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Unread 10-18-2013, 04:42 AM   #1
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New here and about to be owner of 2014 Summit

I purchased a V8 Summit yesterday, traded in a 2011 QX 56 (nice SUV just too big for my needs). I have to say I was very impressed with the Summit. Jeep has come a long way since the CJ5 days. I am looking forward to learning more about the GC (already told the dealer to do the software updates when the car gets there thanks for that info) for everyone on this forum. I do have one question already. Does the sound system have a hard drive and can you store music via CD's if it does.

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Unread 10-18-2013, 05:46 AM   #2
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Congratulations on your purchase. I own a 2011 summit and yes it does store music on the HDD via CD or USB input.

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Unread 10-21-2013, 04:17 AM   #3
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I picked it up on Saturday and I am very, very pleased. Much nicer to drive than either the QX56 or the Range Rover HSE I had before it and considering the cost this thing is a bargain!
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Unread 10-21-2013, 05:05 AM   #4
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Congratulations on your purchase. I own a 2011 summit and yes it does store music on the HDD via CD or USB input.

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Someone needs to show me this HDD. My 8.4AN only allows music to be played from a USB or SD and the CD was a extra $200 and stole more than half of my armrest storage. (I didn't want the CD but the dealer ordered it with one.)

You can also play off the standard stuff as well, AUX port Bluetooth, ect. But no HDD storage of music like on the older Chrysler radios.
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Unread 10-21-2013, 08:58 AM   #5
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I don't think the 2014 provides for local (in the radio) music storage, you need an aux device like a iPod, SD card, etc.

The 2014s do not have a hard drive as previous model radios. It has 16GB of flash memory mostly for its software, Nav and settings storage along with buffering of radio audio. The 8.4A only has 8GB flash.
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Unread 10-23-2013, 05:29 PM   #6
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As the replies state, no HDD/flash memory to rip audio files to. I know the following solution is a hassle but let's face it, CD's are dead! I specifically had to order my Summit (Dec delivery) to NOT get the CD unit. Too bad your dealer boned you on that one.

No auto ripping HDD is actually a very good thing especially since you have the awesome surround sound Harmon Kardon system. Here's why. That stereo is so friggin' good that it exposes the HUGE quality differences between audio CD's (60-100MB per song) and .MP3 files (2-14MB per song). First, any HDD would be outdated (ie undersized) the second it is installed. Second, the software ripper the mfr would use would almost assuredly not maximize sound quality as it rips to the HDD and the playback would be noticeably inferior to the original CD. Sooo, what I am in the process of doing is ripping my 400 CD's to .MP3 files using the highest quality free ripper I could find tuned to the highest quality output. I have tested the output and it's pretty darned good. Certainly blows away the playback quality of any .MP3 file I have ever heard or downloaded. It's pretty fast too. I can rip 30 CD's in about 45 minutes counting all the in/out/create directory, etc... stuff. I have chosen to place them all on a high speed (Class 10) 64GB SD card. Should fill about 50GB.

The download can be found here:

http://www.freac.org/

It's totally free, no begging for donations (although I did when I used and loved it), no shareware, etc.....

If you or anyone else is interested I can give some tips on tuning it to max the quality. Also have some tips on output format after I tested the menu system on the 8.4AN.
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