What cable to connect iPhone 5 to car stereo input jack?

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  1. hakr100 macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't come across the right cable to connect my iPhone 5 to my car's stereo via the usual small round input jack? Is one available yet? If so, what is it called now, and who has it? Or is it just the usual stereo mini plug at both ends?

    Thanks!
     
  2. mac00l macrumors 6502

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    You can use the same you used with your phone. Actually any male-to-male audio jack will work
     
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  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    If you're fine with audio running through the headphone amp you can use the usual 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable. If, however, you want line level audio from the lightning port I have yet to see anything.

    Why is a cable question posted in the IOS6 subforum?
     
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  6. brylliant macrumors regular

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    I go old-school and use a cassette adapter! =P
     
  7. Daremo macrumors 68000

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    I use the 9 pin port to my aux port in my car, all hidden away inside the dash. I realize this is a long way around, but it charges, and plays audio in the car, it's all hidden away, and I had all of it lying around already...

    I use the Apple composite AV Cable only hooking up the Left and Right audio cables. I use the USB plug into a hidden USB adapter to power and charge the phone.
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC748ZM/A/apple-composite-av-cable?fnode=3a
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    From the Left and Right audio out I run into a Y splitter. 2 RCA Female into 1 3.5mm (1/8") male adapter. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=216446&is=REG&A=details&Q=
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    One 3.5mm to 3.5mm Female to female coupler. http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2102697
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    A standard 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable. http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4344796
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    I run the Apple 30 pin to Lightning (.02) Adapter into the 30 pin Apple composite AV cable.
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD824ZM/A/lightning-to-30-pin-adapter-02-m?fnode=3a
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  8. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    Wow, Apple & Radio Shack getting rich off you.

    Good old Bluetooth (and it's free).
     
  9. Daremo macrumors 68000

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    To each their own.
     
  10. dontpannic macrumors 6502

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    However generally sounds worse due to compression.

    It's a long winded solution, but actually not a bad one to be honest!
     
  11. Daremo macrumors 68000

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    I worked with what I had in a drawer. Other then the lightning to 30 pin adapter, I had everything else already, and since the video out on the 30 pin doesn't work with the iPhone 5 anyway, this was a good solution for me, and keep the integrity of the sound quality. I'm happy.
     
  12. jkauff macrumors member

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    One advantage to having a 12 year old car is that I still have an in-dash cassette player and adapter. Sounds pretty good, too. I'm impressed with the tiny little DAC Apple managed to fit in the iPhone 5.
     
  13. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Pros and cons. Different people have different priorities. If free is a top priority and you have BT in your car then BT is probably a good fit. It really shouldn't be that difficult to imagine that others aren't the exact same situation and don't share your priorities and that other solutions may be a better fit.

    Read the very post you quoted. BT doesn't address charging so it's not relevant to that person. Each has to find a solution that works for that person. BT isn't likely relevant to those using cassette adapters either.
     

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