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    I am thinking about making a MP3 car using a laptop. I want to be able to still listen to the radio without the laptop though.

    I currently have a Kenwood KDC-7005. It has a CD Changer input. Does anyone know of anywhere that has info on the pinout of that port? Ideally I would love to be able to decode the control signals and pipe them into the laptop, but just having the audio in pins would be fine.

    Anyone?

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    Of course, as soon as I post I find the answer... :-)

    http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/S...CAC1AX&o=M&a=0

    Seems like it would do the trick.

    It does eliminate the possibility of using the control outputs though, but I can live with that.

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    Hey Twostep...I see you're a newbie here... well let me welcome you to the board. There's lots of good people here, and a wealth of information to be had. The search engine on this site is really quite good for finding info, and if you've exhausted that avenue, just ask away - we'll be glad to help

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    Dude, I have a service manual for my Kenwood, It is one of the earlier ones that needs to communicate with the changer b4 it will allow you to select 'CD Changer'. The audio pins are the same as the later models, give me a day or so to get them copied for you.

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    Sorry just saw the link on your second post, but 50 f'ckn dollars... for wot. Geez those Kenwood pricks are sick c'nts.

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    Snake :

    Have you ever invested anny time into decoding some of those headunit signals ?
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    The price is actually $20. $50 is the list price.

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    The adapter crutchfield sells will not work with the xx05 series head units. Master P had this problem in another thread

    The solution to this problem is to determine the pinout of the cd changer cable. I am in the same boat, and will be anxiously awaiting snakbite's reply


    edit: fixed link

    [This message has been edited by koulouty (edited 02-08-2001).]

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    Sorry about the delay posting those schematics, I was going to scan them but my scanner blew a diff. Ill scan them at work tomorrow

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    Does the service manual say anything about the actual signals coming from the head unit?

    I am real tempted to buy a changer and figure out the signals so that I can use my head unit to control things. Does anyone know of any more info on this? Has anyone done it?

    Twostep

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