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Old 04-17-2014, 03:45 PM   #15
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It is not going to fit in your factory provided cutout and the only front panel input is a 3.5mm Aux. The iPod connector is on the back as are RCA inputs and other stuff.
There is a USB input right beside the 'Aux' in. Inputs on the back can easily be brought 'up front'.

I agree that there is no less need for the Owner's Manual, either with this, or any other modern 'head' I have seen.

Don't be in too much of a rush to dump the Sony...
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And if you are dead set on ditching it I will PM you my address.
Please don't run over it with the Suburban...
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Old 04-17-2014, 04:43 PM   #17
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m.hony, I think you will find that single din units that have built in dvd capacity are very hard to come by. I have a 2006 and in 2009 I was thinking of replacing my unit. I went to a store and they had a very nice Kenwood. They told me how to actually use the remote and I have been using my original Sony ever since. Just recently it gave up the ghost and I went back to the same store and was informed that none of the top line companies carry a single din unit that I need.

To complicate matters, Airstream has changed over to separate Blue Ray dvd players which makes the current wiring non compatible with these older units. I am in the process of looking and have found a Sony, a Jensen and the Acoustik PD-344 that Walmart carries. I am currently researching the Acoustik because I have been told that both Sony and Jensen are not the most dependable brands out there. On the other hand, how often do I actually use this thing? Not often, so I will get something that works and not worry about the brand name so much.

In 2006 they used RCA connectors and today most units come with S video out ports which would require some sort of adapter cable if they make such a thing. Otherwise, I am in trouble. Any suggestions?
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Old 04-17-2014, 05:10 PM   #18
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In the two years I have owned my AS I have upgraded the radio twice. The first one was ok but hard to operate (IMO) so this year I got the Pioneer DEH-X9600BHS:

There is quite a bit changing in the car stereo world. I chose to stay with a CD Reciever but with full-dot matrix display, Bluetooth, HD radio, Pandora, SiriusXM, iPhone/Android Compatible, Siri Eyes Free (voice command)- 3 hi volt outputs. I have not seen one with weather band but I would suggest one of those Asian multi-power optioned radios- wind up, battery, solar, electric for weather (Kaito Voyager Pro) as they are like an electronic swiss army knife- reading light, flash light, Temperature/humidity alarm clock, radio - AM/FM/SW/Weather

The display on the pioneer is really nice. It is basically the entire front area which allows for large text and images. The front drops down to give access to the CD slot. The USB port is in the rear so I purchased the accessory cord that I have routed inside the locker.

I contacted Airstream about AV and was told that I would be better to treat the radio 12v system separate from AV 110 with TV, etc. So I have gone that route.
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Old 04-17-2014, 05:55 PM   #19
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Viewing a DVD?

So, Rodsterinfl, how do you view a dvd on your tv? I was told that many are going to a system where you purchase a portable dvd player and hook that directly into your tv. Where you place it was never mentioned.
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I failed to get to the point in my previous post other than to mention Airstream's suggestion.

I would consider going with two AV routes. That way you would not be limited to one or two products. With a dedicated 110v audio video (TV, Blueray, powered, sound bar/subwoofer) and a 12V radio, bluetooth, built-in system.

My model has a credenza. Beneath the tv in the cabinet there is a bluetooth player and HDMI switcher for use with the bedroom tv. Since I do not have an AV locker like many models I had to improvise. I view movies with a direct HDMI connection to the TV.

Note too the el cheapo sound bar on the top. (Walmart about $90) with sub. It works perfect for the situation.
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They no longer make the regular DIN DVD with screen that motors out?
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I don't mind the current setup in which TV and DVD sound is routed through the car stereo.
Is is so much better than that generic garbage in my SOB trailer.
The Jensen resembles what is in SOB trailers.
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M.hony, your AS should have an AV locker. Does it have a Blueray player? It that wired through the radio?
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ew, fancy. I like it. I wonder why Airstream told me to go two directions then if they are still building them utilizing both AV systems together. Perhaps for DIY ease?
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I don't see a problem mixing home stereo and car stereo. If we were boondocking we couldn't play a CD, DVD, or watch TV, but we could listrn to iPod or radio.
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I don't see a problem mixing home stereo and car stereo. If we were boondocking we couldn't play a CD, DVD, or watch TV, but we could listrn to iPod or radio.
I understand what you mean. Naturally your system works for you. When I got my AS it had a TV and a radio. Nothing was hooked up and there were loose wires under the sofa armrest. When I called AS they advised me to treat each system separately 12v/110v and I can understand from my limited knowledge that it makes it more difficult to go between two different systems. The 12v speakers would need an interface of sorts to accept sound from the TV for example, which they apparently have included in your package. My original Sony radio had a small electronic board attached to the back of the head unit that had RCA jacks which I assume went to something. Needless to say, I now do not listen to TV through the locker speakers but through the sound bar or through my bluetooth speaker that gets sound from wherever I plug in the bluetooth transmitter to an audio out jack. I can "do tv" while boon docking. That mass of wires sitting on top of my blueray player contains a cord that can hook into the inverter. I guess that if a person has a "hacked" system like I inherited going two ways is better for ease of product matching, etc. In your case, it is new and works and is all there to enjoy as is.
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In 2006 they used RCA connectors and today most units come with S video out ports which would require some sort of adapter cable if they make such a thing. Otherwise, I am in trouble. Any suggestions?
I would suggest that you avoid any unit that uses S-video connectors. These were dropped by the mainstream Home Video hardware manufacturers some 5 years ago. Video signal degradation and additional audio signal wiring are not helpful.

Stick to HDMI: less space eaten by connectors, no losses, and removes the possibilities of connection errors.
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