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Old 02-17-2004, 01:25 PM   #1
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I am researching a new sound system for my trailer.
Most of the new decks contribute to light pollution
I found a pioneer that is made for a toyota ( or something )
that has a minimal light show. It has radio, tape, CD, Ipod ready, and has RCA outputs that I can use to record the broadcasts of the shows I go to. The soundmen often broadcast the show so people can listen from their campers. Another thread advises that Alpine and a few other companies are going with the IPOD ready feature. The IPODs costs from $500-700, But my daughter got an MP3 that holds 26,000 songs for $300. It hooks up with a fake tape cassette adaptor.
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Actually, iPods go from $299 to $499. The new iPod mini is $249.

I hadn't heard about the Pioneer player. I'll have to check 'em out.
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Old 02-17-2004, 01:57 PM   #3
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I don't know what quality your looking for, but the IPOD and MP3 players use data compression. This means lower quality than say a CD.
I would look for a player that has a AUX input for any sort of external device. The Cassett interface is poor at best.

Try for the best speaker you can afford and you'll be happy.

I agree the light shows suck, but no one listens to an old grey beard.

Good Luck
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Gary, I've re-reripped most of my CD collection in the new AAC format and the sound quality is a huge leap above MP3. Files are smaller too. Being an audiophile from way back, I used 256 Kbps compression. Most people would be happy with 192 or even 128. I have 15,996 songs taking up 105.42 GB disk space.

And you're right about the speakers. Get the best ones you can afford, but don't skimp on the amp either. Garbage in garbage out.
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I'm on my third iPod (keep upgrading for bigger sizes, it's not like they're breaking or something) and I can't reccommend them highly enough. I plan on centering my whole sound system around it for my redesign, and along with a radio tuner (even better, Sat radio!) there's absolutely nothing else you need.

You'd be wise to look into this if you own anything beyond a couple dozen cd's. Besides holding up to 10,000 songs, (that's an entire month of continuous music, 24/7) ..it's also portable, letting you use it with your car audio system while driving.

I'd also like to rebut Janet's Husband, and say that any cd you burn onto the iPod can be done so with the ACC format, an open-standard MP4 that gives you CD-quality sound at smaler-than-MP3 sizes.

Besides music, iPod can hold thousands of pictures from that new digital camera you bring to the rally this summer (can't view them on it though) has four games to pass the time if it's raining outside, and finally has an alarm clock which can wake you over the trailer's sound system with either an alarm tone OR... music!

Personally... I'd love to be awakened in my GlobeTrotter each morning, dappled sunlight dancing on my face, to the strains of Beethoven's Sonata No. 8. Combine that with the aroma from the automatic coffeemaker, and a view of the coastline out the window.. ahhhhhhh.
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I just bought an iPod about two weeks ago, and I'm madly in love with the thing! It was $299 for 15 gig of storage, and I've almost reached 4 gig with my entire CD collection stored on it. You can get cables to connect from it's docking port to aux in or from the headphone plug to RCA jacks. I'm getting the FM modulator so I can use it in the cars without having to do anything fancy, and I can't wait to see how that works. If it's not obvious by my lack of terminology, I'm not a big audio nut, I just like to hear music and not commericals when I'm driving down the road.
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I don't know what quality your looking for, but the IPOD and MP3 players use data compression. This means lower quality than say a CD.
I would look for a player that has a AUX input for any sort of external device. The Cassett interface is poor at best.

Try for the best speaker you can afford and you'll be happy.

I agree the light shows suck, but no one listens to an old grey beard.

Good Luck
Not sure where you got this from but the quality has been very good...either at or above that of a CD depending on the original recording.

I also had the cassette tape connector on my Bambi and being an audiophile, I was pleased with the output given the low end stereo the Bambi had. I've also played my iPod through my Threshold Stasis Amp and I gotta tell ya, you'd be very hard pressed to tell the difference between a great recorded CD and most of my .mp3s and/or AAC files.

Steph I know what you mean....I have had some real great fun with my iPod, plus, I can also use it as a firewire hard drive too! As for the FM broadcast, my buddy had one in his BMW. The car had the antenna in the back so he had a few small issues. I'd expect any car with the antenna in front should have better results.

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iPods ROCK! We plan to use ours too! I bought PodWorks to enable transferring music 'from' the iPod, back to my computer hard drive.
Any advice on how to best hook it up to our speakers in the 16CCD?
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If you have the "fireworks" looking Sony, then the only option I can see is an FM transmitter. The 04's have a CD and also no input, just a sub connector.

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The new aluminum iPod Mini will be introduced on Feb. 20th. If you choose the silver color it will match the interior of a CCD Airstream. (It holds between 60 to 70 hours of music) Price is about $250.
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Hi Eric: So we'll have to get complicated with it, I guess. I haven't had a chance to investigate options. Thanks for the advice. L.
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Thumbs up Speaking of iPods ...

Has anyone tried the new iTunes Music Store?

I've purchased 65 songs so far ... also discovered some artisits I had never heard of.
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Re: Speaking of iPods ...

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Has anyone tried the new iTunes Music Store?

I've purchased 65 songs so far ... also discovered some artisits I had never heard of.
Oh yea Pork, almost $75 in music from there! The first few times are the worst, you can spend hours there....

As for complicated, it's not too bad using the FM broadcaster. I think it would be fairly painless.
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I've been using iTunes for a few months, downloading and burning music to CDs. I think it's by far the easiest to use interface yet for burnings mixes to CD. It was the main reason I went ahead and bought the iPod, because iTunes uses ACC format and most MP3 players (obviously) use MP3s. iTunes can convert to MP3, but I wanted the simplest solution, and iTunes and iPod were made for each other.

iTunes also let me load up it's library with all the music from my existing CD collection.

I have to say, they work darn good together. It was literally plug and play. That doesn't happen everyday on a windows machine!
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