BMW Install of Alpine TME-780 and Alpine DHA-S690 at the Car Audio Centre Birmingham
BMW’s new X5 has “airbag” head rests, making convential installation of screens into the headreasts impossible. However Car Audio Centre know’s not the meaning of “impossible” and jumped at the opportunity to do this custom insatllation.
Alpine’s TME-780 screens were chosen for their impeccible picture quality, sleek design and built in Infra Red Transmitters. We could have selected the slightly smaller Alpine TME-680’s to make our lives a little easier-but as we were custom builting the headrests we thought we’d go all out and fit the 7″ screens.
To add to our difficulties our customer required the car back in one day, which simply wasn’t possible-the headrests would take a day alone to build and then need trimming. We ellected to complete the installation on two days, fitting the equipment into the car so our customer could enjoy a trip to Ireland and we could build the hearests in the interim. The BMW leather proved hard to match and would require the importing of a full hide at great expense from Germany, so the customer ellected to go for a contrasting black leather, which matched his lower seat back perfectly.
Alpine TME-780EM MONITOR PRIOR TO INSTALLATION
Headrest with the rear taken off for investigation
Original headrest cabling in red on the left hand side, modified headrest post with black wire coming out on the right hand side – allowed us to keep unsightly cables out of site
Complete seat back removed, screen cable in black running to the underside
Screens temporally fitted to headrests-a weeks driving around Ireland without entertainment for a 4yr old would seem like a months driving! These were just velcro’d on to allow quick stowage of screens fro security.
Screen fitted in leathered housing, protective strip still on.
Headrests installed, seat backs on.
Alpine DVD Changer fitted in boot
Close up of DVD changer in boot underfloor.
ALPINE TME-780 PACKAGE
ALPINE SHS-N203 INFRA RED HEADPHONES
TWO DAYS LABOUR