Good Car CD player for Android phones?

  1. gravyong

    gravyong Member

    I have the Samsung Galaxy and am looking to purchase a CD player for my car that is capable of playing music from the phone. I'm not an electronics buff at all so I have no idea what to look for. What I'd like is possibly a cable hookup (3.5mm?) that plugs into the phone and I'll be able to select a song to play from the music menu. Can spend up to $300 on this so any suggestions would be great.

  2. gravyong

    gravyong Member

  3. UssjTrunks

    UssjTrunks Well-Known Member

    Find any CD player with a USB port. Just about every model has one these days. It doesn't matter which model you choose, they all work. You can also connect your phone using analog input (through your speaker jack), but USB is the better option.
  4. YellowSS06

    YellowSS06 Member

    And you can find them for cheap. You just have to remember you get what you pay for. The cd player has gone out in my daily car, and I've been looking for new ones. WalMart carries a Dual brand cd player with input jack and USB. Like mentioned above, either will work. But, the USB jack is nice because it can then be used to play your audio media and charge your phone.
  5. mikabuc

    mikabuc Well-Known Member

    You should be able to get a Bluetooth capable cd player for that kind of money, then you can pair up to that and "stream" music to it, unless you actually prefer to use a cable? Kenwood has a few diff models IIRC..
    I'd look around a bit before purchasing one. My buddys in dash dvd player has an aux mic for handsfree driving, it's pretty sweet actually. If my current player ever dies, I'm going to take a long hard look at that..
  6. Sierra255

    Sierra255 Well-Known Member

    Others have provided good advice, but at a minimum get a unit with an auxiliary port. That will allow you to plug in you phone to it through the headphone port using a 3.5 mm audio cable.
  7. ChampN252

    ChampN252 Well-Known Member

    Now I use my phone via 3.5mm aux jack and it sounds just as good as using the phone as a storage device. This way i can play my downloaded music and use Pandora
  8. UssjTrunks

    UssjTrunks Well-Known Member

    Good point, that's a disadvantage of USB. It only allows you to play back music files that are supported by the CD player (usually only MP3, WAV, AAC). You also can't listen to internet radio/streaming services.

    However, the advantage of USB is that the sound is processed by your CD player, which often produces better sound quality than the phone's sound card. It's hardly noticeable if you don't have a high-end speaker setup though.
  9. xmr405o

    xmr405o Well-Known Member

  10. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    I'm looking at getting a new head unit myself. Why the recommendations for a 3.5mm jack over A2DP streaming? Just out of curiosity.
  11. Aypse

    Aypse Well-Known Member

    Another option is an FM transmitter. You connect your phone to the FM transmitter via bluetooth and it then retransmittes the signal to regular FM. You then just tune your radio into whatever FM channel it tells you. That costs $25-$75 depending on what model/manufacturer you go with. Also usually will function as a hands-free device & charging station.
  12. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Well-Known Member

    I'd recommend against the FM transmitter. The quality is crap. There's usually a lot of static and if you live in an area that's heavily populated a clean frequency can be extremely hard to find.
  13. UssjTrunks

    UssjTrunks Well-Known Member


    To be fair, I only tried out a $10 one, but the audio quality was terrible. More expensive models probably sound better, but I'm not sure if it's worth trying since a solid CD player can be found for $100-150 now.
  14. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Well-Known Member

    I got a transmitter from radshak, it worked okay but was quieter than the car radio. Opened the sucker up, found the volume trimpot, tweaked it to match the car levels, life is good.
  15. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Well-Known Member

    To qualify my previous positive remark, I think what you say is true. I live central AZ, so that
  16. xmr405o

    xmr405o Well-Known Member

    I have a t505 moto fm transmitter which works great but its definitely not as good as hooking your phone up to an auxiliary input or usb input. Shoot id even take a cassette adapter over a fm transmitter. :p
  17. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Well-Known Member

    My reply disappeared... anyway, I have to appreciate the transmitter, my car has no cassette, no aux in, stuck-between time.

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