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Installing a MP3 Player into my car

Dear tech geeks of the EF - I recently bought an Opel Omega Elegance - 8 years old. So it has only a CD player (no MP3 Player/ USB Dock for Stick/IPOD). What I also have is an old Nokia mobile built in as a car phone (with a docking station). Will upload a photo later, might be better.

I would like to look at ways of getting either an MP3 player, or even better would be a USB port to connect a memory stick or an Ipod into the car.
Another thing that would be really cool would be a docking station for my HTC Touch, the best would be have the mobile connected to the speaker system. This would even solve my first problem, as then I could play music that is loaded onto the HTC Touch!

Does anybody have any ideas how I can go about doing this. I will later in the week go to the dealer who sold me the car, and get an offer from him, but I wanted to check here first, if anybody has any ideas, and if maybe it can even be done by self. I expect the dealer quote to be extremely expensive, like most other things in CH.

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Old 14.05.2009, 11:18
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Re: Installing a MP3 Player into my car

First your are insulting us... geeks?

OK, there are about half a dozen good sources for tools to play MP3s
through your car stereo system, that is as long as you don't have an
8-track tape player installed.

Check out the selection at:

ARP
Conrad
Pearl
Brack
Misco
... just to name a few.

You can do your own recon with these links.
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Old 14.05.2009, 11:26
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Re: Installing a MP3 Player into my car

Dension is the only way to go. I fitted it myself to my last car and it was the business.
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First your are insulting us... geeks?
No, I meant that as a compliment!

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Old 14.05.2009, 11:31
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Re: Installing a MP3 Player

I bought a new radio/CD player that had a cable to connect your iPod, The iPod could sit in the glove compartment (or where you choose). The iPod can be controlled from the CD/radio front panel

I bought it in the UK 3 years ago for about £200 and fitted it myself, it was a piece of cake. I imagine there are much cheaper ones availaible now. Check out ebay and Ricardo for some bargains.
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Old 14.05.2009, 11:34
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Dension is the only way to go. I fitted it myself to my last car and it was the business.
Might something like this do the trick?
http://www.dension.com/index.php?pageID=175
Will it also work with Bluetooth-enables phones? (HTC Touch?)
Do you know the price? I cant find it on the website..
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Re: Installing a MP3 Player into my car

If it doesn't say it, it doesn't do it. Basic rule of online shopping.

Maybe the item is listed somewhere here.
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Old 14.05.2009, 11:39
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Might something like this do the trick?
http://www.dension.com/index.php?pageID=175
Will it also work with Bluetooth-enables phones? (HTC Touch?)
Do you know the price? I cant find it on the website..
RTFM, all the information is there. I've provided you with the link, I can't do your homework for you. I think there is a bluetooth phone module for it but I haven't checked the specs in a while. When I am next looking at purchasing one I'll do that.
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Old 14.05.2009, 11:58
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Re: Installing a MP3 Player into my car

The cheapest and cleanest install would probably be a dedicated CD/MP3 headunit with USB. I recently installed a Sony MEX-BT3600 MP3 head unit in my wife's car and she loves it. It takes MP3 CDs or a USB stick preloaded with MP3s. It also has an AUX socket in the front so you can hook up your IPOD. In addition it has bluetooth handsfree so you can make and receive calls through the headunit. The sound comes through your car speakers and the mic is built into the head unit.

It all looks very tidy and saves having wires all over the dashboard.
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Re: Installing a MP3 Player into my car

I installed a Panasonic unit to my car.

This was a radio, and CD player (that could play MP3's).

It also has:

Aux input
Device Interface.

This device interface can be used to add a variety of things i.e. an iPod, Bluetooth phone connection etc... BUT to add more than one device, you need to add a device HUB. So I have Bluetooth for the hpone (which works really well) and an iPod Interface. The head unit actually supports 2 ipods.

Other head units have a USB port on them etc...

I would suggest doing some research on the following US site, then see models are available here and/or decide on what system & interfaces you want:

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-eKoSvDzq4cT/index.html
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The cheapest and cleanest install would probably be a dedicated CD/MP3 headunit with USB. I recently installed a Sony MEX-BT3600 MP3 head unit in my wife's car and she loves it.
How do I go about installing such a baby into the car? The current Radio/CD player is in-built - one of those clean fits, if you know what I mean..
I guess installing it myself would be out of the question, wouldnt it?
Thank you all for your help..
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Old 15.05.2009, 10:02
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How do I go about installing such a baby into the car? The current Radio/CD player is in-built - one of those clean fits, if you know what I mean..
I guess installing it myself would be out of the question, wouldnt it?
Thank you all for your help..
I did a search for your factory car stereo, does it look like this?



If so, you will notice that once you pull the stereo out you will have a massive hole in the dash (equivelent to two stereos). You can get a double din > single din blanking plate that allows you to fit a standard size stereo in there. You will also need a specific Opel wiring harness that allows you to connect an aftermarket stereo (since these have industry standard ISO connectors). I found a kit on Ebay that gives you both.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...Name=WDVW&rd=1

Alternatively you can install a double din stereo for a more luxurious look. However I don't think your original stereo is a perfect rectangle so you may need blanking strips to cover the slits either side once you've installed it. nb you will also need the Opel wiring harness since the male Opel connectors won't fit a non-Opel stereo. You can get these anywhere e.g. Jumbo
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I did a search for your factory car stereo, does it look like this?
Yes, that's the one!
Yes, I went to an Opel garage, and they confirmed the same, about the stereo being the size of two normal stereos. The original Opel plastic piece (the one selling on Ebay for 2 pounds) is CHF 100! This place never ceases to amaze me.
Will shop around for some stereos, and the wiring etc. and will probably have a garage install it - shouldnt take more than half an hour, I presume.
Thanks for your help, all!
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Old 08.06.2009, 11:01
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Re: Installing a MP3 Player into my car

How about one of those small FM transmitters that you can plug in your Ip(od)(hone)
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How about one of those small FM transmitters that you can plug in your Ip(od)(hone)
The quality of those things is horrible..! I bought one, gritted my teeth for a couple of weeks while trying to like it then finally tossed the thing out. I'm planning on soon swapping out my Radio/CD player with one that has a usb socket in it for my iPod.
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How about one of those small FM transmitters that you can plug in your Ip(od)(hone)
That did the trick!!

Hadn't read your post before. I found this thing at a shop in Germany, just 20 Euros! For me, the quality is just like radio, and I can connect my USB stick to the radio, no cables, nothing!!

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The quality of those things is horrible..! I bought one, gritted my teeth for a couple of weeks while trying to like it then finally tossed the thing out. I'm planning on soon swapping out my Radio/CD player with one that has a usb socket in it for my iPod.
(Tip: try using a frequency with no other radio transmitter, otherwise there is disturbance).

I guess I could even buy a Bluetooth-USB transmitter, and have my PDA/Blackberry connect to the radio! (Havent tried that yet though.
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Re: Installing a MP3 Player into my car

check on ebay, you can get a 2 din direct replacement for you stereo with bluetooth, cd, dvd, satnav, touch screen etc etc for not very much money at all.

in my experience 2 din stereo's are much much easier to install then single din ones.

eg

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1091-EONON-IN-...3A1%7C294%3A50

or with GPS built in as well

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/7-2-Din-Car-in...3A1%7C294%3A50
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Wow, some pretty cool stuff there. Having it fitted into the car (in Switzerland) would probably cost more than the equipment.

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check on ebay, you can get a 2 din direct replacement for you stereo with bluetooth, cd, dvd, satnav, touch screen etc etc for not very much money at all.

in my experience 2 din stereo's are much much easier to install then single din one
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Wow, some pretty cool stuff there. Having it fitted into the car (in Switzerland) would probably cost more than the equipment.

you could do it yourself easily, usually 4 screws and 1 block plug and your old stereo is out, then plug in the new and do up the 4 screws again. The connector is a standard ISO plug, if your car isn't standard then places like mediamark sell adapters.
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