Join Date: Apr 2010
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Upgrading/Replacing Sound System: Becker or ???
What are the general impressions of installing an aftermarket sound/entertainment system in a Ferrari? Mine are negative, as they would be with nearly any aftermarket installation in any car. Aftermarket installations whether cheap or high end just don't seem to "blend" well, and most of their displays are garish and look like Christmas trees.
However, for those of us who have older Becker units, we don't seem to have many options if we want to upgrade or replace a nonfunctioning sound system.
Becker have essentially ceased to exist since the takeover by Harmon, and even their newer Nav systems from the 360's and 430's have not had a software upgrade since 2004.
So for those of us who have the older Becker units in our cars, and are searching for an upgrade path, we have a choice of buying a used or refurbished newer style Becker, with software that is obsolete, and in all likelihood will never again be updated; or we forget Becker, with their nice Ferrari logos and OEM looks, and go aftermarket.
So are our only two choices bad and worse?
'99 550, Rosso Corsa / Nero, S/N:114654, Assy: 31836, Engine: 52084
High mileage, low compression, and missing on a few cylinders.....just like my cars.
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