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Old 12-27-2006, 09:59 PM   #1
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I have been searching all day but haven't found an answer yet. Yes I read the Stickies and used the Search button, but didn't find exactly what I was looking for. So sorry if I missed it, but here it goes...

I just got a Sirius Starmate 4 with the vehicle kit. I connected it up and it sounds pretty good over the FM transmitter function, but I'd like it to sound better. So I was looking into my options and I came across Sirius' Good, Better, Best methods of connecting this to your car's stereo.

Good = FM Transmitter
Better = FM Direct Connection with Relay
Best = Aux In Direct Connection

I have a fairly old Kenwood Head Unit in my car....maybe 8 years old or so. It's a Kenwood KDC-6009. It has a 13 pin DIN connector for a CD changer, if I remember right. Can I buy an adapter to connect the output of the Sirius Starmate 4 into that?

I found this cable:
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-CDX5eEU...00&I=113CAC2AX

Would this work? Or am I missing something here? Do I need something in between the head unit and the satellite radio?

That cable has a stereo 1/8" (aka 3.5mm) plug, is that right or do I need a mono plug to connect into my Starmate 4?

For some reason that just sounds too easy, or too good to be true, which is why I'm asking here first before I buy it.


The 2nd best method would be to just buy a FM Direct Audio Relay, which is what I was originally going to do...before I saw that kenwood cable.
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/SIRIU...oductDetail.do

Both cables are about the same price, so if the kenwood cable would work, I will just buy that, but if I need some sort of relay or crossover dealy, I'll just go with the FM Relay cable.

I consider myself an audiophile, but I'm also very cheap, so I don't want to spend more than I have to in order to get decent sound.

Sorry for the long post, just thought the more info I provided the easier it would be to get a response.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
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Old 12-27-2006, 11:47 PM   #2
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If that cable works with your stereo, then that is all you need to hook it up to your sportster. the sportster audio out is a 3.5mm stereo jack so you wont even need any adapters. While the FM Direct adapter will give good results, the aux in is always a better option (I've used both).

One thing that I generally suggest to people using the aux input is to consider a line driver like this one:

http://www.myradiostore.com/noise-fi...iamwisufi.html

A lot of people find that the volume level is pretty low with the aux in. The line driver will allow you to boost the level to be equal with your CD player and FM radio. I use the one in the link above and I am very happy with it (it's easy to install too).
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Old 12-28-2006, 12:09 AM   #3
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Awesome, thanks for the info, you answered all of my questions. I have the starmate not the sportster, do they all use the same size audio output jack?

I think I'll try that aux cable, then see if I even need an amp.

Thanks again.
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Old 12-28-2006, 12:11 AM   #4
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No problem. The new sportsters and starmates all use the same dock so they all have the same 3.5mm stereo connector.

good luck!
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