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#1 Old 02-26-2014
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Add audio input on R170 Alpine CM1910

Here is an instruction to add your own audio input to an Alpine CM1910 from an R170. I performed this upgrade to the MB stereo in my '01 SLK 230 over a year ago. The pictures were so annoyingly fuzzy I had not planned on publishing; however, was PM'd asking for details. I've not done enough posts to PM, so here it is for everyone. (yeah, i know, welcome a dozen or so new members and i can pm; i'll do that one day)

- This mod does require an empty cassette in place to keep the audio flowing.
- Find an old earbud cord and snipped off the ear ends.
- Salvaged a pair of 1000 ohm resistors from your spare parts bin.
- You will need a couple of screwdrivers and a fine tip soldering iron.
- Red markings in pictures note areas of interest.

1. Remove the metal top cover from stereo receiver head unit.


2. Remove cassette drive unit. Thread the new audio cord through any convenient opening. The circuit board on back end of cassette drive is where connection is made.


3. Picture is looking at the circuit board on the back of the cassette drive unit. Note the left 3 soldered pins starting a uniform row near the top of the board. These are left, right, and ground for the audio input connection.


4. Cable-tie the audio cable to a metal hole on the lower left corner for strain relief. Put a couple layers of electrical tape over the circuit board between the cable-tie and the 3 pins of interest. Solder a 1000 ohm resistor between the pin I marked "L" and one of the audio wires of the cable. Solder a 1000 ohm resistor between the pin I marked "R" and the other audio wire of the cable. Solder a wire from the pin I marked "G" to the shield wire (i.e. ground wire) of the audio cable. Carefully add some electrical tape to ensure no uninsulated wires touch anything.


5. Return the cassette drive unit into the stereo assembly using caution not to pinch the audio cable. Replace the metal cover.


6. Happy listening!
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Thank you for this post. I plan to do the same mod to my Alpine head unit.
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Thank you for this guide and especially the photos!

I made this modification to my CM1910 radio last night following this guide mainly but also a few others. Other ones suggested cutting traces to things like the cassette head, motors, and internal amplifiers, but I wanted to keep my changes reversible. However I did end up de-soldering the (+) power from the cassette motors because - geez - those things are loud with the cover off.

I used a longer input wire with thicker gauge wires so the resistors were dropped after a test fitting revealed the audio too quiet.

Thank you again.
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Update: don't disconnect the tape motors
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Wow! Great guide!

Nice write up with added pictures! I hope to try this with my own car later this month when I find time. Thanks for sharing!
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