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I've seen some of the innovative work many of you have done to bring your stereo systems into the 21st century. While I'm not quite ready to drop +4k into a new system, I would like to get the stock CD player to function absent its annoying skipping. Anyone else had the skipping problem? Is this correctable or should I just trash it and get a new changer . . . or is it better to just get an installer to convert to IPOD type media player?
 

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I've seen some of the innovative work many of you have done to bring your stereo systems into the 21st century. While I'm not quite ready to drop +4k into a new system, I would like to get the stock CD player to function absent its annoying skipping. Anyone else had the skipping problem? Is this correctable or should I just trash it and get a new changer . . . or is it better to just get an installer to convert to IPOD type media player?
For me, CD's are going the way of cassette tapes. My iPod has hundreds of just the songs I want to listen to (we've all bought a CD for one song). In addition, satellite radio is a lot like my iPod and a great place to find new songs to download. Sirius plays songs in a specific genre you're interested in and there is a plethora of new stuff you haven't heard. And because they actually display the title/artist, you can go find it.

FM/CD is old news and no longer a part of my life. AM (mine is HD) is a necessity in Texas for local news (read tornado warnings). I LOVE my BMW 540's weather radio mode!

BTW... Jennifer's getting a trick Alpine DIN DVD player, satellite radio, iPod, you name it installed (by me) in her Tundra (Texas girls love pick ups :))

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So what's the least complicated way to acheive this. i.e., IPOD intergration/replacement in the 02 CC? And How much should I expect to spend?

I know you did an elaborate conversion . . . earlier thread. Not sure I'm ready for something that serious but would like to use the IPOD (and recognize the IPOD controls through the existing head unit) if possible.

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So what's the least complicated way to acheive this. i.e., IPOD intergration/replacement in the 02 CC? And How much should I expect to spend?

I know you did an elaborate conversion . . . earlier thread. Not sure I'm ready for something that serious but would like to use the IPOD (and recognize the IPOD controls through the existing head unit) if possible.

Thanks
Justice, there really is no simple answer as far as coupe/spyder goes. Dension keeps promising a fix to the ICE-Link but that's probably never going to happen to our *discontinued* cars (has Maserati ever officially said that?). Most shops won't touch our weird ass NIT-based radios.
 

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IPOD into my Spyder

I originally had grand ideas about doing this so that my IPOD info would appear on the screen in my Spyder. After reading all the posts, taking the cover off almost half my car and talking to several audio/auto specialists I decided I either couldn't get it done or couldn't afford to get it done. Finally decided to go with a FM transmitter hooked to my IPOD. I've bought and tried 2 and both have so much static that it's almost painful to listen. :mad: If anyone has gone this route and can recommend a decent FM transmitter please post or let me know.
 

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I've bought but haven't yet installed a direct input FM solution that also displays data on headunit through the RDS system. Kenwood KOS-A200. I'll post more once I get it in (hopefully soon). It's compatible with IPOD, Satellite radio, etc.
 

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Stereo

JVC Makes a unit called the KDNX 5000. Fits very nicely in GS and looks like it belongs. even has an optional carbon fiber wallpaper for the screen that matches the interior. Has 3.5 inch sceen with nav, sat radio, bluetooth, all the goodies.
 

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JVC Makes a unit called the KDNX 5000. Fits very nicely in GS and looks like it belongs. even has an optional carbon fiber wallpaper for the screen that matches the interior. Has 3.5 inch sceen with nav, sat radio, bluetooth, all the goodies.
Did you need any extra harness kits to make that head unit work? I'm taking delivery of a 06 GS Spyder on Thursday and I've already bought this unit on eBay.
 

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i did not do the install myself, i had a shop do it. Good luck with the car and the unit. The unit is a tight fit, but once its in there it looks like it belongs better than most aftermarket unis. let me know how it all works out.
 

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Just for fun... my 0.02 cents.

My '74 Ferrari Dino still has the original Becker radio (still works) and original speakers. Terrible sound compared to the equipment of today.

The Bose system in my C5 Corvette sounds better than the stock Maserati sound system.

The Jag sound system tops the Corvette and Maserati.

My Saturn Aura has the upgraded sound system with an iPod/MP3 jack and the music is nice to listen to when driving around town.

I don't listen to the radio much in the first three mentioned . . . :D
 

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Photos of Radio Install

Does anyone have photos of Radio/Navigation conversion for a Coupe/Spyder? I've been thinking about removing my Magneti Marelli Head unit and replacing it with something else. Any thoughts on what's best for music AND navigation?
 
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