Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 15:09:13 -0500
From: "Walt Kienzle" <wkienzlenopsam.com>
Subject: Re: What happened to AS2 & AS3?


Alan, I hadn't looked at the Sony offerings because I don't care to have audio components in inaccessible places. Since my 9000 has 2 DIN openings, I was looking at Blaupunkt. They have an in-dash MD player "Dallas" and an in-dash 5 CD changer "IDC-A09". Kenwood also has a similar setup where you can get one of their CD, tape, or MD tuners and add an in-dash 3 MD changer. I understand that General Motors offers MiniDisc players as a factory option for some of their models sold in Japan (all 3 of them). Too bad their cars (US models) are so uninteresting that nobody over there wants to buy them. >What has happened to Saab's ideas on > stereos?? They must have come from General Motors too! Walt Kienzle "Alan Hamilton" <alanghamiltonnopsamternet.com> wrote in message news:39C51D65.5B69494Cnopsamternet.com... > Sony make a Minidisc Multichanger much like a CD multichanger (I am a Minidisc > devotee too!). Call me a pessimist but I am sure the Sony multichanger can't > be fitted instead of the Saab unit. If it could then a single-slot CD with a > 6-MD changer in the back makes an excellent setup. > > I have emailed Saab to see what they have to say about it. > > Incidentally - I notice from the 9-5 SE spec in Sweden that even the > single-slot CD AS1 unit is optional!! What has happened to Saab's ideas on > stereos?? > > > Walt Kienzle wrote: > > > I don't buy tapes either, I make my own with the programming that I want. A > > CD player is not a very good replacement for me -- unless they plan on > > adding a MiniDisc player option. THAT would be an appropriate replacement > > for tape in my opinion. If I am forced to decide between tape and CD, I > > will begrudgingly select the tape. Too bad Philips is about the only > > company that I am aware of that makes players for re-recordable CD's, and > > they don't sell car audio in the US ( I assume they do in Europe, since they > > make just about everything else that is electronic). > > > > Walt Kienzle > > 1991 9000T > > > > "Kevin Lee" <krlnopsamia4.co.uk> wrote in message > > news:het9ssse9nv7ljpvqhs5n5e597m4h535bjnopsamcom... > > > On Sat, 16 Sep 2000 22:14:54 +0100, Alan Hamilton > > > <alanghamiltonnopsamternet.com> wrote: > > > > > > >Saab have updated their website (at least in the UK) to show the 2001 > > > >model range. Not as stylish as the previous site, but then that's just > > > >my taste. Anyway, I have just ordered my 9-5 SE Estate for delivery in > > > >November and have discovered that according to the website > > > >http://www.saab.co.uk/home/GB/en/95w_specifications_ENG1_ESTATESE.html > > > >the dual CD/Tape stereo (AS2 in last years range) has been removed and > > > >replaced with the single-slot CD only!! > > > > > > > >Digging around a bit more AS2 and AS3 seem to be completely > > > >unavailable. Will I be unable to listen to a cassette in my new car? > > > >Why have they downgraded what was an excellent stereo? > > > > > > > >Does anyone have any ideas? > > > > > > I noticed that when I visited the Saab stand at last year's Earl's > > > Court motorshow. According to one of the Saab staff "no-one buys > > > tapes these days so we switched to the CD player". I wasn't impressed > > > with the 'wooden' dashboard on the 9-3 SE either as it looks tacky > > > compared to some of the third party kits on sale. > > > > > > My 900 ,which I won't be changing for at least another two years, has > > > the older stereo with the optional CD autochanger in the boot so for > > > the time being I've got the best of both. And you're right the older > > > model with the speaker upgrade is an excellent stereo. > > > Kevin Lee home page:www.keltia4.co.uk >

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