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Saturday, July 02, 2005
VRCD300 stand out from the crowd. At $100, it stands out even more, you can probably find it at any local Checkers/Schucks/Kragen.|
I don't know whether the display shows anything of the file information on USB drives, but it's better than anyone else is doing, and it's cheap. It also makes a lot of the USB powered devices nicer to use in the car since you don't need so many adapters.
I've just installed this unit and will give it a 'minimal' rating. There is a LOT of baseline amplifier noise with CD/Radio functions wich is drown out at normal listening levels, and a LOT MORE (sounds like bad cat purring) when using the USB port for MP3's which breaks up the MP3 feed. You get what you pay for here folks...
I bought this unit at Kragens and on a bench test through 8" speakers it has base line noise that is noticable at low volume levels. In actual use in a car it will not be that noticable due to signal to noise ratios that are higher. The USB reader does not read the first time it's inserted sometimes and requires a second try to read. Also the display is not adjustable and keeps repeating between song title and lapsed time with no way of stopping on one or the other. The face is removable and the operation is easy. Novel idea that needs refinement. I'll pay double for a quality version of this unit with more user controls.
One more thing, this unit is a dream for adding other sources of sound because of the front line level input. No more FM modulation need here and there is even line level output phono jacks in the rear. A lot of features standard but the amp section should be addressed and this would be a first rate deck. Also a remote would make it a the ultimate deck that others would envy and be hard pressed to duplicate. The new Chevy cars in 2006 will have line level inputs and better amps, so let go guys if you want to keep up.
I eye this unit every time I go to the car parts store.
» At 11:47 PM, Morgan said...
Thanks for the link, I'm actually preparing a post on my auxiliary input project. I'm trying to make it as general as possible though, I think just about any tape head out there will be able to be worked out.
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