Ipod connections + Post your "iPod in the car" set-up here:

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  1. freeformula

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    Best way to attach iPod in your car

    What system would you guys recommend to attach the iPod in the car? The Belkin TuneDok looks simple enough but a bit bulky. The Power Support stands look sleek but it forces you to use their silicone jackets whcih I'd rather not use. Are there other systems out there that I could check out?
     
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    Hi TJ, if your not too picky about looks or brand, check out those tape deck adaptors they sell in hi-fi shops. It doesn't look as neat and cool like Belkin products but is way more economical and practical. got mine at Radio Shack a long time back -- dunno if its still open now.
     
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    i use itrip to transmit tunes to my car stereo. But in some cases, it would give you a lot of noise especially if your in the city. I also used the cassete jack to plug your ipod and stereo , worked just well but mind the cords.

    Do what suits your lifestyle best. To wire or not to wire.
     
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    Thanks guys. I was planning to have a clean installation of an RCA-miniplug cable at Mickey's Autosound since my head unit has an AUX channel. I was wondering if there was something that could keep the iPod in place.
     
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    Hi TJ. Just want to share this with you, that is, if you haven't seen it yet. Your planned set-up would be the best thus far.

    As far as keeping it in place, hmmmm. I think those cup-holder looking ones are so far the ones only available as of now.

    Goodluck!
     
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    Hi Direk Al!

    Are you using the PocketDock w/ your iPod & CRV?

    How's the performance so far? Would you recommend it?

    P.S. Good luck w/ the NCAA broadcast on Saturday! Of course, we'd rather have you w/ us at the MUG Meet instead. :)
     
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    Thanks Al!

    I never knew that the sound quality was better through the Dock! The moment I read the article you sent, I swapped my home stereo connection from the earphone jack, put the iPod in its dock and used its line out jack. Much better!
    So if the Pocket Dock functions the same way, then it's something I'd want for my car connection. Only thing is, I have to use a car charger for the older iPods.
    And my Belkin Car Charger is still sealed in its case! At least I can still sell it! :p
     
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    I use a Belkin Auto Kit for Ipod that's connected directly to my head unit's front auxiliary input. ;)
     
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    The way I see it.. the easiest way to hook up an ipod to a car can be found here :D

    [Edited on 6-22-2004 by tdbur]
     
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    I was looking at that Belkin gadget as well marvinp. It looks like the "lighter" side has the miniplug jack and that the entire kit connects to the dock connector port. Does it mean it also has better audio quality since the audio comes from the dock connector like the stock dock or the PocketDocks? Do you use the adjustable amplifier a lot?

    tdbur, I wish I had a BMW. Even a MINI! Happy with my Pajero tho.

    Thanks guys! I wonder if the Alpine head unit for the iPod's available locally?
     
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    But its so easy to make the switch.. Mitsubishi to BMW.. its as natural and easy as Windows to Mac :) Quite a lot of Mac users own BMW's.. including mini BMW's :)
     
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    This is how i have mine connected as well, but the sound quality of the audio out is not as good as the one found in the apple dock. It's amplified with an output/volume control on the charger body.

    The pocketdock w/ audio-out or SIK's din appears to be a better option, to get the most out of your ipod and car stereo.
     
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    Ahh, tdbur how I wish. I actually wanted a Land Rover Defender 110, but the missus wouldn't have it. I think some Defenders have been using BMW engines for quite some time. Pwede na rin ang switch na yan!

    Thanks wpalomine. If that's the case, then the PocketDock still is a consideration.
     
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    Thanks Macmon! It's a good guide. Check out my response in the PocketDock thread...:lol:

    The SiK imp looks like a good option for connecting to the car's audio system. Maybe I can couple this with the Belkin TuneDok as the holder...

    [Edited on 6-22-2004 by freeformula]
     
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    Hi Arel!

    I've placed an order already and I'm hoping that it would arrive soon. The reason I did was because when I connect my iPod to my amplifier via the Dock, there seems to be a difference ( no matter how slight it is) compared to a "from the ear/headphone out" kind of a connection. I'm in no way an audiophile, but somehow, one could really tell the difference of the sound output between the two set-ups.

    Sad to say, my iPod car connection is still the old but trusted cassette adaptor connection. But with the arrival of the Pocketdock, I'm hoping to get an improvement in the sound output of the iPod.


    Thanks, man! I've been doing this for years and yet I still get butterflies in my stomach everytime I hear the buzzer!
    I'd really love to join you very nice and helpful people, but our call-time would run smack into the 12 noon schedule of the Karting MUGmeet. I'd surely try and catch up with you people.

    Thanks, my favorite mugger.:D

    @freeformula - I, too, didn't know about the sound difference until I bought myself a dock for my iPod (15 GB lang that's why there were no Docks in the box ;)). I'll try and let you know of the PocketDock's performance once I get my hands on it.

    [Edited on 6-22-2004 by bagwis]
     
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    hi, is the pocketdock available locally? from the pic, you also have firewire connection. but how do you charge it while in the car?
     
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    As of the moment, not yet. I have yet to see a firewire to car charger... I think the PocketDock was not specifically designed for car connection. I just thought since it's portable, might as well use it in the car.
     
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    The sound is definitely better than if you used the iPod's headphone jack because it's coming from a digital source. I've set the Belkin's volume level to just about halfway, which is equal to full volume when using the iPod's built-in amplifier. The only downside is that I hear a tiny bit of static thru my car's speakers whenever the volume is low/off. I probably need to just ground it properly. ;)
     
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