Aiwa CDC-MP3

[6/29/2001] Reviewed by: chris tran -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 +

mp3 player; single DIN

ordered from Crutchfield and they make installation real simple. my first stereo installation all by myself! i installed the Serious Auto CD caddy with this.

only one word for this: sucks. skips all the time and sometimes won't play b/c it's too hot. was planning on selling this in the classifieds or eBay but knew that i would lose so much money. so i intend to put it in my sister's RAV4; perhaps it won't skip so much then. i'll be looking forward to replacing this with the new Kenwood Z828.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

Aiwa CDC-MP3 in-dash CD player

[5/18/2001] Reviewed by: Ted Timmons -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Removable face, in-dash CD player capable of playing CD-Rs with MP3 files on them.

Great product! Being able to listen to about 600 minutes worth of music on one cd is great. At $300, it's hard to find another long-play solution that does not take up a lot of space. Nothing special needs to be done when burning CDs. It shows the filename as well as the IDv2 tag information. It's nice to be able to see what music is playing. If you have a lot of folders, or a lot of files in one folder, there is no easy navigation provided, except "last track" and "next track". This isn't a problem if you like to just listen sequentially.

The Aiwa unit is known to skip. With stock suspension on a 91 Miata, it will skip over speed bumps, potholes, and other rough sections of road, as well as when cornering hard. So it's not the CD player to use if you like to listen to CDs while autocrossing. But for commuting, pleasure driving, and most everything else, it's great! The other drawback is that it takes 20-30 seconds to scan a CD when first inserted, as well as when the car is first started. If you use your Miata for short trips this would be annoying. I'd definitely recommend this player for anyone who is a music or MP3 enthusiast.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

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