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    What other devices in your car?

    I started this thread out of pure curiosity.

    Lets face it, the i730 owners are probably gadget lovers. I was curious what other devices they use while driving?

    I personally have

    Passport 8500
    Garmin StreetPilot 2600 series
    XM Radio
    And of course the bluetooth for my I730.

    Who will top the list with the most items?

    Dean

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    My list is not much different if you don't count the built-in goodies.

    Valentine 1
    Built in Nav
    Built in XM
    BT headset that stays in car
    Add-on AC outlet
    G-Force or someting like that (performance tester for 0-60, g's, etc)

    The car also has:
    Keyless entry (just have keyfob in pocket to pull door handle)
    Keyless start (just have keyfob in pocket to start car)
    Remote start (start car from in house)

    The last three are all standard items, not add-ons. It's '05 Avalon (the new one). I wish it had built-in BT. Other cool things on the car (kind of gadgety) are electric sunscreen in the back window and reclining back seats. Oh yeah, it also has heated and cooled front seats. I like my new car!

    D.

    PS - Does EZ-Pass count?! Good for paying tolls from Connecticut to DC!

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    Alarm:
    -Clifford Avantguard 4 alarm (just in case you get any ideas), this has remote start, remote window control (rolls up and down), pager to notify if tripped, proximity sensor, vibration sensor, laptop hookup for configuration, immobilization circuit, carjacking security, indoor 130 dB siren and external siren, and much more.

    Stereo:
    -Pioneer AVIC-N2 CD/DVD Receiver. This has a flip out LCD Screen, touchscreen, GPS Navigation, DVD player controls, MP3 playback, Voice Recognition, and more.

    -Pioneer IPOD control. Controls the iPod from the headunit, and iPod stays in the glovebox.

    -Pioneer XM Radio with Navi capabilities (XM Nav isn't in my area yet, so I don't pay for it, but the XM unit is ready for when they release it in Indy and Louisville).

    -Pioneer Aux hookup, gives me a set of RCA input jacks so I can hook up any audio signal. This is in addition to the A/V input and output jacks on the AVIC-N2.

    -Pioneer Backup camera with hookup to autoswitch on when backing up and displays on the headunit.

    -Pioneer Premiere 12 Disc CD Changer, for some more tunes

    Sound:
    -Infinity Kappa Perfect 6.1 Component Speakers in front and back, with an amp for each set. 12" Kicker L7 Solo Baric in the back with 1000 Watts to it, 1.5 farad cap. So 3 amps total.

    -Full Dynamat in the interior, covering under everything, great sound proofing keeping road noise out, and sound in.

    Small Toys:
    -iPod 60GB that is strickly for car use

    -Cellular GPS Tracking unit (testing for a client, but it looks like it will stay in my car as he hasn't asked for it back)

    -Springfield XD-9 mm handgun. This goes in and out of the car (and yes I have a license to carry and do competition shooting). "cause you never know what part of town you're going to be in".

    -iPod Shuffle 1 GB, used to throw some xtra songs on, and gets hooked up through the AUX RCA Jacks.

    -Extra Sony HBH-662 Headset strickly for the car.

    -I will be installing the handsfree car kit as soon as it's available.

    Guess that's about it.
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    Last time I had a non i730 post it was moved by a mod.

    In the furture please dont move my posts if this post is allowed to stay.

    Okay down with the rant.

    Rock on...............

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    Originally posted by Mark_A_K
    Last time I had a non i730 post it was moved by a mod.

    In the furture please dont move my posts if this post is allowed to stay.

    Okay down with the rant.

    Rock on...............
    Spoil-sport. Now mrailing's gonna move it. I've had threads I thought were i730-related moved... it happens. Depends on whether we've sacrificed enough non-pda phones to the moderator gods that week.

    D.

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    I actually haven't moved any threads. I do close them, I do merge them, I do politely ask people to search, but sometimes I see no harm in a useless thread for just the i730 elite, plus one I can contribute in...

    Plus I am in a good mood tonight...

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    This was not aimed at mrailing.

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    Car 1: 96' Avalon (The Beater). Factory standard.

    Car 2: 00' Navigator (The Work Car). Factory standard but with gps and climate controlled seats (both factory options).

    Car 3: 03' E320. Factory standard. This is it's final week as it is being traded in for a new car.

    Car 4: 04' Cayenne Turbo. Factory standard with gps, parking sensors, xenon's, etc. Also have it outfitted with a Passport 8500 X50 (Red display). Deciding on whether or not to install the Passport ZR3 Laser Shifter to integrate with the X50.

    Car 5: 06' E500 4Matic. Factory standard, fully loaded. Taking delivery this week and trading the E320 in for it. GPS, Parktronic, xenons, electronic trunk closer, climate controlled seats, electronic suspension, electronically controlled side bolsters for sport seats, massaging seats, etc. Probably get the X50 treatment as well and iPod integration kit if it comes out.

    I have at any time a number of gadgets in the cars. It all depends on who's driving it in the family. Mobile phones range from the Moto V710, Samsung D500, Samsung D500C and my Samsung I730. Headsets are all SE HBH-300's. My non-color screened U2 iPod. Last but not least, my IBM ThinkPad T42 2379-R9U with both standard and extended batteries, AC adapter and minisync cable packaged in a Pelican Case for work or for those extended times out.

    DrZeller, how's that V1 treating you? I know that the x-band performance is amazing but how's the K/Ka-band and Laser/Lidar?

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    re: the Valentine

    Without a side-by-side comparison, it's hard to say if it is better or worse than others, but I regularly get enough warning to slow down. Even with the instant on, I know something's going on since it doesn't false very often. As for Laser, I personally believe that once it goes off, you're pretty much already gotten already. I have cruised through a few (3-4 a year in NJ) and just keep rollin'. The worst thing by far is that every freakin' GM SUV that has a particular style of break light sets the thing off. This is the only time I'm glad a US company did sell a lot! I hate sitting in trafic backups behind one, or even at a light, cuz the V1 just keeps going off.

    D.

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    Originally posted by drzeller
    re: the Valentine

    Without a side-by-side comparison, it's hard to say if it is better or worse than others, but I regularly get enough warning to slow down. Even with the instant on, I know something's going on since it doesn't false very often. As for Laser, I personally believe that once it goes off, you're pretty much already gotten already. I have cruised through a few (3-4 a year in NJ) and just keep rollin'. The worst thing by far is that every freakin' GM SUV that has a particular style of break light sets the thing off. This is the only time I'm glad a US company did sell a lot! I hate sitting in trafic backups behind one, or even at a light, cuz the V1 just keeps going off.

    D.
    I am not trying to start a war between the Valentine-1 and the 8500.

    I personally went with the 8500 because I didn't like the size and styling of the V1.

    They are both extremely good units. I really like that the Valentine-1 can link to your PC and upgrade the firmware.

    On the other side, my wife has a cheezy Cobra and it does a decent job of alerting her when she is getting a ticket.

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    Okay .... guess I'll add to the mix ... heheheeeh ... but remember ... I only have two wheels ...


    04 Goldwing Gl1800 ... am/fm/xm radio .. 6 disc cd changer ... electronic cruise control .. heated seats and plugins for heated suits ... hard mounted blue tooth gps receiver ... auxillary input for my 40 gig Ipod ... used for audio books on trips ... over 150 various leds for additional lighting ... the better to see me with ... oh yea ... I have a hands free kit wired into the bike ... allows for my cobra radar detector prompts to come into the left earpiece of my helmet and the I730 audio prompts to come into the right earpiece ... the am/fm/xm radio and cd sounds come into both earpieces in stereo ... there's an intercom between rider and corider ... voice activated of course ... the cb radio also comes into both ears ... alas .. not in stereo though ... transmit via the microphone in each helmit and transmit buttons for both rider and corider ... the I730 is answered via a switch on the left handlebar ... only the rider can answer the phone ... but both can hear the audio prompts ... gps ... phone ringing ... voice command ... etc ... it also has a compustar alarm ... the seats/saddlebags/kickstands (side and center)/trunk all have triggers to set it off ... there's also the shock sensor and a mercury switch that will set it off if the bike is moves more than 2 degrees in any direction ... of course remote start and passive activation are standard along with engine kill if activated ... the alarm also is a 900 mhz two way alarm system that will not only make the bike go crazzy (lights and sirens) but will also vibrate and buzz on my remote fob up to 3/4 of a mile away ... all in all ... it's a sweet ride ... for only two wheels ... and at 46 mpg without the trailer (popup tent trailer) and 42 mpg with ... economical too ... hehehehe ... course .. if I put the canoe on the tent trailer ... it drops to around 38 mpg ....


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    Kyo 6035, Sam I300, Sam I330, Kyo 7315, Treo 600, Sam I600, Sam I700, GL1000, HP6315, SX56, PDA2K, Jam, Xv6600 W/cam, Treo 650, I730 Wm2K3, Treo 700W, I730 w/WM 5.0, XV6700, Moto Q (Silver), Treo 700WX, xv6700 wm6, Moto Q Black, Moto Q9m, Sam I760, xv6800, xv6900, Q9C, Touch Pro, iPhone 3G 16G, iPhone 3gs 32G ... not even gonna list the non converged units

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    Originally posted by dean2900
    I am not trying to start a war between the Valentine-1 and the 8500.

    I personally went with the 8500 because I didn't like the size and styling of the V1.

    They are both extremely good units. I really like that the Valentine-1 can link to your PC and upgrade the firmware.

    On the other side, my wife has a cheezy Cobra and it does a decent job of alerting her when she is getting a ticket.
    How dare you challenge the supremacy of the vaunted VALENTINE!!!! (sound of gloves slapping across Dean's face)

    I have a pretty old model -- no PC connectivity here. My wife actually has the 8500. Does just fine. We didn't feel like shelling out another $400 for a V1, and since overall performance for the two is arguably similar (the debate seems religious in some forums), she got the 8500.

    D.
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    wow, i feel so humbled

    i'm driving a mazda b3000. hey i can't complain, my job gave it to me so i can work in it.

    i have:
    -apline 9831 dash
    -XM radio through the alpine
    -2 800watt Audiobahn 12" subs in the extended cab
    -1 800watt 1-channel Audiobahn amp powering the subs
    -2 120 watt Kicker 5x7's for the front
    -2 120watt MTX 5x7's for the rear

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    Originally posted by bizone
    wow, i feel so humbled
    Hmmm. You've got a kick-a$$ phone and plenty of tunes. I see nothing wrong with that!

    D.

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    Originally posted by drzeller
    How dare you challenge the supremacy of the vaunted VALENTINE!!!! (sound of gloves slapping across Dean's face)

    I have a pretty old model -- no PC connectivity here. My wife actually has the 8500. Does just fine. We didn't feel like shelling out another $400 for a V1, and since overall performance for the two is arguably similar (the debate seems religious in some forums), she got the 8500.

    D.
    The best of both worlds then. And yes on the car forums the wars go on endlessly. The price must have changed in the last few years though. The 8500 used to be 400 and the V1 500. I havent kept up recently.

    Dena

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    in my beast...

    tons of "devices" on the car to make it go... =)

    ABT Chip
    KW Variant II Coilovers
    M3 Lip Spoiler
    Porsche Cayenne Turbo Brakes
    OEM RS4 Front Bumper
    Euro Lights
    AWE DPs
    Neuspeed Exhaust
    19x8.5 SSR GT3s
    Greddy TT
    Valentine 1
    UUC Shortshifter
    Custom A-Piller Boost Gauge

    to name a few...and of course my i730.
    Last edited by mirage; 08-10-2005 at 10:11 PM.

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    Just to give you radar freaks a heads-up, the 8500 X50 and the Beltronics RX65 are essentially the same thing. Beltronics and Escort are the same company now. The Rx65 does offer voice warnings and it is already upgraded to detect the Ku-Band that's so widely used in Europe. Seems as if Ku-Band will be coming out in the states starting late 05' or early 06'. Two great sites to check are www.radarbusters.com and www.radartest.com. The V1 does trounce both in the X-Band category though.

    Mirage, okay, you either have a E36 or an Audi. How are those KW's? Got to love those INOX bodies... wait a minute. I'm guessing that you have a Audi A4 1.8T because I notice that you got the turbo timer. Correct me if I'm wrong. Also, check Eisenmann for exhausts. Once you hear them, you won't get anything else. I'll give you some advice on the brakes though. Keep them clean! Make sure you spray your rotors when cleaning your car (but not right after you've driven it, make sure you give it time to cool off first). Those brakes can get very squeaky in low speed driving if not kept clean.

    As for my favorite gadget out of the 4 cars... the twin turbo's. Muahahahah!

    BTW, I know this isn't a car forum but I couldn't resist lending some info. Always here to help!

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    Choi...

    wish i knew how to post a pic...but

    i have a 2001 Audi S4 (BITURBO)! =)

    its a blast to drive. the suspension is very stiff and make off and on ramps a good time!

    but with those 19" wheels and crappy chicago roads, its a rough ride indeed. cant beat the look though!

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    Originally posted by mrailing
    -Springfield XD-9 mm handgun. This goes in and out of the car (and yes I have a license to carry and do competition shooting). "cause you never know what part of town you're going to be in".

    I carry the same gun Michael. Mine is a stainless and I also carry a Kimber Ultra Carry .45 Stainless with Tritium night sights. Nice gun, the Subcompact XD-9.
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    Originally posted by mirage
    Choi...

    wish i knew how to post a pic...but

    i have a 2001 Audi S4 (BITURBO)! =)

    its a blast to drive. the suspension is very stiff and make off and on ramps a good time!

    but with those 19" wheels and crappy chicago roads, its a rough ride indeed. cant beat the look though!
    I had the A6 2.7T from that era, also chipped. You had to be real careful pulling across a 2 lane road -- you'd launch so quickly you would almost be in the grass on the other side before you were fully turned into the lane. What a blast! I had to sell her, though, when one day there was a very bad CLUNK when pulling out under full acceleration. My $12K tranny had a hiccup. I de-chipped her and noticed no problems, but sold her none the less. I actually traded her to a dealership that knew she was chipped. It went to the service "secretary" who I presume will be well taken care of. It was in nearly perfect condition otherwise. I still miss having an A6, but financially it's out of reach right now.

    Oh, and about the i730 (don't want the post moved...) it works very well in my Avalon!


    D.

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