Unfortunately as you can see, the cassette deck wasn't working properly in that it would immediately spit out any cassette you tried to put in. This is important as anyone who's lived in Japan knows that Japanese AM and FM radio stations are terrible. Long on talk and short on music. So generally speaking an alternative music source is essential, whether that be cassette, CD, MD or now, iPhone/Android/Bluetooth.
Here is the back story - I searched for but couldn't find my original Nissan deck that came with my car (which I had removed for a 1-DIN Pioneer Navi shortly after I bought the car in 2005!)
|It was a nice compact 1-DIN unit...|
|With a retractable screen for the navigation system! (Before Google Maps, people!!)|
So I couldn't use this deck, even though it's apparently for the BCNR33... and super clean...going back on Yahoo Auctions I guess!
|Yahoo Auction tip - make sure to check the connectors!|
|Just in case someone out there is in a Series 1 car and needs the correct OEM cassette deck parts number...|
So right after I got the car home (and brake lamp fuse pulled) I disassembled the dash cluster and swapped out the defective deck with the replacement deck.
|Take out the center console, remove steering wheel, remove the steering column covers and remove the dash fascia|
|About to remove the defective deck|
|Comparing the newly purchased deck (left) with the one I removed (right) - the one on the left even LOOKS cleaner/newer!!|
|Success! The newer deck plays tapes with no problem!|
Note - of course I'm not after high fidelity/SQ at this time. Just returning to OEM-esque.
But how does it sound now? Not bad, right?
These mid range Morel woofer, being driven only off the OEM radio/cassette deck (2x 15W!) - actually sound pretty good with surprisingly good bass, except of course there is no treble without the separate tweeters. In conjunction with the old Pioneer coaxial 6.5 inch speakers in the rear deck, it sounds weird even if the sound is clean, because the sound stage is coming from behind and the personalities of the speakers are so different.
In my next post, I'll talk about how I removed the Morels from the doors... but then ran into some weird problems. I swear Worx is going to haunt me for as long as I own this car...
You can also use one of those cassettes with a battery and bluetooth in them for when you want to play music from your phone. I'm tempted to do something similar instead of putting in the Continental head unit I bought.
Yes I can... but I have other plans.... stay tuned!
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