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      29.01.2003 19:53

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      Full disclosure time. This is, in truth, a review of the Goodmans GCK12 CD car kit, not the GCK14. But I bet they're just about the same really, and the 14 has a Ciao listing. Picture this. You have a nice car, with a radio cassette in a non-standard housing. If you want to install a CD, you have to go off to the original makers, who are French or something, and pay them all your money. Alternatively, you can fix your cheapo portable CD player -- providing it has anti-shock -- to the dashboard with this kit. The kit contains three components; an anti-roll platform, a power supply, and a cassette adapter. The anti-roll platform is a couple of pieces of plastic joined together with bouncy rubber feet. You velcro the platform to the dashboard, and then you velcro the platform to the CD player. This prevented any skipping errors for us, but you will still need a CD player with anti-shock. The velcro pieces arrive already fixed to the platform. This is a mistake, because despite the fact that the box picture illustrates my CD player, the position of the battery cover meant that I couldn't put the velcro in the most secure place on the player. The power supply fits into the cigarette lighter, and makes a good attempt to be universal. It comes with six different plugs, one of which will fit the DC adapter socket on your player. The voltage is adjustable to 4.5, 6, 9 or 12 volts, and positive or negative polarity. You do have to be very careful to set the polarity correctly, and the setting (on the tips of the plugs) is a little fiddly. Finally, the cassette adapter is a fake cassette to slot into your tape drive, with a lead to plug into the headphone socket on the cd player. You then adjust the volume on the cd and the tape player to suit. The instructions recommend that you choose a site on which the CD player is not tilted at more than 30 degrees. Some dashboards won't do, therefore, so it's
      worth considering where you'll put it before you buy one. The leads on the power supply and cassette adapter are of an adequate length, but you need to be careful that they don't dangle in a way that will interfere with driving. The entire set-up reminds me of Heath Robinson, but surprisingly, the sound quality is much better than the tape was on its own. You need to move all this out of the way when you park, or even the thickest thug will work out that your car has a portable CD in it. We find it takes about half a minute to pack it all up into a bag. We use this with a Goodmans MP3/CD player which cost £59.99. It has 25 second anti-shock when used in MP3 mode, and we've had no problem with skipping. The car kit cost £19.99, and makes it much easier to use a CD player in the car.

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      16.11.2001 19:28
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      Do you have an old, but good stereo system in your car? Does it only play tapes, yet you have stacks of cd’s(And now mini disks). Well look, I have found your answer, And its cheap! I have come across one of these things that you would usually things, ahhh nar I don’t need one of these its just a cheap fob off trying to con me. However, its surprising just how useful this product is, I discovered that you can plug almost any external audio device into your existing tape player. The reason I purchased such an item, is because I have superb speakers, yet I cannot afford to upgrade to cd or minidisk at the moment. Anyway I will explain the product a little then I will tell you about the various uses I have for my GCK 14. ~~Goodman’s GCK14 Car Cd Kit~~ Weight: unknown, but it is the same weight as a tape, plus a few wires so extremely lightweight. There is also a power cord connecting your personal player to your cigarette lighter so that you do not have to have batteries. And a mounting arm so that it will not get in your way. Size: As said above, same as a tape, well because the main device is a tape with a wire out of the side. The GCK14 is a connection device for your car stereo. It is a tape that you push into your car tape player and press play on. Then you connect the wire to your audio device and press play on that also. Included in the kit is a universal power cord, that plugs into almost any external dc power connection, even charges phones (not sure if its meant to but I really make the most of this product :o) ) Then you connect the mounting arm to your car and clip on your audio device, must be as small as a portable cd player. So there you have it, the complete guide to adding an external audio device to your car, and the GCK14 is the complete kit for it. Devices so far it has worked with….. ~~-Mini Disk Player-~~ The GCK14 is compatible with any MD player, as it simply plugs i
      nto the 3.5mm jack on the player. The quality is slightly down from mini disks usual standard, however its still a lot cheaper than buying a car MD. And the universal power adapter will fit into any non-battery powered ones. EG Sony MZ-R55 ~~-Cd Player-~~ Well obviously it works with this, as this is the product it was designed for. You also plug the cable straight in the 3.5mm jack no questions asked. Except on very old models you may have a 4.3mm jack in which case there is an adapter included in the kit. There is usually a yellow port on the side of the cd player which is for a plug, this is where you can plug your universal power adapter. ~~-Mp3 Player-~~ Yep, its even compatible with your mp3 player, so now you can download your favorite tunes and play them in your car minutes later! Unfortunately the universal power adapter isn’t as “universal” as it said, lol, as it doesn’t work with all the mp3 player I have tried, but it did work with one. The quality on this is also lost a bit like the MD, but is still tape quality. ~~-Decks-~~ Now for this one, I was a bit mad, in my dads van I set my decks and mixer up, and powered them off the amp from my car(not while it was in my car obviously I placed it in the van.) surprised it even turned on, I linked my mixer to the tape player and was able to Dj in the back of a van. However it didn’t work whilst moving as the vinyl’s just jumped as we moved. ~~-Pocket Tv-~~ This probably isn’t a good idea if you are moving, But you can mount your Pocket tv on the mounting arm provided and use the audio kit to link it to your Car tape player. To have a great system. I watch / mostly listen to the news when I’m in the car it’s the best use I have for it :). So if you still own a car tape player, get one of these to enhance your compatability! Oh yeh and it costs aprox. £19.75 and can be bought
      almost anywhere that sells electical goods, such as agros, index, curries, dixons, halfords or motabits. Dave ~

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