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Unread 04-03-2013, 03:58 PM   #1
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Sound bar

So been thinking about eliminating my radio all together (gets no reception and I don't really listen to much radio) and installing a sound bar with an audio jack in it's place.

Something like this:

http://www.autoaccessoriesgarage.com...Fcc-MgodjgwARg

Only problem is I can't find one that comes with an audio jack installed. Anyone know how this can be done? Don't want to rewire one made for in home use to make it work in the jeep. Thanks

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Unread 04-03-2013, 04:06 PM   #2
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Seems to me it might be cheaper if your speakers are in good shape to change the head to a new one which accepts a jack. That's what i'm doing because between Pandora and all my CD's on the Iphone I don't need no stinkin radio or CD player. They are pretty cheap right now.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 04:38 PM   #3
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you mean the entire cd player right? was wanting to eliminate that for space for future switches.....
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Unread 04-03-2013, 04:40 PM   #4
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You need an amp to drive the speakers, your mp3 player doesn't put out nearly the power required to drive the speakers properly. From there you can play your mp3 through the amp.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 04:49 PM   #5
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That's the kind of answer I'm looking for, knew the ipod wouldn't even try to make an output on the speakers, just didn't know they mad an amp with an audio jack
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Unread 04-03-2013, 04:51 PM   #6
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Usually they don't, you will have to do a bit of googling. The amp also needs the signal lead to be hooked into a 12v power source (make sure you add a fuse to this lead, and a switch so you can turn the amp on and off). It's not that difficult to do, just takes a bit of brain power and some research first.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 05:01 PM   #7
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Think this would do the trick?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...G&Q=&A=details
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Unread 04-03-2013, 05:17 PM   #8
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Here is a non complicated answer.

Buy a quality amp, get a RCA to 1/8" cable. Turn the gain up on the amp and use the mp3 player to control the volume. If you want to get fancy, you can install a jack and volume knob in-dash.

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Unread 04-03-2013, 05:21 PM   #9
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That seems simple enough. Now it's time to see how many speakers can get blown up
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Unread 04-03-2013, 05:48 PM   #10
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My goal was same as yours. I bought this one a couple years ago.

http://www.amazon.com/Jeep-Wrangler-...jeep+sound+bar

All it has is male micro-jack for input. It's kind of cheap and generic but it does a pretty good job. It ain't exactly high sound quality but volume is good. I remember being ticked off when I first bought it because the sound volume was barely audible. I cursed and stomped thinking I got ripped off and then realized the volume on my iphone had to be turned up. Been happy with it since then.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 05:56 PM   #11
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Did you have to wire it in? JW, don't see any wires in the picture.

Maybe you can post a better one of yours.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 06:27 PM   #12
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Yeah, it had 3 wires coming from it. 1 red for 12v feed, 1 ground, and 1 with the microjack already attached. Easy Peasy. I'll see about posting other pics. For the price, pretty hard to beat.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 06:39 PM   #13
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well the stock picture is garbage and can't really tell much from it. Can you hook up the stock speakers to it as well, or not so much?
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Unread 04-03-2013, 06:46 PM   #14
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A really good place to look is towards marine amps. They also have a lot of radios with either non-standard sized head units, or surface mount remote controls. A hidden mount control box and a small remote volume and mini controller is a great way to go. Even if you want a standard dash radio, Crutchfield has a few great marine units that can even stream via Bluetooth!
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Unread 04-03-2013, 07:03 PM   #15
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http://www.crutchfield.com/p_020M502...2.html?tp=1721

This is the one I am thinking of... Rain "safe" and I can stream audio from my iPhone via Pandora! Sure, you can't play CD's... but I can't play cassettes or 8-tracks either!
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