My jeep was broken into recently for a crappy stereo and a pair of sunglasses. Since this experience I am purchasing a Tuffy Security console with stereo mount for my TJ. While talking to a Crutchfield representative he told me that their stereos were not intended to be mounted in the position the tuffy has set up. I was told i would get lots of skipping and might damage the reciever. I was just hoping to hear from other Jeep owners who have this product and could speak from experience about this "problem"
Some CD players really do have problems when mounted in any position other than horizontal. The Crutchfield rep you spoke to may not know exactly which CD players he sells have that problem but it is true that not CD players do well in that position.
Alpine HU 9843. It plays MP3's too, that's why I got it. I've had it in there for 3 weeks now, including a trip to Arizona and back (1900 miles each way), and haven't had trouble with it. If the disc is scratched, it will be prone to skipping, but i only use CD-Rs anyway. I've taken it over those speed humps everyone thinks slow people down..at about 40 and the thing is rock solid, no skips. Alpine makes a damn find product. I would recommend an amp and upgraded speakers as well. I am more than satisfied with my current setup, and it's installed pretty well (security screws and everything!).
My Clarion Pro Audio hu plays MP3/WMA (DXZ-545MP) and I only paid 180 for it. Very nice headunit and I've never had any problems with it, I have to hit a pretty big bump at good speeds to make it skip.
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I know that this probably the answer you're looking for, but did you ever consider getting an IPOD? I have mine hardwired into my Clarion HU and the thing never ever skips. The added benefit is that you will have access to all your tunes without the hassle of changing CD's, and you can mount your HU in any position.