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How is everybody hooking up thier Ipods? I dont want one of those cheesy FM modulators because all the aftermarket stuff is ugly and goofy looking and usually sound like crap. Is thier a decent way to do this, I really dont want to buy another head unit??
 

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If you go the aftermarket route, the AudioControl four.1 I am selling had a seperate "B" channel RCA input which will hook you right up with an ultra clean signal.
 

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I'm using the Ipod as my head unit. I have a power adapter that's plugged into the 12V outlet inside the console, and then a cable plugged into the headphone jack of the ipod. That cable runs to the trunk where it feeds directly into the amplifer for the front speakers. Then, the lowpass output from that amp goes into the input of my subwoofer amplifer. No engine/alternator whine, just clear sound. I gave up on the factory head unit after the 2 of them broke (and besides, the factory unit had lousy sound quality).

The nice thing about using my Ipod is that I have >10,000 songs available, with no commercials. I can adjust the sound and search for songs while still watching the road (I just hold the Ipod at the top of the steering wheel).

Ipods rock.
 

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Ipods rock.
Except that with the compression used can be heard by some folks, especially with really good speakers.

Play the same sone in a row, one off the ipod and one off a CD, you might be able to hears what I trying to describe
 

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You know sometimes the search box is not the best way. He asked a direct question and should be given helpful answers. "Use the serch box dummy" is no help.

Sorry it's something that just irritates me on all forums. If a topic has been discussed sometime in the past then by god its not worth discussing again.

I went this way and am very happy. I works great. Just cost you a cord and some time.

http://www.thelug.com/radio/gtoradio.html
 

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Thanks guys, The hardwire setup from DAJUDGE was just what I was looking for, you audiofiles amaze me with your craftyness and detemination, I would of neveer thought to open up the stock unit and find the CD inputs, Is ther any particular numbers on the main board to solder to, or is it pretty easy to see and locate?

Thanks again.
 

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Ross said:
Except that with the compression used can be heard by some folks, especially with really good speakers.

Play the same sone in a row, one off the ipod and one off a CD, you might be able to hears what I trying to describe
I'll agree with you that poorly encoded MP3s will sound... poor.
However, I get very good sound by using high bitrate encoding and a good encoder (I personally like the sound I get from VBR LAME, with 192 as the minimum bitrate).

I did exactly the comparisons you suggest, using the factory head unit and my Ipod. The factory headunit had rolloff at above 12khz and below 50hz. My Ipod, on the other hand, goes cleanly to at least 16khz and down to 23hz. The frequency response of the Ipod is obviously affected dramatically by the encoding used. Overall, the factory radio makes a decent clock.

Having said that, I find that critical listening to music is best done in the house. Cars, while they can sound amazingly good, cannot compare to the sound quality of a properly set up home stereo. For one example as to why, the background noise at home is very low and the car environment is very noisy.
 

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Dajudge said:
You know sometimes the search box is not the best way. He asked a direct question and should be given helpful answers. "Use the serch box dummy" is no help.

Sorry it's something that just irritates me on all forums. If a topic has been discussed sometime in the past then by god its not worth discussing again.
Oh yea, just what we need, to re-hash 27 pages of posts again and again. That way when people DO search for it it won't be in one easy place, but it will be in bits posted over multiple threads. Yea, great idea.
 

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Oh yea, just what we need, to re-hash 27 pages of posts again and again. That way when people DO search for it it won't be in one easy place, but it will be in bits posted over multiple threads. Yea, great idea.
Dude, if it bothers you, then don't respond. Let people discuss, even if it has been talked about in the past. There might be some NEW information that can be shared. There is no need for you to go ape shit.
 

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Oh yea, just what we need, to re-hash 27 pages of posts again and again. That way when people DO search for it it won't be in one easy place, but it will be in bits posted over multiple threads. Yea, great idea.



UM...Yeah.... this is why threads are labeled. For example if you see a thread named "IPOD + GTO" then you might say "I have no interest in reading another thread on this." and that is when you move on and click on something else and let the rest of us read in peace with out being subjected to flaming. Like Rokit said there might be new and interesting news that we might like to read. Excuse the thread hijack.
 

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I have a few JL amps hooked up to the stock head unit with JL Cleansweep and a new JL Cleansweep source expander. I have the stock head unit with XM and my Ipod and I like it a lot.




I have some more pictures here.
http://www.cerberusdigital.com
 

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Dajudge said:
You know sometimes the search box is not the best way. He asked a direct question and should be given helpful answers. "Use the serch box dummy" is no help.

Sorry it's something that just irritates me on all forums. If a topic has been discussed sometime in the past then by god its not worth discussing again.

I went this way and am very happy. I works great. Just cost you a cord and some time.

http://www.thelug.com/radio/gtoradio.html
Just finshed this mod and I am very pleased. I ran the cord into the glove box - I like the fact that the wire is hidden and when I play the ipod it can be left out of sight:cool:
 

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I have a few JL amps hooked up to the stock head unit with JL Cleansweep and a new JL Cleansweep source expander. I have the stock head unit with XM and my Ipod and I like it a lot.




I have some more pictures here.
http://www.cerberusdigital.com
very nice setup

Just finshed this mod and I am very pleased. I ran the cord into the glove box - I like the fact that the wire is hidden and when I play the ipod it can be left out of sight:cool:
any pics?
 
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