[xj] CD

Listers. I am thinking about putting a CD in my 86 XJ6 VDP in place of the
radio/cassette player. Any advice on things I should consider (i.e., Will I
need to change speakers, etc.)?

Tom Harbolt
Pacific Law Group
@Tom_Harbolt

If you are going to fit a full head unit then no problem. Make sure the
impeadance for the head unit and the speakers are matched ( they usually
are ) and dont drastically overate the power output 4x25w is a good mark. Im
not sure but i dont think the 86 had a standard ISO socket so buy one and
solder the joints in or if you aint electrically minded then get it fitted.
History is full of cooked head units and dash fires.

PJ----- Original Message -----
From: Tom Harbolt Tom@PacificLG.com
To: xj@jag-lovers.org
Sent: 05 September 1999 06:14
Subject: [xj] CD

Listers. I am thinking about putting a CD in my 86 XJ6 VDP in place of
the
radio/cassette player. Any advice on things I should consider (i.e., Will
I
need to change speakers, etc.)?

Tom Harbolt
Pacific Law Group
Tom@PacificLG.com

Hi Tom and List, I replaced my Jag radio in my 85XJ6 with a Sony CD player
several months back. The installation was pretty standard with no major
probelms. The Sony unit sounds 10 times better than the stock radio, even
when just playing the radio. This is with existing speakers which I had
planned to change but have since decided not to, because just changing the
radio gave a tremendous improvement. I would strongly suggest not adding the
FM CD changer to the existing radio unless sound quality is something you
don’t care about.

Steve R.
85XJ6

…unless originality is something you do care about. :slight_smile:

“Mark 1” Mark Stephenson
1958 3.4 Litre Saloon
1984 XJ6 4.2L
1985 XJ6 VDP
Jaguar Club of Central Arizona (USA) Concours
web site at www.cableone.net/jcca/con99/con99.htm----- Original Message -----
From: Flyer94A@aol.com
To: Tom@pacificlg.com; XJ@jag-lovers.org
Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 1999 9:50 AM
Subject: Re: [xj] CD

Hi Tom and List, I replaced my Jag radio in my 85XJ6 with a Sony CD
player
several months back. The installation was pretty standard with no major
probelms. The Sony unit sounds 10 times better than the stock radio, even
when just playing the radio. This is with existing speakers which I had
planned to change but have since decided not to, because just changing the
radio gave a tremendous improvement. I would strongly suggest not adding
the
FM CD changer to the existing radio unless sound quality is something you
don’t care about.

Steve R.
85XJ6

Excellent Paul: but to keep the value of your car, have you considered
leaving the original stereo in place and putting a boot-mounted 6 CD changer
in? This keeps the interior of the car as stiock, and replicates what Jaguar
did in the last Series III cars. I have doen this in my cars using a Pioneer
FM modulator CD changer: it works perfectly, sounds wonderful, and best of
all, the interior is still as original. This way you do not tear everything
apart, either.
Gregory----- Original Message -----
From: “Paul Pickthorne” raucuspc@yahoo.com
To: xj@jag-lovers.org
Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2002 7:41 AM
Subject: Re: [xj] Speakers/Door trim

: In reply to a message from Paul Pickthorne sent Sat 30 Nov 2002:
:
: All fixed! It turned out that both left speakers were broken, the
: front completely. I visited my local friendly independent car
: stereo store and we tried several replacement speakers and found a
: nice pair of Sony’s that fitted.
:
: Rather than putting both new speakers on the left, they recommended
: putting the good old front right speaker in the rear left and
: putting the two new ones in the front. While I was doing the work I
: applied electrical contact cleaner to the speaker connecters.
:
: After finishing and testing the sound, there was a big improvement
: but by using the balance/fade controls to isolate the speakers one
: at a time, I noticed that the rear right (the only one not touched)
: was not as good. Cleaning the contacts brought it back to life, I’d
: suggest doing this next time you have the door panels off.
:
: As a last job, two applications of electrical contact cleaner on
: the volume control area completely removed that nasty static noice
: when using the fade control behind the speaker.
:
: Things sound great now. A future project is to replace the factory
: stereo with an in dash CD unit but I think I will leave the
: installation to the pro’s unless anyone can convince me that the
: wiring is not going to be really complicated.
:
: Thanks for all your help.
:
: Paul.
: –

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In reply to a message from Dr Gregory Andrachuk sent Sun 1 Dec 2002:

I was thinking that I could just store the original stereo and it
could be replaced at some point in the future. Presumably it only
has so many years of wear and tear before it dies anyway right?

I’m not closed to the idea of the FM Modulator trunk player but
which ever way I go I will have it professionally installed and I
guess having thw wiring from the trunk will be more involved. Will
my local stereo be able to do the display in the ashtray thing?

Also the remote is infrared and with the ashtray open, won’t you
have to point the remote down? (Light travels in straight lines
right?) Do you find this to be a problem?

It frustrates me that no one has a remote that operates via radio
waves thus eliminating any need for hardwiring.

Thanks,

Paul.–
'87 XJ6
Brit in Salisbury, NC, United States
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Paul: I had the Pioneer unit professionally installed. As in the original
Series III installation by Jaguar, the changer is suspended from the rear
parcel shelf in the boot. The wiring, one wire, passes through the rear seat
panel (there are already openings), and down under the carpet. The
controller in my car was originally sited in the console cubby (there is a
plug at this end, so it is only the wire itself that comes from the boot).
This meant that to change discs or tracks I had to open the cubby. Not hard,
but a bit of a nuisance.
I then decided to remove the driver’s side ashtray insert and to
position the small controller in there, running its wire to the connector,
now under the cubby. A perfect fit, and invisible with the ashtray lid
closed. The unit also comes with a cordless, and very small remote control
which operates the unit; to use it, I need only open the ashtray lid a
fraction, not all the way. And no, the unit does not have to be pointed
directly at it; anywhere in the vicinity it just fine so long as the lid is
partly open. Very convenient, great sound, excellent price, preservation of
the original interior look, and the possibility of complete removal without
leaving a trace. What could be better? The cost of the unit was less than
$300 Canadian.
It sounds virtually as good as the fully integrated Jaguar/Alpine unit
factory installed in my 1992 V12, although, granted, it is not as posh. I
cannot imagine a better compromise between originality and function. The
Pioneer unit was chosen because its modulator is integrated with the changer
itself whereas with other brands there is an extra, and bulky box to be
hidden soemwhere near the radio.
Gregory----- Original Message -----
From: “Paul Pickthorne” raucuspc@yahoo.com
To: xj@jag-lovers.org
Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2002 11:17 AM
Subject: Re: [xj] CD

: In reply to a message from Dr Gregory Andrachuk sent Sun 1 Dec 2002:
:
: I was thinking that I could just store the original stereo and it
: could be replaced at some point in the future. Presumably it only
: has so many years of wear and tear before it dies anyway right?
:
:

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I’m not closed to the idea of the FM Modulator trunk player but
which ever way I go I will have it professionally installed and I
guess having thw wiring from the trunk will be more involved. Will
my local stereo be able to do the display in the ashtray thing?

Paul, as long as you have a decent stereo shop involved, it shouldn’t be an
issue. Although really, such an installation isn’t terribly difficult.
However, I’d stay away from any of the ‘big box’ stores like Best Buy, and
also any shops that do $1 installations or similar gimmicks.

Find a good local shop that does a lot of custom work. You’ll have to pay a
little bit more, but they’re used to doing things as requested by the
customer. Ideally, see if you can talk to whoever runs their installation
department before you even buy the unit. Explain what you want to do. They
may be able to suggest certain alternative products based on that. And you
don’t want someone unfamiliar with Jaguars pulling apart your center
console, you can most likely reach some sort of arrangement with them
whereby you’ll get the remote set up in the console as desired, and they’ll
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Paul the unit Gregory and I have mentioned comes with both an IR remote and
a wired remote so you can choose to use either. Wiring the ‘hardline’ unit
is really quite simple as it only requires a little creativity to route the
line from under the center console, under the rear carpet, under the rear
seat bottom, out an existing access grommet and hookup to the CD Changer
unit per the instructions with the unit. And power for the unit can come
from the radio antenna power line if you wish to turn the key “on or off”
with the key also.

Jamie
87 Series III XJ6 VdP (parts)
88 Series III V12 VdP
Everett, WA USA----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2002 11:17 AM
In reply to a message from Dr Gregory Andrachuk sent Sun 1 Dec 2002:
I was thinking that I could just store the original stereo and it
could be replaced at some point in the future. Presumably it only
has so many years of wear and tear before it dies anyway right?
I’m not closed to the idea of the FM Modulator trunk player but
which ever way I go I will have it professionally installed and I
guess having thw wiring from the trunk will be more involved. Will
my local stereo be able to do the display in the ashtray thing?
Also the remote is infrared and with the ashtray open, won’t you
have to point the remote down? (Light travels in straight lines
right?) Do you find this to be a problem?
It frustrates me that no one has a remote that operates via radio
waves thus eliminating any need for hardwiring.
Thanks,
Paul.

'87 XJ6

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I installed a 12-CD Panasonic changer in the trunk myself. Took all of three
hours. I could do it in less than an hour now! One of the local vendors
wanted $300 dollars to install a CD changer in a Jaguar!

All the connections you need are under the passenger’s side boot panel
(antenna for FM modulator) and under the front support panel for the
single-piece boot floor panel. The connections are to the antenna relay. Be
sure to fuse it. Did have to run the control cable under the carpet-wire
hanger with a hook bent into it.

My changer control is mounted like Greg’s, in the driver’s side ashtray-fits
perfectly. Do have to use the IR remote with tray cover open. IR control is
tiny, and sits on the coin tray.

Makes long drives very manageable!!

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