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Old 07-25-08, 03:05 PM
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Car stereo question

Any car audiophiles out there?

I have a 2002 SUV that has a good factory stereo. It has controls on the steering wheel and sounds decent for what it is. However, it does not play mp3 cds -and- I would like a more powerful and richer sound. I am tossing around the idea of upgrading the speakers with a couple of amps thrown in to improve the sound. What are my options for playing a burned mp3 disc? I would consider upgrading the stereo but I don't think any aftermarket stereo would be compatible with the steering wheel controls which I love. I could go the ipod route but don't want the clutter and have had bad luck with transmitters (our portable dvd player uses a transmitter and often gets poor reception in certain areas of the city. Anyway, I really want to throw a mp3 cd into something and play it without having to mess with a portable mp3 player. Any ideas?
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Old 07-25-08, 03:17 PM
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There are plenty of aftermarket stereos (now) that play MP3's on the cheap. And believe it or not, a lot will work with the steering wheel controls. You can upgrade those too and I think they are also cheap.

Only problem with MP3 in the car stereo is, a lot have trouble with high bit rates. Anything over 192kpbs and it may sound choppy. My Sony has trouble with them, not sure about the others, but friends have complained.
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Old 07-25-08, 05:11 PM
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Take a look at Crutchfield. You can probably find a steering wheel audio adapter. Ditch the factory stereo, get a pair of good coaxials first and then if that's not enough for you look into the amps and amp/sub. Some cars do just fine with better speakers and a better headunit depending on what you're looking for.
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