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Old 07-21-2005, 05:06 AM   #1
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Anyone find a simple/clean way to connect an MP3 or iPod player to the stereo system?

These "digital jukeboxes" have stereo mini-jacks with adaptor cables to connect through RCA-type jacks.

Maybe use an available audio-input on the coach stereo?
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Anyone find a simple/clean way to connect an MP3 or iPod player to the stereo system?

These "digital jukeboxes" have stereo mini-jacks with adaptor cables to connect through RCA-type jacks.

Maybe use an available audio-input on the coach stereo?
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Old 07-21-2005, 10:28 AM   #3
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Hi Jim & MaryJo:
If you go to apple.com and look up iPod Car Audio, you will find a Griffin iTrip for $35.00. This works great and there are no invasive wires. You can also use it in your toad or back to the bedroom.
Hope it works for you.
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Old 07-21-2005, 11:44 AM   #4
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Thanks Chris

BTW, how's the water level at Powell?
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Jim&MaryJo:
We're up to 3607. That's it for this year. Here is a site that can answer any question about the lake.
http://www.wayneswords.com
Enjoy
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Old 07-22-2005, 09:59 AM   #6
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Jim and MaryJo

What stereo do you have? If you have Pioneer head unit (car stereo)like mine (05 model) it should have an aux. input for the head unit (see your stereo manual). I bought an adaptor from Pioneer for $25 and using my XM radio. That way you are getting better sound than using FM signal.

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Old 07-24-2005, 06:02 AM   #7
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Thanks Dave,

That's what I want. The other devices I've tried (fm/cassette couplers) compromise sound quality and I wanted a "hard-wire" solution.

BTW, great to meet you and Walt
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Jim & MaryJo:

I agree the the sound is compromised on most of the fm transmitters such as the Griffin I had initally suggested. However I've found one that is as clear as a bell at any audio level. It's the iTrip and it mounts directly on top of the iPod. It provides all the fm broadcast stations available so you can always find one that isn't compromised. It's 99% as pure as hard wire but it's worth a look because of the wireless convenience. You can be anywhere in the coach and control it, including the bed.
Try it and I'll bet you'll like it.

P.S. I had my system hardwired through my Pioneer dash stereo with XM radio and the equivelant of an audio A/B switch and will now only use the hard wire setup should I lose my iPod and have to substitute the laptop.
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Old 07-24-2005, 10:21 AM   #9
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Thanks Chris, I'll try it.

My wife has a mini-Ipod and the FM unit I initially bought was no good and she still wants a solution for her car.
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As a follow up to complete the information on this thread....

Factory advises there were many changes in the dash stereos, but mine has the Pioneer DEH4400
(2004 Alpine).

And, as a follow-up to anyone seeking a hard-wire solution, Pioneer stereos (late models installed in Alpines) have have an "IP" bus connector on the back of the unit, to which and "IP-Bus to RCA jack" cable can be purchased.

From there, just get an RCA-to-Stereo mini-jack cable (from Radio Shack), and you're ready to plug in an Ipod or MPG directly to dash stereo.
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You will need CD-RB10 or CD-RB20 for your aux input. Very easy.

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Dave,

ordered the RB10, RB20 apparently has a pigtail to support multiple inputs (e.g. Ipod & XM inputs).

BTW, nice to meet you and glad to see things are getting sorted out. I think the research we did to support the Alpine decision is sound and valid; just have to shake some bugs out...

Hope to see you at Walt's. Figuring on taking him up on his gracious hospitality with a few initial modifcations to the new coach.
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You're very welcome.

You are also welcome to stop by my house as well for small stuff.

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