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Anybody Install New Stereo In Most Vehicle?


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I am considering changing out my CDR-23 Head unit for a Pioneer Head Unit.

One of my main goals is to be able to switch the system back to the CDR-23 easily for resale.

One of my other main goals is to get Sirius. I don't think that there is any way to get Sirius radio to show the song names on the PCM2's screen, so I'm stuck with an aftermarket system, as far as I know.

Anybody have anything to add here?

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i had recently changed out my head unit to sony explode mp3 , basically plug and play , installer also retain the factory dsp for me. just let the installer know u want to switch back (me too) if needed , so he would start cutting everything out

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i had recently changed out my head unit to sony explode mp3 , basically plug and play , installer also retain the factory dsp for me. just let the installer know u want to switch back (me too) if needed , so he would start cutting everything out

He is asking about a CDR-23 which is a fiber optic driven system (MOST). It is not the same as the earlier "wired" sound systems.
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i had recently changed out my head unit to sony explode mp3 , basically plug and play , installer also retain the factory dsp for me. just let the installer know u want to switch back (me too) if needed , so he would start cutting everything out

He is asking about a CDR-23 which is a fiber optic driven system (MOST). It is not the same as the earlier "wired" sound systems.

ic ic , i guess i will wait till i get my TT before i return to this forum :) :oops:

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I redid my whole system in my 03 cab. You need to do some research if you want great sound because you have almost no space in a cab for subs(unless you give up the rear seats). I went with a system from www.reusaudio.com. Rick knows his stuff and he has done 1000s of them. I live in Jersey so I guess you can't hear mine, but if you call Rick he may have done one close to your home. E mail me if you want and we can talk.

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I'm afraid MOST isn't compatible w aftermarket. You'll have to re-wire everything. Since you want ability to easily reverse back to factory stereo, I'd recommend you don't bother messing with stock stereo. I think FM modulator is the only way to get XM through existing system which may not work best.

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How's this for the stupidest plan ever:

Put in a stereo with navigation, MP3playing capability, Sirrius radio, etc.

I'd just throw it in one of the other slots in the dash and connect it to the CDR-23 via an FM modulator.

I know the sound would be mediocre through the fm modulator, but at least, I wouldn't have to change out all of those components. If they ever figure out how to make an Aux -in for the CDR-23, I'd switch over to that.

I realize that it's stupid, but it wouldn't screw with the factory audio for resale.

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I've tried most FM modulators knowd to man, and have given up. Unless you live in a rural area with few strong fm radio signals there will always be some interference. I even hard-wired a modulator into my antenna jack with an on/off switch and the sound quality sucked. The Dension iPod connector is never going to happen, so I just live with what I have; IMO it doesn't make sense to rip out everything and install a new system unless you're keeping the car forever.

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I've tried most FM modulators knowd to man, and have given up. Unless you live in a rural area with few strong fm radio signals there will always be some interference. I even hard-wired a modulator into my antenna jack with an on/off switch and the sound quality sucked. The Dension iPod connector is never going to happen, so I just live with what I have; IMO it doesn't make sense to rip out everything and install a new system unless you're keeping the car forever.

I would use a hard-wired FM modulator, I've heard that some of them cut out the rest of the Antenna input to the stereo to cut out intereference. Have you tried one of these?

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cd changer to HU on MOST is fiber optic so you can't use it as an input. I wish that input is standard toslink optic cable with a controller wiring.

bottomline, what do you want to add to your existing system? If it's XM, just get an XM w FM modulator. If you want a new HU w Nav, get the whole system rewired w new amps.

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I am telling you call Rick Reus. They replaced my system, used the factory speaker wires and left the MOST wires intact. The system is reversible and I keep and move the system he put in to the next car. It sounds unreal and is invisible, except the head unit. It is only a phone call and at least you will know what can be done.

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