I would like to play MP3s on the radio of a 2004 Taurus. Can I
get a portable MP3 player and then use the little Belkin
antenna to play the MP3s on the radio?
I ask because the antenna for the 2004 Taurus is over the trunk
while the radio itself is inside the trunk. In other words there is
some distance from the Belkin antenna and the receiver.
Is anyone doing this?
Yes, my wife used her iPod this way. It actually works better if you
remove the antenna entirely, because that way the FM txmitter is the
strongest signal available to the radio. At least here in NY (and on
the way north to CT) it is impossible to pick a station that isn't
occupied somewhere along a drive of any reasonable length. Removing or
retracting the antenna attenuates the "real" radio stations and lets
your radio AFT lock on the FM transmitter.
I also recommend the Monster Cable, it gives me much better results
than any of the other products I've tried, plus it charges the iPod.
Don't know if they sell a version for other (non-iPod) MP3 players. I
had one of the Belkin products, and another product of which I forget
the name, both of which had very patchy results.
Removing the antenna sounds like a good idea.
I have the Belkin. I used it with moderate success, but not something that
I liked, in a Honda Civic. In a Dodge Dakota, it just didn't work. A few
other cars gave varying results. In the Honda, it was okay most of the
time, but the Belkin only has a few preset stations, and in the San Jose,
CA area, the local KQED Public Radio station overwhelmed it.
As I drove into the area, I would just stop listening to MP3 and switch to
NPR news ;-)
My 2003 Honda Civic has a single-cd in dash head unit.
It has a connector on the back that could go to an optional CD Changer or
tape deck. I have plugged a P.I.E converter into that jack. The P.I.E has
RCA inputs, and my MP3 player appears as "CD-1, Track 1" on the head unit.
I toggle between CD player and MP3 player with the CD button on the head
I didn't have to remove the radio. There's a flat 14 pin connector, on the
back of the radio, so it was easy enough to reach up behind the radio and
plug the connector in.
There is one for a 2004 Taurus SE at Crutchfield.
I don't see a 2004 Taurus listed on the Logjam site.
The FRDR-Aux is listed for 95-97 Fords.
Clarence A Dold - Hidden Valley Lake, CA, USA GPS: 38.8,-122.5
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