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Date Registered: 10-2004
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CD Player TI-L- MP3's and stereo question


Hi guys. I am still yet to buy my Nissan Xtrail, but it is a definate in the coming months.
Have had a search of the site but can't find anything about the factory stereo and its ability to play MP3 files.
In particular I will be getting the 6 stack in dash CD player, so the ability to put MP3 tracks on a disc means getting about 90 odd songs on a standard disc, which means a lot of music over 6 CD's!
Also, if this isn't an option, has anyone swapped the 6 stack in dash unit for an aftermarket head unit of any sort? Would be interested ot hear about the ease of transfer and how well it fitted in the dash. I am thinking of changing over the factory speakers etc anyway, just for better quality/volume, so any info on the performance of the stock stereo in the current model Xtrail would be appreciated (will be buying new).

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Hi mate,

We adopted an alternative solution. 60GB Apple iPod with Griffin Road Trip FM Transmitter and car charger. Our entire CD collection (~2700 songs) on the go.

Definitely recommend that you give it consideration.

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Hi Sam,

Please tell us more about your setup. i.e. setup costs, etc.

I've been looking for a way to compress these wav files so they act like MP3's, so that they will play in the standard CD player, but I don't think it's possible at all.

I've managed to compress the wav files to about a third or their original size, but then when you burn them to CD-R they take up the same space on the cd, emoticon,

So I'm now fairly sure there is no way to do this as the burning process is fixed on the time of the audio file.

I'm now seriously looking at an MP3 alternative.

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when we bought our series 1 st xtrail the only option was the standard head unit or the combo tape-cd unit which is twice the height of the standard unit.( stacker optional extra)
i wanted mp3 aswell so I put in a mp3 compatible panasonic head unit and haven't had any problems.(plus it was cheaper than combo unit)
the installation was straight forward for the ST model but I remember the car stereo guy said they had trouble with the Ti combo unit because of it's large size.they said if I had the Ti model I would have to buy a similar combo unit or get custom made panel put in to house a normal head unit.

the ST series 1 model has a small storage box under the head unit to fill the gap.

I'm not sure if the current st model still has that glove compartment or not, it's hard to find pics of an st model they all seem to be Ti models.
if it does you might be able to buy the storage compartment and install a standard size head unit.

hope this helps in anyway
let me know if pics would help and i'll put some up
 

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xtrluke,

Thanks for the info.

Of course pics would help emoticon, would help many others as well to be able to visually see it.

Same goes for you Sam. =D

Thanks.

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Guys,

Not sure if this warrants photos, but a pic of the charger:

http://www.expansys.com.au/product.asp?code=108486

Pic of the iTrip (it's the one on the left):
http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/itrip/index.php

I had actually been looking for a combined car charger/transmitter from Monster, but this was around $169. Then I read on the Australia 4WD forum (http://forum.australia4wd.com/index.php?showtopic=409) and someone mentioned the Griffin iTrip. Myer had a sale selling the separate charger and transmitter for $100 so I grabbed it.

The only problem is finding a good place for it - we just sit it in the space above the ashtray, or it stays in my wife's hand (we have discovered that because there are so many songs and it is so easy to skip the the next one, you often do).

The good thing is the 2700 songs still only occupies just over 11 GB from the 60 available. The iTrip powers itself from the iPod's battery supply, so I can transmit directly to any radio, inside the house or inside the car.

Given the versatility of the iPod outside of the car, I am happy to have spent our hard earned dollars on this. Unfortunately, it is my wife's little toy outside of the vehicle emoticon

EDIT: Forgot to mention that there are car holders for the iPod (ones that suction cap to the windscreen, one for the cupholder etc) but I have not found any good (i.e. not a total ripoff) ones yet, if you find any, let me know.

I have to duck down to Broadway shops now for the wife, will take a photo and put it up later.

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Hi Guys,

I believe this question has been asked before and HERE is the thread that discussed it. You may find some helpfull info. in there.

As far as I'm aware none of the Nissan factory head-units have an AUX input which can be utilised for plugging-in an external device (such as iPod) so the FM transmitter is the only option for these, but it has its disadvatages in terms of not a CD quality audio. (i.e. it's not perfect)

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Hi guys, I have a 2003 ST and just after i bought it i had installed a Alpine wma/mp3 player. I burnt every cd i had ( plus many mates )into wma format, i can fit around 30 normal cd's onto one wma cd ! Keep my entire collection in a small wallet in the drivers side glove box plus they are all backed up on my laptop if i loose/damage one ! One of the best investments i have purchased. Might add that i had "improved" front speakers installed at the same time.
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Some of the information in the thread about installing a car phone looks relevant here - though from memory none of us seem to have found the elusive input wires yet. David M

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David M wrote:

Some of the information in the thread about installing a car phone looks relevant here - though from memory none of us seem to have found the elusive input wires yet. David M



Dave, do you mean the mute function wires which Tin was looking for his Nokia kit?


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