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Car stereo at home?

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3rd November 2005 20:14  #1

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Car stereo at home?
Here's a good one.

I have a JVC CD MP3 player I bought for my old car. Since, I've bought a new car but the stereo in the new car has all the functions of the car running though it, so I need an expensive adapter to drop anything new in it's place. I don't want to mess with it and don't want to throw money at it.

So, I'm looking for an adapter that I can plug into the mp3 car stereo so I can directly power it from a regular home power socket. Then I can hook it to my home stereo as a supplement device. Any one know where I might get one?

4th November 2005 14:40  #2

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
Now, lets get this straight - you have a car radio unit, not a portable CD player, that you wish to hook up to your home theatre.
 Ok, what you would need is an adapter that most electronics stores would have to drop the mains power down to 12 volts (13.8 volts would be perfect)- down under they can cost from $25 for a reasonable one - you would need it to supply maybe 1 amp as you would not need to run speakers. Hooking it up to your amplifier should be via RCA connectors as hopefully these should be on the back of the unit, otherwise if not you may need a converter to change the speaker outputs to line level.
That said, it is probably easier to sell your car radio through ebay and save the pennies for a new home player...

4th November 2005 15:24  #3

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Yeah....I've been researching since I've posted this and getting the proper power supply and connectors could be as much as $50. The unit has RCA outputs. It's actually a fairly excellent unit, with a detachable faceplate and a remote. I'd have it in my car now, but the genius's in GM engineering dept decided to run all the electronics through the factory unit in the Sunfire. Plus I have keyless entry and anti-theft, and I don't wanna mess with that. Especially not for $200 or $300 an adapter would cost.

I may just sell it. It was used only about 10 months before my old '88 crapmobile died.

4th November 2005 15:30  #4

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
you can get around it in another way (to an extent)
You can change the speakers and put in an amplifier or 2 to improve the sound.....
I have a Subaru Outback (2004 model) and it is all integrated and the only thing I can relly do to improve it is to upgrade the above componants....

6th November 2005 23:49  #5

Chris Hazelton Member Join Date: January 2005 Location: Australia Posts: 40
Has any one seen Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, with Forest Whitaker. Anyway's his home stereo is a car radio with car speakers, in a home made wooden box.

Just though I'd bring a movie into the conversation.

7th November 2005 7:28  #6

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
Quote: Originally posted by Chris Hazelton
Has any one seen Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, with Forest Whitaker. Anyway's his home stereo is a car radio with car speakers, in a home made wooden box.

Just though I'd bring a movie into the conversation.
ahhh memories - been done before - when I was alot younger and got my hands on some second hand car radio parts - a box is an easy way to set it up...

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