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    Arrow s3 stereo

    Hi all ,

    what stereo do you have in your car ?,

    i have the stereo with no cd . Can i replace with my kenwood stereo easy and would it work just like the audi stereo its a pre face model . I just dont want to ruin the set up as the sound quality is great !

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    The sound quality is great? Are you sure you have an Audi system?
    If you're happy with it then I'd just replace the Concert 1 with a Concert 2 or simply buy a changer off ebay (making sure you have the cable in the boot first).
    Going aftermarket is not as simple as it should be, you need a number of adapters, facia plates, antenna amp adapter, and if you have the Bose system then you can get all sorts of wierd problems.
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    i really wanted to just change it with a kenwood unit what would i need for this and would everything work like the amp and subs of the bose system ?

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyMac View Post
    The sound quality is great? Are you sure you have an Audi system?
    If you're happy with it then I'd just replace the Concert 1 with a Concert 2 or simply buy a changer off ebay (making sure you have the cable in the boot first).
    Going aftermarket is not as simple as it should be, you need a number of adapters, facia plates, antenna amp adapter, and if you have the Bose system then you can get all sorts of wierd problems.

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    Why?
    You will get all sorts of issues as it's a Bose system, the main one being loud "popping" from the speakers when you change source or CD track. If you don't need any additional features like mp3 support then why would you not just add a changer?
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    I would agree with Andy. i have first hand experience of the pain in the ar*e that playing wih the Bose system brings!!

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    Arrow hi

    That sounds great i had a cd changer in the back a 6 disc one but its dead it doesnt do anything ? What are these phatbox"s like ??

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyMac View Post
    Why?
    You will get all sorts of issues as it's a Bose system, the main one being loud "popping" from the speakers when you change source or CD track. If you don't need any additional features like mp3 support then why would you not just add a changer?
    70 plug & play job done.

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    Arrow ahhhh

    Where is the best place to buy one of these are they simple as just plug in and go ?

    Thanks

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    What, Google not doing it for you today?
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    Arrow hmmm

    google just brings up ebay ,

    as the orginal site doesnt sell them anymore ?


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    What, Google not doing it for you today?

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    http://www.volkswagenaccessories.co....modelId=&text=

    Not that you'd want to pay those prices, ebay is your best bet as it was discontinued last year when Harman bought them out.
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    The other gadget to try is an xCarLink. Takes an SD card or USB stick full of MP3s, and pretends to be a changer, or it has a socket for an ipod/mp3 player.

    I got one of eBay a while back, stuck it in the glovebox, with a small hole cut in the back to get the cable through, and it works a treat. Obviously no track info, and you are limited to 6 'discs' each with max 100 tracks, but hey, it's <50..., and you can even get one with a bluetooth module for your phone, although I have not tried it.

    http://shop.ebay.co.uk/items?_nkw=xcarlink+audi

    or if you prefer a UK shop, but don't mind paying a little more

    http://www.xcarlink.co.uk/home.php?cat=4

    There is also a installation guide on there too.

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    Arrow looks ok

    that looks ok but a harddrive looks better....

    Quote Originally Posted by alijames View Post
    The other gadget to try is an xCarLink. Takes an SD card or USB stick full of MP3s, and pretends to be a changer, or it has a socket for an ipod/mp3 player.

    I got one of eBay a while back, stuck it in the glovebox, with a small hole cut in the back to get the cable through, and it works a treat. Obviously no track info, and you are limited to 6 'discs' each with max 100 tracks, but hey, it's <50..., and you can even get one with a bluetooth module for your phone, although I have not tried it.

    http://shop.ebay.co.uk/items?_nkw=xcarlink+audi

    or if you prefer a UK shop, but don't mind paying a little more

    http://www.xcarlink.co.uk/home.php?cat=4

    There is also a installation guide on there too.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by S3mad View Post
    that looks ok but a harddrive looks better....
    Really? Less reliable (especially in the bounce around world of an S3!!), a larger device that will do exactly the same job, and will display exactly the same on the HU as the xCarLink? TO load new tracks, you either have to have multiple docks for your PC (expensive), or only do it at home.

    Fair enough...
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    Arrow hey

    Is it easy enough to set this up ?

    Quote Originally Posted by alijames View Post
    Really? Less reliable (especially in the bounce around world of an S3!!), a larger device that will do exactly the same job, and will display exactly the same on the HU as the xCarLink? TO load new tracks, you either have to have multiple docks for your PC (expensive), or only do it at home.

    Fair enough...

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    haha alijames's sig reveals the enthusiasm for xCarLink. That thing is designed for cars, so I wouldnt worry about vibration. It uses a notebook drive which is more resistant to vibrations than other drives and to be honest if you can put music on an iPod you can put it on that. From what I've heard supposedly high quality as well with a high signal to noise ratio.

 

 

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