Tape deck or CD

Submitted: Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 11:31
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We do a lot of long distant corragated & and rough out back touring in 80 series cruiser.
Are we better off with a CD player or a Tape Deck in regards to reliability,skip & dust. Any experienced information would be appreciated
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Reply By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 11:34

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 11:34
Revs,

I've had no problems at all with my CD stacker and I've put it over some pretty rought stuff. Hasn't skipped once and is still going strong. I put a cleaning disc through it every once in a while.

Sam.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 12:06

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 12:06
Mine is a Pioneer system. The head unit has a tape player (no CD). I am regretting this now as the tape has hardly had any use. And even with the 6 stacker, I often want to change to another CD.
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 12:23

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 12:23
Sam we have the pioneer 6 stacker under a seat, plus the original cd and tape unit...so if I get the chance to listen to a cd....I can....'S Rioghail Mo Dhream





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Follow Up By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 12:59

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 12:59
having the Hilux, there was limited space under the driver or front passenger seats, so the stacker is mounted behind the bench seat at the back. Helps keep it out of the dirt and dust aswell, but has presented the problem of restricted access. i have thought about relocating it to the roof console, but i dont think it would fit.
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Reply By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 11:44

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 11:44
Hi Revs

we put a 6 stacker cd in our 80 series...not a problem...and I can tell you with small kids. ..it's an absolute saving grace...even if it does mean I have to sit through bananas in pyjamas and the wonderful world of Disney music....

Lyn [mrs. Al]'S Rioghail Mo Dhream





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Follow Up By: isanders - Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 13:24

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 13:24
We did a Sydney-Brisbane trip the other week, and achieved the 'ultimate'.

- Three boys in the back
- All watching DVDs on a laptop
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- Each with their own headset!

- Ma and Pa in the front - quiet chats - own music..

Another use for that laptop which is the 'GPS Accessory' off-road (and also at the time when you want the kids enjoying the great out doors - I'm happy for square eyes on the highway ;-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 13:28

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 13:28
ok..how did you plug the headset into the laptop..is there a jack you can get..coz that is what we're planning on doing either with our laptop or with an incar dvd....I'm with you...square eyes and a break from bananas is ok with me [for a while]....'S Rioghail Mo Dhream





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Follow Up By: isanders - Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 14:30

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 14:30
You should have a standard 3.5mm ext audio jack (same as the ones on walkman headphones).

Then you need a couple of 3.5mm male to double 3.5mm female (ie double adapter) which you can get from Dick Smith. - Need one for each kid, less one.

ie four kids equals three jacks
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 11:55

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 11:55
We had a Pioneer CD player in our Paj and never once had a problem no matter how rough the track. We have noticed the CD/tape player combo unit that is standard in the Nissan has skipped a few times but no enough that we'd even consider changing it. I think it just comes down to difference in quality of units. Basically, I think pay a bit extra for a better type of CD player and you'll be right.

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Follow Up By: flappan - Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 12:32

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 12:32
Similar to ours Melissa.

The indash unit is pretty good, with the occassional skip . . . but our CD changer is pretty ordinary . . . I fact . . . I dont bother using it.
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 12:03

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 12:03
Modern cd units have excellent transport mechanisms in them and hardly skip at all nowdays. As for dust , go with an in-dash unit with the flip down face, this helps keep dust out of the cd loading slot. Stick with a good brand clarion, pioneer, alpine etc. $400 - $500 will get you an excellent all round unit .Moo... everyone knows what a Jackaroo looks like :-)
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Reply By: Tuco69 - Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 12:13

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 12:13
Have had a couple of Pioneer head units and also a Pioneer stacker and while they are very good - corrugation will often upset them and make them skip.
I now have two JVC units (in separate vehicles) that also play MP3 as well as normal CD, and would never go back to a straight CD radio. The MP3's simply never skip. With a large buffer, the whole song is usually played from the buffer and not the disc - hence no skipping. As mp3Pro files I can usually fit 16 CD's onto one MP3 disc - much more capacity than my stacker was!
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Follow Up By: mrdesmo - Saturday, Nov 29, 2003 at 17:06

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003 at 17:06
Tuco69...I'm MP3 illiterate but willing to learn...do you download all your MP3's or can you buy discs full of em as you would an ordinary CD?
Cheers...
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Follow Up By: Tuco69 - Sunday, Nov 30, 2003 at 01:55

Sunday, Nov 30, 2003 at 01:55
mrdesmo - any music source can be converted to the MP3 or mp3Pro format provided you have the correct computer software. I use Jet Audio from http://www.jetaudio.com/ to 'rip' audio cd's to mp3Pro files which in turn I then burn to a compilation mp3 CD for playing in our stand alone DVD/MP3 player or in the vehicle.
MP3 files are usually only about 10% the size of CD Audio files or WAV files - so usually one can fit about 10 Audio CD's onto a single MP3 (data) disc. I usually arrange mine in directories (folders) by artist - as my JVC player with a remote can easily select directories that way. It can also be set to play random from within the directory or whole disc.
Some years ago I set about digitising my LP record and audio casette collection and now have a very large Audio CD collection - which I have also 'ripped' to mp3Pro. Mp3Pro is usually about 7% of the size of an audio CD, and I can usually fit between 12 and 17 CD's onto a single mp3Pro disc.
Mp3Pro will play in my JVC car audio player but will not play on all stand alone DVD players - even some with MP3 capability - it's a bit of trial and error to establish compatability.
My hard drives also have a large storage area of downloaded MP3 music - and it is very easy to create mp3 discs from these files.
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Reply By: Member - Tim&jan - Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 12:21

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 12:21
I put a marine cd player in it has extra protection for dust and moister with no dramas these units are the same price as normal onesgu bush basha
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Follow Up By: Revs - Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 13:22

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 13:22
Looks like its the CD player
Thank you all for your advice & assistance
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Reply By: Coops (Pilbara) - Saturday, Nov 29, 2003 at 01:58

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003 at 01:58
I have Pioneer MP3 player (eliminates need for stacker) that hasn't skipped a single beat and cost me less that $500. Dunno if you've ever been tot he Pilbara but there isn't much bitumen around here.
I also hooked up a Pioneer amplifier that had been sitting in my shed in a box since 1992 and it is performing beautifully.
Couldn't give a better recommendation if I wanted toAllyn
Some days we are the flies; some days we are the windscreen.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Nov 29, 2003 at 10:18

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003 at 10:18
Like Coops and others... MP3 players.

170 Songs Per Cd.. You only need 2-3 CDs for a interstate trip....

I got the Alpine unit, I like them have done since gettin license in 85,

$550 4-5mths ago, hasnt missed a beat even with the dunes in Robe.. Also went with 4x Alpine Speakers...
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Reply By: mrdesmo - Saturday, Nov 29, 2003 at 17:00

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003 at 17:00
Gday Revs,
I got an 80 series GXL, I've put the trusty Kenwood 6 stacker (now in its 3rd 4WD) in the console between the front seats, fits in perfectly and still have half the space in the the console for storing crap. All I had to do was cut a hole in the bottom of the console to poke the wires through, and held it in place with a couple of cable ties, and there is no way it can move. Let me know if you want some pics....
It never skips, the only time it has done so, the pothole blew the front shock...big hit at speed!!
The head unit is a radio/cassette, the missus has her favorites still on tape, but it never really gets used. When we were away for 3 months, we got sick of our selection of music, so bought a few tapes and plugged them to death!
As said above, if the Kenwwod ever lets me down, I'll replace it with an MP3/CD player.
Cheers
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Reply By: Murfa - Sunday, Nov 30, 2003 at 20:04

Sunday, Nov 30, 2003 at 20:04
Hi guy's,
I have a pioneer CD head unit, 5 channel amp, and 2 * 10" Sony explode subs in my boot of my 4WD. Never missed a beat or skipped, and mate has the standard cassette in his Patrol, always skips on the corrogations. My bet is purchase a CD played for your 4WD. I found Auto Barn was a good place, Especially with christmas, you shopuld be able to pick up a good one for a reasonable price.
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