Discussion in 'ICE, Sat Navs & Dash Cams Forum' started by Yoshie, Jan 13, 2008.
All these Ipod accessible car radios.
How do they connect to the ipod?!
through a special cable (varying types depending on alpine model) that connects at the rear of the headunit.
The older models have a large box unit on the cable that allows the headunit to control the iPod, but if your looking into buying an iPod capable headunit steer clear of the older ones as they tend to be very slow
Ook, where does this lead then come out?
From the back of the head unit.
And also, is it possible to add this wire to the back of any head unit?
I don't think there is a "universal" cable that will allow you to connect an iPod to "any" car stero.
You may have to rethink your approach.
Have a look at the various models that do support iPods, and check how they are connected, and what functions they control. Some provide basic connection via the iPod headphone socket and you have to manage the iPod from the unit itself. Others connect via the "data" connection and offer various forms of control from the head unit as well as sometimes supplying power to the iPod.
I guess your decision would then come down to which functions are important to you and how much you are willing to pay for them.
Some units use the AI-Net funactionality [Alpine & Sony etc] some use specific cables which come out of the back of the unit.
If you want a truly universal solution you will need to look at something like an FM unit.
To connect a "ipod" compatable stereo to the ipod...
Some stereo's have 2 photo's and you wopuld have to use a 3.5mm ( headphone) jack to 2 phono.
Some have ipod ( female) conenctors on their loom. You would simply connect the ipod to the cable and control all its features from the screen of the h/unit.
You could also use the "i trip/ fm modulator"
This is normally a plastic cradle which your pod would slide into. You would set the "freq" ie to 107.9 and simply tune your stereo to the same "Freq" and you would be ablwe to hear the pod via your stereo.
There is no simple uni cable. If you need further help please state model numbers and equipment you wish to use ( pod gen would also be good)
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