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#269355 - 11/11/2005 10:58 Looking to buy a temporary headunit
furtive
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Registered: 14/08/2001
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Loc: London, UK
Until I can get my empeg fixed I'm looking to buy a cheap headunit to get me by.

Am I right in thinking that if I have an empeg, and a 4 channel amp, I should be looking for a headunit with 4ch RCA outputs, or will 2ch suffice?

And I assume I should be able to just remove my sled and plug the headunit straight in - is this correct? Assuming the headunit has an ISO connector. What about the preouts? Anything else I need to worry about?

Anyone recommend a cheap as possible headunit, and a url to buy it from in the UK?
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#269356 - 11/11/2005 11:31 Re: Looking to buy a temporary headunit [Re: furtive]
blitz
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Registered: 20/11/2001
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I would have loaned you my spare empeg except you live in London.

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#269357 - 11/11/2005 12:25 Re: Looking to buy a temporary headunit [Re: furtive]
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walkman/ipod+proper cable+in car charger=job done
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#269358 - 11/11/2005 12:27 Re: Looking to buy a temporary headunit [Re: thinfourth2]
furtive
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Eh? What do I plug my iPod (or Karma) in to? Is there a line-in to ISO and preamp cable avaibable? And how would I listen to Ed Stewart on a Sunday night?

I'm tempted to get one of these
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#269359 - 11/11/2005 13:16 Re: Looking to buy a temporary headunit [Re: furtive]
Schido
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I used my palm with a 512mb sd card with one of these straight into my amp temporarly

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#269360 - 11/11/2005 13:24 Re: Looking to buy a temporary headunit [Re: Schido]
furtive
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Oooh, top idea. I might have a 3.5mm jack to RCA cable at home....
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#269361 - 11/11/2005 15:00 Re: Looking to buy a temporary headunit [Re: furtive]
JBjorgen
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Registered: 19/01/2002
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Loc: Columbus, OH
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And how would I listen to Ed Stewart on a Sunday night?


And you could use the same setup with a walkman or any cheap portable radio to listen to radio temporarily.

Also, you can do what Russmeister did and make yourself an AUX-IN passthrough pocket. Pic here.
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#269362 - 11/11/2005 20:12 Re: Looking to buy a temporary headunit [Re: JBjorgen]
furtive
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Cool.

But you seem to be way overestimating my skills at doing anything remotely creative. I break most things I touch.
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#269363 - 15/11/2005 13:19 Re: Looking to buy a temporary headunit [Re: Schido]
furtive
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Loc: London, UK
Right, I seem to have stumbled on a bit of a problem.

I tried plugging my Karma into my amp using one of the above adaptors but I didn't get any sound

When my empeg expired could it have blown a fuse in my car or amp (or both) or done something worse?
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#269364 - 15/11/2005 13:25 Re: Looking to buy a temporary headunit [Re: furtive]
robricc
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Registered: 30/10/2000
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You need to supply 12v to the amp remote turn-on lead also. If you didn't do that, the amp is simply not turned on.
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#269365 - 15/11/2005 13:49 Re: Looking to buy a temporary headunit [Re: robricc]
furtive
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It's going to be easier to buy a 30 headunit for the time being, isn't it?
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#269366 - 15/11/2005 13:57 Re: Looking to buy a temporary headunit [Re: furtive]
lectric
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Registered: 20/01/2002
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Loc: New Orleans, LA
You still have to install it. Just put a switch on your sense wire and wire it direct to the battery. Turn it on when you need it, or better yet, plug it into a cig lighter that is also switched with the car.

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#269367 - 15/11/2005 14:08 Re: Looking to buy a temporary headunit [Re: lectric]
furtive
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Loc: London, UK
Installing a headunit should be a piece of cake though as I just plug the ISO plug in don't I??
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#269368 - 15/11/2005 14:38 Re: Looking to buy a temporary headunit [Re: furtive]
boxer
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Registered: 16/04/2002
Posts: 2011
Loc: Yorkshire UK
I just got a JVC KD - G611 HU: MP3, DAB with a 90 odd quid add on, but best of all a 3.5mm jack front and back for a Karma/Empeg, plus 4 line outs, 149.99 fitted and working from Halfords, good price and somebody does the work for you.
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#269369 - 15/11/2005 14:53 Re: Looking to buy a temporary headunit [Re: boxer]
furtive
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Registered: 14/08/2001
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Loc: London, UK
Plan A reverted to.

I've ordered the cheap MP3 player from ebuyer
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#269370 - 16/11/2005 16:36 Re: Looking to buy a temporary headunit [Re: boxer]
tahir
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Registered: 27/02/2004
Posts: 1756
Loc: London
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I just got a JVC KD - G611 HU: MP3, DAB with a 90 odd quid add on, but best of all a 3.5mm jack front and back for a Karma/Empeg, plus 4 line outs, 149.99 fitted and working from Halfords, good price and somebody does the work for you.


Excellent, a friend of mine has been bugging me for just such a headunit for yonks, thanks!

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#269371 - 17/11/2005 06:33 Re: Looking to buy a temporary headunit [Re: tahir]
boxer
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Registered: 16/04/2002
Posts: 2011
Loc: Yorkshire UK
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a friend of mine has been bugging me for just such a headunit for yonks

It's down around 110 0n the net, if you want to DIY, which is an almost, too good to be true price. But, although I've always fitted my own in the past, I'm getting lazy. Besides the look on the salesman's face when he found that he had booked in a 23ft German motorhome, was worth having!
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#269372 - 17/11/2005 08:45 Re: Looking to buy a temporary headunit [Re: boxer]
tahir
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Registered: 27/02/2004
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