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1st Gen Audio

Discussion in 'Audio' started by bdkmiller, Sep 27, 2002.

  1. bdkmiller

    bdkmiller Registered Member

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    I'm about to get a system started in my '72 Blazer. I like the stock look so I am checking out some of the shaft style receivers, specifically the Kenwood 801 from Chevy Duty. I also want an MP3 player. I know that Kenwood offers an MP3 cd changer but I don't know if it can be opperated from this receiver. Can anyone point me in the right direction for stock look but MP3 capability?
    Thanks in advance,
    Brian
     
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    I think your [censored] out of luck /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
     
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    If you're unable to find what you want, you could always mount a head-unit in the console. That way it'd be out of sight, and you can leave the factory radio in the dash for that stock look.
     
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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Hello to the Granite State!

    I think the toughest part is when you want to get a 2-Poster style radio, you'll have maybe 2 choices and none of them are very good.

    How CRAZY do you want to get? I have been toying with the idea of completely re-wiring a stock AM radio so that the controls actually run a remotely mounted CD player.....how cool would THAT be? /forums/images/icons/cool.gif

    If that's too far off the deep end, you could keep the AM radio in the dash and mount a newer style deck under a seat or in a center console. You'll have a lot more choices for the deck that way, and you're bound to get a better quality unit for what they charge for those 2-post retrofit ones....

    BTW -> Where in NH are you? I grew up in Keene, and went to college up in Plymouth. /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
     
  5. bdkmiller

    bdkmiller Registered Member

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    Hey Greg72, formerly of NH!
    Thanks for the reply. I love the idea of using the stock unit to control a decent, modern unit but I suspect that is way beyond my comprehension. I did keep the stock unit, in case I get smarter though. I may try a hiddent receiver though, the glovebox or a tuffy console would certainly work.

    I live in Orford, just a half hour away from Plymouth. Been there many times, even gave a talk or two at the college. I love NH but it is about to snow & I'm not quite ready yet. Where are you living now?

    Brian in NH
     
  6. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Brian,

    These days I'm in the San Jose, CA area.....about as far away from New England winters as I can get!

    I still fly home about once a year, usually for Christmas. I still have family in NH, and also Cape Elizabeth, ME.


    Another idea that would be easy(ish) would be to buy one of those CD changers that has the FM-modulator adapter. You tune in a particualr radio frequency on the stock radio and can listen to the CDs that way. Not the best sound quality, but a nice unobtrusive solution. Just one little remote control pad to hide in the ashtray or sunvisor.....
     
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    Chk Ebay I picked up a nice Alpine 7165 for $30.00 working. I hate cutting Dash for DIN units.
     
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    You can wire a periperal converter to the factory unit and have it control your aftermarket vi IR. You have to make some mods to the converter, but it is basically a steering wheel interface.
     

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