speaking to the dealer on the weekend he told me that in order to get mp3 playback id have to add a changer in the boot and the cost including fitting would be 500 quid ! Now im not about to pay 500 quid for a changeover that should cost about 200!!
My question is what is the exact model of the standard MCS head unit and is it compatible by buying the appropiate MP3 compatible cd changer and plugging it in myself to make it mp3 ???
You'll need the Sony CDXT70MX 6 disc MP3 changer @ £315.00 and unless you have the a compatible Sony head unit you'll also need a Connects2 interface to connect it to MINI CD prep. What's your setup as it stands, standard head unit with CD prep?
As far as fitting goes, it's quite straightforward if you are even remotely technically minded. I fitted mine in about half an hour. It's a lovely setup in my car and I am really pleased with it.
See my gallery for a picture of the changer in my car. Camera icon bottom left of this post.
Feel free to ask if you need to know any more.
Last edited by StevePSB; Oct 28th, 2003 at 10:43 AM.
yer the car isnt even ordered yet im just getting it together for my options .. so its standard mini head unit with the preperation for cd changer (as im told its free). So ill need an interface to connect it to the head unit ? i was hoping the head unit was a sony and therefore a easy plug and play !?!
Fitting wont be a problem like they say i know a guy
oh 1 more thing i assume then u retain the mini steering wheel audio controls ?
CD Prep is now £30 but whatever you do spec it as it'll cost a fortune if you want it installed afterwards.
Not sure what audio spec you want, but don't go for Wave as it's poo - go for BOOST or Harmon Kardon (I have HK and it's great!).
Basically the CD prep would plug straight into a MINI changer, but with a Sony changer the wires are totally different. The Connects2 interface is a little silver box and the CD Prep goes into one side of the interface and the Sony leads go into the other. Then the head unit sees it as a normal MINI changer and controls it in the normal fashion via the head unit and steering wheel controls on the (optional) multi-function steering wheel.
Last edited by StevePSB; Oct 28th, 2003 at 09:32 PM.
StevePSB: I am looking for cd/mps options in the back. Your setup looks nice. In the picture though it looks like it may be difficult to get the magazine out of the changer as it would appear to bump into the interior overhang. That must not be the case. Please confirm. Is the mounting hardware special or can I buy it here int he US? Thanks for any help.
Not sure of it's availability in the US, but the cradle is on a pivot and it pivots out to the left and there's a spring mounted locking pin (the silver knob looking thing on the picture) that locates into a hole on the cradle to hold it in place whilst you eject the CD cassette and also hold it in position in the 'up' position.
Oh, one other thing. I have the HK upgrade and I have looked in the cubby hole for the CD changer wiring, but it is not obvious where it is and I am hesitant to be yanking on unknown wires. Is it part of the bundle of wires wedged under the amp? Any tips on how to locate it and get it out of there would be much appreciated. Thanks
My CD prep was masking taped to the main bundle. I was looking for quite large connectors but the CD prep connectors are actually quite small. The actual connectors were hidden behind the main wiring so that could be the reason you can't see them.
Tell me guys - I didn't spec the MFSW (D'uh!), so to skip through a lot of mp3 tracks I'd be repeatedly pressing the < & > buttons on my factory head unit? What happens if the tracks are saved in a bunch of folders on the mp3 disc?
I meant to mention - the cradle in my picture is totally custom MINI. You don't get it if you buy the changer on it's own - you get those generic plastic mounting legs IIRC which come with most CD changers. You have to screw into something to mount them, which I've never wanted to do...
If you don't have MFSW, you will need to use the head unit controls.
The changer scans into folders and it will play tracks in either alphabetical or numerical order depending on what you've called your files.
I made a disc up the other day with two folders in the root of the CD - one called 'Electronic' and the other 'NewOrder'. The 'Electronic' folder contained three more folders each with the tracks of their three albums in. The same went for 'NewOrder' - it had 7 further folders containing thee tracks of their 7 studio albums.
I named the album folders in order of release, so the first album folder was named '1.albumname' the second '2.albumname' etc...
Basically the playing order therefore was that the changer first looks at the root, so it plays 'Electronic' albums first (alphabetical) and because of the name of the albums being prefixed with a number, it then plays in numerical order.
The 'NewOrder' folder is looked into once it has finished with the 'Electronic' folder and again, as I prefixed numbers to the album folders within it, it plays in numerical order.
You get instructions with the changer as to the exact science behind it, but if you number your album folders and number the name of the MP3 files within the album folder it will always play in an alphabetical and numerical order.
Hope you understood that!
Last edited by StevePSB; Oct 28th, 2003 at 09:53 PM.
I can't find my CD changer wiring cable either..... With the HK amp in the rear panel, there really isn't much room left. I tried looking around everywhere and the plug is nowhere to be found..... Anyone got any pics?
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