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Driving home this afternoon the tape player just died. Unfortunately, it happend with a tape in it. I normally dont run the tape player but this time I was listening to XM through the tape player... (sounded better than FM direct).

Now, it is stuck on "Tape" with or without the tape in it.

Noticed... this thing is loud with the larger tires and wind noise is pretty obvious, too. I miss the radio already!

Is there much choice for replacing the radio? Maybe something XM ready?

I fear, I am headed for a headache (or pain in the wallet) unless I simply replace it with a factory radio...

Any input would be appreciated.

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Richard
 

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Lots of aftermarket stuff fits, I replaced my Alpine Radio / Cassette Player with an Alpine Radio / CD player from an Alpine dealer not the Land Rover Stealer.

I was looking at the CD changer but LR wanted 4,000 Dhs ($1,092) and the Alpine dealer was selling the same model for 550 Dhs (($150), doesn't take a mathematical genius to work that one out.

In the end I opted for the CD player with radio as I am not ambidextrous enough to change the CDs when the changer is under the seat whilst driving as I would never be happy with the 6 CDs that are in the changer and want something else.
 

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I run an aftermarket Pioneer radio/tape/CD changer (x12), a bunker anti theft/hijack alarm and satellite tracking system with no problems.

You just need to have support from an installer who knows his/her way around a LR.

Here's what Crutchfield <http://www.crutchfield.com> has to say about installing a Pioneer DEH-P7700MP, CD receiver with MP3/WMA/AAC playback in my '95 DI:
Installation Details for your 1995 Discovery: Because of the way your vehicle is wired at the factory, Crutchfield recommends that you purchase an adapter. This adapter eliminates the need for what is usually extensive and time-consuming re-wiring when you install your new receiver.

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I looked at Crutchfield this morning. I read a couple instructions for their radios. I was impressed they even recognized Land Rover. Many places dont offer information on radios to fit in LR's.

You feel better when you hear good things from some one that has done business with them.
They seem to have good prices, too.

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Don't misunderstand me, I haven't used Crutchfield on my LR, but I've used them extensively since my first vehicle ('82 Ford Escort Station wagon - used) - they've always offered absolutely GREAT service (even when it wasn't in vogue to do so). Though I wouldn't consider installing an after-market gadget in any of my vehicles other than through Crutchfield, they don't have anybody in Bolivia...
 

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I recommend the cheapest radio you can find and buy an iPod with auto adapter for a couple hundred bucks. I don't even listen to CD's anymore. I have every song I'll ever need on my iPod and still have the radio to listen to NPR when needed.
 

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I work with Crutchfield a lot, they have a retail/outlet store here in Harrisonburg. The guys in the store are exceptionally knowledgable (except for the manager, he's a dick), and most of them are Rover owners.

I would highly recommend you wire the speakers yourself and not try to use the factory amp. The factory-installed subwoofers suck, you'd do better installing your own.

As for Bernardmann's suggestion, there are a lot of aftermarket stereos that read MP3s from CDs, and you can get one of those a LOT cheaper than an iPod, and it'd be a much more reliable investment, with no special software required.
 

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As for Bernardmann's suggestion, there are a lot of aftermarket stereos that read MP3s from CDs, and you can get one of those a LOT cheaper than an iPod, and it'd be a much more reliable investment, with no special software required.
Actually, the iTunes software comes with the iPod and can be used on any computer, whether Macintosh or Windows-based. Just like 8-tracks cassette tapes, CDs will soon become a media of the past.

I agree with you that many aftermarket stereos have the ability to read CD/RWs, but can you take them with you when you get out of the car and listen to them?

My iPod goes everywhere with me. I play it over my intercom stereo at my house, while driving in the Rover, and also at work utilizing an aftermarket speaker system. For me, the extra money was worth the ability to use it everywhere I go.
 

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Whatever works for ya. My mate worked at Best Buy for awhile, and he had no shortage of dead iPods come in for service. Between their seemingly constant failures and high pricetag (I could build an entire new stereo system for less than the price of an iPod), I can't recommend that as an audio solution, especially not in the off-roading community.

And I wasn't referring to CD-RWs, I'm talking about actual data CDs with MP3s on them. All of my cars have MP3 capable stereos in them, and they work exceptionally well. I can put 250-300 songs on one disc, and combined with satellite radio, it works out quite well.

I think it's awfully premature to declare CDs a thing of the past, especially since people have been saying that for over ten years now.
 

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I am certianly onboard for the CD/MP3 player. I have XM radio so the Pioneer Sat ready tuner is in my cross hairs.

My interest in the CD player is more for the MP3 playability. I can put more songs on one disk as MP3 than in the CD changer. Plus I hardly have much use for stopping and changing out the CDs from the changer under the passenger seat. I only listen to one CD at a time... why not have it were I can reach it... in the dash!

Sounds like I will have to live without the Sub for now. Although, It might not be the greatest but it sure beats the hell out of not have one at all.

I just want to listen to my XM radio... damn Land Rover wiring!
 
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