Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

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Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by WreckTangle » Sun May 17, 2020 2:14 pm

Having dabbled previously with a couple of cheap secondhand units from eBay (a vintage SQR 39 and a VW Beta) to replace the silver Sony CD stereo that was installed, and I use that term loosely, in my Scirocco when I bought it in 2017 I decided to bite the bullet and invest some lockdown savings in a “new” vintage-looking unit from Blaupunkt.

If your car has correctly wired ISO connectors this should be a plug-and play swap, the only potential hitch being it needs a switched live. The generations of bodges on mine took a couple of afternoons to sort out. There are some discrete accoutrements which I didn’t use but which would not look out of place - a small, wired hands-free microphone and a stick-on DAB aerial.

This aerial adapter from Eightwood enables both FM and DAB to use the original wing-mounted aerial. There are a number of such devices available and this was the smallest, tidiest one I could find. It doesn’t need separate power and instead takes its power via the DAB aerial port on the SQR 46 which has to be enabled in the settings menu.

All in all I’m quite pleased with the results. IMHO the plastic fascia could have been engineered to be a bit more authentic (thinner and darker) but it doesn’t look out of place and is certainly an improvement both visually and sonically from the Sony.

Now to tinker with the RGB adjustments for the display to get the best match for the dash lights ...
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Re: Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by mark1gls » Mon May 18, 2020 1:19 pm

That looks good :-D

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Re: Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by C 20 CCO » Tue May 19, 2020 3:16 pm

You’re right, it doesn’t look out of place. It brings back a vague memory of my old blaupunkt head unit. I now have a black head unit at the moment so blends in quite well.....

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Re: Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by kidcrewbob » Tue May 19, 2020 3:26 pm

400 quid a bit steep - but a nice unit for sure......

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Re: Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by h11poc » Mon May 24, 2021 4:33 pm

Wrecktangle - I love the blaupunkt bremen and I wish I had that 400 plus the money for speakers to spend but I couldn't justify it. It is though, without a doubt, one of the best looking retro radios I have seen

I went for the Blaupunkt Madrid 200BT - link here >>>>>> ... eo-usb-aux

And a decent set of JBL speakers for the rear. Not sure what I'll do with the front speakers as mine are not the oval as seen in the rear shelf...

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Re: Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 DAB

Post by h11poc » Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:41 pm

Just to add, the Blaupunkt Madrid is only 89 pounds and it looks really good in there. I went for decent JVC in the front and the JBL in the back.
I will add a photo of the stereo shortly. I'm currently working out what to do about an aerial as mine is snapped. I'm open to suggestions of what you think as we've moved on from the telescopic metal ones.