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Old September 11th, 2007, 05:27 PM
ronward ronward is online now
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'04 Discovery Audio Replacement

Guys, I've had it. This POS non-HK factory stereo has got to go. I have a Sirius tuner on the dash and an iPod in the cupholder both plugged into a single 12v outlet (not to mention the Garmin Nuvi) and neither sound worth a shit through the FM modulator.

So.... I want to upgrade my factory stereo to include a single CD in-dash player, Sirius ready (love that Grateful Dead channel 32 now), and with an AUX in spot for the iPod. While I'm at it, the weak sub-woofer (lol...) in the back door needs to be replaced with something better. I'm all in, head unit, amps, wiring, tweeters, mid-range and subs...the works.

Any suggestions before I take this truck to my local car audio specialists?

Thanks for the space to rant...

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Old September 11th, 2007, 09:14 PM
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I am sure it's not what you wanted to hear ... but... how about this in place of your factory radio?




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Old September 11th, 2007, 09:15 PM
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or, do a clean sweep:

http://mobile.jlaudio.com/products_c...php?page_id=94

then, add the amp and speakers of your choice.

This way, you keep your factory radio instead of some radio that displays dolphins jumping up and down.
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Old September 12th, 2007, 05:47 AM
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I'd recommend something from Alpine so you can integrate the Ipod, Sirus/XM, AMP and Subs without having any wires out in the open. I'm sure other brands out there can do this too but I have been very happy with Alpine stuff and it doesn't have Dolphins jumping on the screen.

As for factory looking. I gave up trying to make it look too factory, I don't care if the music is sounding great, I'm not that vain.

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Old September 12th, 2007, 05:55 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions. I want to learn more about the Clean Sweep from JL. I'm going to swing by a local audio shop at lunch and see how far they can Pimp My Ride.
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Old September 12th, 2007, 09:15 AM
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I'm digging the Clean Sweep idea.
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Old September 12th, 2007, 10:19 AM
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x10 on clean sweep- nothing looks worse than an after market unit. Regardless of the unit you pick, regardless of how well/clean you install it, this is your destiny:

http://www.discoweb.org/forums/attac...2&d=1173238135

If the JL works well, that is certainly the way to go.
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Old September 12th, 2007, 10:33 AM
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actually, not all aftermarket stereo head units are pimped up. Sometime ago, Han had a Nakamichi unit. It was nice and low key.

But I'd still go with the clean sweep.
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Old September 12th, 2007, 11:39 AM
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Shit I am diggin that clean sweep. I hadn't seen that before. Too bad the stock Disco 1 units don't have a CD slot or I'd go back.
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Old September 12th, 2007, 11:41 AM
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CD? I thought you were an iPod kinda guy.
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Old September 12th, 2007, 11:48 AM
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Did you consider the blitzsafe interface?

http://www.logjamelectronics.com/landrover.html

I installed one in my '04 and changed out the cd changer. It improves the sound tremendously without a lot of changes in the stock setup.
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Old September 12th, 2007, 12:23 PM
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After thinking about it the Ipod interface would not be as user friendly as the alpine unit. I must have track names, song, album etc on the display because driving and trying to scroll thru an 4000 songs is very dangerous. I had that going for one week before I bought the proper setup.

I still gots to have the CD Ho.
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Old September 12th, 2007, 02:05 PM
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I rarely listen to CDs now that I have XM. There are a couple I miss... but not enough to put the CD changer back in.
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Old September 13th, 2007, 10:39 AM
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just saw this thread and was intregued as a possibility for a MKIII. I called the guy I've used in the past for my d-90 install and he reccomended an Alpine unit instead. His reasoning, based on the fact that it was going in a RR, was because it will give you all your iPod data displayed on the factory screen.
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Old September 21st, 2007, 10:33 AM
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Question

Well, I checked today with 3 car audio specialists. Two said the Clean Sweep would work, but would be limited by factory amp size, and would require additional/new amp for any improvement in sound quality (and new subs to handle added power).

Third place offered another solution. New head unit with built in iPod cable interface and hardwired to my Sirius unit. Couple that with a new thin mount 12" JL sub in one of the rear side "boxes."

He recommends a new head unit over the clean sweep or the Alpine booster unit for a number of reasons. Still have limited frequency range of the head unit (the JL and Alpine units can do a lot, but not that much with my weak non HK head unit), and the iPod interface will not feed to the factory head unit screen. With the right new head unit I can put the iPod in the glove box and control it from the dash, and put my Sirius unit down on the center console where it belongs.

Jimmy recommends a Sony CDX-GT420IP unit, new sub and amp to drive it.

Not liking these options, but I'd rather have some sound quality and ease of use....
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Old September 21st, 2007, 10:59 AM
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you should be able to ditch the sirius unit and have it integrated into the head unit also.

it looks know where as stealth as stock does, but the pure and ease of use are hard to beat.

I don't like Sony's selection of car audio components and have been an Alpine fan for a while.

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-hqOxfUq...0&I=500CDA9885

Alpine CDA-9885 is the unit I like best for the money. 2 line display for the Ipod is a key feature for this one. without going for the massive lcd display some of the others have.

I'd fairly dark over all and not too flashy.


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Old September 21st, 2007, 01:47 PM
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I think for the first time in my life... I agree with Rob
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Old September 21st, 2007, 04:07 PM
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Weird.
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Old September 21st, 2007, 07:12 PM
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I'm not as dumb as I look
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 12:12 PM
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rob, this is what i did a couple years back. i believe it's an earlier version (9855). functionality is great, sat radio, and it's very clean with the ipod in the glovebox. plus with the interface i managed to keep my steering wheel controls. at least with alpine's you can dial the hue to match the green disco interior so at night it doesn't look to hideous (and i typically keep the LCD off). all that being said, i still don't like the way it looks. functions great, looks, not so much. oh well.
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 12:20 PM
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Matt, that is kick ass.
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 03:38 PM
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I like this part:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Matt Kendrick
plus with the interface i managed to keep my steering wheel controls.
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 06:56 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Matt Kendrick
rob, this is what i did a couple years back. i believe it's an earlier version (9855). functionality is great, sat radio, and it's very clean with the ipod in the glovebox. plus with the interface i managed to keep my steering wheel controls. at least with alpine's you can dial the hue to match the green disco interior so at night it doesn't look to hideous (and i typically keep the LCD off). all that being said, i still don't like the way it looks. functions great, looks, not so much. oh well.

I had that one for about 1 hour and I hated that strip. I downgraded and have been happy since.

I chose not to keep steering wheel controls cause I never use them (prefer the remote) and plan to wire my winch up to them.

Pretty sweet setup and no dolphins jumping. The compromise on looks is there but the Ipod function is priceless for me.
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Old September 24th, 2007, 09:16 AM
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I looked at the Alpine radios over the weekend. They are not as bad as many of the other choices, however, they still do not do it for me.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 03:05 AM
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Found the picture of the Nakamichi install.

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