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OK, this is really off topic but... I have an older Pioneer receiver/CD player(model DEH 405, not that it matters). It's now in it's second vehicle, and must be at least 8 years old. About a month ago it started sounding like I was getting poor reception from the local stations (static, cutting out, etc.). I finally realized that there must be an internal loose connection, 'cause I can tap the underside area of the player and eventually get good reception again. Any stereo people out there? Any ideas as to what I would look for, were I to take it out of the dash and pull it apart? Or should I just buy a new unit? :idunno: If I can salvage it I would like to, as it otherwise performs flawlessly and is a satisfactory unit for me. TIA!
 

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Bacchus said:
OK, this is really off topic but... I have an older Pioneer receiver/CD player(model DEH 405, not that it matters). It's now in it's second vehicle, and must be at least 8 years old. About a month ago it started sounding like I was getting poor reception from the local stations (static, cutting out, etc.). I finally realized that there must be an internal loose connection, 'cause I can tap the underside area of the player and eventually get good reception again. Any stereo people out there? Any ideas as to what I would look for, were I to take it out of the dash and pull it apart? Or should I just buy a new unit? :idunno: If I can salvage it I would like to, as it otherwise performs flawlessly and is a satisfactory unit for me. TIA!
You could pull it out and look since it responds to taps, the part might be loose enough to see. Also after 8 years I would bet there are probably more than a few resistors open. If you get a new one be sure to get an RCA in on it for XM, iPods, etc.
 

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Bacchus said:
OK, this is really off topic but... I have an older Pioneer receiver/CD player(model DEH 405, not that it matters). It's now in it's second vehicle, and must be at least 8 years old. About a month ago it started sounding like I was getting poor reception from the local stations (static, cutting out, etc.). I finally realized that there must be an internal loose connection, 'cause I can tap the underside area of the player and eventually get good reception again. Any stereo people out there? Any ideas as to what I would look for, were I to take it out of the dash and pull it apart? Or should I just buy a new unit? :idunno: If I can salvage it I would like to, as it otherwise performs flawlessly and is a satisfactory unit for me. TIA!
well when you take it apart look for any broken wires or connections on the board. check around where the antenna plugs in. but I say buy something new. they aren't that expensive especially since it seems you'd be fine with a lower model and still get more features than you have now and be happy.
 

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Yeah, I figured to just look for something obvious. But it's probably not worth the hassle, as I've certainly realized my money's worth out of this unit. Will probably just buy something new.

I just wanted to post whore anyway. :smilebig: Well, not really...
 

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I wouldnt bother baccy....go get urself a new one that plays MP3s and has atleast 2 rcas and ur set. My mate just got himself a pioneer P-4690MP. Its a pearler. You can turn one of the RCAs into an Aux in for ur x-box or iPod etc. Stereo stuff is really cheap these days. I have a DEH-405 in my wardrobe. Its about 6 years old, cost me about $AUD450. The 4690 was $AUD319 (on sale).

I think the DEH-405s were one of the first with pioneers Super Tuner setup. Maybe this is having a fit.
 

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I have a couple year old Clarion and it wasn't even the highest model and I have 3 sets of RCAs. one is specific for subwoofers (I have a specific subwoofer volume control on mine, its nice) one is for any other out put you want and one is an auxillary in for stuff such as hooking up a dvd car system
 

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Yeah, on the 4690 you can run one of the RCAs as a subwoofer controller. Thats how my housemate has it setup. One as signal to the amp and one as controller. It works a treat :thumb:
 

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Yeah, on the 4690 you can run one of the RCAs as a subwoofer controller. Thats how my housemate has it setup. One as signal to the amp and one as controller. It works a treat :thumb:
does it have a volume control specifically for whatever is run off that RCA. thats the best feature my unit has. There's the Master Volume then Sub Volume. I can turn the subs up without having to adjust the bass setting or rear speakers (if thats the way its wired but there's no RCAs in that kind of set up) like most people do. I'm still pissed that a year ago someone broke into my car and my dads truck (they were unlocked in front of our house) and they broke his radio, the faceplate wouldn't go back on. and they tried to get mine but didn't succeed so they just stole my remote. who the fuck steals the remote. now I gotta lean forward and actually touch the radio. total assholes.
 

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does it have a volume control specifically for whatever is run off that RCA. thats the best feature my unit has. There's the Master Volume then Sub Volume. I can turn the subs up without having to adjust the bass setting or rear speakers (if thats the way its wired but there's no RCAs in that kind of set up) like most people do. I'm still pissed that a year ago someone broke into my car and my dads truck (they were unlocked in front of our house) and they broke his radio, the faceplate wouldn't go back on. and they tried to get mine but didn't succeed so they just stole my remote. who the fuck steals the remote. now I gotta lean forward and actually touch the radio. total assholes.
Yep.....u run those rcas to a different input on the amp and that controls just 2 channels. Whatever speakers u run off those 2 channels with be altered by the subwoofer controls. It has its own equalizer, volume control, frequency cutout etc.
 

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Baccy...you can always take it out and BUY A NEW ONE Mr. Cheapo. :evilaugh:

You can even go to the "HOME, HOME, HOME OF THE $1 ELECTRICAL FIRE" :rotfl: :rotfl:


I do see where you are coming from though, I had a Alpine that I loved and had for the four years I was in High School and two out of HS. I loved that thing and it started having issues and I had to "retire" it. It was a sad day, but I was happy once I ponied up the moola for a brandy new one.


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It's probably the tuner. The antenna is just a coax cable. the center is the mast and the sheild is chassis ground. It should be grounded inside the radio to the chassis of the radio itself. You can do simple continuity tests to make sure the antenna is working properly and the connector (usually Motorola) is O.K.

Now is a good time to buy though. I just got 20% off the Clarion DXZ745MP. They have a lot of inventory and want them gone before the end of year. There are good deals out there now, you can get a higher end model for mid level prices.
 

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Gotta throw in my 2 cents, I have always had Alpine head units, and had nothing but good luck with them. Good features and lots of little things that you will probably never use. I know that I got mine for around 400 Canadian and it plays just about everything that you can throw at it. MP3'S CD'S burned CDs plus it has a plug in for an Alpine 6 disc(not fm modulated, so it sounds better) as well as three pre outs for what ever you want to do with them, sub volume sontrol, time corection, bass focus, built in high and low pass cross overs,auxialiry inputs, lots of good crap. Good customer support and waranty too, like I said though just my $.02
 

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Anybody have recommendations for a 1.5DIN with AUX input (iPod)? I would like to plug the pod in but really would rather not cut the dash on my GMs
Get a regular Din and a Metra mounting kit. Alpine has an Ipod interface available now and I've been told Clarion will have an Ipod ready head unit being unveiled at CES in Jan.
 

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Anybody have recommendations for a 1.5DIN with AUX input (iPod)? I would like to plug the pod in but really would rather not cut the dash on my GMs
Just get the deck you want and get a mounting kit for it. I used the AUX inputs on the back of my deck for the XM and iPod. I had to get an IP-Bus adapter thing but it works great!
Also, so decks have a mini-stereo input on the front, but it looks like crap to have wires hanging in front of your deck, IMO.
 

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BillAce said:
It's probably the tuner. The antenna is just a coax cable. the center is the mast and the sheild is chassis ground. It should be grounded inside the radio to the chassis of the radio itself. You can do simple continuity tests to make sure the antenna is working properly and the connector (usually Motorola) is O.K.
:wstupid:

Bill is the Ace at this stuff, and my exerience tells me, unless you just want a new deck, get serious about checking your chassis grounds. They can corrode, and usually people don't do a good job on them in the first place anyway.
 

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I'd second the vote to replace that unit. It's served you well, and it's just worn out.

How about a (head unit) model that reads song data from memory cards, instead of requiring that you hook up an external device? Any such beast?

My little Integra (my turbo'd 'fun' car, which I bought from a pal, who was the original owner) came to me with a nice little setup: a Sony CD/MP3 player in-dash; a 10-CD (MP3 capable) changer in the trunk; a 4/5-channel Sony amp, Boston Acoustics separates up front (2-ways in the rear), and a JL Audio 10" sub in the hatch. It won't pop your eardrums or rattle your license plate off like some of the ricers' systems, but it's clean and loud enough, with great range. It has a set of RCA inputs, but I'm not buying into all the external MP3 device confusion and hype just yet. $400 for a stinkin' iPod, and then they rape you for each download? They should frickin' GIVE you the damn player for free. I'll wait until there's a ~20GB something or other for $100 or so, or a Compact-flash based one with removable cards. Funny, but even as cheap as blank CD's are, there's just something too "permanent" about them - I'd rather put stuff on a flash card and keep reusing the same media. (I know, dumb...)

Now, my project for 2005 is my '01 Suburban. I mentioned to my wife once (when we got it) that I would consider putting in a video system. Lately she's been on my case that I haven't done so yet. I'd like a complete system, preferably one with a head unit that will do navigation on a built-in, flip-up screen as well as play DVD's. However, I've recently seen some self-contained ~10" ceiling-mount style DVD players for under $1K (like PowerAcoustics, I think?), and wonder if an external DVD player might be the way to go, rather than trying to tie everything together. (What if my kid wants to watch the Lizzie McGuire movie while my wife wants to listen to Dream Theater?) Then again, it would be nice to have a screen for the front-seat passenger that could receive the video, too (do most external units have video outputs as well?)

Any suggestions? Pioneer? Alpine? Mix-n-match? My desire would be to get a multi-channel amp - I'm more concerned about tidy/compact installation than top-notch audio. I'd also likely replace the factory subwoofer. I'd prefer to spend just a couple G's, but 3 might be reasonable by the time it's all done. Last time I looked, the Alpine and Pioneer in-dash screen units were $1500 and up. Suggestions for this project are welcome - I'll probably get started in the next couple of months. :)
 
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