I fitted an after market stereo in my cooper with an aux input and the sound quality is brilliant. You cant change tracks or anything through the stereo but you have your mp3 player with you anyway so it doesn't bother me!
Had an fm transmitter before and that was rubbish! the aux input is a million times better!
I don't own an ipod but I would imagine the interface is a digital connection meaning the sound would be digital for longer and give you better sound quality that way.
An aux socket would probably use the headphone socket and so would be analogue and so give a slight drop in sound quality. Of course you'd have more options with an aux input. - Plugging in a DVD player or something.
This cable is inexpensive and works great. It is a dock connector that gives you the same line-out signal used by iPod interfaces, to plug into the aux input with no loss in sound quality. Added bonus is that the cord is retractable. Google "ZipLinq" for vendors in your area.
hmmm the decision. Not sure yet, but the aux input is sounding appealing. Hopefully the slightly poorer sound quality is made up by the fact that its waaaaaaay cheaper. Still not sure, but thanks guys [/quote]
If you go for the Aux-in look on ebay for a good selection and good quality. I got one from Hi-Fi LINKS £32 but the installation procedure was not so good, if you want a procedure
( I made one up with photos when installing)...you can PM me. I can send you a PDF/Word version.
Anyway good luck with whatever you decide to do.
I had the AUX input fitted by the dealer at pruchase (about £30) it works OK but the one thing that bugs me is that the ipod pre amplifies for headfones, so in order to get a decent volume on the factory "boost" steroe you have to have the iPod and the stereo cranked up on full.
As its a convertible this can mean that at high speeds, depending on how the original track was ripped you can't hear it!
I believe the ICELink devices have a better pre aplification so more ajustment is available on the head unit.
Althought I have the AUX adaptor i'm saving my pennies for a trip to Mikeythemini to get me an ICELLink!!
Have you set the aux level? Press the button with the music note repeatedly until the display shows AUX LEV, then turn the volume knob to set the level (0 to 5). I believe the default is 1. Mine is set to 4.
I use the aux input with a belkin dock for the ipod. The belkin provides a true line out, like rkw and beastmaster have mentioned. The sound levels are more than adequate with an aux input level of 2 (I think that's what I set it to). Plus, the belkin charges the ipod as well.
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