Installing a CD player on a GL1500

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Installing a CD player on a GL1500

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Has anyone installed a CD player on a GL1500?

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Re: Installing a CD player on a GL1500

Post by DaveO430 »

Why when a digital player is much smaller, probably cheaper, holds way more and doesn't care if it gets shaken a bit.

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Re: Installing a CD player on a GL1500

Post by DenverWinger »

PO installed an Alpine 6 CD changer in the right saddlebag on mine, plays MP3 discs too. Plays thru the FM via direct-connect Modulator, which also has selectable AUX input. Modulator stuffed under the left pocket and the little 1" x 4" x 1/2" head-end control unit mounted on the shelter are all part of the Alpine system, interconnected by 8 pin mini-DIN cables. CD Skipping is not an issue, it must have good "read-ahead". Sound quality excellent!

But I find if not playing the radio, more often than not I'm playing my Sandisk MP3 player connected thru the AUX, but I do keep a selection of CD's that aren't loaded to the MP3 player.

With that in mind, if I were installing equipment I would have probably just installed the i-Simple direct connect FM modulator and just used the Sandisk player. If I want different music it is very easy to swap Micro-SD chips (slot on the side of the player) and it can read up to 32GB chips. And anymore the chips are ridiculously cheap. So you can pack an awful lot of music without it taking up any space at all.
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Re: Installing a CD player on a GL1500

Post by fibersport »

My bike came with a big either Panasonic or Pioneer CD changer in the trunk that plugged in between the antenna and the radio, had some sort of remote with it too. It was the first thing I took off the bike. I plan on eventually installing an AUX in socket so I can plug in my mp3 player. I installed a new Kenwood system in my car recently, it has Bluetooth, USB and micro-SD ability along with a CD, I will most likely never insert a CD into it. With Bluetooth so prevalent today, there's no reason for CD's in a car anymore. Kind of like the old suitcases full of 8 tracks, then cassettes. Although sometimes old-school is fun .....

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