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Old 03-13-2012, 08:29:00 PM   #1
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Keep that stock stereo, play MP3's

When I found out it was going to cost $275 to repair the CD player in y 92 Z28 I freaked. I looked but could not find a aftermarket solution that I liked the look of. I remembered a guy that I chat with on another forum developed this product himself. He is a car guy at heart and I figured I would give it a shot. Here is how my install turned out.
Took it out of the box. Neatly packed with very clear instructions.

Made a run to the parts store and got a couple of these guys cause GM just had to be different with the smaller antenna plugs. They were $26 together from autozone.

After I hooked up the postive (power only when radio is on) and negtive I routed the antenna wires thru the RediRad.

Everything tucked away in front of the console.

I dont smoke, and I wanted the connector to be hidden untill I need it. So, I drilled a hole in the ash tray and ran the connector thru it. Out of sight out of mind.


I had to use a tie wrap to keep the connector from falling back thru the hole I drilled. A black makes it inconspicuious.

End result. I can pull out what I need and tuck it back away when I dont.



He even has ones that work for AM radios only. This is huge for those that want to keep that stock look for shows but be able to play their MP3's. It sounds real good and clear and if I can hook one up anyone can. www.redirad.com
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:34:35 PM   #2
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:14:39 PM   #3
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On my old daily driver 97 T-Bird, I just bought one of those $4 and change GE cassette things from Wal-Mart to play my mp3s and it actually sounds great!
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:30:49 PM   #4
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On my old daily driver 97 T-Bird, I just bought one of those $4 and change GE cassette things from Wal-Mart to play my mp3s and it actually sounds great!
I was looking at those yesterday!!! I've still got my original casette/stereo in my 1980 C-10 (first year that vehicle offered casettes)
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:07:26 PM   #5
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On my old daily driver 97 T-Bird, I just bought one of those $4 and change GE cassette things from Wal-Mart to play my mp3s and it actually sounds great!

Those do work great if you have the tape deck. I have used a cheap fm transmitter after I went to a cd player. The cheap transmitters sometimes get some interference so I went all out and bought a good one that has power via (2) AAA batteries, USB, AC or car cigarette lighter, all power accessories were included.

I can hook it up in the house to my computer and play mp3's or internet streaming music like pandora or slacker and get my music clear upstairs, downstairs in the basement or in the garage. It's easily portable too and can toss it in the car no wiring just plug in the power and go. http://www.mobileblackbox.com/content/view/40/75/
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:20:15 PM   #6
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I was looking at those yesterday!!! I've still got my original casette/stereo in my 1980 C-10 (first year that vehicle offered casettes)
Yeah, I thought that it would have the muted, "cassette sound" to it, but no, it sounds crystal clear. The cassette mechanism at the head unit makes it's usual noise, but at any volume, you can't hear it.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:36:01 PM   #7
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So... It feeds in through the antenna?
FM stereo.. Or is it mono?

Cool idea!!!!


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Yeah, I thought that it would have the muted, "cassette sound" to it, but no, it sounds crystal clear. The cassette mechanism at the head unit makes it's usual noise, but at any volume, you can't hear it.

Some "auto-reverse" decks won't tolerate a cassette adapter.
I use one in my Camaro with an old Pioneer head unit and I think it sounds pretty good!
(As clear as a very good FM radio station with very good stereo separation too.)

I tried two cheap FM modulators... They were both mono and pretty much sucked.
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:26:32 AM   #8
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I just looked the fm transmitter im using from mobile black box is the v5000 model and it transmits stereo the new one v6000 does not do stereo Dark Side of the Moon wont sound the same with it!
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:31:06 AM   #9
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Yeah Terry, it feeds thru the antenna. It sounds really good. I've used some FM modulators in the past and they sounded like crap and did not last. Cheap overseas technology. I'm pleased with it. Yeah, it is not the cheapest one out there but you get what you pay for.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:33:26 AM   #10
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I have seen those for years. Plug right into the antenna input.. That was before all the ipod compatible stereos came out..
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:32:27 PM   #11
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Here's a much cheaper alternative I've suggested to people a few time, plus, IMO, it can be mounted more discretely.

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Old 03-18-2012, 08:50:16 PM   #12
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AJ_72: What is the make / model of the audio unit in the picture? Where can I get one? Thanks - Jim

Never mind -- I didn't realize I could click on the picture !!!!!
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:45:51 AM   #13
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There are numerous companies that make the FM modulators. I've installed numerous in all different cars. I forget the name brand of the better ones, but they all work pretty well.
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Old 03-19-2012, 02:55:01 PM   #14
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That one by Scosche looks like a great setup for a third or so less of the price of the RediRad. But I don't see any options for AM only radios. I've considered something like that for my 68 GMC... although these days it's pretty much just sitting.

MP3s are Ok, but if you have internet on your phone, you can also plug into internet radio... which is my fave.

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