i'm now commuting about an hour each way to work every day and can't really
get my favorite radio stations well. i'm thinking of getting an mp3 player
and connecting it to the radio in my '95 S420. ideally, i'd like to be able
to just mount a jack someplace (like in the center console) and plug the mp3
player into it and use the radio's controls (volume, balance, etc.). does
anyone know if the stock radio has 'audio in' wires someplace? i'm guessing
that i could either tap into the wires from the center-mounted phone (which
i have removed) or the wires from the harness for the CD changer in the
any ideas appreciated.
I just finished doing what you're talking about on my 95 S320. At
first I tried getting the adapter for the CD changer so I could use
the new format (non-MBus) changer that will read mp3's but I tried
every unit availabe without success.
I cut into the CD changer harness and extracted the left and right
audio channels and ran an extension up front to the console. I
disassembaled the console, drilled a small hole and installed a
switching stereo 1/8" jack.
It's important you use the switching type jack otherwise you'll get
distortion from the signal (even silence) from the changer. Plugging
in the jack from your mp3 player will automatically disconnect any
signal from the changer thus giving you crystal clear sound.
I believe you must have the changer connected in order for the radio
to recognize it even though I'm sure there is a way to fake it out and
let the head unit select the cd changer mode anyway.
The hardest part was routing the wires from the trunk to the passenger
One of my colleagues just did that with his Lexus LS 400. He replaced
the stock radio with an Alpine radio. I have a non iPod MP3 player, so I
am looking at other solutions, although the Alpine does work with my
player, I really do not want to replace the stock radio. The fit and
finish is not the same as the oringinal
============Alpine today announced it would ship its Alpine Interface Adapter for
iPod (model KCA-420i) this fall with a target retail price of $100.
First introduced in January 2004 at CES, the interface enables users to
"experience superior sound tuning and control of their iPod music using
any of Alpine's 2004 Ai-Net in-dash head units." Alpine's Interface
Adapter for iPod enables users to access the in-dash receiver's
exclusive Bass Engine technologies for better sound quality and control
of their digital music files in the car.
The solution allows users to control iPod playback using the head unit's
front panel buttons or remote; view song information (artist, album
and/or song name) on the display; and easily find tracks through the
receiver's Quick Search interface. Alpine is also integrating exclusive
MediaXpander technology, which restores lost detail to compressed
digital media, according to the company.
The adapter features a hide-away design and can be installed anywhere in
the vehicle, including under a seat, in the glove box or behind the
dash. A single cable connects the adapter to the Alpine head unit, while
a second cable connects the adapter to the iPod through the iPod dock
connector. Alpine says the the iPod then acts like a plug n' play hard
drive controlled by Alpine's rotary knob control. The Interface Adapter
also charges the iPod's internal battery when the vehicle is powered on.
The Alpine Interface Adapter for iPod will be available through Alpine
Authorized Dealers early this fall for $100 and is compatible with any
iPod mini (firmware version 1.1) and iPod (firmware version 2.2) with a
dock connector. Alpine's 2004 Ai-Net head units, sold separately, are
available through authorized dealers at target retail prices starting at
a b wrote:
The Belkin unit is OK. I've used it myself. I find it has 2
1) if you're traveling city ot city or cross country you'll have to
change frequencies from time to time to eliminate interference from
strong local stations in the area.
2) sound quality. The tuner section in MB radios is good at best,
combine that with a small transmitter and signal to noise ratio gets
even worse. It's great for books on tape or background music. If you
want crystal clear, clean sound, you can't beat a direct wired
connection to the head unit (ie. through cd changer input).
On Fri, 07 Jan 2005 23:04:03 GMT, "123456"
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