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Date Registered: 06-2005
Location: wollstonecraft - sydney
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series II factory audio


does anyone know if the series II has the same factory fitted audio system as the series I ?

i'm crossing my fingers that the series II has a different unit, one with an audio in-put jack for connection of external devices such as i-pod etc ?

while on that subject, if anyone has managed to successfully hook up an i-pod by means other than the radio/tuner gizmo or cassette adapter, i'd love to hear about it.

both of the above were a bit dodgy… the tuner kept dropping signal and is no good when your deep in a national park and the cassette adapter sounded great ….. the first time, then the sound quality deteriorated with each use, after about 10 plays it sounded like it was coming through in mono … very ordinary


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Date Registered: 04-2005
Location: melbourne
TOTAL POSTS: 154
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i use belkin tunecast II digital transmitter for my PDA mp3 player, works brilliantly! not cd quality, not quite FM quality, but better than cassette adapters!

does anyone elses factory stereo cut out at full volume? i cant turn it up full.. i think amp over heat protection kicks in and cuts it off for a second.. then it comes back...

and my fog lights dont work.

and im almost out of barbeque shapes.

help.

oh an option for connecting ur ipod in better... opening up the stereo unit, and diconnecting the cassette player input to the amp, and hardwiring a 3.5mm jack connection instead? ive seen similar done to a Mini Cooper stereo somewhere on Mini2.com

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Date Registered: 06-2005
Location: wollstonecraft - sydney
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haven't tried the tunecast II, i'm a total music nut so i'm looking for good quality sound, i have a need to play blistering metal riffs and be able to hear every intonation and bend (and of course the thump of some well timed double kick drums) ….

I run a cable from my i-pod, through my home sound system and it sounds wicked, so I was hoping to achieve the same thing with the x-trail, the series I, alas, doesn’t have an in-put jack to allow for a direct connection…

Thing is, i-pod + x-trail = good mix, there is no shortage of places to plug it in and mount it etc and you could even leave it playing (at low volumes) when on a gravel road etc…

I’ve ordered a series II, that’s why I’m keen to find out about it’s set up, do you have an S I or S II ?

Hey ….. this abode ran out of lime and pepper shapes about an hour ago and the contained collective are feeling the pang of a trip to the super market. ….
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Date Registered: 04-2005
Location: melbourne
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i have a S2... i hate the stereo im taking it out when i get around to it! my over-the-top plans are...

1 x 7" VGA 1024x768 touchscreen LCD (mounted in place of the standard stereo unit)
1 x cheapo pc mounted in boot.
1 x slot load dvd drive mounted in compartment under current factory stereo
1 x usb hub mounted on dash somewhere
1 x compactflash/SD card reader mounted on dash somewhere (perfect for changing CF cards etc with albums, or for CF GPS unit)
1 x 5 channel amp in boot for speakers and sub

connect screen, dvd, card reader, amp etc to pc. connect speakers to amp. load up winamp. stir. enjoy music and dvds.

all i need is a spare computer and a 7" lcd screen.

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Date Registered: 06-2005
Location: wollstonecraft - sydney
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i read that five times, to get a good picture of it in my head and that is going to be one very tidy set up ... look's like you've put a good deal of thought into it, my only advice is to ensure all of your connections (pc to hub etc) are doublely secure before you conceal them emoticon that is if that's what you intend to do....

i'm so glad i lease and am limited in the mods i can make, virtually none, if i took on a project like the one you have just described it would be to the detriment of all involved lol =D the worst being the poor vehicle … he hee emoticon

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Date Registered: 04-2005
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www.mp3car.com

its all about putting computers in cars. only down side is waiting for xp to boot up! but other than that it'll be awesome.

ur best bet might be to buy an aftermarket stereo to put in in place of the factory one.. something with a couple of RCAs on the back for a line-in. you can get some pretty nice double-DIN units these days. much better than the one in the xtrail...
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Date Registered: 06-2005
Location: wollstonecraft - sydney
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i'll check that out .... i'm now overly curious about the disconnect cassette / connect 3.5 mil jack etc, so i'm going to check that out right now....

really appreciate your help, thanks.

there's another thread somewhere in which jalal was asking for some ideas on how to mount a dvd etc, i bet jalal would love to see your idea......

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Date Registered: 06-2005
Location: Lower North Shore, Sydney
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Hey,

Not sure about the system yet. haven't been able to look into it.

Sony has just released a new product which allows you to connect a portable music player to the audio in on the back of your headunit if it has an AUX in. Basically it has a 2 RCA connection to 3.5mm head phone jack. It's a slot like an ashtray that opens up where u can put the mp3 player and the wire is inside of it. It's the same size as a head unit so it's universal on most cars.

I have got one so i'll post pics when I install it. They cost $69 and you can get them through me.

We can also get a CONNECT2, which allows you to control the portable unit through the head unit ie display song, change tracks etc.
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Date Registered: 02-2004
Location: Panania, Sydney
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A few weeks ago I found out that Alpine have a head unit which is iPod compatible.

I used to be heavily involved with car audio (judging, installing, competing, etc), but it's been a few years since I've been in-the-know with regards to products available, and I didn't look into this particular head unit any more than just a quick browse of whatever it was that I was reading, as there wouldn't be a chance in hell I'd be allowed to do anything more to the stereo in the X-Trail than what I've already done! But I know Alpine is great with user interfaces, and if they've teamed up with Apple, then I can only imagine how simple it would be to use the iPod and the head unit together...

I am sure there would be more info on Alpine website (if it's still http://www.alpine.com.au or http://www.alpine1.com for the USA site)



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Date Registered: 02-2005
Location: Boondall, Brisbane
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Yes I investigated this alpine head unit about 2 months ago. It seems that alpine will throw in a adapter for the ipod for free. The unit itself costs about $400 and with the adapter will allow you to control the ipod from the head unit.
without the adapter you have to select the song from the ipod/ mp3 player and let the stream be played on the head unit.


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