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    Retro style CD head units?

    Hope this is the right place to post this.

    My 25 year old premium cassette player in my AE82 just isn't doing it anymore. Radio stations around here don't play anything good (I mean, its like they never heard of J-pop, lol). I even tried to "burn" a few cassettes for the player, but it broke

    So I need a good head unit. Simple enough, but I would like one that keeps the classic look that I'm going for. Does anybody make anything like that?

    I've been searching but can't find anything.

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    Re: Retro style CD head units?

    I just sold my Nakamichi MB-75 that I picked up about 10 years ago specifically because it had a classic, non-flashy look to it. The fact that it's a bad ass CD changer was a definite plus, but the whole Nakamichi line looks like it came out of the 80's.

    Most of their stuff is pretty costly, and I've heard that the quality may have gone down in recent years so I can't recommend them due to unfamiliarity at this point.

    I've often thought about pulling a stock radio out of the early Datsun 300z; it's a double DIN unit with og sliders for the equalizer. Straight up boat anchor of 80's audio technology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnAE82
    Hope this is the right place to post this.

    My 25 year old premium cassette player in my AE82 just isn't doing it anymore. Radio stations around here don't play anything good (I mean, its like they never heard of J-pop, lol). I even tried to "burn" a few cassettes for the player, but it broke

    So I need a good head unit. Simple enough, but I would like one that keeps the classic look that I'm going for. Does anybody make anything like that?

    I've been searching but can't find anything.

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    Why don't you just keep the old radio in and put a new one in the glovebox or something to keep it hidden. That's what I'm doin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liquid51
    Why don't you just keep the old radio in and put a new one in the glovebox or something to keep it hidden. That's what I'm doin.
    Doh! I didn't think of that! That's definitely what I'll do, thanks!

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    Unless you're really dead set on a CD player, there are kits that will let you wire in a MP3 player to the stock head unit.

    The one's I've seen have been for newer radios with an AUX in option, but there's got to be a way to wire something into the stock harness that will let you plug your MP3 player into a line jack or something.

    I read a writeup someone did where they used an eBay special MP3 player amplifier and wired to their stereo.

    I'm thinking about this option as well since it would retain the original radio, won't take up the glove box with another radio, and even though I resisted at first, my old ass is starting to come around to these new fangled MP3 gizmos!

    --Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by liquid51
    Why don't you just keep the old radio in and put a new one in the glovebox or something to keep it hidden. That's what I'm doin.
    Doh! I didn't think of that! That's definitely what I'll do, thanks!

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    the best option if you want to keep the stock head unit in you car is to buy a fm tuner unit that they use to hook up tv audio to the cars stock unit via the fm radio....

    they look like this....
    http://www.xm-radio-satellite.com/brows ... lator.html

    and hear are other options i found...
    http://indashpc.org/new/docs/Car%20Comp ... 0final.htm

    and if your looking to replace the head unit for a low key stockish looking unit you can look in to clarion. their units are low price and simple and sound grate .... FYI nissan used clarion since like the mid 70's (wrong you say the optional tape player that came with my 77 810 is a clerion unit)

    this are new clarion units... ( i like since it blacks out and you cant see the unit much at night)
    http://www.clarion.com/us/en/products/2 ... index.html
    but they have simpler units on ebay.....

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    Those are some great options. I was actually going to get a head unit with a USB for my MP3 player, I had no idea it was possible to wire in a MP3 player with stock radio. The FM tuner is a neat idea also. Then again, I like the option to be able to play CDs, so well see.

    Thanks alot!

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    Why dont you try a retrosound unit? check this out http://www.retrosoundusa.com/

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    i've been eyeing up some of the vintage Lonesome Carboy Pioneer stuff on yahoo auctions lately (tape and amplifier decks) mainly because it all fits into my RX-7 without having to chop up the stereo surround AND it looks top notch, period era, etc etc. So I decided to investigate the possibility of somehow adding an aux input, and found a couple of theories being thrown around the interwebs whereby modding the tape deck pre-amp within the headunit would allow for the L and R channels of a standard RCA cable to be soldered directly on.

    are there any electronics nutters on here who might be able to confirm the viability of doing such a thing? It all sounds rather complex, but the end result could well be worth it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orion
    i've been eyeing up some of the vintage Lonesome Carboy Pioneer stuff on yahoo auctions lately (tape and amplifier decks) mainly because it all fits into my RX-7 without having to chop up the stereo surround AND it looks top notch, period era, etc etc. So I decided to investigate the possibility of somehow adding an aux input, and found a couple of theories being thrown around the interwebs whereby modding the tape deck pre-amp within the headunit would allow for the L and R channels of a standard RCA cable to be soldered directly on.

    are there any electronics nutters on here who might be able to confirm the viability of doing such a thing? It all sounds rather complex, but the end result could well be worth it
    It can be done but I don't find it worth it to do on a stock head unit unless the unit it self has the option for a aux/cf changer option built in.... You best bet and fastest way to do a aux option in a stock head unit would be to buy a fm tuner to hard wire into your car that goes between you antenna and head unit and sbd all you would hce to do is get a 3.5 female to male rca adapter or 3.5 male to rca cable (3.5 male looks to messy since cable would be dangling) to plug in any mp3/cd player and just set the station when you want to hear the mp3/cd unit .....

    Ps... If planing to do don't buy the wireless fm transmitter if you care about audio quality.....

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