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    Question Head Unit USB Adapter

    I have searched around the net and around this forum to see if it is at all possible to hook up a USB memory stick to my head unit. The closest I came to finding what I was looking for was in this forum regarding a MBUS adapter.

    I have a Kenwood KDC-MP922 HU which is an Mp3 compatible unit with the ability to plug in a cd-changer or music keg.

    My cd reading has basically died on this unit. I suspect it is because my car is lowered and can get a bit bumpy at times, possibly damaging the laser pickup device. It could simply just need to be disassembled and cleaned because occasionally out of the blue it works but the majority of the time it comes up with "TOC ERROR."

    Actual Question:
    Is it possible to obtain or make an adapter to plug in a USB memory stick so that the HU will read Mp3s off the memory stick thinking it is a cd? I assume this would be done through the cd-changer/keg din plug. Can this be done as opposed to plugging in a device/computer that does the playing itself? Or in other words rather than having an external audio source simply an external storage source...

    Any suggestions or shoves in the right direction would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Ryan

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    The USB memory card is only for storage. It doesn't have the capability to do anything but store, as it doesn't have any software.
    Your best option would be an ipod.

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    Ya, I was hoping that there would be a way to mod my existing deck to read the USB "storage" rather than hooking up and audio device. As they are now coming out with decks that have SD card slots and front USB plugs I was hoping that there might be a way to add this functionality. Since it cannot be done via the cd-change/keg plug I suppose it is beyond possible as the HU does not have the ability to pick up external storage devices.

    Seems like it would be a simple feature to add though for an actual manufacturer.

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    You might want to search more (it's amazing what you find on the Internet these days...), that was just how I saw it.

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    That's basically how I saw it as well, if using any of the standard inputs anyways, they all require actual audio devices. In order to ad external 'storage' I'm sure you would have to disassemble and do some crazy wiring and even then it's likely not possible.

    Would be a sweet mod though.

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    Ya I know about that. There's actually a number of them out there now, but now of them are of any great quality in terms of audio output, funcionality, and appearance.

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