And you guys know me - not only do I want the best, but I like to do unusual things. So when I discovered that all OEM Nissan decks (from this era, at least) have this:
|Yep, an audio DIN Connector
First step was to find a compatible CD player. I went onto Yahoo Auctions and found a Nissan OEM CD player from around the same time period:
Then, in addition to the 8 pin DIN cable, I had to figure out what fit here:
Turns out that I needed a standard Nissan 10 pin connector harness with certain power leads (ground, power, accessories, and illumination) split to a 4 pin connector. But again Yahoo Auctions to the rescue.
Meanwhile, I had found (yes!!) the original Nissan cassette deck that came with my car.
This is key because it turned out that the Nissan cassette deck I had gotten off Yahoo Auctions and fitted to my car (with a guarantee to work) to replace the cassette rejecting deck installed by Nismo Omori did not play tapes cleanly on one side (the deck head appears to have some kind of issue which blocks sound to cleanly go to the right side, versus when the auto-reverse plays in the opposite direction, where the sound is super clean). So I was hoping that my old cassette deck would not have that problem. Meanwhile, before I installed it in my car I used it to test the CD player.
|Making sure I have 12 volts DC!
|It turns on yes, but this is all it shows.
Hoping that it was maybe a broken rubber drive band that I could replace, I opened up the unit but found nothing visibly wrong with it.
|Actually super clean inside!
This time I found something that claimed to be an OEM Nissan accessory CD player from the R32/S13/180SX era, made by Sony (and labelled as such). A quick check of the backside showed similar sockets as the Nissan branded one (plus the controls looked identical) so I went ahead and got it.
I hooked it up and:
And to show everyone how the first CD player didn't work:
With the original cables being too short for installation in my car (because the car doesn't have another 1-DIN space in the center stack) I had gone ahead and ordered a 1.5 meter extension cable for the 8 pin DIN cable. Now that I was confident that the Sony would work, I went ahead and modified the power harness by cutting and splicing in 1.5 meters of matching colored wires.
|I had to order these 10 wires to get the right colors and AWG
|So dark blue, orange, black and red
|Moments before I applied heat to the heat shrink
|Not the best photo but here it is!
So now, I'll be able to install in the car SOMEWHERE, question is where? But first, let's test it and see how the Alpine Type X speakers sound, shall we?
Superb!! And not to worry, I have some ideas on where to locate it... but before I can do that, one pressing task...