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portable CD player?

Discussion in 'Model X: User Interface' started by AustroTom, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. AustroTom

    AustroTom Member

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    Hello All,
    New to the forum and loving it!

    We are about to order our MX and were wondering if there is any way to connect a portable CD player to the speaker/entertainment system? (we are old fashioned audio book lovers from our local library and would like to continue our dinosauric behavior) :D:rolleyes:

    Thanks,
    Thomas
     
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    Presumably the old FM radio dongle would work.

    I haven't looked for them, but I suspect folks might be making a Bluetooth version for slightly better sound quality.

    Edit: like the one the guy above linked while I was typing. They do exist. :)
     
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    I'd try ripping the CDs to a USB stick, although I've heard there are issues where the Model X doesn't play all that nicely with USB sticks.

    Can also rip and playback over Bluetooth from a smart phone
     
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    That's how I listen to Sirius in my car. I have a portable radio with a lifetime sub and a built-in FM transmitter.

    But it really is nuts how Tesla doesn't have a 3.5 mm input jack. If you use a Bluetooth dongle, you have to charge the battery or plug it into a power source in any event, so just give us a direct plug.
     
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    I'm an audiobook guy too. Assuming you have a smartphone, check out an app called "Overdrive". It lets you check out audiobooks (and e-books) from your local library without a physical copy. It's pretty cool.
     
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  7. AustroTom

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    Thank you guys for your helpful replies.
    Thiscertainly gives us enough options to enjoy all sorts of entertainment.
    BTW: I too have a mobile XM radio that would be neat to connect to the X
     
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    I wonder if a 3.5mm headphone to usb cable would work? I have seen cables to back up portable devices to pc before
     
  9. Vern Padgett

    Vern Padgett Proud and Grinning Model S90D owners

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    Thomas, Yes. I had my audiophile buddy set it up for me. I'll post full details in a new topic.
    Vern
     
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    Vern Padgett Proud and Grinning Model S90D owners

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    Austro Tom: My audiophile friend Bill came up with this:

    A recurring theme in this Tesla forum is the lack of both a CD player and an auxiliary-in (3.5mm) jack in the sound system.

    This makes playing one’s CDs problematic. Younger drivers are less fazed by this oversight than older ones, since the former tend to have their music collections stored on digital devices that will play via USB or Bluetooth. I am in the latter cohort, and I have no intention of “ripping” my 1,000+ CD collection onto a digital storage device in FLAC or MP3, or any other format, whether lossy or lossless.

    Ultimate sound quality is not the issue with me, but rather the time, know-how and equipment needed to do such a massive conversion just to play my favorite tunes in my Model S.

    I have a workaround, and it will only cost you $60 and a few minutes time:

    Go to Best Buy and purchase their Insignia® brand portable CD player. Be sure you select the model with the “line-out” jack and not just the headphone jack, for around $25. Also purchase the Aluratek Bluetooth Universal Audio TRANSMITTER module for $29. This device is 50% the size of a Zippo® lighter. It plugs into the line-out jack of the player with a short cable. I had no trouble pairing the sound system in both of my Model S vehicles to the Bluetooth transmitter, so your system should be compatible with this same setup. The transmitter has a built-in rechargeable battery and comes with a USB cable for charging. You need not have that USB cable plugged in during normal operation.

    Battery life between charges is rated at about 50 hours. The CD player has a 60 second or so buffer, so with the smooth ride of the car you should not experience skips unless you are broadsided by a Mack truck, or have grandchildren in the car using the player as a football.

    Some caveats: The player I purchased takes two AA batteries and there is NO “cigarette socket” or other adapter for providing current from the vehicle. Buy a large pack of AA alkalines from Best Buy when you are there (if you can find a portable CD player that has a 12v power cable, just be sure it also has the “line-out” jack as well).

    Some players do not have the “resume” feature which if present would allow the disc to resume playing where it left off when the power is off. I am not aware of any way to have the player “connected” via Bluetooth to the car and have my cell phone connected by Bluetooth (that could be a good thing: would you rather listen to Haydn’s Sun Concerto Number 20, or someone trying to talk you into donating funds to the “Save the African Tsetse Fly” campaign?) Perhaps there is a way to pair two BT devices simultaneously, but I am not aware of how to do that.

    With Bluetooth there is some loss of fidelity as compared to a direct CD player connection, but it still sounds good, and maybe even the same, as the common lossy MP3 files on storage devices most others use.
     
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