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Old 05-31-2002, 11:33 AM   #1
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Default Enabling AUX Input on my Sony ES Deck

I would really like to hook my mp3 player up to the deck in my car. I ran an rca cable from the aux input in the back of the deck to under the pasenger's side seat. I plug in the mp3 player hit play and nothing. I try changing the source on the deck. I get cd and radio as options but never aux. Someone told me I have to buy a cd change to get aux enabled. Is this true? Is there another cable I have to buy? Is there just some wierd button combo I have to push to make it turn the port on? Ohh yeah, it's a Model CDX-C760 Sony ES deck. Probably about 4 or 5 years old now.

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Old 05-31-2002, 11:57 AM   #2
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You could try to check on-line and see if Sony has the ownerns manuals up? That might tell you.

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Old 05-31-2002, 01:13 PM   #3
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if it's anything like my pioneer, you need to go into the sytem setup and turn it on; this is *usually* going to be whatever button you hit to go into the audio menus, but do it when the deck is turned off (has power, just not turned on)

make sense?
on my pioneer I turn my car on, turn the stereo off, hold the menu button for ~5 seconds, then it lets me go through stuff like alarm and illumination settings, preout controls, etc; stuf that you wouldn't want to clutter up normal menus with.

my old sony (~4 years old, a cdx-2180, was the same way.....)
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Old 05-31-2002, 01:16 PM   #4
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just thought about something; you're sure these are RCA ins, and not preouts, right?
my old sony had preouts in 2 places....

the aux in on my pioneer is basically a changer cable with a set of rca jacks in a little box; I don't know if sony has somethign similar.
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Old 05-31-2002, 09:28 PM   #5
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NO!!! unfortunately, all ES decks use the sony proprietary UNILINK bus. even though you have some rca jacks marked as AUX, they are dead until you buy a unilink bus to aux adapter. the infamous sony xa-107:

unilink adapter from crutchfield

now the bad news. they were $90 last time i looked. yeah, for a box the size of a cigarette pack, it's a very costly thing...

the new sony head that use, and get this, a diff unilink protocol than the old unilink (from what i heard), has what sony calls a AUX-LITE input... which i hope doesnt mean i have to buy another box...
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Old 06-01-2002, 04:08 PM   #6
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Yep - you'll probably be needing some kind of adapter from Sony. Kinda overkill, but you have to have it to activate the aux in ports.
The older XA300 adapter does support two analog in's, a pass through for a changer and a USB input for your computer (to route the audio output from the computer to the stereo). So at least you have something extra to show for your $90.

If you want a used one, I've got one up on ebay now. PM me if you want the url (not sure it's proper to post it here.) Mine doesn't have a unilink cable though, so that will set you back another $30.

This was one reason I switched to a Blaupunkt HU for my WRX. Aux in ready to go - just plug in and push the button.)

PS As a previous poster noted, Sony is famous for changing the specs on a "standard" in mid stream. Make sure whatever you buy is compatible with your specific head unit (check the manual).
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