I thought I would write a post about the legacy audio system in the Mini. Shortly after I took delivery of the Mini back in 2004 summer, I installed this Sony Minidisc system.
I never care for factory audio system, no matter how much it cost and how wonderful they tout.
the base factory head unit with CD player - it was a step above the cassette one
I took it out almost right away and sold it very cheap to another Mini owner who wanted to upgrade from cassette head unit
in order to maintain the functions of the multi-function steering wheel's audio control I purchase an adapter from UK for a premium price
the thing in the black heatshrink is the multi-function steering wheel audio control adapter for Sony head unit
quite a job as I wanted to preserve the ability to revert back to the factory audio and not wanting to cut off the multitude of connectors
in the boot is this 6 disc Sony Minidisc changer - it is much smaller than a 6 disc CD changer as well as less prone to skipping from shock and vibration
the head unit installation all done and buttoned up
the MFSW controls all work
the head unit also has Minidisc support
loading and unloading of the Minidiscs is much easier than CDs as they are very well protected by design