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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Mon, Dec-18-2017, 11:13:09 PM   #1
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Default Tell me what you know about the CD54 Professional unit

I'm wanting to upgrade my Business cd head unit to the Professional CD54 that was offered in Europe so I can have carphonics upgrade the amp and add bluetooth. However I am wondering does it work in North America? Will I still be able to listen to farm reports on AM and cheesy morning FM radio? Also has anyone had any experience with the carphonics upgrade (even if it's the BM54 amp)? Is it worth it? I'll be adding the bavsound speaker upgrades at that same time and a small sub/amp combo (anyone got a JL stealth box they wanna sell me?)

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I think it will plug in fine but I don't think your tuners will work. You can search Google for euro vs us radio tuners and see what comes up and go from there.
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FM radio should work. US uses 88MHz to 108MHz in 200MHz increments while Europe uses 87.5Mhz to 108MHz in 100MHz increments. The extra range shouldn't be a problem.

AM might give you some trouble though. In Europe they use 526.5 kHz to 1606.5 kHz in 9kHz increments, and in the US they use 525 kHz to 1705 kHz in 10MHz increments.

That said, the business radio is easily configurable to different regions, and I wouldn't be surprised if that's the case for professional radio too.
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I think it will plug in fine but I don't think your tuners will work. You can search Google for euro vs us radio tuners and see what comes up and go from there.

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FM radio should work. US uses 88MHz to 108MHz in 200MHz increments while Europe uses 87.5Mhz to 108MHz in 100MHz increments. The extra range shouldn't be a problem.

AM might give you some trouble though. In Europe they use 526.5 kHz to 1606.5 kHz in 9kHz increments, and in the US they use 525 kHz to 1705 kHz in 10MHz increments.

That said, the business radio is easily configurable to different regions, and I wouldn't be surprised if that's the case for professional radio too.
Excellent thanks guys! Now if I can just find a good one for sale on ebay.de
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