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Old 12-21-2003, 09:13 PM   #1
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Hi All:

I'm new to this forum, so appologies if this topic has been covered...

Is it (easily) possible to wire an MP3 player into the McIntosh systems in the 2004 VDC (6 disc no tape)? I could use an FM modulator, but I would like a cleaner sound if possible.

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Old 12-28-2003, 11:28 PM   #2
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Sorry, I don't know the answer, but I hope you don't mind me asking if you like the VDC? I've been looking at a new one and trying to decide whether to go ahead. The honest opinion of another buyer would be much appreciated.
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Old 01-15-2004, 06:55 AM   #3
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mcintosh....ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
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Old 01-21-2004, 01:34 AM   #4
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Well, it's what it came with. Don't harass me.
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Old 01-21-2004, 01:36 AM   #5
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So far so good. I've only tested it once, but I felt secure and in total control.
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Old 06-06-2004, 11:03 AM   #6
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Jim, I have a 2003 VDC (same radio, no cassette deck in place of Onstar) - I went through the same dilemna with my iPod - don't worry the FM modulator doesn't sound bad at all. It's not too difficult to install, but getting the radio out is a bit tricky as some of the screws are hidden by the ashtray. I'd get a modulator that automatically adjusts input/output levels rather than one with an adjustment knob since you probably won't be able to access it once in place (there is a lot of wiring and computer modules under the dash, very few places to mount it, other than behind the radio).

On another subject, how do you like the climate control on yours? mine drives me nuts, always blowing cold air even when cold outside !

Good luck,
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Old 06-06-2004, 06:36 PM   #7
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I just bought the 2004 VDC sedan. Glad to see there are some others here on Nasioc that have the same car.

Not too impressed with the Macintosh stereo. Sounds good, but needs a "line input" so I can plug anything into it. Wish the stereo played MP3's. It looks so "old fashioned", I doubt that anyone would ever steal it!
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Old 06-07-2004, 02:44 PM   #8
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Don't be so sure about that. It looks old but McIntosh is a hot, hot brand in audiophile circles and it looks different enough to appear valuable. I think chrome and knobs would be very attractive to many would-be thieves.
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