Re: In-Dash CD Players Skipping?
I would love to get one of the off-road oriented in-dash units, but I want to play mp3s in my Samurai. So far, only Kenwood and Aiwa have in-dash mp3/CD players, but the Kenwood is around $650 while the Aiwa is about $280. I could get one of the mp3 discmen with 100+ seconds of anti-skip memory and just plug it into some amps, but that would be a lot more complicated and a lot less convenient, and I'd be without a radio.
Since I have to get a radio box anyway, should I design it so that the CD player sits as level as possible? Are they more skip-resistant at that orientation, as opposed to being angled up a bit towards the driver?
Rather than mounting the CD player solidy, would it be better to "suspend" it with foam to help soak up some of the larger bumps? Obviously, I don't want to be blocking the unit's ventilation with the foam, but I'm wondering if that would help isolate the unit from the sharp jolts that seem to be the worst for causing CD players to skip.