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cyril is offline Old Post 06-24-2004 02:26 PM
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6 years ago I tried an FM transmitter, but gave up as it was a bit too fiddly having to re-tune it in London.

So I have been using a cassette adapter for the last 10 years! Sound quality is quite good, but at some time I should build a custom dashboard with a TiVo, GPS, mp3 and phone unit and heads up display.

I dont drive much (5k/yr) so I havent bothered to do this yet.

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OK, so FM transmitters are a no go then.

Here's hoping that one day more car manufacturers or car stereo makers will incorporate an easy facility for listning to mp3 players or equivalents.

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quote:
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OK, so FM transmitters are a no go then.

Here's hoping that one day more car manufacturers or car stereo makers will incorporate an easy facility for listning to mp3 players or equivalents.



Yep!

All car stereos should have a 3.5mm stereo jack socket on the front that mutes the radio.

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There's a brand new device from apple that works in BMWs and Minis to allow you to control your iPod from the steering wheel controls.

http://www.ipodyourbmw.com/

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There is a company which will fit a cradle and set it up with a line-in to your head unit. I forget them name but i'm sure Google will find it.

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Is this link similar to what you mean Sanderton ?

Quote from website 'iPod routes iPod audio through the CD changer port and translates head unit key presses into remote control commands for the iPod giving access to FF/RW as if the iPod was an integrated component of your car stereo.'

The Carphone Warehouse provide a service to fit this.

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That's the one.

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Not sure if this has been mentioned before - but Dension make an iPod interface for Car audio systems that support external CD/MD multichangers - hopefully including my Sony MD unit.

It seems that there is quite a degree of control between the two - with the iPod being passed forward/reverse requests from the radio, and the ipod only being powered when it is selected as a source.

More details from Dension IceLink

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quote:
Originally posted by Ashley
Yep!

All car stereos should have a 3.5mm stereo jack socket on the front that mutes the radio.



AIWA makes several units like this. I am thinking about buying one.

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I've used both the Belkin TuneCastII FM transmitter, and their cassette adapter with my iPod. The cassette adapter works very well...the FM transmitter is not worth it, period!


I agree, I think the UK FM band is too crowded for fm transmitters to work effectively, you just spend lots of time searching for a clearer channel, especially when driving

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I agree, I think the UK FM band is too crowded for fm transmitters to work effectively, you just spend lots of time searching for a clearer channel, especially when driving


I find 87.5 is normally empty, as BBC & Commercial stations start at 88.0

(iTrip & Old School iPod)

There are places who sell CD changer adapters, so if your car stereo can hook up to a CD changer, then it may be possible to hook your iPod into it using an adapter (or two...)

Try here:

http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/help/ipodfriendly.html

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ALDI are knocking out a personal CD player for £18 starting July 1st... it comes with a car kit.

buy this, swipe the car kit and cables and you're left with somebodies christmas present.

aldi are also doing a 160gb samsung for £70 starting the same day.

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I've been using a cassette adapter with the line out of a portable CD player for years. It works very well but now and again you get a CD with the levels set too high and it distorts on loud bits, not enough to put you off but you do hear it.
I guess the effectiveness of the adapter will vary according to the output power of the Ipod line out, the level you've encoded your files at and the individual cassette player's sensitivity?

My new car has a CD player, so I won't be needing it any more.
Mine is the same as the Argos link on the previous page, but minus the 'bass boost' (treble cut ) bit.
If anyone wants to try a cassette adapter they can have mine for a donation of a couple of quid to Oxfam http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what_you_ca...ashdonation.htm
PM me a postal address, I'll find it drop it in the post and PM you to send a donation.

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