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Old 07-06-2009, 12:23 PM   #1
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Hey guys, i have a 2001 wrangler and i bought it with an aftermarket radio cd player and the stock cassette radio. lately the aftermarket radio has been having the hardest time playing a cd. if i run over any little pebble in the road it makes the cd's skip. its bugging me and i want to buy a new radio. does anyone know if the stock cd players on the TJ skip easily and also what price should i expect to pay for one? im either going to get one of those or sony and eastwood have nice lookin radios with mp3 input. so im pickin between those two.

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Old 07-06-2009, 03:22 PM   #2
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i installed one of the lower end pioneers in my tj and i love it. I ordered it through crutchfield so they sent me all of the harnesses as well as the trim adapter. The model i have also has MP3 controls so i just plug my ipod into it and it will charge through the radio and i can also use the radio to control my music. I would go after market before putting the stock unit back in. Just my opinion.

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Old 07-06-2009, 03:27 PM   #3
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Best option (assuming you have a PC and aren't just playing your store bought CD's in your Jeep) is a player that jwells mentions. Plus, you can get them that play ipod and/or USB.

Then, just buy a USB thumb drive, burn your music to that and no more "skipping" from the CD player.
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that sounds like a good idea. SO they make head units with USB ports now? Cool
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Thats my plan. Get one with the USB option wire up a 50g hard drive and mount it under the seat. With that much storage you have all the music you ever want right at your finger tips with no skipping. If you go that route I would recommend getting a solid state drive. :-)
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Old 07-06-2009, 10:12 PM   #6
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I recently bought this:

JVC KD-HDR50 CD receiver at Crutchfield.com

Not only HD capable out of the box, but an ipod external (via usb) and the usb doubles to do what I described above. I have a single 4 gig stick with 24 hours worth of 128k MP3's and the stick is only 1/4 full.

Took it out to Pismo last weekend and had the jeep airborne (and down again) and not a skip or problem at all. A solid state drive would be a great option too.
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I recently bought this:

JVC KD-HDR50 CD receiver at Crutchfield.com

Not only HD capable out of the box, but an ipod external (via usb) and the usb doubles to do what I described above. I have a single 4 gig stick with 24 hours worth of 128k MP3's and the stick is only 1/4 full.

Took it out to Pismo last weekend and had the jeep airborne (and down again) and not a skip or problem at all. A solid state drive would be a great option too.
I was browsing the site and they all looked real nice and the one you bought is around the top of my price range. the problem with aftermarket is that they are tough to use. the current one i have i only know how to make it do a cd or radio. i have no idea how to set radio statios or change the sound quality. so how is the ease of use on the jvc.

also jwells i liked the pioneers. which did you buy and also how easy are they to use?
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Well, I've only had mine for a couple weeks and haven't had any time to read the manual in depth, but for operating the thing, I didn't need the manual. Pretty simple and straight forward but I'm a bit of a geek too (at least that's what my wife says).

When I want to listen to music on the USB, I plug it in. Push the arrow to skip or move back etc...source button to switch to FM/AM/USB etc. Might take you 2 minutes in the manual to figure out how to set the time or change the light color.
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Well, I've only had mine for a couple weeks and haven't had any time to read the manual in depth, but for operating the thing, I didn't need the manual. Pretty simple and straight forward but I'm a bit of a geek too (at least that's what my wife says).

When I want to listen to music on the USB, I plug it in. Push the arrow to skip or move back etc...source button to switch to FM/AM/USB etc. Might take you 2 minutes in the manual to figure out how to set the time or change the light color.
that sounds really easy. im a tad techie so i think i could easily figure it out.

thanks for the input. my clarion is so hard to work so im excited
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The pioneer is not bad to oporate, it has a knob on it that works most of the functions. There is a small learning curve but after a couple of weeks of button pushing and refrencing the book you will have it down.

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Old 07-14-2009, 03:35 PM   #11
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I don't know if anyone will care but what I ended up doing was putting in my stock radio with a cassette player, then I bought a cassette with an input so I can use my ipod. so the result is exactly what I want minus the cd player which is okay with me cause I got an ipod. Plus it cost me all together a whole $23 and i have an awesome set up.

thanks for the help any way guys. your great

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