So you got a mondidlo then.
Recommend me some solutions for getting a large MP3 collection to play, with good audio quality, through the speakers of my Mk3 Mondeo (facelift) with the in-dash Sony 6006CD player. Consider the following:
Mobile phone contains my entire MP3 collection. I also have a USB stick containing my entire MP3 collection.
Mobile phone is Android (Galaxy Fame) and has bluetooth
Car stereo has an AUX port but my mobile phone has a very low audio output, so will need some kind of pre-amp. Behringer make a good quality 12V headphone amp for £20
Car stereo has very little EQ adjustability and basically always sounds crap
Mobile phone has good EQ capability
I have a very very good single-DIN headunit from my old car but there are no fascia adapter kits specific for my car and according to web searches I need to buy a non-Ghia centre console and start hacking it up to make any other headunit fit. I didn't really want to start hacking at my lovely new car.
I have read that Bluetooth audio quality is noticeably lower bandwidth than MP3. I use my car for AB comparison when mastering audio tracks, so a good quality sound is essential.
I'm happy to undertake custom wiring (e.g. hardwiring a 12v headphone amp) but don't want to do too much external hacking at dash plastics or sourcing car parts from breakers unless I have to
Any ideas I might not yet have though of are gratefully received
It's the same V6 Duratec lump but with 170bhp instead of the full 200.
Apparently they'll easily do 200bhp with the ST200 intake manifolds off ebay and a cheeky remap, but retains the low-down torque that the ST loses due to its sportier cams
I bought it because I fancied that V6 grumble, but it's so quiet I can't hear it and have to look at the rev counter to see what gear I should be in. Will have to see if that Apexi air filter will go on to release a bit of bark to match its bite
You've got all yer music on a phone?
I only have 64gb, that barely covers half of 'A'.
(I'll go away now )
Nb I also have a green mondeo
I'm actually pretty choosy about the tunes I own. My musical tastes could be described as 'eclectic' but are more often described as 'fucking hates almost everything and barely tolerates the rest'
It's difficult to get over 20gb worth of really good electro, tech and trance, on the basis that most of it is utter shite.
Some random thoughts.
- Phone -> Aux. In my view the best option. You will get some noise, but that's the only downside.
- Phone -> Preamp -> Aux. Dodgy IMHO. The preamp will simply amplify the noise of the phone as well as the rest. Also, if you listen with engine on, you risk massive floating ground issues that will severely limit this option (that's how my wife listens to the iPod in the car and I don't recommend it).
- Anything with the MP3 data stick I'd just ignore. First because you risk the same floating ground issues, second because it's OK with a few dozen songs, but try navigating through a complete library with an interface that has 12 characters and two buttons, and you quickly look at a box of frogs as an island of calm and sanity. Not good behind the wheel.
- The bestest option, which you have not mentioned, might be a proper MP3 player with decent volume (and quality of course). As there is a mild backlash against loud players that can damage your hearing, that's an option which could take a lot of time to research.
Phone <---3.5mm----------3.5mm---> headunit
And get a phone with a better output level, or look at https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...pz.audioplayer on your current phone and see if you can tweak the levels.
what about something like:
Yatour USB SD AUX Music MP3 CD Changer Adapter for Ford Europe Focus C-Max Puma | eBay
Only scanned the thread and am not an expert.. but I guy at work was talking today of someone he'd seen that had been developed. It's basically a magnetised cube with a corner cut off that you can place on any speaker and it will receive a blue-toothed music signal and make the speaker reproduce the sound. I know it sounds a bit star trek but might be worth googling.. (which I clearly haven't been arsed to do...)
TBH after phaphing about with my phone during lunch I think I'll just end up buying the bits and fitting a new head unit, 32gb of music on my old head unit was never a problem, but OTOH Clarion do make a newer double-DIN version which will make navigating easier.
Thanks for all the suggestions and feel free to throw some more my way