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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-15-2002, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Help!!

First of all, you should know this: I have no idea what I'm doing.

Now that that's out of the way -- I need some advice. I'd like to take out the radio/cassette player in my 97 Trep and replace it with a radio/CD combo. (I really don't care about playing tapes.) I'd like to find a 1.5 DIN (whatever that means) unit so that I won't have to use one of those cheesy face-plate kits to cover up the hole around it. I've done a lot of looking around, and I've been thinking about this one:

http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/S...CD615X&o=m&a=1

Can you guys give me your opinions on this? If you think you know of a better alternative, I'd love to hear about it. (Needs to be $190 or less, though.)

Also -- I need to be able to play CD-R's with it. The specs for this unit don't specifically say that it plays CD-R's, but I was just wondering if that means it definitely won't. I've never found an audio CD player anywhere that won't play CD-R's (including the factory deck in our Grand Caravan), so I have a hard time believeing that this one wouldn't. What do you think?
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Jensen is widely regarded as sub-standard junk. The build, material, and sound quality are all below even cheap Pioneer or Sony offerings. I looked around a bit, but was unable to find a decent din-and-a-half for under $190. My advice would be to save up at least until you can afford the bottom-level Pioneer that is offered on that site. Also, what you plan on doing with your radio would be helpful to know (i.e. do you plan on upgrading your speakers, do you plan on adding an amp, do you have any of this stuff, etc, etc.) Oh, and to clarify a little, car radios come in three standard sizes: din (this is the size you would find in a Ford Probe); din-and-a-half (aka din 1/2, or the size that fits nicely in our cars. It is roughly one-and-a-half times the size of a regular din-chassised radio); and double din (this is the size that you find in a lot of Nissans and some Toyotas. Obviously, it is twice the size of a standard din radio.) There is also a 1/2 din size, which is half the size of a standard din radio, but that is the territory of equalizers and such, and there are also 1/4 din sizes, but I have only seen those used on turbo timers and such. There are also a few different ways to mount your radio, but I don't think you need to be concerned about that right now.
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Just get a good DIN sized pioneer for between 120 and 200 (they all play cd-r's) and get the mounting bracket, the mounting bracket isnt all that bad, in fact, with my interior color it matches quite nicely, plus I've been able to put switches in the spaces around the headunit since I didnt wanna put holes anywhere else. The brackets arent that bad, trust me, plus you'll save money, and be able to afford better quality/features.
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If you do decide to go with a din unit, be sure to get a unit with a trim ring around the face, unless you don't mind a gap around the unit (however small that it may be.) For both my Blaupunkt San Francisco and Eclipse 5441, there has been a small gap around the perimeter of the unit, though it doesn't drive me nuts or anything. It can be a little tricky to get a regular din radio to fit right in our cars because there just isn't any space left back behind it for wires. It really takes some cramming to get it all to fit right if you have a bunch of wires like I do. In the end, it is worth it, though. In my opinion, the din-and-a-half units that are on the market are fugly. :crazy:

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get the pioneer DEH-P77DH. it is din and 1/2 and has 3 pre- outs, more power, more features, remote control, and is just much more better than the jensen. I got mine for $204 including shipping.

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Even though I am immensly happy with my current Pioneer DEH-P7400MP, yes please! show me the money, and I'll get this!

TV tuner and DVD and touch panel, oh my!


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Thanks for all the good info -- I really apprciate it.

And yes, I've noticed that the single DIN sized units are quite a bit cheaper -- so if you do think that I'll be able to get it to look half way decent then perhaps that's the road I'll go with.

As for my other plans for my audio system, my definite plan is that absolutely nothing else will be done to it. I don't really have any spare money, so basically I'm just trying to get things set up so I can play CD's without my Discman and a bunch of wires and cables and all sorts of crap flying around my car. Getting this CD player installed will be the one and only thing I'm ever gonna do to this system. I know it sounds like pure crap, but I really can't afford to do anyting else.

Anyways, thanks for the help, and if any other advice comes to mind, I'd appreciate hearing that, too.
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As for my other plans for my audio system, my definite plan is that absolutely nothing else will be done to it. I don't really have any spare money, so basically I'm just trying to get things set up so I can play CD's without my Discman and a bunch of wires and cables and all sorts of crap flying around my car.
If a cd player is all you are doing this for you could just get a cd changer and mount it in your trunk.

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If a cd player is all you are doing this for you could just get a cd changer and mount it in your trunk.

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For a while, that's what I was going to do. But, then I realized that if I just get an in-dash player, I can save a lot of money, and I also don't have to tear my car apart to run wires for the controller, etc. Plus, since I use my trunk a lot, I think the changer would get in the way. All around, I think this is a lot easier.
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I would suggest just getting a single din cd player, and if you buy it from crutchfield and tell then what kind of car you have, they will throw in the wiring harness and mounting bracket for free.

I would suggest this one...
http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/S...KDC119&o=p&a=0
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Just wanted to say thanks again for all the help -- people like you guys are what make this site so great!

Here's the unit I've settled on:

http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/S...o&i=130DEH2400

I know it's not the best, but I like the fact that it's got an actual volume dial, so I don't have to fumble for buttons while I'm driving, and it's also got a detacheable faceplate. Plus, I think it'll match my interior nicely. Now hopefully, I'll be able to install it without messing everything up..... ;)
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Hmm, I just noticed, that's the same thing that IntrepidEG has...
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Yah, its a nice headunit, it doesnt have alot of features, but it has more than you need, and it sounds good, good quality. Good luck with it, if you need help hookin it up (what wires are what, and whatnot) just lemme know. all you need to take out the old tape player is a 3/8 socket.
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For the price your paying, and for the features your getting, I'd say good buy, definately.


I thank the gods of payment plans for this lil piece of joy every day I turn it on

Pioneer DEH-P7400MP

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I thank the gods of payment plans for this lil piece of joy every day I turn it on

Pioneer DEH-P7400MP
Woah damn. Yeah, I guess that's a level up. ;) Would be nice to have mp3 capability, though.

(P.S. -- My 100th post! Woo-hoo! )
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