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Hi. This is my first time posting here, I can't believe there's a site like this and I LOVE my Element! :)

I traded in a 2000 Pathfinder for my Element after 1 little test drive. In my pathfinder, I had a pretty nice radio with MP3 playback and it could also do XM but I didn't get that part installed. I was hoping to put this radio in my new Element. Anyway, when I was buying my Element, the dealer told me if I were to put the pathfinder radio in the element or buy a new one, it would void the warranty for the whole electronics system in the car! Is this true? The sound system in the element is great, but I'd like more options. There was an MP3 attachment available, but they said it was only for the low end models, and I got the 4WD EX version. So what should I do...? Stick with the stock radio and always want something better, or just go ahead and get a killer sound system installed with all the bells n whistles? (I can't put the old radio in it now since I Ebayed it :))

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Well I'm not looking for something major with bass that will knock my doors off like most kids these days :) I just want a radio with more features than a generic CD player. Mostly what I'm after is MP3 and XM. It'd be awesome if there was some kinda radio out there with an 80 gig hard drive to store songs on, and encodes songs off CDs when you put em in and all... like a car stereo with iTunes built in :)

I thought about just getting an iPod and plugging it into the aux jack, but I don't want something sepperate, ya know?
 

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[quote:da057289e4=" "]Well I'm not looking for something major with bass that will knock my doors off like most kids these days :) I just want a radio with more features than a generic CD player. Mostly what I'm after is MP3 and XM. It'd be awesome if there was some kinda radio out there with an 80 gig hard drive to store songs on, and encodes songs off CDs when you put em in and all... like a car stereo with iTunes built in :)

I thought about just getting an iPod and plugging it into the aux jack, but I don't want something sepperate, ya know?[/quote:da057289e4]
Eclipse has a new headunit with a 20GB hard drive that writes your CD's to the HD, you can also record off the air. Kinda cool.
 

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That's a little too much :) I don't need a tv to watch while I'm driving, just something a regular mp3/xm radio with a hard drive. 20 gigs is too small also, I need something more like 40 :( I'll have to keep my eye out
 

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It's not like there are that many choices out there - the Eclipse unit is REVOLUTIONARY and unique in the sense that it rips your CD's to it's internal HD on the fly as you play them.

Also, theres a major trend to decouple the satellite tuner controls and interfaces from Head units - I guess manufacturers don't like playing the guessing game about which will be more popular XM or Sirius and also dont want to alienate anybody.

My point is, you can't have it all in one unit these days - if MP3 is important to you get something like the Eclipse unit or an Alpine that has iPod controls built in. If sat rad is important to you, then find yourself an older unit with the integrated tuner and controls and Mp3 cd capabilities instead and just burn discs.
 

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The Alpine one seems more like what I'm after. But then, to connect it I have to have that little silver box sitting on my dashboard or something? It'd be better if it could connect right to my head unit somehow or rig it up to go through the aux port. XM and MP3 CDs are really all I need, but it would just be that much cooler to have a built in hard drive, etc. Actually that Eclipse one is pretty cool, but I just don't want a TV screen cuz I know I'll be watching that instead of the road :)
 

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The silver box gets hidden and the iPod itself can be hidden in a glovebox or center console all the wiring can be hidden as well.

The idea would be, get in the car connect the iPod to a wire in your glovebox for example - close the glovebox.

Then you can control the iPod directly from the Alpine head unit without ever having to deal with the iPod.

As for the Eclipse unit - you could always turn the screen off! Basic functions such as volume and track switching are still available on the sides of the unit as physical buttons.
 

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The silver box gets hidden and the iPod itself can be hidden in a glovebox or center console all the wiring can be hidden as well.

The idea would be, get in the car connect the iPod to a wire in your glovebox for example - close the glovebox.

Then you can control the iPod directly from the Alpine head unit without ever having to deal with the iPod.

As for the Eclipse unit - you could always turn the screen off! Basic functions such as volume and track switching are still available on the sides of the unit as physical buttons.
 

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yeah I could turn off the screen but I'm sure it'd be so cool that I wouldn't want to :) I think I like the Alpine unit the best. I don't have an iPod yet but I'm planning to get one. If it could at least play MP3 CDs at first, that would be a good enough start for me.. and maybe I could get the iPod attachements put in later when I get it.

I don't really know all that much about car audio. Am I better off buying it and getting it installed in a place like Best Buy or Tweeter, or should I go with one of those shops that specialize in it? I live in the Philadelphia area and there's plenty of car audio shops, but I just don't know how reputable they are and I kinda like the idea of the extended warranties that the big stores offer, so if anything goes wrong I can get em to fix it.
 

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[quote:68bb8109f0=" "]yeah I could turn off the screen but I'm sure it'd be so cool that I wouldn't want to :) I think I like the Alpine unit the best. I don't have an iPod yet but I'm planning to get one. If it could at least play MP3 CDs at first, that would be a good enough start for me.. and maybe I could get the iPod attachements put in later when I get it.

I don't really know all that much about car audio. Am I better off buying it and getting it installed in a place like Best Buy or Tweeter, or should I go with one of those shops that specialize in it? I live in the Philadelphia area and there's plenty of car audio shops, but I just don't know how reputable they are and I kinda like the idea of the extended warranties that the big stores offer, so if anything goes wrong I can get em to fix it.[/quote:68bb8109f0]

YES you should get everything professionally installed but STAY AWAY from Best Buy, Tweeter, Circuit City, etc. those folks are brainless HACKS! Find a real installer by using the link I provided towards the top of this post, ask how long they've been in business, look at sample work they've done, tour the install area, talk to customers, ask for certifications, etc. These types of car audio specialty shops should treat you right and do the best work since thier rent doesn't get paid if they are not good at car audio.

And remember, that Alpine unit doesn't drop until this summer! :D

Good luck!
 
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