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Old 03-27-2012, 08:20 AM   #1
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Hello All,

I just finished making a new table with small drawers underneath for our Casita. As my wife and I were sitting at it and thinking of other mods we started to discuss Speakers....

The Ipod charger speaker system we have been using takes up alot of space.

What have others done to connect computers/ipods/mp3 players to their camper for playing music?

I was thinking of computer speakers mounted to the underside of cabinets and then plug them into the outlet.

Let the thoughts, pics, and brainstorming, begin

Thanks in advance for all your help here

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Old 04-04-2012, 08:57 AM   #2
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ipod/iphone/mp3 player

I added an aftermarket car stereo that has front inputs (many do now) for a shade over $100 in a West Marine boat housing under the rear cabinet, then speakers on each side. The fiberglass routes easily with a roto-tool. Speakers need to be a shade smaller than 6 inch to fit between the curves at the corners. Advantage is the iphone now charges without AC.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:34 AM   #3
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:56 AM   #4
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Those look great. How did you power the West Marine Speakers, and Tractors1, how did you power the system?

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Old 04-05-2012, 09:17 AM   #5
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speaker/stereo power

The stereo is a car deck; I just tapped into the 12V power lines inside the cabinet that run to the 12V plug-in fitting under the cabinet next to the antenna switch. Speakers are just regular car speakers which are powered by the stereo - setup just runs off 12V, no AC required. Front jacks on the stereo are plug-in inputs, one USB type for a memory stick/IPod/IPhone, and the other is a 3mm audio plug. What wifey likes is that she can output Pandora from the IPhone to the stereo. Also has a remote so you can control the stereo without having to climb over the sleeping area to get at it.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:58 AM   #6
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Now I'll be the first to admit that I'm not exactly on the cutting edge of technology. I truly don't understand Ipods, I pads, Android phones, Iphones, G4, G3 and all of that stuff. Regarding powering up the speakers, that doesn't make much sense to me either.
I installed this radio as a last resort. I knew that I was wasting my time looking for an 8 track. I had hoped for a casette deck, so I could use the casettes from my tow vehicle.
I really didn't "power up" the West Marine speakers. I just connected them, and they work.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:21 AM   #7
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8 track/cassette player

If you hop on eBay and enter "car cassette player" or "car 8 track player" there are many listed for $40-$70. Happy hunting!
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:38 AM   #8
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8 track? Does the ghost of William Lear still haunt this place? (Yes - THAT Bill Lear - one of the inventors of the first car radio, inventor of the 8 track (marketed under the name LEARJET) and, of course, the Lear Jet aircraft!
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:56 PM   #9
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I have two cars that have 8 track decks. Good thing I have a couple of brown paper sacks of tapes!
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:34 PM   #10
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I have an ipod Touch, keep going back and forth between a car stereo system (head unit) or a portable radio/ipod unit.

Altec Lansing has a fairly decent sounding unit with a small footprint, and affordable price tag. Amazon.com: Altec Lansing iMT620 inMotion Classic Portable iPod Dock with Rechargeable Battery and FM Tuner: MP3 Players & Accessories

If you want enhanced audio sound, you'll probably want to go with a car stereo system that accepts your iPod.

They are now coming out with "head units" which include a built in USB receptor. Using a USB cable, you can plug your iPod directly into the system and it will charge your iPod and play music at the same time. The audio speakers are fairly good (as with the "head unit" the more you pay, the less distortion), and they are designed for travel.

It is a 12 volt system (for us boon dockers), and you get FM/AM radio (which is important to me when on the road).

Remember you will be cutting into wood, so the big question: do you want the speakers to face down (onto your dinette or bed) or face outward towards the rest of your cabin ... or both?

Also, where do you place the equipment with respect to your power source? And ... audio needs.

This isn't really a portable system, so you will need to think about how long you will have the trailer. If you are starting from "scratch", and decide to have a audio shop do the installation (which involves cutting into wood) ... the install will cost as much if not more $$ than the head unit and speakers.

BTW, I like the marine speakers. It's just that they seem bulky and I'd rather have built in speakers.

I would install a auto audio or marine speakers over computer speakers simply because the former are designed for road travel.

Another great thread!
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:26 AM   #11
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I have been considering these:
Boss Audio Systems MCK 1305 AM/FM/MP3 Marine Digital Media Receiver with Speakers | Bass Pro Shops

But I can't find any online reviews. A bad sign in my opinion.
They have a four speaker system for ten dollars more.
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:32 AM   #12
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Great feedback everyone. I keep going back and forth between a full stereo and something like this.

POLY PLANAR MP3 Kit For Small Craft at West Marine

it has speakers, amp, and then just jack for the ipod, downside is it will not charge your ipod while you play, but it avoids having a stereo hang down.

Thoughts?
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I have an ipod Touch, keep going back and forth between a car stereo system (head unit) or a portable radio/ipod unit.

Altec Lansing has a fairly decent sounding unit with a small footprint, and affordable price tag. Amazon.com: Altec Lansing iMT620 inMotion Classic Portable iPod Dock with Rechargeable Battery and FM Tuner: MP3 Players & Accessories...



Another great thread!
The Altec Lansing looks like a great deal if you want a portable system.

I have a Sony RDP XF 100iP docking station with the same capabilities, however the FM reception is terrible. I often need to resort to plugging in a portable radio into the aux input when the internal tuner can't pick up any stations. One advantage of the external radio - since it is a shortwave, AM/FM radio I have a greater choice than the FM only tuners built into most docks.
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:03 PM   #14
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got a nice little set of stereo computer speakers at best buy for $13.
just gonna keep them under the seat unless we want stereo music,,,which is a few times per year. mostly i play my ukulele , or dulcimer.
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