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Old 09 December 2004, 12:59   #1
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CD players in a RIB - again...

Well as a winter project im looking at fitting a CD player to the RIB.
The main question is, will a cheap car cd player skip on every ripple?

Secondly, a handful of people have talked about fitting MP3 players, or at least the headphone jack to plug an MP3 player into. Has anyone actually done it yet?

Just looking for some feedback. Thanks, Harry.
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Old 09 December 2004, 13:42   #2
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Hi Harry,

I think its inevitable that a CD will skip. I have ben told that something like a mini Ipod is the answer because the music is saved in the memory of the machine and so will not skip like a CD. I would also be interested to hear from anyone who has tried this.

You can get a waterproof housing for the mini Ipod, so you should be able to mount it on the consul.

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Old 09 December 2004, 13:47   #3
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Just bought a JBL fully waterproof AM/FM/DC player 160wats from the US. They have now run out of stock but they have Jenssen at about 100-120 have a look at this http://www.rocktheboataudio.com/waterproofstereos.html
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Great site Manos, im looking at one of these with one of those waterproof covers over it.

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Old 09 December 2004, 16:00   #5
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Nice lookinmg unit. This is not waterproof I do not think. You need to get the cover too. But is not that muych at least half the price of what you will pay in the UK for just the CD unit.

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Just for the benifit of anyone else interested:
JCV marine radio and cd player:

JVC waterproof speakers:

Waterproof cover:


Total price including 7-10 day world delivery, 175.
Ill sleep on it, but i think i might go for that package.
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Old 09 December 2004, 17:55   #7
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I would go for the proper marine unit, even though you are getting a much cheaper deal if you go to halfords and a waterproof cover, the water will get into it somehow after a couple of splashes.
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Hey, Halfords have a free fitting deal on all Stereo's at the moment
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Old 09 December 2004, 18:44   #9
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Have a look at minidiscs also. My minidiscs have been through the wash (damn mother!!) several times and still work perfectly. They don't skip either. Dunno if there's a marine head unit though. There certainly should be, its the perfect medium for marine use!!
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This is the one I've got and is still in stock

http://www.rocktheboataudio.com/html/6.html



JBL MR-30 Waterproof AM/FM/CD Changer Controller w/ Wireless Remote Marine Stereo This unit has it's own built in CD player or may be used to control a CD Changer.

Excellent power output of 45 Watts x 4, line output terminals (x2 pairs), a secure flip down face, a rotary encoder muti-control, and it comes wired remote ready. The amplifier section includes controllable bass/treble/balance, preamp fader, volume, and subwoofer output. In addition, the MR-30 has a waterproof face with silicon rubber buttons. Also equipped with the latest, boldest display which is viewable from any direction. The unit is 1.5 DIN and its actual size is 9 3/8'' x 4 1/2''.

Patent pending Sea-top Technology and CRC Plasticoat 70 on both sides of the circuit board ensuring a longer lasting unit. The 1-bit DAC (digital to analog converter) eliminates zero-crossing ("glitches") to ensure higher fidelity than the conventional ladder-resister DAC's. A high-precision hologram pickup reads CD's with minimal errors while the digital servo optimizes the pickup movement to compensate for the distortion in the disc. Finally, the silicone damped, rubber encapsulated spring/suspension system protect the pickup from the shocks and vibrations of a bumpy boat ride. All components are made of water-resistant materials for greater durability.

180 watts (4x 45)
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PRICE $ 246.45 + $ 60 carriage
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Check this out.......

.........from Aldi of all places. At this price you can buy a few and chuck em away as they stop working. I may just get on myself. http://uk.aldi.com/
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Old 10 December 2004, 04:59   #12
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Not bad MeMe if that's is what you want to do.
Last one I had on was a JVC with a tape not waterproof and lasted for 2 years. Hope this one will last 5 or 6 or even for ever
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Hi Harry,

I think its inevitable that a CD will skip. I have ben told that something like a mini Ipod is the answer because the music is saved in the memory of the machine and so will not skip like a CD. I would also be interested to hear from anyone who has tried this.

You can get a waterproof housing for the mini Ipod, so you should be able to mount it on the consul.

Regards.

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Ipods are way overpriced and have probs in that they will only playback "proper" mp3s - what you want is a NORMAL MP3 player at about 50 with a big memory card. The Ipod starts at about 180 - bloody mad price and will only play back what Apple let you!!!!
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Hi Harry,
I have got an ipod and use an FM transimtter. It means you only need a stereo with a radio so no skipping cd to worry about. Also means you have your entire music collection with you and works in the car as well! You can then keep the ipod or simlar in your pocket out of harms way.

http://www.griffintechnology.com/

They are available on ebay, but technically illegal in UK...

As for ipods only playing songs that Apple let you - you can put your entire CD collection on there so I think this is incorrect.

Hope this helps

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Hi Harry,
I have got an ipod and use an FM transimtter. It means you only need a stereo with a radio so no skipping cd to worry about. Also means you have your entire music collection with you and works in the car as well! You can then keep the ipod or simlar in your pocket out of harms way.

http://www.griffintechnology.com/

They are available on ebay, but technically illegal in UK...

As for ipods only playing songs that Apple let you - you can put your entire CD collection on there so I think this is incorrect.

Hope this helps

Ozz

Yes sorry didn't make myself clear - it's not the IPOD itself but the Itunes mp3s that are encrypted to stop you playing them back on other things - of course they can be hacked but still a pain!!!!

Like the idea of using the FM transmitter - does away with wires.

The IPOD itself isn't bad but again overpriced for what it is!
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Good man Ozz I'll give that a go
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Hi Harry,
I have got an ipod and use an FM transimtter. It means you only need a stereo with a radio so no skipping cd to worry about. Also means you have your entire music collection with you and works in the car as well! You can then keep the ipod or simlar in your pocket out of harms way.

http://www.griffintechnology.com/

They are available on ebay, but technically illegal in UK...

As for ipods only playing songs that Apple let you - you can put your entire CD collection on there so I think this is incorrect.

Hope this helps

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This sounds the way to go for me....

does anyone know any good places to get a Waterproof/marine FM radio (with tape if need be).I have had a dig around but can only find one type (white clarion 200.00). UK sites would be best if anyone would be so kind.

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Colin one good waterproof (ACTUALLY WATERPROOF) radio/cassette is Standard Horison MST70 http://www.marinewholesales.com/en/s...dard%20Horizon

and Jensen http://www.onlinemarine.com/cgi-loca...c21+1103336273
or you can search the long list here http://www.onlinemarine.com/cgi-loca....htm?E+scstore

I'm affraid there are NOT ANY UK distributors that come close to any of these prices

You can find these things in the US for very little money and if you add the transport @ $60 by USPS with a tracking number (it takes 3 days to get to the UK) they cost less than half of what you will get anywhere in the UK and a bit less than what you get in other EU states.
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