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for your car
Even the cheapest cars come with a radio but who listens to it these days especially when one of your alternatives is Bangladesh Betar? The radio stays off and its time to put in some of your own tunes to get in the mood. Do you pick a little rap for cruising? A little ballad as the wiper swishes away the rain from the windshield? A little alternative for an alternative mood or just go for some Limp Bizkit to shake out your demons? Half the joy of listening to music is the medium it comes out through. There is a wide choice available. Do you go for cassette, CD, MP3, ATRAC or some other form of digital music? Do you listen through factory-installed speakers or custom eardrum melting equipment?
The basic cassette player will cost you about 2500 taka. It is completely mechanical and will require you to push hard on the buttons. These are not at all powerful but do get the job done, sort of. Better units are available for 5000 taka and upwards. These are mostly digital and will be easy on your pampered fingers with the soft touch buttons. These will also contain separate controls for bass and treble. There is a nice one from Sony for 6790 taka that can be easily hooked up with CD units. More sophisticated units will have a greater range of control.
You might want to completely leave tapes alone and go for the CDs. If your existing cassette player is digital and support CD playback then you can add a CD changer for about 10 thousand taka. You can mount it in the trunk out of sight and can hold 10-12 CDs. 10-45 thousand will get you CD players that fit directly into the dashboard of your car. The lower priced ones store single CDs and are loaded up front through a slot. The pricier ones usually can store upto 6 CDs.
On a smaller budget you can simply buy a Discman and the accompanying adapters to use with your existing cassette player. A brand name Discman from any of the showrooms will cost you 5000-11000 taka. There are lower priced brands for 3000-5000 taka available at Baitul Mukarram, Eastern Plaza and Rifles Square. The adapter set consists of a power cord to hook up the CD player with your car battery using the cigarette lighter socket and another that connects the Discman with the car unit via a cassette. These are available for about 1200 taka. If you want an even simpler set-up you could buy a computer CD-ROM for about a 1000 taka and have an electrician fit it in. It works as I've seen on countless old cars half of which are taxicabs. Being white they definitely look out of place but at least you get to play back your favourite CDs albeit for a about a year till it goes bust.
You need speakers to go with your set. A basic unit will only need basic speakers and you can have low powered Pioneer speakers for under a thousand taka a pair. Good ones will cost 3-7 thousand a pair and these will include tweeters as well for higher frequencies. If you want to rearrange the placement of your internal organs with every beat then you should put in something a bit more powerful like a subwoofer. Every thump will end even bystanders stumbling. These can cost anything from 3000 to 15000 taka. These require their own amplifiers but make sure you never cross the limit of the speakers or else these will cut out. You can buy subwoofers enclosed in specially designed casings with in-built power supply for 13-20 thousand from Kenwood. You can store them in the trunk or display them in the back window
Music soothes the savage beast. I read something like that somewhere. Sure, but did anybody ever think that it could be a savage beast itself? Look at what happens in a concert where the people are shaking their heads wildly. It is as if it is an irritating thing to be removed by force from the base of the neck. That's what people do when a cockroach jumps onto their hand. The right set-up will put that concert in your car.
Music and driving go together like Coke and fries. One complements the other. Just don't let it drive you wild.
Ehsanur Raza Ronny
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