92 SL500 - Stereo upgrade question

Hi, I have a 92 SL500 with an old ten cd changer in the trunk. The CD player skips every time I hit a bump and the speakers don't sound so hot anymore. I was thinking about upgrading to an in dash system that
plays cd's and mp3's and upgrading the speakers. Does anyone have any advice on doing something like this? Or recommendations. I don't mind spending about $1,000 or so but I'm not into a $3,000 sound system with blue lights everywhere. I don't spend that much time in the car.
Thanks, Don
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I have the same year/model and I got a JVC KD-LX50 about 3 years go when I purchased the car. Not sure what this year's model number would be, but the neat thing about it is that, like the stock system, you can program it to get louder as the car goes faster (practically essential for convertibles, and one of the few, if not the only, after-market units that does this).
My model doesn't play MP3s but as I said it's 3 years old. JVC might have newer unit that will. If not, mine also has an external input so you could hookup a Discman, iPod, etc. for your MP3s.
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Any good stereo shop can do a good job for you... the only thing you have to consider if whether they really know how to remove your existing radio without destroying the woodworks.
I'd recommend new head, new changer...external amplifier (4 channels is all you need)... component speaker set in front... a subwoofer behind your seat. I have not personally seen the space behind your seat to see where you can conceal a subwoofer.
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wrote:

Thanks for all the advice. I just got back from SoundTrack and tomorrow morning they are installing the following:
- Alpine Receiver that plays WMA, MP3 and CD's Simple to operate and doesn't look like some electric blue crap I see in kid's honda). Front plate is easy to remove. - Alpine Power Amp (will be located in the little storage area behind my seat) 360 Watt 4 channel - Infinity Kappa speakers (6 total) tweeter, mid range and sub woofer, all go where the current speakers are now so nothing being destroyed.
After 30 minutes of negotiations I got the entire package plus installation and tax for $1,048. Met the install guy and he knows his stuff.
Thanks again for the help. This newsgroup is always helpful.
Don
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