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Walkeraviator 07-26-2007 11:42 AM

Radio Problems
 
Hey guys, I have an old Kenwood CD player in this jeep. It is the second one that I have put in it and they both had the same problems.

1. Cds skip really bad. More so than they did in my Civic with coilover suspension that rode three times stiffer than the jeep.

2. The radio gets absolutely terrible reception. Even the strongest radio stations in town come through staticy and weak.

Is this a common thing or do I need to replace the Radio and/or the antenna??

my98tj 07-26-2007 11:46 AM

for the static problem, i would check behind the glove box as there is an intermediate connection for the antenna. i disconnected mine when i put my radio in my jeep and it drove me nuts for awhile until i found that. how old is the radio? i know the older radios don't have as good of skip protection as the newer ones. also, does the front face flip down to insert cds or is it a front loader? a flip down face will help prevent dirt and debris out of the radio.

Walkeraviator 07-26-2007 11:52 AM

Its freakin old. I bought it in 1998 to put in my 91 Bronco and it has just managed to hang around this long. I am going to replace it with the cheapest radio that reads MP3 discs and has 22watts per channel.

And thanks for that antenna advice... you say it is behind teh glove box... is it easy to get at once the glove box is removed?

Jma20a 07-26-2007 02:01 PM

[QUOTE=Walkeraviator;109141]I am going to replace it with the cheapest radio that reads MP3 discs and has 22watts per channel.

if you go for the cheapest you might end up with a head unit that skips, what are you looking to spend on the head unit?
this is the head unit that i have in my '99 wrangler, it reads mp3's,wma, and aac, and it is full of great features at a good price http://www.crutchfield.com/S-tG7K5B7...00&I=113MP3035

Walkeraviator 07-26-2007 02:27 PM

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-VcOXV0B...0&I=130DEHP290

I was hoping for $120 or less. I have a soft top and i never remove my face plate. So if i get a cheap one maybe they wont try to steal it.

my98tj 07-26-2007 02:50 PM

yeah, once you take the glove box out it's right there. i'll try to get some pics once i get home of where it is. i got a pioneer premier radio for my fiance's grand cherokee that plays mp3's and has an auxiliary input on the front of it (for your ipod or the like) for about $115 or so shipped. i got it off ebay. i really like pioneer radios. the premier units have 22w rms and 3 sets of preamp outs.

jeepguy29651 07-26-2007 03:14 PM

I got a pretty good Sony from Best Buy I think.It was about $120 I think it doesn't skip at all.It has the Ipod connection on the front.It also has a cd control which I also in my jeep. I never detach the face either.To me its a waste.

I did have a Pioneer that was like $350,I had in my Jeep,but when summer came around I decided to put the Sony in b/c I didn't want come out of a store one day and it be gone.

Just go to your local Best Buy or Circuit City,they always have something good on sale.Just get a name brand and you will be safe.Also you can get a cd cleaner and clean the laser eye and that may help,but you would be better off just buying a new one.

MCG 07-26-2007 03:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeepguy29651 (Post 109205)
I got a pretty good Sony from Best Buy I think.It was about $120 I think it doesn't skip at all.It has the Ipod connection on the front.It also has a cd control which I also in my jeep. I never detach the face either.To me its a waste.

Me too I have a Sony X-plode and rarely skips!!! I paid also around $120 and plays WMP MP3 ,front outlet for Ipod,Remote control etc etc. I installed in my Honda an then in the Jeep and I'm mora than happy with it.
:)

2002Apex 07-26-2007 03:30 PM

I also have the Sony X-plode cd player with and its great. Very versitile cd player for cheap. I like that i can play mp3s and also plug my mp3 player in.

Walkeraviator 07-26-2007 03:35 PM

I had a Sony Xplod back in 2000 in my Grand Prix. It was a $550 head unit.. Someone decided they wanted it more than me I guess... Came out of teh Dorm room and found a busted window and dash.

my98tj 07-26-2007 09:33 PM

here is the pic i promised. it's the horizontal wire with the foam surround on it. it's right in the middle of the picture. hope this helps. sorry no arrow.
http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/b...p/DSC00440.jpg

Walkeraviator 07-26-2007 10:28 PM

Yeah i found it earlier today. It is plugged in just fine... still sounds like crap,

Jma20a 07-27-2007 11:39 AM

you should just replace it and see what happens, as for sony they seen to be nice with the hole skipping, but other than that its not worth it go with alpine, clarion, or kenwood.

ELOWE 07-27-2007 12:31 PM

It's stuck at the airport so I can't take it. any suggestions

Jma20a 07-27-2007 02:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Walkeraviator (Post 109192)
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-VcOXV0B...0&I=130DEHP290

I was hoping for $120 or less. I have a soft top and i never remove my face plate. So if i get a cheap one maybe they wont try to steal it.

try to find it on ebay, i got mine for under $120

my98tj 07-27-2007 03:03 PM

this one looks all right.

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-07-PIONEER-D...QQcmdZViewItem

this one's real cheap.

http://cgi.ebay.com/PIONEER-DEH-1900...QQcmdZViewItem

there are plenty of pioneer units for cheap on ebay. i've had no problem with any of the ones i've ordered from there.

Jma20a 07-27-2007 04:00 PM

go with this it is much better than the ones you were looking at
http://cgi.ebay.com/KENWOOD-eXCELON-...QQcmdZViewItem

Triple88a 07-27-2007 05:40 PM

I got Pioneer 5900IB.. perfect.. my sony's reception for the radio sucked and also as far as sound quality... it sounded like crap. I think Pioneer 3900IB also has mp3..and i know it sounds fantastic since my buddy has one. And its about 130 new.

deh-3900IB and you can find cheaper...
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-PIONEER-3900...QQcmdZViewItem

Deh-4900IB...
http://cgi.ebay.com/Pioneer-DEH-P490...QQcmdZViewItem

They all sound good just the bigger # has more extras..


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