Best accessory to hook iPod to Car stereo?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by d wade, Dec 21, 2006.

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    d wade

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    Right now i use the Monster FM transmitter. It really sucks because I live in a heavily populated area, so the airwaves are jammed with radio stations overpowering my music.

    I am constantly changing it around to find a clearer station. I am sick of this and want something that will give me CD quality with no hassle. The thing I do like about it though is that it charges the iPod when plugged in.

    I don't have a cassette player in my car, so i cant use that.

    I would like some sort of direct hookup or something.

    In my friend's brand new Lexus he has a cable hooked to some auxiliary setting that he said newer cars come with. I drive a 2004 SUV, so I am out of luck there too.

    Is there any cable out there that can give me great quality and charge the iPod at the same time?
     
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    c-Row

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    A quick-and-dirty solution would be getting a car stereo with an AUX input on the front which you could plug the iPod into.
     
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    d wade

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    ok thats what im gonna do. gonna end up costing around $200 by getting the new iPod ready head unit plus adapter. but hey, my gf has been looking for an xmas gift for weeks, and i just found the PERFECT one :)

    thanks alot!
     
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    backsidetailsli

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    that monster hook up is garbage.
    i live in toronto and the kensington RDS transmitter works amazingly
     
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    forget the fm transmitters. I've had several over the years: 2 versions of the iTrip &2 others, they all sucked. I use two vehicles, a sedan & a van. In the sedan I use a cassette adaptor and in the van, i use a direct hook up via the head unit's CD changer auxi. the only reason i haven't thrown them out is in case I have to use somebody else's car w/c has no direct hook up, I can still use my iPod.
     
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    tominated

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    there are some 3rd party car stereos (alpine and pioneer for example) that have built in ipod support.
     
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    sandman42

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    Are any of them any good?

    Do these work ok? I tried one out maybe 2 years ago, when they hadn't been available very long, and it didn't seem useable. It took *forever* to scroll through the list of artists. I would really like to adopt this tech, but it was so bad when I tried it, it really put me off it. Have they improved it much? Is there one that's known for being especially good?
     
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    zim

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    I have a stereo with a line out.. plug and play :D.

    You can get a decent car stereo with a line out for under 100.. at least I did last year for my wife's car. Her line out is right on the front of the stereo.
     
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    d wade

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    the price is not really a factor. i want the best, am willing to pay a little more. i needed a new head unit anyway

    plus, my gf is gonna get it for me for xmas. she likes to spoil me, so i am sure it will be a nice one :)
     
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    puckhead193

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    I think their was a thread in the picture gallery on your ipod car set up, you could look their

    which lexus? i drive an 04 ES and their is no easy way to hook anything up :(
     
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    tominated

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    well, my dads car has ipod support built in and it worls great. for the standard stereo from VW it treats it as a massive cd, but the other stereos treat it as an ipod and i heard they are awesome.
     
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    zim

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    Well then go with a line in or a unit that has inputs on the back, you will get the best sound.
     
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    d wade

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    i said brand new bro. '06 IS

    and not to be a jerk or grammar police... but when referencing a location, the correct spelling is 'THERE'

    i'm sorry but it is a huge pet peeve of mine. i can't STAND when people mix up their/there/they're or too/two/to, etc. it's simple English learned in elementary school.
     
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    puckhead193

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    Sorry for being LD :rolleyes: :eek:
     

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