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Old 07-02-2009, 03:19 PM   #1
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Chameleon Face (Stereo Receiver)?

Hi guys,

My buddy used to have a Wrangler and had a stereo in which the face rotated back (or through some other mechanical action) inside itself when the car was turned off. Thought this was great for a Wrangler, but haven't had much locating such a product on Crutchfield. I was wonder if any of you guys had any info. on something like this? Crutchfield calls this "chameleon face", but plugging that into google doesn't give much help..

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Old 07-02-2009, 03:49 PM   #2
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Man, I haven't seen one of those in years. Kenwood made them, if I remember right.

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Old 07-02-2009, 09:41 PM   #3
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You may still be able to dig one up on ebay
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Old 07-02-2009, 11:31 PM   #4
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Sony made one that did exactly that.
And when the face/controls folded back into itself,
the glossy black, back piece lit up for a full display.
Then, you would use the remote to control it while in that mode.

When thieves looked into your windows, all they would see is a blank piece.
It works as a good deterrent, but I'm sure they eventually caught on.

I bought mine back in 2000 or something for another vehicle.
It still works great with my 10 disc changer.
I don't see any of them around anymore though.


I'm eventually going to upgrade to a HDD system like what I put in my TJ.
After having the HDD system, carrying a bunch of discs around is just a pain in the butt.
Plus, if a thief steals your HDD, they just got away with $50. Big Deal.
If they steal your CD Book, they've just got a couple grand, plus you're music is permanently gone.

On that note:
I suggest buying an HDD system.
Obviously buy one with a detachable face, to secure theft of the HU.
Then just mount your HDD in your Glove Box with 3M Velcro.
That way, you can easily pop the HDD in and out when you want to as well.
Here's my thread about my stereo build:
Finally Going To Do The Sound Upgrade
I think I start referencing the HDD on page 3 and 4.
Take a look if your interested.

But if your still dead set on a HU that folds back like the Sony,
I'll happily sell you mine + the changer when I'm ready to upgrade.
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:50 AM   #5
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Alright, thanks guys!
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:59 AM   #6
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i had the chameleon probably 10 yrs ago, i'm pretty positive they don't make them anymore. and anyone that knew anything about stereos even back then could tell by looking at it what it was, then the whole unit is there for the taking.

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