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    Question Tape deck?

    Is it possible to modify a tape deck as to have audio-in?
    I have an old deck, and don't want to have to buy a new one.
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    Yeah, you should be able to, but you will probably have to cut through the tracks, or remove the tape from a tape, and put that in when you want to use the player. To modify the tape player, just tap into the volume control pot.

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    See AndyM's site
    http://www.geocities.com/wired_ride/

    he did it.

    In this post he said he was going to take some pics of the mod and post them.
    http://www.mp3car.com/cgi-bin/ultima...c&f=2&t=003065

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    I did this with an old minisystem i had so i could connect it to an alarm clock. i cut the wires from the tape head and spliced them to a old head phone jack (red was right,white was left and black was ground). Should be that easy.

    On the alarm clock side i removed the spearker and hooked on a source level adjuster to drop the strengh of the signal down to the strengh of a tape.

    I imagine you could forget about the level adjuster and just turn your sound card way down.
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    If you cut the wires to the tape head, you will have to use a voltage divider to bring the signal way down as to not overload the very sensitive preamp. It will probably not damage the preamp, but would cause horrible distortion.
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    Aaren it depends where is he going to hack in to.
    There is not much point getting a line in before the tape_heads preamp.
    There is usually another preamp after the tape_heads preamp and that where you need to hack in to.
    If you got a scope you can check the level output and will tell you if its the right line.
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    So, since I have 3 in on (AM/FM,CD,Tape) I could essentially use my tape deck as an AUX IN???
    I would of course have to open it up and jimmy it a bit, right? What would I look for?

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    If i had the choice between Tape/CD/FM lines
    then first i would choose CD then FM and only then TAPE lines.
    Usually there is a cap/resistor bridge on those lines going to the preamp and different sound sources use different value.
    And the CD line would be most appropriate for what we needed it for.
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    Originally posted by Fosgate:
    <STRONG>If i had the choice between Tape/CD/FM lines
    then first i would choose CD then FM and only then TAPE lines.
    </STRONG>
    Indeed. I went for the FM line when I modded my head unit for aux in. I kept the radio working and switch over using some lines from the parallel port when I play MP3s. Works just great. Details are on my homepage.


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    Originally posted by Rob Withey:
    <STRONG>

    Indeed. I went for the FM line when I modded my head unit for aux in. I kept the radio working and switch over using some lines from the parallel port when I play MP3s. Works just great. Details are on my homepage.


    Rob</STRONG>
    I went there and couldn't figure out what you were saying. I'm a newbie. Would you have the time to explain it to me? sounds like a good way to do it.
    How do I do it?

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