Keep the factory radio and add music from your phone?

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Re: Keep the factory radio and add music from your phone?

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Post by xr7g428 » 14 Mar 2016, 13:03

So far the single hardest part is making the controller wireless. To do it the most efficient way possible, the phone needs to be able to link to two blue tooth devices at the same time. New Android phones can do this, but the current iphone can't. We have heard that the next iphone will support multiple BT connections. So we are trying to develop a BT communication link from the controller to the brain box that is independent of the phone, so it will be compatible with the current crop of iphones. It sounds much easier than it is. It may be that we will end up using a micro USB cable for the first generation product. This would be a very thin and flexible cable from the controller to the brain box.
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Re: Keep the factory radio and add music from your phone?

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Post by 1969XR7Vert » 14 Mar 2016, 15:39

Sounds good Bill! Thanks for the compare and contrast to the Kenwood thingie.
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Post by xr7g428 » 14 Mar 2016, 15:54

FWIW department. I was one of he very first Kenwood Car Stereo dealers in the US. We were selling Kenwood home stereo and were already in the car stereo business. Later Kenwood hired me as an instructor at their annual International Installers Conference meetings. It was a lot of fun and I still have great fondness for the Kenwood brand and the people that made it happen.
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Post by badcatt » 14 Mar 2016, 22:27

Interesting idea Bill. I think a USB port would be nice. I have about 300 songs on a flash drive in my Focus. The unit in that car has 2 USB ports a 1/8"Mini jack and blue tooth connectivity. The classic audio stealth unit in Ginger has USB, I-pod and 1/8" Mini jack. I think the price range your aiming for is good. Be sure to put some time in to the design of your control unit. The remote for the Stealth unit is a hockey puck, Round, with symmetrical buttons that is next to impossible to feel what button your about to push after dark.
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Post by xr7g428 » 15 Mar 2016, 11:52

We are working on the USB port idea. There are some very tough technical issues to make that work.

The control as we have it designed is a single knob. Turn it clockwise and hold to increase volume, counter clockwise and hold to decrease volume. Push in for stop / play. Turn rapidly clockwise to go to the next song, or counter clockwise to go back to the beginning of the song or do it repeatedly to back up to the song you want to hear. This lets us put the controller in your cigarette lighter socket, and by using a shaft for the knob to mount on, it lets you use the knob for your cigarette lighter for the controller.
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Post by 7TXR7 » 18 Mar 2016, 20:49

Very cool.

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Post by Don Rush » 21 Mar 2016, 09:38

xr7g428 wrote:No offense taken at all! I want to hear the truth.

Back when I was in the retail end of the car stereo business, we used to throw away stacks of perfectly good factory radios that we pulled to to install the latest new radio. At current prices, I bet I tossed $250,000 in radios. We used to have an AM radio throw contest at company parities....

One reason that I don't want to convert existing radios is that I need to repent for my sins... but, then again I sold a lot of 8 tracks so my fate is probably already sealed. Not to mention all those 12" woofers...
Bet was a lot more than that... Considering brackets, wiring, knobs and bezels that were cut, we are talking upwards to $1000 per car of equipment tossed or cut. I thought I was a pretty smart chap in grade school collecting cans and bottles, should have been going door to door asking for take out parts like, smog, steering wheels, cast iron exhaust manifolds and radios.

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Re: Keep the factory radio and add music from your phone?

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Post by guitar74 » 22 Mar 2016, 10:15

My receiver is toast and I might go with the two post media receiver, but really, I prefer the sound of the car. My little 289 sounds that damn good. I hate to ruin it by having my phone ring through the stereo (or my phone ringing period while I'm driving) . I enjoy that this car takes me back to my formative years when people couldn't get ahold of me when I was out cruising. Of course back then, cruising wasn't illegal.

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Re: Keep the factory radio and add music from your phone?

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Post by C7-289XR7 » 23 Mar 2016, 15:40

I thought you explained it very well. I would also be interested in a unit for my 1967 Cougar.

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Post by DieselD » 05 Dec 2017, 10:48

Since this looks like its back from the dead is there any more progress on this setup Bill? I would be very interested for my car! Also I can think of a couple other uses for it too! I am missing a factory radio but I have no desire to add one to actually use. I would put one back to fill the hole and run your setup to actually use to power speakers.
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