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Unread 10-25-2010, 10:46 PM   #751
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^^^ Yes, it does have the USB from the back, which is what I wanted, and came with a 6.5' extension cord too.

Here is a picture with the face off.


The carrying case for it is pretty big.


That's a hoss to carry around.


Here you can see all of the rear connections with the USB on the left, the RCA goes into the CD changer port and was an adapter wire I had to buy for $10. From there I take the RCA to a 1/8" mini jack and run it like headphones from my Zune. Then you have the regular antenna on the right. The HD, Sat and other connections are on the board. What I really liked is that it has 6 pre-outs for Sub, Front and Rear.


This shows the USB extension cord as well as the iPod cable.


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Unread 10-25-2010, 10:54 PM   #752
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Very nice! I went with the Alpine CDA-105, mostly because the CD slot is hidden by the faceplate. However, I think I might like yours better! I never play CDs anyway...

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Unread 10-26-2010, 03:28 AM   #753
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I had that same H/U in my TJ. I hope you have a good alarm or never plan on parking this in public, my insurance paid for 3 of those because they are a hot item, even without the faceplate
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Unread 10-26-2010, 04:38 AM   #754
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I like your choice, Alpine has been a leader for decades.

I ripped all my CD's to my hard drive a year or two back and I believe at 192kb/s. Will MP3's at this quality play clean on a high end stereo system?

I still buy CD's rather than MP3's and my intent was to put playlists on a DVD and have one or two good DVD's in the truck. I like the idea of doing the same with a USB memory stick but I have never listened to MP3's on a stereo of any type.
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Unread 10-26-2010, 06:47 AM   #755
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Since the matter of age has been brought up. I remember back when it cost alomst as much as you paid for that unit and it wasn't near as good as what you got. Nice to see that electronics have increased in quality and not gone up in price a great deal.

Maybe I missed something Mike, but where are you going to mount it?
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Unread 10-26-2010, 06:52 AM   #756
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Jim if you look at post #671 the start of the motor he shows the dash that has a place for it
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Unread 10-26-2010, 06:58 AM   #757
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Jim if you look at post #671 the start of the motor he shows the dash that has a place for it
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Unread 10-26-2010, 08:20 AM   #758
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I play mp3's on my DD's premium audio system with a flash drive and I cant tell a difference between that and a CD. In a jeep, the quality of the speakers and amplifier and external noise will be the limiting factor, not the audio origin (mp3, cd, 8track)
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I play mp3's on my DD's premium audio system with a flash drive and I cant tell a difference between that and a CD. In a jeep, the quality of the speakers and amplifier and external noise will be the limiting factor, not the audio origin (mp3, cd, 8track)
I disagree, not on the sound quality itself, but the source. Have you ever listened to CD's while out wheeling? They skip every other second. Not a problem with the MP3.
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I disagree, not on the sound quality itself, but the source. Have you ever listened to CD's while out wheeling? They skip every other second. Not a problem with the MP3.
Nope I havent, my rig just has an iPod connected to a headphone jack plugged directly into an amplifier.... But I was also only referring to the actual sound quality when its driving down the road...

BTW...Been quietly following this build for the better part of a year and a half and must give my Kudos as well Coiz. You are doing phenomenal work and are an inspiration to me for whenever I get to work on my Scout 800 Frame Off...
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Unread 10-26-2010, 01:41 PM   #761
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I would rethink mounting it in the dash. CJ's all seem to leak water onto the radios. Mine have all had good metal, good seal etc and I still end up replacing radio's all the time.

What the heck is Audyssey ? lol that's the one that threw me for a loop.

I love my satalite radio but I drive 16 hours a day every day. And even at that if stern doesn't resign I'm turning it off
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Unread 10-26-2010, 09:47 PM   #762
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I had that same H/U in my TJ. I hope you have a good alarm or never plan on parking this in public, my insurance paid for 3 of those because they are a hot item, even without the faceplate
That sucks to hear. I'll be paranoid of someone stealing the entire Jeep, never mind the stereo.

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I like your choice, Alpine has been a leader for decades.

I ripped all my CD's to my hard drive a year or two back and I believe at 192kb/s. Will MP3's at this quality play clean on a high end stereo system?
You did good by ripping them at 192kb/s, that's one up from the standard 128. They will play excellent on high end stereos and as stated, they don't skip.

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In a jeep, the quality of the speakers and amplifier and external noise will be the limiting factor, not the audio origin (mp3, cd, 8track)
I agree you need to have it amped up if you want to hear it at 60 mph with no top on. I'll get to that later.


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I disagree, not on the sound quality itself, but the source. Have you ever listened to CD's while out wheeling? They skip every other second. Not a problem with the MP3.
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Nope I havent, my rig just has an iPod connected to a headphone jack plugged directly into an amplifier.... But I was also only referring to the actual sound quality when its driving down the road...

BTW...Been quietly following this build for the better part of a year and a half and must give my Kudos as well Coiz. You are doing phenomenal work and are an inspiration to me for whenever I get to work on my Scout 800 Frame Off...
So I think we all agree that a MP3 sounds as good or better than a CD. It definitely has it's advantages for storage and non-skip.

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I would rethink mounting it in the dash. CJ's all seem to leak water onto the radios. Mine have all had good metal, good seal etc and I still end up replacing radio's all the time.

What the heck is Audyssey ? lol that's the one that threw me for a loop.
Mine has never leaked and I doubt it will when I'm done.

Audyssey is a sound equalizing system I don't think I'll need in a topless CJ.
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Unread 10-27-2010, 06:43 AM   #763
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Cjai Have you looked in to a waterproof houseing for your radio. There are diferent types that thay use in boats that will work
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Unread 10-28-2010, 04:33 PM   #764
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I got the rest of the cables and connections in so I might pull a battery inside tonight and test this out in my living room. If you noticed I welded the hole closed for the stock FM antenna as I wanted it to look as clean as possible. I plan to try this short wire antenna strung out up under the dash and see how the reception is. As long as it is remotely decent I will just leave it. If the reception sucks I'll look into running an antenna to the rear and incorporating it into the same area/mount as my CB antenna.
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Unread 10-28-2010, 04:55 PM   #765
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I like your choice, Alpine has been a leader for decades.

I ripped all my CD's to my hard drive a year or two back and I believe at 192kb/s. Will MP3's at this quality play clean on a high end stereo system?

I still buy CD's rather than MP3's and my intent was to put playlists on a DVD and have one or two good DVD's in the truck. I like the idea of doing the same with a USB memory stick but I have never listened to MP3's on a stereo of any type.
192kb/s will play clean on a high end stereo. They say 320kb/s is CD quality but I've listened to both and really you can't tell a difference between the two. I think ripping at 320kb/s is not worth it because of the space it takes.
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