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PostSubject: What will a factory headunit play? (CD files)   What will a factory headunit play? (CD files) EmptyTue Jan 11, 2011 2:50 pm

Hey guys,
I wanted to know if the factoy headunit will play CDs that you burn on your PC. I know its probably file dependent, but what are the supported file formats and CD types?
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PostSubject: Re: What will a factory headunit play? (CD files)   What will a factory headunit play? (CD files) EmptyTue Jan 11, 2011 2:54 pm

Have not had problems playing CDs burned with Windows Media Player.

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PostSubject: Re: What will a factory headunit play? (CD files)   What will a factory headunit play? (CD files) EmptyTue Jan 11, 2011 2:57 pm

Our factory head will play uncompressed formats WAV, AIFF, maybe a few others (will not play MP4 or other compressed formats). I've played many burned CD-Rs in mine without problems. I think the issue some players have is with the CD-RW discs, which use a different system for encoding the disc.

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PostSubject: Re: What will a factory headunit play? (CD files)   What will a factory headunit play? (CD files) EmptyTue Jan 11, 2011 4:08 pm

Yep. The only thing I ever got it to play was WMA on a CD-R. MP3, MP4, or any other format won't play. I just looked in my Owners manual....it doesn't even say what formats it plays neutral
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PostSubject: Re: What will a factory headunit play? (CD files)   What will a factory headunit play? (CD files) EmptyTue Jan 11, 2011 4:44 pm

Thanks guys. I'll have to check what file types I have on my CDs. Its been quite a while since I did any burning of CDs since the mp3 craze started last decade. wink

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PostSubject: Re: What will a factory headunit play? (CD files)   What will a factory headunit play? (CD files) EmptyWed Jan 12, 2011 1:47 pm

Do any of you know if Windows Media Player will convert a MP3 to WMA or AIFF file format?
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PostSubject: Re: What will a factory headunit play? (CD files)   What will a factory headunit play? (CD files) EmptyWed Jan 12, 2011 1:58 pm

I think I answered my own question on that last one with a google search... Now to try to put it into practice... smile

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Score! Done Deal! Man it's been a long time since I've had to do this... I need to go make some sales so I can buy a new headunit! LOL!

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PostSubject: Re: What will a factory headunit play? (CD files)   What will a factory headunit play? (CD files) EmptySat Jan 15, 2011 10:57 am

I now this is a crazy question, but what would it take to mod our head unit to play MP3 CDs? You know how guys mod or "chip" gaming consoles to play burnt games? I am not saying that it would be easy or cost effective, but is it possible to do that with our HD? ?
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I haven't the slightest idea as to how to do that. Yeah, I'm "BONE STOCK" man, but I can't wait to find the right touch screen, buttonless, double din set up for my car. I hate having to look at the cassette deck opening! LOL! lol

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PostSubject: Re: What will a factory headunit play? (CD files)   What will a factory headunit play? (CD files) EmptyMon Jan 17, 2011 2:42 pm

BMD wrote:
I now this is a crazy question, but what would it take to mod our head unit to play MP3 CDs? You know how guys mod or "chip" gaming consoles to play burnt games? I am not saying that it would be easy or cost effective, but is it possible to do that with our HD? ?

Thanks for your reply Scott, anyone else have any ideas?
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PostSubject: Re: What will a factory headunit play? (CD files)   What will a factory headunit play? (CD files) EmptyTue Jan 18, 2011 11:25 am

You would need to replace the CD lens (eye) that is currently in your head unit, and install a "MP3" lens....not really possible, and if it can be done, not worth the effort. I think there are some cheap double dinn units out there that play mp3's. I think Ive seen them for as little as $50.
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PostSubject: Re: What will a factory headunit play? (CD files)   What will a factory headunit play? (CD files) EmptyTue Jan 18, 2011 1:24 pm

Thanks for that Mark. I just thought it would be cool to have MP3 playback capability and keep the interior looking stock. But why do you say it is not really possible?
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PostSubject: Re: What will a factory headunit play? (CD files)   What will a factory headunit play? (CD files) EmptyTue Jan 18, 2011 1:44 pm

BMD wrote:
Thanks for that Mark. I just thought it would be cool to have MP3 playback capability and keep the interior looking stock. But why do you say it is not really possible?


I guess it is possible, but would take a lot of work, effort and knowledge of the stock stereo HU's. If you really want to keep the stock HU, check this page out. I did a very basic search and found this site:

http://www.wonderbarman.com/

Looks like he services AC Delco HU's and might be able to create a "line in or AUX" where you could run an external mp3 player mounted in the dash or something.

I wouldn't retain the stock HU also because of the lack of power, but if I was going for the completely stock look with the ability to play mp3's, i may go the AUX cd player route rather than try to install a new lens (which may require different internal programming, not sure). It looks as if this guy is very knowledgeable about the ac delco stuff, maybe shoot him a quick email asking about the lens change.

I checked ebay and saw a lot of ac delco stereo's claiming mp3 playability with the AUX option. Not the exact stereo, but looks close.

http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=delco+mp3&_sacat=0&_odkw=ac+delco+mp3&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313




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Cool, thanks for the info man.
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