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Old 11-28-2006, 04:35 PM   #1
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I was using an fm modulator in my car and the sound was much better than without it. I still wasn't satisfied so spent the money I didn't have to buy a new car stereo with an aux input. It is a huge difference. Circuit City told me that it would be different, but it is much better. For those that complain about the sound quality in the car, this is expensive, but is worth a try. If anything, I can now play mp3's if I choose. Anybody else have this opinion?
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I am looking into doing the same thing

which radio did you get?

Does it have the aux input on the front of the radio?

please give model etc....
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I actually just installed an aux input to my stereo this weekend. And I didn't get a 3.5 mm cable until today at lunch time. Had to find one that suited me just right and was short. Tuned it on AUX and OMG!

Had to spend the money for the adapter and engineer the whole ordeal, plus spend an entire afternoon on it in the COLD... but DAMN!
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I just got a new head unit for my car as well. The CD player in my old Delco loc II built in 1992 finally bit the dust. I bought a Sirius ready Kenwood with a usb port. I used an adapter on the aux input and plugged in my sportster into the back of it. It sounds soooo much better than when I was using the FM modulator. Someday I will probably get the Sirius car unit so I can control it directly from my stereo. The USB input is pretty cool too, I can drag and drop songs from my computer onto a jump drive and plug it directly into the stereo.

Oh yea, stereo is a Kenwood KDCMP532U. Got it at Best Buy for 179 bucks. On the back it has an input for a Kenwood add ons. CD changer/Sirius radio/HD radio/ipod. I bought an adapter that converted that input to RCA jacks and used the 3.5mm to RCA that came with my sportster to connnect it. It sounds pretty good.
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I actually just installed an aux input to my stereo this weekend. And I didn't get a 3.5 mm cable until today at lunch time. Had to find one that suited me just right and was short. Tuned it on AUX and OMG!

Had to spend the money for the adapter and engineer the whole ordeal, plus spend an entire afternoon on it in the COLD... but DAMN!
Which stereo did you get?

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I was using an fm modulator in my car and the sound was much better than without it. I still wasn't satisfied so spent the money I didn't have to buy a new car stereo with an aux input. It is a huge difference. Circuit City told me that it would be different, but it is much better. For those that complain about the sound quality in the car, this is expensive, but is worth a try. If anything, I can now play mp3's if I choose. Anybody else have this opinion?
It doesn't have to be "expensive" in another thread someone posted that they picked up a car stereo at I think Target with aux. Adpt. In the front for like 69.00 bucks a real bargain!

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Were you using a "wireless fm mod. Or hard wired? Thanks...
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I am using the factory Harmon Kardon system. I just bought an auxiliary input adapter that goes where a CD changer would plug in. The factory stereo is damn good and fits with the cockpit. Fitting in with the feel of the cockpit is important to me. Streamline and stealth.

But if I was going to buy a new stereo I would opt for a connector on the front. In my case I didn't just hook my Sportster up to the back of the unit. I installed a connector in the center of an access cover. In a nice spot many Mini owners use. And it comes with the aux kit. Now the input is available to many devices.

That USB stereo sounds like a winner.
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I bought a Dual off Amazon for $80...great car stereo with an "iPlug", which lets you mount the aux-in where you need it on your dash.
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I was using a wired FM Modulator on my factory Hyundai Elantra am/fm/cd stereo. I bought a Sony CDX-GT200 with a front aux input. I got it on sale for $99.99 including installation at Circuit City. The wiring and the other parts were $60. Well worth it.

Part of the problem with the old radio is that I didn't like the equalizer and this one has 7 different settings. I think the sound is clearer, but that could just be because of using the aux and not the fm.
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Remember, everytime you have to broadcast/change the signal it picks up distortion and these things have enough AS IS nevermind being converted to FM then broadcast via .5WATT transmitter.

Also, the "gain" on the signal (how loud it sounds) is lost when converted.

Direct connect eliminates all the extra distortion and is usually universal for future upgrades.

Sirius is kinda doing everyone a favor by forcing you to do away with the half assed FM broadcast.
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I bought a Dual off Amazon for $80...great car stereo with an "iPlug", which lets you mount the aux-in where you need it on your dash.
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thats the radio i have except mine is xm ready (xm is hooked up also)
my starmate 3 is hooked up thru the iplug. i had to get a GLI but the sq is awsome!
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