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connect iPod to car stereo

Post by Darkstar » Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:45 am

Anyone connect an iPod or iPhone to the car stereo system before? Whats the best (and least expensive) way to do it. My wife wants her iPod connected in her car (2007 Honda). I havent really messed with them but looking online im seeing all kinds of different "solutions"

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Post by dicecca112 » Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:07 am

Does she have an AUX Jack in the car? If not there are FM Connectors that transmit to the radio.
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Post by skier » Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:24 am

if you have a tape deck you can pick up a tape-aux for around $10 and at walmart you can get an fm transmitter for $11, i prefer to use the tape deck when it works because the transmitter requires batteries and you have to remember to shut it off or it will eat batteries multiple times per week-takes two AAA also the tape provides better audio and sometimes the transmitter gets interference and has static like the radio

(i use the transmitter instead of the tape because sometimes my head unit decides the tapedeck won't work, and has some 'fits' which i can't even describe.)

but you can get 140W receivers that have aux-in as low as $60 new at parts express
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Re: connect iPod to car stereo

Post by Sparky » Fri Sep 10, 2010 6:31 pm

We've tried the FM radio frequency adapters and there was just too much noise and poor sound quality.

We used this in my wife's Nissan Murano: http://usaspec.com/
It's just OK. Works with the controls in the factory radio, but hard to use IMO.


I swapped out the head unit for Alpine's w/iPod specific controllers in both my cars, works far better than the aftermarket add on my wife has.

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Re: connect iPod to car stereo

Post by Major_A » Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:49 am

I have an old Pioneer headunit (4 or 5 years old) and purchased their iPod controller (2 years ago). If I were to buy a newer Pioneer headunit then I could control the iPod via the audio knob. Right now I have to hit 5 different buttons to pick either the artist, album, genre, or playlist. So suffice it to say I have the iPod set to shuffle and if I'm not digging the song I skip to the next one.
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With all that being said I used to travel all the time and took an iPod with me and a trusty 3.5MM stereo jack. There were some inherent problems with this setup but it is the best/cheapest way to add iPod connectivity. The upside is your car speakers tun into the iPods headphones. The downside is the sound (in my experience) is only as good as the 3.5MM cable. You can buy a cheap headunit with an auxiliary input from Best Buy they usually have free installation. Or if you are more comfortable you can buy a headunit, radio adapter kit (if necessary), wiring harness and do it yourself.
Cheap Pioneer stereo with output jack.
http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-DEH-1300M ... B003ZDO2LM

The last option I've used is the iPod to FM transmitter. This is the worst option and the sound is bad. Even when you dial in the adapter and radio station it sounds like the music is broadcast from a tin can.

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Re: connect iPod to car stereo

Post by shamrok3 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:42 pm

Major_A wrote: The last option I've used is the iPod to FM transmitter. This is the worst option and the sound is bad. Even when you dial in the adapter and radio station it sounds like the music is broadcast from a tin can.
Really? I've been using an FM receiver for a while now and sound quality is fine. It drops out if not connected (to power), but generally brilliant so long as it's on an empty frequency...
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Re: connect iPod to car stereo

Post by review8 » Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:15 pm

The AUX jack is the best way to connect to the stereo. They do make an adapter that you can hook up through the radio, I have had this. However, it doesn't always hold the station and will skip around, which is annoying. I would look into the AUX jack.
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