'87 DeVille. I'd like to add a CD player to the existing radio system.
Either underdash or remote mount. First: is this possible using the
existing system? The existing radio has a cassette player and graphic
equilizer. The cassette is pretty-much useless these days, since CDs
are the preferred medium. I do not want to change the radio, only add
the CD player and have the player input controlled by the radio.
Advice/help/info appreciated. Thanks!
Dave S (Texas)
Can't do what you want Dave, since there is likely no control output from
the existing radio. I believe the cassette controls are integral to the
radio - correct? Best advice - even though you don't really want to, just
add an after market CD player. Maybe you can find a C.D./radio out of a
current model in a salvage yard, that will fit the hole in your dash.
Likely to be expensive though. Or... just hang loose - you'll have another
car soon enough - right?
Mike, it can be done economically. There is a (car audio cassette adapter)
that will connect the CD player into the radio's cassette player. The radio
controls will function normally as it thinks it is playing a cassette. Deluxe
CD players did come with the adapter and also included a power cord that plugs
into the cigarette lighter and dropped the voltage down to 3 volts. These
adapters were also available separately. It is an awkward set up but the CD
player could just be placed on the floor, seat or whatever. I used this set up
for some time with a DVD player, which BTW had a remote. The remote is nice as
you can select tracks without taking your eyes off the road.
I forgot about these. They were around when Walkmans first came out but I
thought they'd long fallen off the market. I got going down the path of
thinking he wanted an integrated solution and never gave this idea a moment
player into the >radio's cassette player. The radio >controls will
function normally as it thinks >it is playing a cassette.
Thank you for this info! I will make two of the adapters to serve both
the DeVille and my truck. Next is to find a multi-disk player I can
I appreciate the advice and info. Thanks!
Dave S (Texas)
Along with the other suggestions, you could also get a CD changer with an FM
modulator built into it. You mount the CD changer anywhere in the car, and
a control pod get's put near the driver (such as on the dash), which
controls which CD is playing, which track and such. When you tune your
existing radio/cassette unit to a certain FM station (chosen by you and the
CD changer) you hear which ever CD you are playing. I tried one of these
once, and they aren't too difficult to hook up. Don't expect CD quality
though, as it is brought in as an FM transmission. Still sounds great, but
obviously nothing is going to sound as good as actually putting in a full CD
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