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Old 04-07-2004, 11:49 AM   #1
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Question Location for CD Changer

Hey All,
I just got a Turbo Baja with the electric seats. I am having a navigation system installed which will probably be placed under the drivers seat. I also have the Subaru amp/sub under the passengers seat and am stumped as to where I could fit a 6 disk changer.

Any thoughts?
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Old 04-08-2004, 09:11 AM   #2
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The factory one goes in the dash (There are three din slots and the cd changer takes one.) You could place an aftermarket one in the glove box. I've always wanted to do something with that rear counsole. It gets scratched everytime I place something across it and it is useless.
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Old 04-08-2004, 09:15 AM   #3
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If you got a 2004 Baja Turbo the 6 disc changer is the in dash CD player... all you have to do is keep loading the CDs. It automatically stores them. There are no cartridges...
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Old 04-08-2004, 09:11 PM   #4
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I also have a 2004 baja turbo. The cD changer should bein the dash like the other said.. The only other place to put an aftermarklet one is in the glove box.

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Old 04-12-2004, 08:50 AM   #5
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I know about the in-dash CD player. I just had it pulled out for an in-dash navigation system. It killed me to do it since it was the first time I had multi-cd capacity, but navigation was something I have always wanted. So now I am back to a single CD and am looking for a place for the 6 disk changer. I may try and put it in the blove box but don't want to give up the storage space. Under the seats is gone as well. Any other suggestions?
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Old 04-12-2004, 11:33 AM   #6
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I would suggest to get a indash cd-changer if possible. With a tripple din there is lots of space for it.
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Old 04-12-2004, 01:29 PM   #7
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Do they make an in dash that it only a changer (no receiver or amplifier)? The problem is that the Navigation system needs to be the primary amplifier and can only run a changer, not another head-unit. This is why I had to get rid of the stock 6-disk in the first place.
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Old 04-12-2004, 01:54 PM   #8
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Yes, I have seen them at some car audio/video/security shops, bnt I don't know who all makes them. I know that Pioneer Premier doesn't have them, but they do exiest.

Edit:

I did a quick search on the subject and found this on audiodomain.com:
http://forum.sounddomain.com/forum/u...c;f=8;t=012495

Ben

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Old 04-12-2004, 02:41 PM   #9
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Hmm.... maybe scrap the CD changer idea for a different digital media player? Looking around for alternatives to Kenwood's Keg unit (since it requires a Kenwood head) I found the OmniFi DMP1. Has a control set that fits in a DIN space and a remote hard drive enclosure. Apparently you can update tracks in it by parking near a (your) wireless network and sending data across. Since you then don't need to be able to remove any parts (like when changing disc magazines) it could be mounted somewhere that isn't immediately accessible. Pretty cool idea, OmniFi is a division of Rockford Fosgate. Here's a review from Crutchfield - http://www.crutchfieldadvisor.com/IS...fi_review.html

In the past I couldn't be sold on hard disk units due to having to move the drive back and forth, plus I already had MP3s collected on CDs for a portable player. With this wireless option, well... the geek bar has just been raised!

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Old 04-12-2004, 05:30 PM   #10
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If you are looking for a good alternative to multiple CD/MP3/GPS/DVD, I would suggest a single DIN computer that can run everything. Then you can leave a full double din cd changer in place, or just trade that spot for a touch screen since your computer will run everything. This is what I am doing. I have already built the computer and am waiting for the final parts for the rear VGA monitors (headrests) and the touch screen in the front. I hope to have all of it installed this weekend! I will post pictures.

Take a look at these links to give you a start...

http://www.xenarc.com/product/mp-sc1.html
also
http://www.digitalww.com/DWW-7VGA.htm

Between the 2 of these, this will take up only 2 din spots. Then you can add a head unit of your choice! Maybe something with XM. Take your CD library and import it to MP3. This way you can store all of your music on your computer Hard Drive or you can just use a external Hard Drive (Via USB) and plug it in the car when you want your whole music library. I have over 40,000 songs on MP3 in my external HD and it works better than any CD I ever had. Plus I have XM/GPS/DVD/CD/DIVX/CDRW/PS2 (rom)/PS1/Nintendo and a whole lot more..

If you have any questions, please let me know. I can help you put this system together for less than a alpine/kenwood touch screen head unit.

Adam

P.S. Don't forget you can always have BlueTooth wireless installed in your car using the computer for alot more flexibility. Oh yeah, and ever think about wirelss satelite internet?
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Old 04-12-2004, 08:41 PM   #11
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When I installed my screen and dvd player I thought about removing the ash tray and lighter. You could almost fit a din unit there with a little cutting. I decided against it since I found a single din DVD HU.
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Old 04-12-2004, 09:09 PM   #12
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There are 3 din spots in the BAJA. 2 DINS are taken up by the in dash CD player and the 3rd DIN is located right under the radio in the accessory holder cup spot! This spot makes for a nice din spot for a computer. I do not know about the 03 BAJA but my 04 has 3 DINS.

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Old 04-12-2004, 09:35 PM   #13
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I know that Pioneer Premier has a HU w/ touch LCD that has the DVD/NAV/etc... built into a single DIN socket that is XM ready. It is a nice HU. I have played with it at the local car audio place and it's really nice. You can have your nav system loaded and play a DVD on the external LCD's at the same time.

WRK King, Waht ballpark figure are you talking about doing all of this. It sounds extreamly intresting to me.
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Old 04-12-2004, 09:38 PM   #14
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The 03 and the 04 are the exact same for the dash setup.
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Old 04-12-2004, 11:52 PM   #15
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I know that Pioneer Premier has a HU w/ touch LCD that has the DVD/NAV/etc... built into a single DIN socket that is XM ready. It is a nice HU. I have played with it at the local car audio place and it's really nice. You can have your nav system loaded and play a DVD on the external LCD's at the same time.

WRK King, Waht ballpark figure are you talking about doing all of this. It sounds extreamly intresting to me.
To answer some of your questions:

Q. You can have your nav system loaded and play a DVD on the external LCD's at the same time.

A. Yes. Because your NAV system is loaded on the computer Hard Drive, you can have that running and the DVD's playing at the same time. You can switch back and forth. If you got creative, you can have the DVD playing in the back, while the nav is on up front.

Q. Waht ballpark figure are you talking about doing all of this. It sounds extreamly intresting to me.

A. I have built systems like this for around $1000.00 for everything. To be fair, for a multiple LCD with touch screen and remote capabilities, to inlude wireless internet, XM/DVD/GPS and so on, I would say about $1200-1300 total cost.

I put my system together with the following components.

1. Complete VIA EPIA 1.0 GHz computer with 20GB HD, DVD, 512MB Ram with TV out/LAN, Audio in/out, DVD, VGA, Serial, USB, Firewire, Bluetooth, WINDOWS XP Pro, Map Point 2004, PS2 ROMS and all the games, DIVX, Office 2003 Pro (10"dx2"hx8"w) $400
2. DC-DC Voltage regulator and power sequencer $30
3. TM-701L 7" with Touch Screen and VGA Conversion $330
4. (2) 7.2" Headrest Monitors (LCD) $120
5. Delphi XM Radio $120
6. Delphi FM Modulator $40
7. Trip Nav GPS Antenna - $80

Total Cost - about $1200 and I got to keep my 6 disk in dash CD changer!

Also, rememebr that this is going to be alot more flexible than anything you could ever find in a head unit.

I am thinking of running Linux using DashPC ( http://www.dashpc.com/ ) as my touch screen interface to help minimize startup times. Below is a screen shot of DashPC. This can be modified any way you want to show whatever icons you want.



There is alot that I left out with this setup cause I cannot remember all of the components I put in it. Mainly cables and connectors, plus my time! The computer is a full computer that I can and have run at home. It works great! I chose not to put the computer in one of the din's in the dash because I wanted to use that spot for something else, but I could have. I chose to mount the computer under my seat.

I also have a 120GB external USB drive that I use with all of my music in MP3 format.

If you would like to know more about this setup, I would be more than happy to talk to you about it. PM me and I will let you in on this great setup!

I will be posting pictures, hopefully this weekend with the install and the setup. Since I just got the BAJA 2 weeks ago, I have not been able to install this yet. This setup was running in my 02 WRX though!

Thanks
Adam

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