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Old 05-20-2005, 06:58 PM   #1
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I'm using a Monster icarplay RF transmitter to listen to Ipod in my Baja, but am wondering if there are any direct-connect options out there (other than replacing the 6-disc in-dash cd player that came with the vehicle).
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Old 05-20-2005, 08:09 PM   #2
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What you what is an FM modulator. Do a search on Google and I'll bet you'll find a number of options
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Old 05-20-2005, 08:53 PM   #3
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I have searched with Google, but haven't found an FM modulater yet that works with the 2005 Subaru Baja Turbo's in-dash 6-disc stereo
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Old 05-21-2005, 08:20 AM   #4
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I hooked up my XM MyFi (the portable) in a matter of minutes using the FM modulator sold for that unit. Plugged rright into the Subaru unit (6-disc).

These companies may sell what you need:
http://www.scosche.com/
http://www.everythingipod.com
http://www.macmall.com
http://www.belkin.com
http://www.densionusa.com

I could go on and on...

Also, search the audio/video forum here and on IcLub and you'll find a considerable amount of discussion about hooking up the iPOD
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Old 05-30-2005, 09:29 PM   #5
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i am using the alpine ipod adapter. I had a custom stero install alping head unit, ipod adapter, sirius, replaced all the factory speakers, did a custom amp install. Pretty sweet setup. The alpine interface sounds awesom.
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Old 05-30-2005, 11:39 PM   #6
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prove it lol lets see some pics
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Old 06-20-2005, 08:41 AM   #7
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Hey all,

so i just tried to post some images but it won't let me post url's because i haven't posted enough. So I'll remove the url stuff.

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Old 06-20-2005, 09:26 AM   #8
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I have searched with Google, but haven't found an FM modulater yet that works with the 2005 Subaru Baja Turbo's in-dash 6-disc stereo
All an FM modulator does is you pick an FM station on your radio and set the modulator to that station and it plays FM quality music over your stereo. Nothing fancy, nothing to be attached, and plugs into your earphone jack.

Radio Shack has one that I use in my Baja ('05 T).
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Old 06-20-2005, 12:59 PM   #9
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All an FM modulator does is you pick an FM station on your radio and set the modulator to that station and it plays FM quality music over your stereo. Nothing fancy, nothing to be attached, and plugs into your earphone jack.
Actually, that's not an FM Modulator, that's a cheap alternative to an FM Modulator. A real FM Modulator goes between the antenna and the stereo and interrupts all signals with whatever input device you feed into the Modulator. Its a lot more reliable, but slightly more difficult to install.

At least that's what I was able to determine form my research.
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Old 06-20-2005, 01:18 PM   #10
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Same thing. There's expensive ways and cheap ways. All you're doing is modifying the signal on the carrier wirelessly instead of hard wired. You'll just get a clearer signal by hard wiring.

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Old 06-20-2005, 01:55 PM   #11
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Yeah, same basic thing, just a fancier version. The modulator "modulates the signal from the ipod (or any sound device that can plug into it) and changes it to an fm radio signal. It's like your own personal radio station. The one that wires into the back of the radio must do extra stuff to make the sound better, like help block out other external signals on that same frequency. The cheap ones that you plug into your cig lighter won't be able to do that. I have not researched specific modulators to tell you which is best, but they all do the basic thing, change ipod signal to an fm radio signal...
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Old 06-21-2005, 12:45 PM   #12
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Same thing. There's expensive ways and cheap ways. All you're doing is modifying the signal on the carrier wirelessly instead of hard wired. You'll just get a clearer signal by hard wiring.
I got a lot of line noise, and living near a metroplex, a lot of bleeding from other stations. The bleeding wasn't what drove me from the cheap, wireless "sound feeder," it was the line noise. Between songs or any time the music was a little bit quiet, I could hear a high pitched whine that actually fluctuated with the RPMs of the engine. I couldn't handle that. Besides, the sound was a bit fuzzy, especially with low bitrate MP3s.

I ultimately swapped out the stereo for one with a front mounted, 1/8" auxiliary jack. The sound is better, the line noise is gone, and my world is peaceful once again.

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Old 06-21-2005, 01:07 PM   #13
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Yep, I only use it for long road trips (not many metroplexes) and you're right, in some areas there's some line noise.
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Old 06-21-2005, 04:40 PM   #14
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There are basiclly little to no free/unused frequencies where I live so most of the FM modulators don't work well here. I also hate it when your driving long distances and have your adapter set to one single only to drive into a location that signal is in use. I swapped out the head unit for one with a line-in (behind the unit) and an Aux-in (infront of the unit.) That way a can use other sources such as hands free and the MP3 player or Sat.
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Old 06-23-2005, 02:32 PM   #15
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Personally, I am very disappointed with the iTrip (FM Transmitter for iPod). When I finally find a clear station to "broadcast" on, the highs/lows are distorted and it all sounds like crap to me. I've quit using it and just listen to CDs now.

I almost want to yank out the CD player in my Baja and throw in a Subaru head unit with a cassette -- at least then I can use a cassette adapter with my iPod. I don't feel like getting a new head unit.

Damn them for not providing aux input on the factory CD head unit!

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Old 06-24-2005, 11:06 AM   #16
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I tried the cassette adapter, still got line noise, but it was still better than the "sound feeder" option. I finally went with this.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1099388410286

Got it installed on site for $0.01
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Old 06-24-2005, 12:05 PM   #17
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I've had good luck with cassette adapters in the past (in my VW Jetta)... Perhaps there is just something to plug into the FM antenna in the back of the head unit that gives you an "aux" input - like how XM is hooked up.

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