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    Connect2 - Car Adaptor for Mp3/Sd/etc...

    Was looking at putting a new stock stereo into my mazda3 but at £250-350 from the dealer was a little put off... Really want something to play mp3's as i have just a single cd in at the moment,. Has anyone tried another solution like the one here:

    dynamicsounds.co.uk/con…tml

    seems failry straight forward? and would rather keep the original stereo in terms of look and for when i sell the car on.

    cheers

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    Does your Radio/CD unit support a CD multi-changer?

    BFN,

    fp.

    Original Poster

    fanpages

    Does your Radio/CD receiver support a CD multi-changer?BFN,fp.



    not sure to be honest? it is just the standard 06 stock stereo that came with it. From memory I am sure it does have a 'next cd' button on the dash, but no cd changer

    manc80

    not sure to be honest? it is just the standard 06 stock stereo that came … not sure to be honest? it is just the standard 06 stock stereo that came with it. From memory I am sure it does have a 'next cd' button on the dash, but no cd changer



    Sounds like it does. Perhaps you can see if your can source a pre-owned changer to mount under your seat or in the boot. Got to be less than £250. Some units also allow MP3 discs to be played too.

    BFN,

    fp.

    Original Poster

    unfortunately mine doesnt allow for mp3 cd playback (that stereo is £300). do you mean a 3rd party cd changer that will work with my stereo?

    sorry, complete amateur when it comes to car stereos.

    also dont fancy spending too much time running wires around the car if possible....!
    Edited by: "manc80" 30th Mar 2011

    Hi there,

    Wouldnt keep the stock HU in but would keep it aside when for when going to sell it to refit.
    There is good aftermarktet HU's on offer so you could replace it then when it comes to selling you could put the stock one back in.

    Original Poster

    I was looking at aftermarket stuff but I really would like to keep the stock unit if possible. and either get 2nd hand stock unit or something like the connect2 that runs through it. Main issue is finding out if anyone has used something like the connect2. i used to put a crappy looking tape in my old car to run a MD player through the unit - but hoped to go a bit more up market this time! (plus no tape deck!)


    Edited by: "manc80" 30th Mar 2011

    manc80

    unfortunately mine doesnt allow for mp3 cd playback (that stereo is … unfortunately mine doesnt allow for mp3 cd playback (that stereo is £300). do you mean a 3rd party cd changer that will work with my stereo? sorry, complete amateur when it comes to car stereos. also dont fancy spending too much time running wires around the car if possible....!



    You may be able to find a third party unit (try asking in dedicated Mazda forums), but even if you just have, say, another 6 CDs "on tap" it means you can take the changer out when you get rid of the vehicle (or it may be the difference between a sale or not to somebody else).

    If you mount the changer in your glovebox, or under your seat, the wiring will be minimal I would expect. Running the cables to the boot will certainly be a bigger task.

    I'd try to find a Mazda [3]-specific forum... or ask your main dealer (but then buy [cheaper] elsewhere).

    BFN,

    fp.

    I was just about to suggest the forums always helpful.

    Never dealt with a CD Changer, sounds like a good idea but i always prefer to have my ipod, saves money on CD's and time on burning them aswell.

    Would be a nice wee project though to do a CD changer fit

    Original Poster

    just registered with mazda3 forum so will see if they have anything to add. cd changer ok but as you say being able to plug in an mp3 player sd card, or phone would be ideal.

    and cheers for you help!
    Edited by: "manc80" 30th Mar 2011

    No problem keep us updated, about whatever you decide to do sounds an interesting wee project anyways

    Original Poster

    just thought. I could always get a device which transmits using the radio frequency like some of the sat nav devices and mobiles do.

    manc80

    just thought. I could always get a device which transmits using the radio … just thought. I could always get a device which transmits using the radio frequency like some of the sat nav devices and mobiles do.



    Depending where you live in the UK you may find a majority of the available stations are already taken with official or "pirate" broadcasts.

    I used to be able to use these devices in the North West, but now down in the South East there is always interference from other sources. You may get a clear signal for a few miles, but that is all.

    BFN,

    fp.

    Original Poster

    damn.... i thought i had cracked it then!!! no wires, no tinkering!!!

    out of interest do these work abroad on their radio frequencies just the same?
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