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Hi everybody.

I have just bought a '99 916 Spider 1.8 T.Spark and I have some doubts....

Firstly the audio....do you know why in the frontal of the original radiocassete it indicates Compact Disc???

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Erm, are you sure its not a 2.0 TS - Alfa didn't do a 1.8 for the Spider/GTV...not in the UK at any rate, Also, in the UK the car came with a CD player as standard I believe....
 

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Hi everybody.

I have just bought a '99 916 Spider 1.8 T.Spark and I have some doubts....

Firstly the audio....do you know why in the frontal of the original radiocassete it indicates Compact Disc???

Cheers
Because you can mount an autochanger in the boot and plug it in to the rear of the radio/casette. Standard Clarion autochanger for the time.
 

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Erm, are you sure its not a 2.0 TS - Alfa didn't do a 1.8 for the Spider/GTV...not in the UK at any rate, Also, in the UK the car came with a CD player as standard I believe....
Whisper : Barcelona.

Later cars had a radio/cd I believe. Early cars were radio/cassette with the autochanger as a high cost option. Or you could just buy a Clarion autochanger for about a third of the cost and fit it in about an hour!
 

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Thanks a lot for the answers ;)

So the original equippment is Clarion....is it possible to mount an Ipod Interface in the original radiocassete?
 

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Thanks a lot for the answers ;)

So the original equippment is Clarion....is it possible to mount an Ipod Interface in the original radiocassete?
I think it would be highly unlikely there's a compatible iPod interface for the original radio cassette since fully fledged iPod interfaces weren't around until circa 2004. You could get a cheap iPod/cassette adapter that uses a minijack cable to cassette, but the audio quality (in my experience) is hissy, as it converts digital to analog crudely.

iPod-interface headunits are comparatively cheap these days though so might be worth upgrading :thumbs:
 

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Thanks a lot for the answers ;)

So the original equippment is Clarion....is it possible to mount an Ipod Interface in the original radiocassete?
Amazon sell cassette to ipod/mp3 player adaptors. No other way of connecting an ipod to the original Clarion radio cassette.

To be honest, if you are thinking more along the lines of using an ipod, I'd just replace the head unit with a modern one that has ipod connectivity built in. The plugs in the back of the Clarion are standard DIN ones & you only need an extra adaptor plate to emulate the slightly oval shape of the original.
 

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The easiest way would be changing the head unit, but I want to conserve mi 916 strictly original, so I rule out this option....

About the iPod/cassette adapter I don´t like because I can´t stand having cables around....so the only solution it to buy original cassetes of my favourite music :eek: . I know, the romanticism sometimes has this price :lol:
 

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The other solution, maybe the best one, is to buy a Clarion CD Changer.....do you know what I must consider to ensure total compatibility?
 

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The easiest way would be changing the head unit, but I want to conserve mi 916 strictly original, so I rule out this option....

About the iPod/cassette adapter I don´t like because I can´t stand having cables around....so the only solution it to buy original cassetes of my favourite music :eek: . I know, the romanticism sometimes has this price :lol:
I'm also an originality weirdo..

And also can't stand having leads hanging out of the original radio cassette..

So I replaced the cassette adaptor 'flying lead' with a femail mini jack..

My car never had an auto changer.. Has anyone got any pictures of the installation??..
 

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The other solution, maybe the best one, is to buy a Clarion CD Changer.....do you know what I must consider to ensure total compatibility?
I'll get the model number off my autochanger but I can't do that until this evening. That should at least help you a bit.

My car never had an auto changer.. Has anyone got any pictures of the installation??..
The lead went across the passenger footwell, down the sill and across the top of the fuel tank into the boot. You could then suspend the autochanger from the metal under the rear shelf. On a phase 1 you can use either side of the car but if placed on the right will obstruct access to the battery. On Phase 2/3 there is that shelf on the left that can be used.
 

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I'll get the model number off my autochanger but I can't do that until this evening. That should at least help you a bit.
Thanks a lot pkr ;)
 

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I'll also take a photo of the autochanger socket for you. An ICE specialist may know of an iPod interface that'll plug straight in.
 

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What does ICE mean? It sounds very interesting!
 

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Mines a phase 2 99 and it has the clarion cd changer in the boot. I have the original invoice for the car, it was an extra and cost £400.
 

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Hi,
Well, it sounds like your trying to do what ive done already!

I too love the original, everyone recons im daft but hey. but also dont like the wires.
So ive routed the cable through the back [see photo] and it comes out of the glove box so can be hiden away when required. Yes the quality is as good as you might get off another system, but it is still perfectly audible on full wack with the roof down.

Ive also got the Clarion 6 CD changer which is a CDC634 mounted in the space behind the passenger.

Hope all this helps

Edd

and nice car, i've just read your welcome thread.
 

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The autochanger is a Clarion CDC635

Pic below as well as the head unit socket

There must be at least a 3.5mm headphone plug to Clarion autochanger emulator available if not a full control iPod interface.

EDIT : Sorry about the use of ICE without explaining it.
Cheers guys..
 
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