Right, because I'm a geeky twat I thought I'd let you all in on a little side project I've just done
Remember I bought an original Clarion HU for the Rallye which is a cassette one? Well it's been pissing me off a bit that it's not got RDS so you have to retune it every 5 miles, and the signal from the aerial is rubbish anyway.
So I picked up one of these, with a broken strap, for 99p +p&p:
I wasn't expecting much but it actually sounded alright. The speakers didn't matter though as they were getting hacked off
The original intention was to graft the internals into a cassette adapter and make it truly self contained, but it sort of took on a bit of a life of it's own (I'll go into it later).
Here are all the gubbins inside with the hear strap removed:
The bluetooth receiver and controller is in the middle, two headphones to the right and the battery up by the grips. I cracked the soldering iron out and removed the speakers (and replaced a couple of the battery wires because I accidentally cut them when I removed the strap ).
Then, with a bit of fiddling and drilling I modified an Altoids box which I found in mother in laws car to carry it all:
Holes in the bottom to activate the controls:
A port for the USB charger:
And most cunningly (and why I elected not to mount it all in the cassette itself), the microphone hole:
So what I actually have here is a fully functioning bluetooth music and telephone receiver, for the princely sum of £3.98 Tell me that's not cool
It works a treat It pairs with the phone really well and works seamlessly. Because it'll mainly live in the glove box, which is right in front of the fuse box, I'm going to buy a little USB cigarette lighter socket and plumb it in directly so that I don't have to worry about charging it.
I've not got a minijack socket to hand at the moment so my next job will be to un-hard wire the cassette lead from it and put a socket on the case into which anything can be plugged (cassette adapter, connect to any car with an aux socket etc).
I thought certain people on here might appreciate that this will allow them to keep 'retro' kit in their projects without the need to forego little luxuries like bluetooth
Any questions just ask me - it actually only took about 3 hours all said and done. Might spray the Altoids case if I can be arsed, otherwise I think it looks quite cool as it is.
Thanks for looking. Use the space below to mock me
P.S: I'm thinking about cracking open the HU and soldering the lead directly to the rear of the tape head, so I can get rid of the cassette bit altogether That's for another day though as I've already spent a Satruday night geeking as it is