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    I'm looking to buy a new car stereo. Of course, I want the car stereo to have the option of plugging in my Treo 650 to play MP3 songs.

    What car stereo brand and model offers this ability? I went to Fry's Electronics yesterday to look around for this feature, and the sales rep told me that only 1 model at the store has an auxilary outlet to plug into an MP3 player. The model is the JVC KD-G510 for $179.00, which has an "AUX" outlet in the front top right of the face plate to easily plug in your iPod, or other MP3 music player.

    Is the above JVC model the only thing available with a front AUX outlet, or do other manufacturers provide this too? If so, which ones? Opinions wanted please.

    Okay here's a crazy last question, is it possible to download MP3 songs into a car stereo? Or, is it possible to put an SD memory card into a car stereo to play music? I'm guessing this doesn't exist, but I thought I'd try asking.

    Here's a very useful review of this JVC model from Circuit City. Several reviewers have directly commented on the advantage of having a front AUX outlet for plugging in their MP3 player.

    Check out:
    http://www.circuitcity.com/rpsm/oid/...Review.do#tabs
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    i don't think you can d/l straight to a stereo (at least that I know of). But, I got a sony cd player for my car that had an auxiliary input in back. they installers ran a cord from the back of the stereo under the dask to where my e-brake came out. You can barely see the cord and it is so cool to plug my ipod and treo in and listen. Best of all, you can't see the cord at all.
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    Yes, there are stereos or add-ons that provide the ability to download to a cartridge/hard drive or even directly to the player via a wireless network. Sony has one with a hard drive built-in to the main head unit. I believe they also have ones that can play from a memory stick. Panasonic might have head units that can read a SD card. There are add-ons like the Kenwood Music Keg, which is a hard drive based device that acts like a cd changer with Kenwood headunits. It's based on the PhatBox developed by www.phatnoise.com.

    There are more than just that JVC that have an AUX connector. Take a look at www.crutchfield.com to get a better idea of what's available. I'm not saying to shop there, because their prices are too high for most things.
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    Thanks for the link to the Crutchfield site. I accidently came upon another JVC model that also offers a front AUX input, which is the JVC Arsenal KD-AR560 for $199.00. (Does this model name resemble an assault rifle or what?!?).

    Below is a link to the site. Can someone check out the differences between the JVC Arsenal KD-AR560 versus the JVC KDG510 and tell me which one is clearly the better choice for quality and features?

    http://www.crutchfield.com/S-K0VWRR3...car+stereo#Tab

    Thanks! Casey.
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    I highly recommend having a setup like Matthews because it clears that area of extra wires. Front Panel AUX setups can get messy and wires tend to move around when you drive.
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    I can see pros and cons of having a front versus rear AUX input. Rear AUX means an installer can neatly place the cord at whatever desired location. But what if the cord breaks? Does this mean you would have to go back to the installer to replace the cord?

    Whereas with a front AUX, you can simply buy a replacement cord for $2.99 at any Fry's store. But then the cord may be a little messy as previous person mentioned.

    I'm personally inclined to get a front AUX input, since this seems a bit more convenient to my liking.

    Another question for the rear AUX proponents: Is it possible for an installer to make the cord a 2.5mm mini jack instead of the normal 3.5mm size? This way, we don't need to constantly use the darn adapter to fit into the Treo. Is this possible?
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    Wow, it turns out that JVC offers 3 different models that can play music directly from an SD memory card! Here's a link to Crutchfield's site below. The SD card playback models are: AR960, AR5500, AR7500. Unfortunately, these models do NOT appear to have a front AUX input, instead only has a rear AUX input. Oh well, can't have it all I guess!

    Now I'm confused on what to get! The idea of playing music from an SD card instead of CDs sounds very appealing to me!

    Link to JVC models with SD card playback:
    http://www.crutchfield.com/S-K0VWRR3...jvc+car+stereo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casey Cheung
    Okay here's a crazy last question, is it possible to download MP3 songs into a car stereo? Or, is it possible to put an SD memory card into a car stereo to play music? I'm guessing this doesn't exist, but I thought I'd try asking.
    There are linux based MP3 car radio's with a build in hard drive that would do the trick. I think they were DIY jobs though..


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    I'm ready to upgrade my sound system in my truck. Here is what I'm looking for. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Self Powered (don't want to get an amp if poss.)
    Built In Crossover (lo/hi freq. filters for component speakers)
    Play CD, MP3, WMA & SD Card
    Work with Treo
    under $250.00 if poss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by treosixoo
    I'm ready to upgrade my sound system in my truck. Here is what I'm looking for. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated....under $250.00 if poss.[/I]
    hahahahaha....what an upgrade
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    lol... I guess that does sound funny for an entire system. I'm looking to spend $250ish for just the head unit. There seems to be some pretty nice head units available for around that price in Crutchfield.
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