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Old 27 Dec 2006, 10:09 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I need advice about car stereos and must admit I know noting about them.

My pre-owned Toyota Camry came with an in-dash cassette/receiver which
also controls a cd-changer that sits in the trunk. There is a free
pocket just below this receiver. I want to get rid of that changer in
the trunk---it is too much hassle, and also keeps getting bumped by
luggage, grocery bags, and like.

I am considering following solutions:

(1) An in-dash cd player that would go into the free pocket and work
with the existing cassette receiver. It need not and probably should
not have its own radio, amplifier, etc. It could be one disc player or
a changer.

(2) An entirely new cd-cassette-radio player. This seems wasteful but
if it is the best option, or the cheapest or something like that, I
would consider it.

I would appreciate advice from those who know car stereos. Brands, as
well as the kind of stores I should go to (Chicago area). I don't need
MP3, satellite radio etc, just "cd cassette AM FM".

Thanks.
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Old 27 Dec 2006, 10:31 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Ajanta wrote:
> I need advice about car stereos and must admit I know noting about them.
>
> My pre-owned Toyota Camry came with an in-dash cassette/receiver which
> also controls a cd-changer that sits in the trunk. There is a free
> pocket just below this receiver. I want to get rid of that changer in
> the trunk---it is too much hassle, and also keeps getting bumped by
> luggage, grocery bags, and like.
>
> I am considering following solutions:
>
> (1) An in-dash cd player that would go into the free pocket and work
> with the existing cassette receiver. It need not and probably should
> not have its own radio, amplifier, etc. It could be one disc player or
> a changer.
>
> (2) An entirely new cd-cassette-radio player. This seems wasteful but
> if it is the best option, or the cheapest or something like that, I
> would consider it.
>
> I would appreciate advice from those who know car stereos. Brands, as
> well as the kind of stores I should go to (Chicago area). I don't need
> MP3, satellite radio etc, just "cd cassette AM FM".
>
> Thanks.


crutchfield.com has excellent service, and can set you up
with a unit that will fit. They will also provide a wiring
adapter. If you don't mind something a little garish looking, the
Sony 'Explod' AM/FM/Cassette unit is good, and inexpensive. If
you want a more 'classic' look, there are other manufacturers
with units that should fit. Crutchfield sells them all.
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Old 27 Dec 2006, 10:54 pm   #3 (permalink)
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mjc <DELETETHIS>13"@verizon.net> wrote:
: crutchfield.com has excellent service, and can set you up
: with a unit that will fit. They will also provide a wiring
: adapter. If you don't mind something a little garish looking, the
: Sony 'Explod' AM/FM/Cassette unit is good, and inexpensive. If
: you want a more 'classic' look, there are other manufacturers
: with units that should fit. Crutchfield sells them all.

If I do mail order, where should I go to get it installed?
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Old 27 Dec 2006, 10:57 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"Ajanta" <ajanta@null.void> wrote in message
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> mjc <DELETETHIS>13"@verizon.net> wrote:
> : crutchfield.com has excellent service, and can set you up
> : with a unit that will fit. They will also provide a wiring
> : adapter. If you don't mind something a little garish looking, the
> : Sony 'Explod' AM/FM/Cassette unit is good, and inexpensive. If
> : you want a more 'classic' look, there are other manufacturers
> : with units that should fit. Crutchfield sells them all.
>
> If I do mail order, where should I go to get it installed?


Where in the Chicago area are you? Anywhere near Woodfield Mall?
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Old 27 Dec 2006, 11:19 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Ray O wrote:
: Where in the Chicago area are you? Anywhere near Woodfield Mall?

I can drive anywhere within reasonable distance. Woodfield would be ok.
Although I would imagine that many suitable stores would be nearer. I
just don't know them.
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Old 28 Dec 2006, 08:37 am   #6 (permalink)
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On Thu, 28 Dec 2006 04:54:42 GMT, Ajanta <ajanta@null.void> wrote:


>mjc <DELETETHIS>13"@verizon.net> wrote:
>: crutchfield.com has excellent service, and can set you up
>: with a unit that will fit. They will also provide a wiring
>: adapter. If you don't mind something a little garish looking, the
>: Sony 'Explod' AM/FM/Cassette unit is good, and inexpensive. If
>: you want a more 'classic' look, there are other manufacturers
>: with units that should fit. Crutchfield sells them all.


>If I do mail order, where should I go to get it installed?

either a car stereo shop, or a mechanic. You just need somebody capable
of pulling the stereo out of the dash and of inserting connectors.
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Old 28 Dec 2006, 09:16 am   #7 (permalink)
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On Thu, 28 Dec 2006 04:09:11 GMT, Ajanta <ajanta@null.void> wrote:

>
>I need advice about car stereos and must admit I know noting about them.
>
>My pre-owned Toyota Camry came with an in-dash cassette/receiver which
>also controls a cd-changer that sits in the trunk. There is a free
>pocket just below this receiver. I want to get rid of that changer in
>the trunk---it is too much hassle, and also keeps getting bumped by
>luggage, grocery bags, and like.
>
>I am considering following solutions:
>
>(1) An in-dash cd player that would go into the free pocket and work
>with the existing cassette receiver. It need not and probably should
>not have its own radio, amplifier, etc. It could be one disc player or
>a changer.


>(2) An entirely new cd-cassette-radio player. This seems wasteful but
>if it is the best option, or the cheapest or something like that, I
>would consider it.
>
>I would appreciate advice from those who know car stereos. Brands, as
>well as the kind of stores I should go to (Chicago area). I don't need
>MP3, satellite radio etc, just "cd cassette AM FM".
>
>Thanks.


Do they still make cassette tapes? I pitched all mine into the trash
years ago. No MP3? WHOA! Is it 1995 again? Seriously, in November I
purchased a new Kenwood KDC-MP232 MP3/AM/FM Receiver for my daughter at
Onlinecarstereo.com for $102.00:
http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAu...roductID=15717

Had it installed for $60 at a local shop that 'pimps' stretch Limos. My
daughter is very happy with it - she keeps her entire music collection
on four CD's full of MP3's (about 600 songs).

Good luck with the cassette tapes.......

HJS
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Old 28 Dec 2006, 09:32 am   #8 (permalink)
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Ajanta wrote:
> I need advice about car stereos

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Go to Crutchfield.com and search brand: Alpine, pick the one you like.

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Old 28 Dec 2006, 11:00 am   #9 (permalink)
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On Thu, 28 Dec 2006 04:09:11 +0000, Ajanta wrote:

>
> I need advice about car stereos and must admit I know noting about them.
>
> My pre-owned Toyota Camry came with an in-dash cassette/receiver which
> also controls a cd-changer that sits in the trunk. There is a free pocket
> just below this receiver. I want to get rid of that changer in the
> trunk---it is too much hassle, and also keeps getting bumped by luggage,
> grocery bags, and like.
>
> I am considering following solutions:
>
> (1) An in-dash cd player that would go into the free pocket and work with
> the existing cassette receiver. It need not and probably should not have
> its own radio, amplifier, etc. It could be one disc player or a changer.
>
> (2) An entirely new cd-cassette-radio player. This seems wasteful but if
> it is the best option, or the cheapest or something like that, I would
> consider it.
>
> I would appreciate advice from those who know car stereos. Brands, as well
> as the kind of stores I should go to (Chicago area). I don't need MP3,
> satellite radio etc, just "cd cassette AM FM".
>
> Thanks.



There are a few car stereos that incorporate the AM/FM/Cassette/CD, but
they are kind of expensive. Can you ditch the Cassette, or do you have a
large variety?

Also, what kind of changer is located in the trunk? There are some units,
ie, Kenwood, Sony, Clarion that have propreitary adapters to only work
with a macthing head unit, 'generic' adapters, such as Sony's D-Bus that
are compatible among head units, or have a built-in FM transmitter that
sends the signal from the CD to the radio via a pre-set (changable) FM
frequency, like some of the XM radios do.

What year Camry is it? Most of the installations of aftermarket radios
into a Toyota are real easy; you can pick up a wiring harness adapter at
Wal*Mart for $7 that works with ANY Toyota from 1980-present. All
aftermarket radios now use the same color coding for the wires, and the
adapter uses the same color scheme, so fitting the new radio is easy;
match the colors to the new adapter harness, twist and secure with
electrician's tape, snap the harness in and bolt the radio in! That simple.
UNLESS, the person before you cut the wires to put in the new radio. Then
it's a bit more difficult, but if it is a recent radio it will still be
the same color scheme, so you can clip the wires from the existing radio
leaving a bit of the colored wire behind, and again match them up, splice
and cover with tape. Either that, or, hopefully the person that installed
the radio left the markers on the wiring explaining which wire is which
connection.

Removal of the dash panel is pretty straightforward; there are usually
screws under the top of the bezel that can be viewed by looking up above
the ashtray, usually above the heater controls. Also, you will need to
pull the ashtray and remove the two screws you'll see, and then the screws
holding the metal 'snuff plate' (as I call it) and then GENTLY unsnapping
the bezel. Again, knowing which year we're dealing with will help here.

The radios are usually secured to the dash using 4 10mm screw/bolts, I
suggest using a 10mm socket since they are soft and if you don't have the
correct screwdriver you'll strip the heads. Then the radio and the pocket
come out as one unit, and there are screws on the side of the radio
securing the bracket to the radio.

Almost every single radio sold now has holes on the side marked "T" and
"N", T for Toyota and N for Nissan. Place the brackets in the holes marked
"T" and use the screws you removed to secure the bracket, then snap the
harness together and mount the radio. It's a fairly simple process, and,
again, unless the harness was cut out, should take less than an hour!

And, another hint: I get most of my aftermarket radios from e-Bay. The
only problem I have had so far was I bought an Eclipse there, and the 13
pin harness (WHO THE HELL thought up a 13 pin harness?!?!?!) was missing
and the radio is 'keyed' to a CD the original owner had. I wouldn't buy an
Eclipse unless the harness is included and the seller either tells you or
provides you with the CD he used as a 'key'! They are REALLY good stereos,
however! Since I only paid $15 for it, eh...live and learn. I can send it
to Fujitsu to have it reset...but I digress.

If you decide to do this yourself, I'm almost always here every day, and
would be glad to answer any more questions.


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Old 28 Dec 2006, 11:23 am   #10 (permalink)
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Homer S. <Mr.Plow@Kookyfarm.net> wrote:

: Do they still make cassette tapes?

We do have an old collection. But more importantly, when traveling
overseas, it is not uncommon to encounter music that seems interesting
enough to try but we are not sure enough to spend big bucks. So we may
spend $40 on twenty cassettes at $2 each rather than $200-300 on twenty
cd's at $10-15 each.
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