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Just got a 2005 Mazda 6, trying to decide on audio options.

I was wondering if anyone can help me decide. Either buy the expensive as heck Metra kit, and get a decent stereo, along with that ever else to get it to work with the steering wheel. Or, try to get a tablet into the map dash thing. I'm leaning toward the tablet, but I can't really find much on how to do it. Any opinions?
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Depends on how much you want to spend and how confident you are in your abilities.

The Metra Kit, while expensive, is a fairly simple install and works flawlessly with the steering wheel controls. Finding a single DIN isn't too difficult, but the double DINs are fairly uncommon.

Getting a tablet to function properly isn't as simple as plug and play, but rather you'll need to design the mechanism which holds and displays the tablet in a convenient way in the dash cubby. There's a really good write-up on here somewhere for doing it yourself, but again it comes down to your skills and budget.

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Deck for sure! If you're going to spend the money on integrating a tablet in you're going to pay just the same, but lose on a BUNCH of features. Look at the Pioneer 80-PRS if you're OK with a single din. You'll get a 16 band independent left and right EQ, 5V preouts, 3 way digital networking ability(running active from the deck.) The only feature they really lack is the copper chassis and a little downgrade on internal components from the last model. However it's still my go to deck at the shop I work in when doing a SQ build. You will lose all of that and more(say bye bye to DTA) by using just a tablet integrated into the factory deck.

If you're leaning towards a double din I guess it would come down to what features you're looking for out of it. If you're not a serious audio guy you could even skimp down to a kenwood 998 or 500 for a single din. For double dins are you looking for Android auto, navigation, dual phone connection, networking abilities, etc.?????
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You could buy a single DIN kit for the map box for around $40 and wire it directly via preamp. For steering controls you can buy a separate adapter.

Works out cheaper than Metra kit.

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I have a complete double din metra kit for sale that came out of a 2003 with manual ac controls. It is brand new and includes all harnesses. It was used for one month before the car was totaled.
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Hi. I saw that you have a metra kit and everything. If you still have that for sale I'd like to buy it off of you asap.
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I have a double din metra kit with all the harnesses for sale. It is brand new only used a month then the car was totaled. PM me.
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