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urzzz
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Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by urzzz » Sun 17 May, 2020 18:34

So I finally bit the bullet and bought the retro blaupunkt radio - thanks to TJS for drawing it to my attention.
First impressions:
Looks very smart - the plastic is a perfect match for the console and you can select an illumination that matches BMW orange well
Operates well (not perfect, but hopefully OK, only a drive will tell)
Sounds good - stationary at least
£400 is toppish pricing - it seems to be a £230 in fancy case - but there are few alternatives
I've tried to attach few photos (with apologies to TJS for the state of my garage) - but seem to get error messages
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Re: Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by 137699 » Mon 18 May, 2020 09:47

I did think quite seriously about buying one of these as my z3 M Coupe came with a rather naff Sony stereo in it that just looked out of place and lit up the wrong colour.

But I decided that the SQR46 probably looked a little "too" retro for the Z3 - more suited to an E30 or E36, so instead refitted a BMW CD43 and added a Bluetooth interface kit to it.

Very happy with the look now.

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Re: Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by urzzz » Mon 18 May, 2020 14:52

Agree that the blaupunkt probably is too retro for the Z3 (especially with the tape slot) - CD43 looks good tho'
I'd love to post some photos of mine, but I get "Sorry, the board attachment quota has been reached." - don't know how you got round it?
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"The BMW is simply superb", LJK Setright, Car Magazine, Apr 1990
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Re: Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by Gazza » Mon 18 May, 2020 20:31

You need to host your pics elsewhere and then paste a link to your post.

These hosts are commonly used

Flickr

Imgur
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Re: Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by 137699 » Tue 19 May, 2020 09:14

Yeah I think the SQR46 will look spot on in the Z1. Need to see a photo!

BTW I use IMGUR to host my photos.

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Re: Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by Tufarlian » Wed 20 May, 2020 08:12

137699 wrote:
Mon 18 May, 2020 09:47
.... so instead refitted a BMW CD43 and added a Bluetooth interface kit to it.
What bluetooth interface kit did you use and how does it work?

Thanks
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Re: Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by 137699 » Wed 20 May, 2020 09:27

I used one of these - plugs into the CD changer port so you select CD on the headunit and it toggles between the CD slot and and the Bluetooth unit. Works really well!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bluetooth-Mu ... %7Ciid%3A1

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Re: Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by Tufarlian » Wed 20 May, 2020 09:50

Thanks.

Looks like a really good solution.

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Re: Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by TJS » Sun 24 May, 2020 11:04

The bluetooth interface kit looks like a good solution, however the problem with the Z1 is the severe lack of usable space to fit additional ICE. The CD43 will fit the Z1, just. When (if) it fails the Blaupunkt Bremen would be the replacement of choice. I still have the original 30 year old speakers, I assume more modern products will improve the sound quality .. but then again its always driven top down so probably not worth spending too much on high end hi fi.

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Re: Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by urzzz » Sun 24 May, 2020 15:38

I've had a go at using IMGUR to show the Bremen in place:

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First drive went well, but I've yet to activate the "nav from the phone interrupts the radio" function, which looks like a very neat solution

Mod Edit: Fixed images to display inline for you. R.
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Re: Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by bluejay » Mon 25 May, 2020 11:24

That looks great, too bad I just bought the Pioneer with the flip up screen also with DAB, but also with appleplay....

Not very retro looking at all!!

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Re: Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by 137699 » Tue 26 May, 2020 09:49

The Bremen looks like it was "meant to be" in that Z1 interior!
Superb addition - nobody would think at first glance it wasn't factory!

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Re: Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by survivalist » Wed 27 May, 2020 18:47

That does look nIce but as TJS said I’m not sure it’s justified in a car that I only drive for fun, usually top down.

With regard to installing decent ICE, there was a feature in one of the 1990s cat audio magazines where they put in upgraded component speakers in the front along with a small subwoofer in the ‘glovebox’ behind the passenger seat. Will try and dig it up and scan it (I’m a hoarder when it comes to magazine articles about the Z1.

Last time I did a long(ish) trio in the Z1 I used my apple AirPods in transparency mode. Much better than the OEM audio, but still able to hear outside noise. Not sure where I’d stand if stopped by the police though.

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