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Old 08-21-2007, 05:30 PM   #1
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USB Input available with Audio/Video Upgrade package

Looking to feed internet radio from my laptop into the Safari's sound system, I read posts where folks added a Sony XA-300 (has USB input) to their Sony CD player, gaining additional audio inputs. For those of you with Airstream's Audio/Video upgrade package, you probably have an XA-300 already.

I found the XA-300 buried behind the access panel to the Sony headunit. For some reason, Airstream decided to not bring out the USB jack. I plugged a standard USB cable into the XA-300 and ran it out the same hole as the CD changer cable. My laptop immediately recognized it as "USB Speakers" and all I had to do is select the source on the headunit as CDC4=USB.

btw, if you've not listened to Pandora, it is worth a look. You create you own "radio stations". By asking you to seed the station with a song or artist, Pandora helps you figure out what type music you like and then keeps streaming great songs.
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:34 AM   #2
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selecting USB Speakers as Windows output sound device

It seems that when using a Windows laptop to play audio into the Sony via USB, the audio device should be selected before starting up the audio application. e.g. when using a browser to play Pandora, I select USB Speakers first, then start Firefox browser.

I found a simple application that makes switching audio output devices easier in Windows and sits in the system tray.

Quick Sound Switch
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:06 AM   #3
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Thanks For the information, I will have to mess around with that and see what I can do with it.

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Old 04-27-2013, 08:57 PM   #4
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Adding a Bluray Player?

Hello, Thanks for your post on this adapter to add other input into the stereo. I have a 2007 31' classic with the same stereo setup you described. I've considered removing the CD changer in favor of the USB line in for MP3 player and possibly a bluray player in the place where the changer currently sits. I was thinking that if I added it in that cabinet, I could plug the audio directly into the stereo-- but routing the HDMI cable to the TV might be a chore. I'm curious if anyone had tried adding a bluray player into this stereo system in this way.

Any suggestions out there?

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Old 04-30-2013, 06:39 PM   #5
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Can you use a regular tv or do I have to purchase a 12 volt tv for my 79Trade wind.
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