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Old 12-26-2006, 08:07 PM   #1
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Red face direct wire to head unit

I got my stiletto car dock installed today. I have an after market Alpine head unit that had a auxiliary input originally meant for a CD changer. As those are sort of obsolete IMHO, I was able to get an adapter that converted tht to RCA's for input. I ran a 3.5mm to RCA wire into this adapter and hard wired the Stiletto dock. I also got the mount from cellularmount.com and the install looks really decent. The only thing I don't like is my whole interior is charcoal but the one wire is white. It's clean looking except for that.

Now onto the sound difference. I tried using the dock to broadcast the signal to an FM frequency that was relatively free. It was still static-y and almost always had fuzz. My wife has a Stratus installed in her car and we installed it using the FM modulator. That produces a very reasonable sound level with no static to speak of. Since I had the Aux-in I went that route. What a difference it makes! It's basically crystal clear. On the hip hop nation station I get loud thumps from the sub still. I can turn it up and it's not distorted and I don't hear any outside noises at all. If it's at all possible, I highly reccommend you go with an Auniliary input versus the modulator. It's a night and day difference. It wasn't cheap to install, Tweeter charged me like $90 for the install of the dock and the anetnna, another $20 for the Alpine wire and then $40 (yeah i got ripped off here) for the RCA to 3.5mm wire (which I prolly had half a dozen at home in a box somewhere). So all of that plus the car dock put it around $220 total. Not a cheap toy at all but still worth it IMHO. I might go back to Tweeter and bitch at them about the white wire and ask if they can change it to a black one to match the rest of the car.

One other thing of note. The installer ran my antenna to the rear deck to the corner of the deck but inside the car still. I had a bit of an issue with this at first but told them I'd ride with it for a few days and see how the signal is. I rode 45 mins home and had 3 bars the whole way. There's only 1 terrestrail signal and it's about 10 miles from me so I'd say it did pretty well. It will keep it from getting weathered and it won't scratch my paint either. If I think about it tomorrow I will take some pics of the install.
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