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Hi, I'm new here. I want to upgrade my headunit in my 2001 9-3. I was looking at his headunit:
http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Product/Item/Main.aspx?g=300&i=023SAND27&c=3&tp=5684&avf=N

It has all the features that I want and everything. I read here:
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=96363&page=1&pp=20&highlight=aftermarket+head+unit

that blaupunkt recievers do not need an adapter. Is this true with the one that I'm thinking about getting, because I can not find the connector description. Also, will I need to buy and adapter for the radio? I was also looking at this reciever from pioneer:
http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Product/Item/Main.aspx?g=300&i=130DEHP390&c=3&tp=5684&avf=N

The main reason that I choose the blaupunkt was because I read that I would not need an adapter. So please clue me in. Thanks! :D
 

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If you get the Blaupunkt, you won't need an adapter. It wil just plug right in. All Blaupunkts use standard DIN connectors. For another $20, you can get the MP37, which will let you match the color of the display to the rest of the LCDs in the car. If you have door speakers in your car, you will have to modify some wiring to get them to work, though.
 

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You'll have to make a cable that goes from an 8-pin DIN plug to a pair of RCA plugs and an amplifier turn-on wire. It's not hard, but involves a little bit of soldering and finding an 8-pin DIN plug. Maybe I should start going into the business of making these things... :cheesy:
 

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Most head units will plug straight in - Saab use a pretty standard set of connectors. These days I would look for a headunit with USB input - it alows you to ditch CD's DVD's etc and platy straight from flash media and even small HD's.
 

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I'd actually buy an 8-pin DIN plug (not a jack), an RCA cable with plugs on both ends, and a piece of wire. That way you can get rid of your existing cable and make up a new one that's the right length. One place around me sells the DIN plugs for $.59, and you can pick up an RCA cable for a few bucks at a cheap electronics store. You need the wire, which gets soldered to the center pin, for the remote turn-on signal.
 

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If i get this kit with the wires, will I still need to make the cables? And If I do im not totally sure on the procedure of what I need to make.
 

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If i get this kit with the wires, will I still need to make the cables? And If I do im not totally sure on the procedure of what I need to make.
If you buy an aftermarket head unit other than Blaupunkt you will need that wiring adapter. At the least you'll need the fill box. Either way it will not have connections for your door speakers without some creative wiring. For best results you'll need an amp and crossover to power and separate the signals. When I get around to doing my door and dash speakers I'll buy component speakers and possibly an amp if I need more power. The components will come with speakers and a crossover that will run out of your front right/left channels and sound great!
 

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ok so im gonna get this receiver:
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-9cbxaBhr4pJ/cgi-bin/prodview.asp?i=130DEHP290&s=0&cc=01
Mainly because it has the ability to be wired to my steering wheel controls. I know I will need the wireharness and fill. Do I need an antenna adapter as well? Im not able to picture this DIN-RCA cable. Do you have a picture or can you explain where I plug each end into and such. Sorry Im a total noob.
 
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