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Unread 04-09-2005, 07:24 PM   #1
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i rode in a 04 WJ limited today. not much diffrent, just the useal upgrades from year to year, but one thing made me jealous. a head unit with a cd player in it! with the 10 disc changer in the back too. 11 disc! I WANT THAT! do you think i can buy one and pop mine out and pop the new one in? anybody done that? i think its worth the cash to do so

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Unread 04-09-2005, 07:47 PM   #2
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My 99 limited had that until the cd changer went belly up and the dealer wanted $400 to fix it...yea right, went with an aftermarket mp3 indash, much better. You should be able to upgrade, do you have the compartment in the back for the changer to go in? Do you have the steering wheel controls? Actually you will probably spend more money on that set up than you would just getting an indash MP3, amp, & sub.
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Unread 04-09-2005, 09:12 PM   #3
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You can just get a decent head unit with changer controls for a little over $100. Then buy a disk changer. I was thinking of doing this my self, but I'm gonna replace all my stock speakers first, since I have my amp and subs already. I also have a head unit, but want a new one.
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People still use CD's?

Why limit yourself to a few CD's when you can have your entire music library at your fingertips with one of the many hard drived based MP3 players? I personally have a 3G 40GB iPod and am considering installing a Pioneer Premier HU with an iPod integration adapter. What's makes it even better is that I can grab the iPod and have it with me all the time - at work, when I travel, going to the gym (actually, I use an iPod Shuffle at the Gym). I just can't imagine myself carrying around a bunch of CD's anymore.
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Unread 04-09-2005, 09:33 PM   #5
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I paid around $300 for my Sony HU and 10 disc changer - Mine's a cassette HU though. Bought it when I first got my XJ back in '99, and it's still going strong after transplanting it before selling the XJ. I'm kind of an old fogey in my ways and I like being able to play the occasional cassette. Quite nice when you read books on tape. Some of the books you really want just aren't available on CD. Check the car audio shops. I guarantee you'll find something you like.
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Unread 04-09-2005, 09:44 PM   #6
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People still use CD's?

Why limit yourself to a few CD's when you can have your entire music library at your fingertips with one of the many hard drived based MP3 players?

I don't use MP3's becuse there not as high of quality as a reg cd.
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Unread 04-09-2005, 10:03 PM   #7
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I don't use MP3's becuse there not as high of quality as a reg cd.
In a car, it is really hard to tell the difference between an MP3 ripped at 192bps VBR and a CD. Of the times that something didn't sound right, it was always a problem outside of the MP3 player. Biggest problem is with FM modulators - they will never sound as good as a CD or direct connect because of the limitations in FM. Cassette adapters are better, but still leave a *lot* to be desired. Unfortunately, most factory HU's don't have a direct input, so the only solutions are FM/cassette adapters or go aftermarket.

The only time I am really anal about absolute accuracy in music reproduction is when I'm using my Grado cans. But at that point I don't want to listen to the harshness of CD's either.
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Oh I have a 20GB Archos (it's a mobile mp3 player that plays .avi's also) and it plugs into the Aux port on my indash MP3 player, sometimes I just don't like having to plug it in and risk getting it stolen if I forget to take it out. I just seperate my music into mp3's on CD, you can get around 150 per cd that way...You know one cd for Heavy metal, one for alternative metal, one for clasic rock, etc...
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Unread 04-09-2005, 11:26 PM   #9
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I just seperate my music into mp3's on CD, you can get around 150 per cd that way...You know one cd for Heavy metal, one for alternative metal, one for clasic rock, etc...

If you get any of the Kenwoods with dvd capability and monitors or the Alpine dva-7996 (last year's model...i don't know what this year's model number is...i think it's 9990). all of these recognize dvd-audio, so instead of 700 mb of mp3's at a time, you'll have 4.5gigs of mp3's at a time.


but for the original question, that isn't an easy swap-out. first off, you have to have the infiniti gold system, then you'll need to run the wiring back to the changer and get the swapout compartment back there to replace your current one. really not worth it. cd changers are a pain in the butt anyway, cuz you have to stop the car and get out go back there and change out discs. just do an aftermarket HU swap and be done with it.
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Unread 04-10-2005, 12:37 AM   #10
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ok, here we go. i have a 1GB smartphone (phone+ogrinizer+mp3 player+movieplayer w/ dvd compatability+interenet+ etc = smartphone). it has BT and connets through a radio broadcast system... it works wonders, but im a CD man as well. mp3 just doesnt fel rite. and one thing that is never eing modded in my jeep is the sound. I LOVE IT. its not too loud, not too soft. bassy for stock, but not enough to have peole say how can he listen to the "bump". so nothing will be a problem if you think i have aftermarket

and the issue is, that i do hate havign to get out and change a cd in the back. thast why i want a HU with a in dash cd player.... you see now? dont sugest mp3. i have it already. and i dont wanna spend some 100+ dollars on sound when im content with what have and when that 100+ can go to my new tires..... so.. back to the original question!

can it be done?
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Nakamichi makes a couple in-dash single-din 6-disc changers, the MB-VI and the MB-X.

Now if you REALLY want a changer and keep your stock head unit, you can get an interface from Soundgate and you will be able to hook up an Alpine or Kenwood changer to your stock system. By going with an Alpine or Kenwood instead of the stock gigantor changer, you can mount up closer to you...like the glove box or in the center-console armrest compartment.
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Shouldnt have a problem doing it. I had the factory AM/FM/Cass/CD with Changer controls and satalite capable in my 04' The radio Code is the RBP Radio. You dont need the Infinity system either. I'll check and see if I still have the factory one somewhere.
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Unread 04-10-2005, 01:24 PM   #13
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sounds good moutain biker. i think he understood what i was getting at (not that you guys were unhelpfull, just answering my question in a diffrent way). i weighed my options and just want to have an in dash cd player as well as my 10 in the back and my steering wheel controls.. aka the LTD 04 style not my 99
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Hey 5 Jeeps, I have a factory HU from my 01 with a CD player and has controls for the changer. If your interested, PM me.
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The 01's have a different wiring harness than the 04's do. You can get a converter kit for the 02-04 radios to work with the pre 02's but not the other way around that I have seen
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