CD Tuner Vs 4x4 vibrations

Submitted: Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 12:55
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The Tuner in the GQ's Cass/Radio appears to have died. On pulling the unit out (to check for bad antenna connection and/or cracked solder joints), I noticed that the unit was mounted directly to a small steel chassis frame. I was a little surprised that there were no rubber dampening mounts to reduce vibrations...

If I can't fix it, and have to buy a new unit, we will go for a CD/Tuner. Given the nature of the 4WDing, I am concerned about the impact of all that vibration on the CD unit. We were looking to buy a cheapish unit for about $200 - $300. Any thoughts...

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Reply By: EXTREME1 - Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 13:24

Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 13:24
A $200 - $300 CD player will jump and skip you'd be better of spending around the $500 - $600 mark if you want a decent cd player. I have had Alpine head units in both my utes and wouldn't get anything else, the first one did cape york with no dramas and second one is about to join me on a 6 week trip to the kimberleys.


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Reply By: diamond - Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 18:24

Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 18:24
as in above answer if your going to buy cheap you get what you pay for but mind you i bought a $120 from strathfield car radio 12 months ago it hasnt let me down unless theres some really wicked bumps but when the fourby is bouncing around that much not to much time to think about music lol
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Reply By: Member - Steven - Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 19:17

Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 19:17
gday gpa
i have a 10 stacker in my gq tuner in dash stacker under rear seat only major problem with unit was dill who put unit in ( me ) put 1 long screw in and it rubbed a hole in petrol tank but as for jumping etc we experience very little and it is on constantly when we are travelling
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Reply By: Member - Sally - Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 20:13

Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 20:13

Hubby & I just returned from a 14 month 60,000 km trip round Oz, most of it off road. We have a 10 stack SONY CD player (about $500) under one of the seats. The only trouble we had with it was when it got submerged in water when we got stuck in a creek crossing out of Newman in the Pilbara! No jumping or skipping or probs with dust at all - just the H2O factor that silenced our music! Cheers.
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Reply By: Topcat - Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 21:47

Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 21:47
Hi GPA, I run a Clarion unit with the CD stacker mounted in an overhead console above the driver's seat. Very little problems with vibration. However the best way to go is get yourself an MP3 player that runs off a computer hardrive. I got one from a dealer in Canada for US$299. (including freight) delivered to my doorstep. Put my own hardrive in it with songs converted off my CD's & records & the beauty of it is you can have hundreds of selections at your fingertips without changing CD's & absolutely no skipping of tracks due to vibration!!. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Goodsy - Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 22:17

Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 22:17
Cheaper option to above is to buy a mp3 cd player. Just bought a jvc unit. $340 with 50 free writeable discs. Most PC's come standard with a burner now any way. Cd player will handle the bumps a bit better than a hard drive. Use exact audio copy to convert cd to wav then winlame to convert wav to mp3. I find you get best copy this way. Both a free downloads.
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Reply By: JC - Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 22:18

Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 22:18

From what I understand, I'm fairly sure that CD players for cars have a cache type system like the ones found on portable cd players.
Generally they will preread the cd a few seconds in advance so that if you do bump it or it has trouble reading the data the first time, it will not stop or jump.
The more expensive the cd player, the longer it can precache the music.

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Reply By: V8R - Saturday, Jan 18, 2003 at 22:18

Saturday, Jan 18, 2003 at 22:18
If your still after a cheap-ish cd player, id go for the kenwodd kdc 1020.. we've sold HEAPS of em to our locals (cockies mainly, 'cruiser table-tops, ect), and they have performed faultlessly.. dont pay more than $299 for em..
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Reply By: Truckster - Sunday, Jan 19, 2003 at 12:12

Sunday, Jan 19, 2003 at 12:12
My local place for $500 has an Alpine which is well known for anti skip as the best, this unit has a rotating face which is good for cars where the radio is down low, you rotate the face of the unit UP, so you can see it without bending down..

Im going to be gettin one soon Well worth it.

I have a Eurovox out of a VT SS commodore in mine that Im gonna sell, its a Double Din unit though
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Reply By: David - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 13:03

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2003 at 13:03
Forget CD stackers. Get an MP3 player and you can fit about 12 albums on 1 CD- and it is unlikely to ever skip because it inly actually needs to 'Read" the CD for a small fraction of the time.
I bought the JVC KD S785 and it is beeutifulll. Have never ever had it skip.Best money I ever spent.
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