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Old 01-16-2005, 11:40 PM   #1
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Amp install into a stock cassette player

I just got my new Focus last week and am in the process of upgrading all sorts of stuff in it. I have an amp that I want to setup but I don't want a new head unit. I don't use cd's anymore. I just use my MD Player and with the adapter to plug into the cassette player so I have all my music I need there, but the question is can the stock cassette player unit be able to hook up to the amp? The amp is a THX, I forgot the model number. It's pretty old, like several years, but I just want to hook that up for now until I save enough for a better speaker setup. Also another question is should I just mount it into the trunk somewhere or can I set it up uner the passanger seat? Thanks for any help.


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regardless of the media type, using a line output converter, you will take the high level signal that is fed to the speakers, and step it down to a low level signal, which is fed to an amplifier. LOC's are between $15-50. don't skimp on this part though, because this will probably make or break amplifier integration or the sound quality (the cheaper ones may not work as effectively)

what exactly is this amplifier going to power? front and/or rear speakers? or a subwoofer? you may need two LOC's if this is a 4 channel amplifier. you can mount the amplifier wherever there is:

1. physical space
2. no moisture
3. air circulation

if you got friends with wet feet, the moisture could damage the amplifier, so i'd put the amp in the trunk.

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Old 01-17-2005, 07:57 AM   #3
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you can use the head unit but it will cost about the same just to get a new head unit

http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...number=302-307

you would have to get something like this ^^^^^ that takes the frount or back speaker out puts from the deck and makes them line level so you can plug a amp into them

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...744968206&rd=1

something like this is cheap and will do the job without buying those adapters
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Old 01-17-2005, 10:59 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help so far.

I just thought of another question. Does a head unit have plugs that can plug into a MiniDisc player instead of of using the cassette to cd/md player?
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you can purchase an aftermarket unit that has an auxilary input either on the front panel (usually an 1/8" stereo connector) or sometimes in the rear via a pair of RCA style connectors...

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Old 01-19-2005, 12:32 AM   #6
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^^^^ Does the unit come with the cables or do I have to buy them separate?
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it comes with the wiring for the radio not for the car you can jump everything in if you want. But its alot easyer to go down to best buy, circuit city, etc.. and buy a wiring kit for your car there like 10 bucks at most it will tell you what wire is what just connected them and tape them so they dont short. It will plug right into your wiring harness.
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the head unit probably will not come with the cables to connect an auxiliary device. the only 'wires' you'll get is the wiring harness for the deck.

for your focus, you'll still need a vehicle harness adapter, and antenna adapter, and a dash kit. all three, about $50 total from best buy.

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I bought a LOC for $15 from checker auto to connect my sub (until I can aford a new HU). It sounds pritty good (but obviously not as good as a new deck). A LOC would be the cheapest solution if you are tight money wise, but if you have some money I'd buy the new deck
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