Having voiced the car interior according to your passions and possibilities, it would seem time to relax, but … Why, instead of the expected joy, sometimes there is a feeling of dissatisfaction, and the hand nervously reaches for the power key to put it in the “Off” position for a long time? Maybe the repertoire is annoying?


There are a lot of radio stations on the air, but sometimes they all seem so identical … You can spin your favorite tape again and again, but this lesson is for everybody. And what about those who have the number of desired cantatas, sonatas and hits measured in the tens or hundreds? Do not carry a bunch of thundering cassettes in the glove compartment …

Those who installed a CD receiver instead of a cassette recorder find themselves in a similar situation. Like it or not, you can’t immediately dump all your favorite books onto the bedside table near the bed - there are library racks for this. In a car, the role of librarians is played by changers.

In essence, the changer comes from an old and noble tribe of automatic machines for playing records. True, instead of the ingenious tonearm with a corundum needle, the laser works in it, and the plates, to put it mildly, changed their image, and so it looks very similar … It’s easier to choose a suitable changer than other components of the audio complex - the main role here is played by “family ties”: it must be of the same brand as the head unit - otherwise, connection may cause problems. Caesar - Caesarean, "Clarion" - Clarion …

And what are they? Yes all sorts! But we, of course, are primarily interested in those that are more familiar - let's call them


In this case, ordinary does not mean “mediocre”: there are simply proven standard solutions, but there are others - about them a little later.

Simple changers are usually designed for 6, 12 or 18 discs, there are also models for 10 discs, but this is rather an exception. Connoisseurs will surely remember the “Pioneer” changer - a product the size of a kind of deep fryer swallows up to 51 discs at the same time!

How many drives to focus on - everyone decides for himself. If you forget about the money for a few minutes, everything will rest only on the dimensions of the products: a six-disc changer is much easier to place than its counterpart with a triple supply of information. However, the price of products does not depend directly on the number of disks: a six-disk product of a company can cost, say, $ 250, and a twelve-disk product - 290 …

However, we were distracted - these are clearly not budget options. Alpine six-disc SNM-S620 models for $ 185 or, say, DC628 from Clarion for $ 165 are much more affordable. And the novelty of the company "JVC" - the twelve-disk changer SN-X500 costs only 160 dollars. The developer calls this his product the smallest in the world among a dozen disc changers. "Japanese" can play CD, CD-R and CD-RW media, which means that you can listen to collections compiled at home to your liking on the road. It is worth noting that the installation of ordinary changers is not difficult to do on their own, which means saving on the services of the installer.

To maintain the family budget, we recommend limiting ourselves to relatively inexpensive products of the “standard” series. However, getting to know other categories is also curious. Well, get acquainted - by the analogy we will call the next group of products


The most “ordinary of the extraordinary” are


If the "standard" changers live somewhere in the trunk, under the seat, and the smallest - in the glove box, then the "built-in" - in plain sight! They can be controlled “directly”, since the buttons are placed on the front panel. Such changers look like head units, but there are no built-in amplifiers in them. Four-disk devices of this type are produced, for example, by Philips, and six-disk devices are produced by Blaupunkt and Nakamichi. If there are amplifiers inside, then this is the next category. Let's call her


It is clear that we are talking about players, inside which fits more than one CD. So, the Alpine 7886 CD receiver is designed for three discs, a similar “Nakamichi” “pulls” six at once! Moreover, such a “head” itself can control an external changer.

Of the other "unusual" constructions, we note


The meaning follows from the name - if mini-discs are sold in stores, then there must be changers in which they can be loaded. However, on the corresponding “head” there should be an inscription: “MD-control”. Similar devices are produced, for example, by Pioneer and Clarion. As a rule, all “heads” worth more than $ 300 can control any changers of the same name, confirming this with the inscription “CD / MD control”. The same "Clarion" produces "heads" that are able to control two 12-disc changers at once, with one of them having regular discs and the other with mini discs.

But what, after all, is to be done by those who have a “head”, let's say, not the most common? I would like to put a changer, and the head unit in the car - such as "Daewoo" or KIA. If you change this “head” for some reason, reluctance, then you can do easier and get


Similar changers are made by many companies - Sony, Clarion, Alpine. The package includes a cable with a double splitter - with its help, the changer is connected to the … antenna socket of the head unit! The splitter is needed for a standard antenna - the receiver should work in the usual mode. And the signal from the changer will occupy an empty place between neighboring radio stations.

Clearly, such an “orchestra” will sound a little worse than we would like: the receiver path is designed for a relatively narrow frequency range. Therefore, the input signal from the changer will be somewhat “littered” along the edges, but you will have to put up with this loss of quality.