portable hard disc is a damn good idea. I assume it is USB powered? Wondered if there was enough juice in the USB to run one. You can buy a 500 Gig disc for less than a couple of decent 16 Gig SD cards, with the added advantage of much higher transfer speeds.
 

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I agree, much prefer integrated Sat Nav.

The portable hard disc is a damn good idea. I assume it is USB powered? Wondered if there was enough juice in the USB to run one. You can buy a 500 Gig disc for less than a couple of decent 16 Gig SD cards, with the added advantage of much higher transfer speeds.
Yep Carbon - the USB cable into the AMI powers it just fine. I got 250gb Audi branded HDD for about ?60. 500G is a BIG music library - mine is about 70gb!
 

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Yep Carbon - the USB cable into the AMI powers it just fine. I got 250gb Audi branded HDD for about ?60. 500G is a BIG music library - mine is about 70gb!
Thanks for that Warburton - much appreciated. I was going to get a couple of decent quality SD cards but for the same money I will now go for a portable HDD. I have an ipod Touch but I would rather not leave it in the car and I only store at low bit rates to save space on it. It seems a waste to have a decent stereo and feed it with a poor source. If I get a good size HDD I can use WMA lossless - or I hope I can.

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Yep Carbon - the USB cable into the AMI powers it just fine. I got 250gb Audi branded HDD for about ?60. 500G is a BIG music library - mine is about 70gb!
Hi Mate, where did you get it from, i take it you downloaded your music from your pc onto the device(sorry a bit of a layman when coming to downloading cd etc), and then just plug it in and control it from the mmi?
 

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Hi Mate, where did you get it from, i take it you downloaded your music from your pc onto the device(sorry a bit of a layman when coming to downloading cd etc), and then just plug it in and control it from the mmi?
You can buy a portable HDD from just about everywhere. Online tends to be cheaper. I've been looking at 500 GB drives because I store my tracks at perfect (lossless) quality. 250 MB drives start about ?40 and a 500 MB drive a little over ?55 - more elaborate, faster, higher quality drives can run into hundreds e.g. a 500 GB drive with USB 2.0 and eSATA connections will set you back ?120 ish - it will withstand a drop from 2 metres though lol

Do you already have a music collection on your PC or is it mainly CD's you have? The latest version of Windows Media Player will rip CD's directly on to a portable drive in various formats e.g. mp3, WMA or lossless.

Hope I haven't confused you too much. PM me if you need any help.
 

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Hi Mate, where did you get it from, i take it you downloaded your music from your PC onto the device(sorry a bit of a layman when coming to downloading CD etc), and then just plug it in and control it from the mmi?
Saffa - if you are after the branded Audi HDD, I think most Audi dealers have them as part of the 100th anniversary collection. I got mine on fleabay - there is one currently listed here but I have seen them cheaper. You just need to copy your music library from PC to HDD via a USB lead. Then you can plug it into the car via AMI socket (you will need AMI to mini USB lead). Then you have your entire library available via MMI. Works a treat. Sadly, most of my collection is in MP3 format, but as @Carbon says, you can rip CDs to a better "lossless" format like WMA which MMI will also play.

If you are shopping around for other HDD drives, you just need to make sure they are self powered and work off one USB port (some need two for extra power)

Good luck and hope this helps
 

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From a resale perspective integrated satnav will help - not necessarily with value but definitely in shifting it quick
 

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Kaine,reckon you could sell them without wheels at the moment!!
Agreed!!

Mine doesnt have satnav specced either as 2K+ buys a lot of tom tom's and im one of those strange people who still carry a paper map in the car by preference!!!
 
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