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Thread: CD Changer interchange

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    CD Changer interchange

    Hi Forumites,
    My Clarion CD changer has finally refused to play, (CD Error 6, whatever that means)

    Assuming this is terminal, can the later model Alpine CD changer be used instead, or is it incompatible with the Clarion head unit? Any experiences?

    Alternatively, has anybody stumbled across an iPod adaptor that can be plugged into the existing C-Bus cable which allows the wheel mounted controls to still be used? I see Roverville in the states make one for the Alpine, but not for the Clarion.

    Just weighing up the options, before forking out the cash for a 2nd hand changer or a Roverville overhaul.
    Ta!

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    Can't answer your questions but did notice there are a couple of clarion changers on UK eBay - from 9.99 ....

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    Reasonably Easy to make an 3.5mm Stereo Input for Audio:
    See link: 24.09.2006: Saab NG900 Line Input - photo.platonoff.com

    Range Rover has the same sort of Clarion Unit

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    Quote Originally Posted by BusinessConnected View Post
    Range Rover has the same sort of Clarion Unit
    Not mine!
    Ron B.
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    Ron:
    I'm aware the units are different in Size/Shape but the key connections for Left/Right ete on the PCB are very similar.
    When I setup mine the LR signals are visible... I've just opened up a Spare one of mine to identify the areas requiring Soldering....

    I actually had a Blank Tape in mine, so I hadn't gone to the stage of making "Auto Play" work... just let the tape play and had iPod Music instead...
    I'm not 100% certain which connection was which in terms of Ground & Power... and for that matter which side was which (Sorry).
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    Best I check it further. I have looked at these in the past but, like you, I don't want to run a blank tape.

    Ahh, I see the board you mean. Same part no. as the Rangie Clarion.

    BTW, if you need the service manual for the Clarion, you can download from my website: http://p38arover.com/rover/p38a/Clarion_PU9836A.pdf

    Oh, I forgot to mention for the original poster that the Clarion and Alpine units are not compatible.
    Ron B.
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    I used Storey Wilson's method (RangeRovers.net • View topic - Ipod - MP3 - RCA Inputs - Modification Using Tape Mode) Expanded it a bit so mine has no 'tape' in there but the mechanism is still 'playing' - the clarion tape deck has two tape detection methods with the second being an optical sensor that was more trouble than it was worth to circumvent. Tape mechanism on mine makes an audible noise if you put your ear up to it but otherwise unnoticeable - no tape noise as there is no tape

    ps Mines connected to an android 7" tablet that occupies the space of the factory satnav - it's a perfect fit and far more powerful and flexible than the factory satnav. Mostly use the android tablet for satnav (google maps and/or co-pilot) but it's also my mp3 player. Can also browse web, check weather, watch movies etc ....

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    Junosi:
    How are you "keeping" it in place there... I just purchased a Telstra T Touch Pad for a similar purpose and have the Windscreen Mount which works pretty well...

    Have a Picture?

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    Here's a couple of pics - not very good quality ones I'm afraid =/ I wanted a more permanent factory looking install than a screen mount - mostly for security reasons, didn't want to leave a tablet stuck to my window and didn't want it stolen either.




    If you remove most of the tape deck 'cage' and pcb board there's an activator 'arm' left kind of hanging there. With the 'arm' pushed towards the back the unit thinks there is a tape in there, the spindles still do spin and the optical sensor still thinks there's a tape in there. As long as you never press eject it stays like that indefinitely.


    ps just noticed I don't have my stereo surround fitted in the photo !
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    Can you post pics bigger than thumbnails?
    Ron B.
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    2004 L322 Range Rover Vogue 4.4 V8 Auto
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    Previous: 1983, 1986 RRC; 1995, 1996 P38A; 1995 Disco1; 1984 V8 County 110; Series IIA



    RIP Bucko - Riding on Forever

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