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5 minutes ago, RossO said:

I believe you could get an adapter to go from USB to the 3.5mm input.  Not %100 on that though.

From what I've read those require external power and only support Udrive connections.. not a generic thumb drive of MP3/FLAC files unfortunately.

I appreciate the replies regardless 👍

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Ah, gotcha.  Does your defender have the storage space next to the shifter?  If so, there was a guy on this forum awhile back that built a bracket for his 1din radio.  He posted pics of in "LCD mount" topic I think.  

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Also, I just googled "off road audio that accepts usb" and a Rockford Fosgate radio popped up that says it has a USB input.  It is a Rockford Fosgate PMX-0

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On 8/2/2022 at 10:57 AM, RossO said:

Also, I just googled "off road audio that accepts usb" and a Rockford Fosgate radio popped up that says it has a USB input.  It is a Rockford Fosgate PMX-0

Yep I looked at that one.... per the owners manual:
"USB Operation The USB port on the back of the device is for firmware updates and charging devices only. Using it as an audio source will not work."

Edit: after talking to Rockford Fosgate tech you need at least a PMX-1 or higher to get USB playback.  But they rate their 4x50w per channel at 2ohm speakers. That would only be 25w RMS at the 4ohm Kicker speakers I have unless I fork out even more $$ for an amp to go with it. For the extra money that would cost, I'll be happier keeping my Pyle Marine single DIN head unit even though it will require additional work to install.
I appreciate the efforts RossO.

 

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1 hour ago, Steelslinger said:

I run an Infinity marine unit and has a USB drive, and it'll read mp3 or wma from it.

https://www.rocktheboatmarinestereo.com/html/62503.html

This checked all my boxes and I ordered it from Amazon for USD $175, It's power rating was for 4ohm speakers unlike the Rockford Fosgate's 50w @ 2ohm rating so I shouldn't need an amp. 
 

Much appreciated @Steelslinger . You just cost me $200 but saved me a ton of work.😁👍

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