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Doesn't the CD player in the EX-L already play MP3 burnt CD's. I haven't tried it but I think the salesguy did mention something about that, if I am not mistaken.

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Has anyone gotten to this point yet. I'm thinking MP3 player instead of the changer. Thoughts?
 

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Sorry for not being more specific. I meant a heaede unit that will play MP3 files burned onto a CD as data, not as music files. This type of encryption will allow 150+ music files to fit on a regular blank CD.

I have one in my other vehicle (Kenwood 8017). It is a good alternative a changer.
 

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Hey Jcamarillo,
I don't know about swaping the head unit, but I have seen the new setups by kenwood that basically are a transferable harddrive ? I am not sure of the hook up but I am sure you can check that out. Otherwise I am sure you can swap the head unit but it might be hard to find a dash kit.
Later,
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Playing Burned CD-R/CD-RW

Yes ... indeed the CD player in the EX plays CD-R/RW Discs.


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The EX stereo will play CDRs burned as audio CDs only.
It will not play CDR's burned as data CDs (ie no MP3).

I don't know if the CD changer is the same, has anyone tried it?
 

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Simple ...

You can install a MP3 Player that plays MP3 data files instead of burned CD which are converted MP3s to WAV files like a normal CD. The double DIN size of the stock head unit can accomodate a multitude of formats. If you stick a half DIN unit, which most MP3 players are, it will leave a 1/2 DIN opening in the dash with which you can fill it with another half DIN subcomponent or some type of dask pocket like the one under the A/C. Or, you can install it in the pocket below the A/C controls. Bottom line is that by removing the stock head unit you would lose control of your steering mounted radio controls ... The factory stereo system is so well integrated into the car that it would be hard to upgrade without a complete system overhaul.

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Re: Playing Burned CD-R/CD-RW

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Yes ... indeed the CD player in the EX plays CD-R/RW Discs.


PrG
PrG, does the CD player play CD-RW discs or just CD-R discs? If it does play CD-RW discs, does the disc need to be finalized, or can it be left open so it can be re-written over and over?
 

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PrG said:
You can install a MP3 Player that plays MP3 data files instead of burned CD which are converted MP3s to WAV files like a normal CD. The double DIN size of the stock head unit can accomodate a multitude of formats. If you stick a half DIN unit, which most MP3 players are, it will leave a 1/2 DIN opening in the dash with which you can fill it with another half DIN subcomponent or some type of dask pocket like the one under the A/C. Or, you can install it in the pocket below the A/C controls. Bottom line is that by removing the stock head unit you would lose control of your steering mounted radio controls ... The factory stereo system is so well integrated into the car that it would be hard to upgrade without a complete system overhaul.

PrG
OK, you're confusing me with all of this DIN talk! I have a 128MB Intel MP3 player, that you normally plug headphones into. It also came with one of those cassette adapters like you can use for a normal portable CD player, but I can't use it because my Accord doesn't have a cassette player. I'm thinking of using it in my Pilot since it does have a cassette player, but I was wondering if there's a better way to hook it up besides using the cassette interface?
 

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I'm thinking of using it in my Pilot since it does have a cassette player, but I was wondering if there's a better way to hook it up besides using the cassette interface?
You could always use an FM modulator. Plugs into your headphone jack on the MP3 player, and 'broadcasts' the signal to a radio station (usually 89.1FM). Tune in your radio to that station and you will hear your MP3 player.

Here is a link to one just so you can see what it looks like/costs: http://www.smalldog.com/product/40639

Basically accomplishes the same thing as the cassette player adapter, but you don't have the adapter and cord sticking out of your cassette.
 

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PrG, does the CD player play CD-RW discs or just CD-R discs? If it does play CD-RW discs, does the disc need to be finalized, or can it be left open so it can be re-written over and over?
It has to be finalized.
 

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MP3 Option without tearing apart your dash ....

http://www.ssiamerica.com/index.shtml

This is a great option that I am considering adding to mine ...

Neo Car Jukebox MP3 Player
Size of a Car CD Changer but holds over 800 CD's!

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The Neo Car Jukebox unit is a hard-drive based MP3 player. You can copy all of your CD's and MP3 files into the device and plug it into your car or home stereo. Just slide it in, slide it out. Files are easily transferred via a USB bay or PC bay that is installed into your computer. You simply slide the Neo Car Jukebox into your computer, transfer your songs, and slide it back out. Transfers are extremely fast as the device acts as another hard-drive connected to your computer. The Neo Car Jukebox will change your listening habits, as you can store and organize every song you own on one simple device.
 

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It has to be finalized.
Yes a CD-RW has to be finalized ... but regardless of whether it is finalized or not you can reuse a CD-RW over and over again ...

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Re: MP3 Option without tearing apart your dash ....

The major drawbacks I see to the Neo Car Jukebox are:
1. The USB connection. Do you know how long it would take you to transfer 20Gb of data? Hours, maybe even a day. They should have used FireWire instead.

2. It uses an FM modulator to 'transmit' the music to the radio. While this is proabably OK in most cases, it certainly isn't high fidelity. But it does have RCA jacks, so maybe something could be rigged for direct input.

At $399, I would rather buy an iPod and an FM modulator ($30). You would have the same capabilities and price, but a portable unit that could fit in your pocket and a FireWire port (20Gb in a couple minutes).

Maybe Neo will come out with some improvements in the next version. Because I sure would like an MP3 player for my Pilot.
 

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The major drawbacks I see to the Neo Car Jukebox are:
1. The USB connection. Do you know how long it would take you to transfer 20Gb of data? Hours, maybe even a day. They should have used FireWire instead.

2. It uses an FM modulator to 'transmit' the music to the radio. While this is proabably OK in most cases, it certainly isn't high fidelity. But it does have RCA jacks, so maybe something could be rigged for direct input.

At $399, I would rather buy an iPod and an FM modulator ($30). You would have the same capabilities and price, but a portable unit that could fit in your pocket and a FireWire port (20Gb in a couple minutes).

Maybe Neo will come out with some improvements in the next version. Because I sure would like an MP3 player for my Pilot.
Hey Thread, just to add to what you said about USB vs. Firewire, I have a portable Intel 128MB MP3 player, and it seems like it takes forever to to transfer just 128MB. I can't imagine how long it might take for 20GB!
 

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The major drawbacks I see to the Neo Car Jukebox are:
So true about transfer times ... but unless you listen to 20GB of music each time you ride ... you shouldn't be bogged down by tranferring data ... it's more or less to keep a database of a small CD collection ... a nights worth of work to burn or download CDs and transfer to the hard drive should do it ... and then adding to it every now and then should be minimal work. You can even make it a swappable drive in a desktop computer negating the need for a USB connection. Albeit ... firewire connections are very nice ... but so few apps support it ... perhaps if it was USB 2.0 it may do just as well or better. Anyway ... I did not know it was FM Modulated ... I didn't read into it ... hmmm ... that alone deems reconsideration.

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I will double check, but I'm pretty sure the 'swappable drive bay' simply used an internal USB connection.

Also, I swear they reviewed this on TechTV a month or so ago. Could have been a different model, but Patrick on The Screen Savers has something like this in his truck.
 
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