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    Hi, I am look up how I can connect my MP3 player directly (without extra car radio with accesories) to my car speakers.
    For a lot of mp3 player there are already "normal" docking station available for in-house use.

    Therefore simple amplifier (which I would like to stow under the dashboard), with (pref. with a remote volume regulation) and 1 thread to MP3 the player/mobile,smartphone to my Carkit holder.

    I look bet seem not to be able to find it.

    any ideas?

    ...... Brgds Kees

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    i got a couple ideas, but need to know your price range-- there are lots of options.

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    You could get something like this:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Car-Mini-Hi-Fi-A...-/180516127599

    There's plenty of them on eBay and some have a few more features than others. I haven't come across any with remote volume control, but you could open it up and extend the cables for the volume knob and mount the knob wherever you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    i got a couple ideas, but need to know your price range-- there are lots of options.
    Thx for yr reply,, looking for some thing low budget.
    I'm not a Music Freak, just want to have some music of radio.
    It is for in my Clasic Car from 1970, and there are already some x year old speakers build-in.

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    small motorcycle amps are going to be cheapest, but will require you to mod your own volume knob(i have yet to see any with a remote knob, but if you find any, post them up, i have a project that could use a sub-$30 amp like that..)-- they are everywhere on ebay...

    another option is to use a remote level control like this. and then connect it to any amp you want.

    yet another option, if you dont mind spending a little more for better quality components would be a jl audio cl-rlc preamp(with remote level control-- the preamp will make the audio a little louder/clearer), and a tried-and-true car audio amp.

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    Thx, think I'll go with the "bit more expensive" option. seen it on an other post from you.

    Just need to find a supplier in The Netherlands. whit type of input plug plug. Is it it just a jack plug or an USB plug.

    Is it also for a non-tech person easy to install?

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    sorry, i'm not following. what input plug are you asking about?

    i would say that installation skill is going to require basic electrical skills, and tools-- as long as you have a internet connection, and take the time to do it properly, you should be fine-- crutchfield.com has a huge amount of how-to guides that could help along the way.

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    Thanks for you responces......sorry being unclear. With the input plug i meant the connector plug from the MP3 device to the amp....

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    Most amplifiers will take a stereo input. It might have a 3.5mm socket or two RCA sockets.

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    That's what I've mostly used in my trucks, because my plans for the car PC kept changing and I needed music. First, portable CD players, then MP3 CD players (starting with the (in)famous Genica Tavarua), then flash players (RCA Lyra with SD cards, then 2GB thumb drive). I use a 4 channel amp with separate active crossover (not necessary if the amp has a crossover, or you're only running two speakers and no sub). There's a toggle switch on the dash that switches amp and crossover turn-on power. And, a 3.5mm to phono cable that the portable device plugs into.

    If you want a stealthy solution with a custom wired remote, some Sony MP3 CD players have a jack for a wired remote. It should be really easy to adapt a Sony wired remote to use switches mounted on a dash or console. Center-off momentary SPDT toggle or rocker switches would be ideal for volume up/down, track fwd/rev. Only the higher-end Sony MP3 CD players (like the D-NE500) have the remote jack, though. Maybe other models can be hacked to add the remote jack... it looks like the case on some was designed to fit the remote version of the earphone jack. D-NE509 for example. Around here, those Sony MP3 CD players are showing up at thrift stores and yard sales cheap, like $4.

    If you got a wired remote for an iPod or other more modern MP3 player, it should be possible to hack that to use alternative switches and dash or console mount them.

    As for the power amp, there's cheap used amps if you're patient and/or lucky. I picked up a nice (if a little corroded) 4 channel RF for $44. Made in USA, and a model that is still respected for sound quality. I've found amps at pawn shops, thrift stores, yard sales, and antique car part swap meets.

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