They're starting to build cars without CD players any longer!

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 28, 2015 3:28 AM GMT
    Help, I just bought a new car that has every bell and whistle but has no CD player in it. They say cars are moving away from CDs since so many people stream their music these days or listen to their iPod on their phone. Any ideas where I can find an ultra thin portable CD player that has an AC cord? I'd prefer one that does not only run on batteries. I have a ton of inputs that can power it. AC outlet, DC-Lighter, USB. It has a nice stereo, so I'd like to find one that can produce some nice sound.
    Not finding any luck at Best Buy and the like.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 28, 2015 3:40 AM GMT
    Time to come into the 21st century and get yourself an iPod or the like.

    I never liked external cd players for cars... They could never handle bumps well. Get a nice cheap iPod, rip your cd collection onto it. Then the usb for charging and the aux input port is all you need. Most new vehicles come with iPod interfaces so you can even manipulate the playback from your car's on screen dispay.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 28, 2015 3:50 AM GMT
    Oh, trust and believe, I'm very much in the 21st century.
    I stream most all my music from Spotify and rarely listen to the iPod on my phone. It easily bluetooths the music and sounds awesome on the stereo. My man however Loves to mix CD's and I've never owned a car without a CD player. I have a Sony Discman and it sounds pretty good, but it runs on batteries and when it starts to run dry, it looses sound quality.
    Rather than take the cheap way out and just get a plug from Radio Shack, I'd thought I'd see if anyone here knows of any Ultra Thin players that they'd recommend.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 28, 2015 4:12 AM GMT
    External CD players are crap. Plus they look bad dangling from the dash and they skip a lot. Just go to your nearest car audio place and have a whole new system installed that has a CD player.

    Also, the problem with MP3's is the quality is nowhere near that of a CD.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 28, 2015 4:33 AM GMT
    You're right, the typical $30. external CD player is total Sh*t. That said, in this day and age, there has to be something new on the market that has some sound options to it and can deliver something worth plugging into an AUX Port.

    The stereo is Alpine, with a ton of speakers and watts. Sounds really great.. just one small hitch, I want a portable CD player that's better than my Sony Disc man to match the quality of the stereo. It's out there.. I just have to find it.
    Was hoping there might me some audiophiles here or anyone who knows electronics well. I'm thinking they might make external drives that are about the size of a CD case these days that can sit down in the console. This is not something that's going to be on display in the car. The purchase is more for my man than me. If I were single I'd probably not even bother with it since I stream/bluetooth my music most of the time.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 28, 2015 4:34 AM GMT
    icon_lol.gif I never bought a car with a CD player in it. In fact, I've thrown away the radio in almost every one. It's just a gimmick - they put a $12 radio in with shitty wiring and they charge you $1200 for the option.

    Yes, a CD would give you better sound than the MP3's stored on your phone. But it would have to be a pretty darned silent car for you to hear the difference on the road. And your car probably didn't come with good enough wiring and power to hear the difference. None of them do.

    My beemer came with an alpine sound system. Pre-wired for a cd-changer too. All with 22 ga. wiring. icon_rolleyes.gif It's a joke.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 28, 2015 4:42 AM GMT
    Well, actually it does have some major sound dampening once you close the door. A motor cycle or diesel can go by on the road and you can barley hear it. They've come a long way with sound dampening in some cars.
    The wiring is decent as far as my ears can tell. The stereo is up there already at 550+ watts, that's enough for me,, just wanted to see if there's anything out there that's different than a walkman style unit, and can hopefully plug in for continuous power.
    Again, I also hate external CD players as much as the rest of you.. but then, it's not really for me.
    Just trying to find the right one the first time. The hunt online has proved harder than I thought!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 28, 2015 1:07 PM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidYou're right, the typical $30. external CD player is total Sh*t. That said, in this day and age, there has to be something new on the market that has some sound options to it and can deliver something worth plugging into an AUX Port.

    The stereo is Alpine, with a ton of speakers and watts. Sounds really great.. just one small hitch, I want a portable CD player that's better than my Sony Disc man to match the quality of the stereo. It's out there.. I just have to find it.
    Was hoping there might me some audiophiles here or anyone who knows electronics well. I'm thinking they might make external drives that are about the size of a CD case these days that can sit down in the console. This is not something that's going to be on display in the car. The purchase is more for my man than me. If I were single I'd probably not even bother with it since I stream/bluetooth my music most of the time.


    I've got the perfect solution for you

    photo Chrysler highway-hi-fi.jpg
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 28, 2015 5:20 PM GMT
    there are less lossy formats than the .mp3 format.

    get a slightly used vehicle w/ cd player

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 28, 2015 5:31 PM GMT
    My car does have a cd player but I never use it, instead I use a USB flash drive. USB flash drives are so cheap that you can probably put your entire cd collection on 1 or 2 of them. Or put each genre on its own flash drive. They are more convenient than fiddling with discs.

    Does your car have a navigation system? If so, how do you update its maps? (I'm guessing that my car's cd drive is also a dvd player as well since the latest map update for North America and Mexico came on 1 disc.)
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 28, 2015 5:58 PM GMT
    More thoughts on flash drives. Your partner can think of them as a more flexible replacement for cds.

    His mixes can be longer than what would fit on a cd.

    Each mix can be in its own folder so switching between them will be trivial; my car has buttons on the steering wheel. He can keep adding more mixes to the same flash drive.

    Copying a mix to a flash drive will be much quicker than burning a cd.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 28, 2015 7:37 PM GMT
    I prefer to have CD/Ipod for the car. I mean CD quality is the best compare to mp3. Although I understand why more cars are being built without one but I think car companies should keep having them installed.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 29, 2015 12:13 AM GMT
    What's a CD player?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 29, 2015 1:35 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]TheGuyNextDoor said[/cite]You're right, the typical $30. external CD player is total Sh*t. That said, in this day and age, there has to be something new on the market that has some sound options to it and can deliver something worth plugging into an AUX Port.

    The stereo is Alpine, with a ton of speakers and watts. Sounds really great.. just one small hitch, I want a portable CD player that's better than my Sony Disc man to match the quality of the stereo. It's out there.. I just have to find it.
    Was hoping there might me some audiophiles here or anyone who knows electronics well. I'm thinking they might make external drives that are about the size of a CD case these days that can sit down in the console. This is not something that's going to be on display in the car. The purchase is more for my man than me. If I were single I'd probably not even bother with it since I stream/bluetooth my music most of the


    Just buy a used 13" MacBook on craiglist or ebay. iTunes is now selling high quality music files to burn on CD's or DVD. Non Apple used lap tops sell for practically nothing for an even cheaper solution.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 29, 2015 2:09 AM GMT
    Image and video hosting by TinyPic
    Problem solved. I found a car walkman with 2 levels of Digital Bass Boost that sound really great in the car. It's thin and compact.
    Fits in the stow away compartment at hands reach where all the USB, AUX, AC Plug, Lighter etc are.
    Again, this was more for my other half than me, but after hearing it, now I'm glad I got it.
    Thanks for the opinions,
    Tony
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 29, 2015 2:27 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidMore thoughts on flash drives. Your partner can think of them as a more flexible replacement for cds.

    His mixes can be longer than what would fit on a cd.

    Each mix can be in its own folder so switching between them will be trivial; my car has buttons on the steering wheel. He can keep adding more mixes to the same flash drive.

    Copying a mix to a flash drive will be much quicker than burning a cd.

    You know what... I like your idea about the Flash Drive!
    I have a few large flash drives here at home. I just need to go sit down and snatch some of the music off his computer.
    It's good to have lots of options when it comes to music on a long trip!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 29, 2015 2:39 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidImage and video hosting by TinyPic
    Problem solved. I found a car walkman with 2 levels of Digital Bass Boost that sound really great in the car. It's thin and compact.
    Fits in the stow away compartment at hands reach where all the USB, AUX, AC Plug, Lighter etc are.
    Again, this was more for my other half than me, but after hearing it, now I'm glad I got it.
    Thanks for the opinions,

    Tony

    Glad you solved your problem. But to continue a general discussion:

    I can see why CDs are leaving cars. Car makers need space for touch screens with GPS and backup cameras. Our own car has an in-dash 6 CD player, and we haven't used it in years!

    We listen to satellite radio most of the time (we haven't used the AM/FM in years, either). And I can play music directly from the iPhone through the car's USB port.

    We have lots of music CDs, but I download them to the home computer. Or else buy new selections online from the iTunes store. On the computer is where I often listen to them, because I have my iMac's sound playing through an 8-speaker harmon/kardon system with a subwoofer, producing excellent sound. Then I copy the ones I want to my iPhone (and iPad, too, for headphone listening), from which the car can access them. I could use a thumb flashdrive, as well, but I want the music on my iPhone, too.

    And I'll bet your car with "every bell and whistle" can store music downloaded to it. Many now can. Meaning you can have the songs you want, right at your fingertips (or by voice command, as our car does), in car memory without needing to carry CDs with you. And that's why car CD players are going the way of the 8-track and cassettes.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 29, 2015 2:59 AM GMT
    Actually, when I said every bell and whistle, I was referring to the new technology they're putting in cars today, like Lane Assist.
    It sees the white lines on the road and keeps bumping you back in your lane unless you have your blinker on.
    If it recognizes you've let go of the wheel for more than about 8 seconds (since it will steer itself, even on a curve...) it will beep at you and say please put your hands back on the wheel.
    Adaptive cruise control slows your car down if someone pulls in your lane and keeps you at a safe distance till they move out,, then it speeds back up to 70 or what ever you had it on.

    Letting it parallel and perpendicular park itself was scary the first few times, till I learned to just trust the eye beams and let it do it's thing. Just feels really odd to watch your steering wheel move so fast in front of you without your control. You only work the brake. It does the rest.

    Most things are voice command now. Like "turn temperature down to 64" or switch input to Satellite radio. Drive car to 5959 Las Colinas Blvd. etc. No more manual punching in or dialing things like before.

    I've never had a panoramic sunroof before. It really lets in a ton of light now that the back seat is glass/lit up as well.
    There's a lot of new inventions on this car that I've never seen. Auto brakes in reverse if it thinks you're about to back into something. Auto brakes in forward the same way.
    It's like driving the future.. only now.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 29, 2015 4:37 AM GMT
    So what car is this? I know some Lincolns have these features, and their parallel park assist is among the best. So do some Mercedes, and I think maybe Lexus is acquiring these features. But the panoramic sunroof kinda limits it.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 29, 2015 5:48 AM GMT
    I prefer cd disc quality over highly compressed files. They just lack oomph.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 29, 2015 6:10 AM GMT
    EZ2Talk2 saidI prefer cd disc quality over highly compressed files. They just lack oomph.


    Still though, not very convenient, but for the best reproduction, it's still this.

    True, digital has improved, but this has improved faster.

    Amazing what's on those 55 - 60 year old Living Presence and Living Stereos plus the best ever performances. Thank you Fritz Reiner and CSO.

    photo b6b2121d-ba54-4972-8c3d-1de1236a4817.jpg

    For car use, I'm mostly XM

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 29, 2015 6:23 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidSo what car is this? I know some Lincolns have these features, and their parallel park assist is among the best. So do some Mercedes, and I think maybe Lexus is acquiring these features. But the panoramic sunroof kinda limits it.


    You can get Park Assist on a Focus or Fusion. It will be on everything within a couple of years.