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Old December 9th, 2005, 06:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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FM modulators...

I am looking into getting a FM modulator for my car, cuz my stereo dosent have a RCA output. Whats the best FM modulator out there, I have been trying to do some research, and I cant fine out which one is the best or really good, yeah know?

Opinions on this would be awesome, I appreciate it, thanks guys.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 06:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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are you looking for an output to use with an amp

or

do you need an input to hook up a Mp3 player


there really arent any real good ones your best bet would be to pick up a headunit with the connections you are looking for
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Old December 9th, 2005, 07:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I am looking to hardwire a fm modulator to my head unit because awhile back I bought a Alpine head unit, and didnt even think about getting the one with RCA input. I just need a hard wire FM modulator so I can hook my ipod to it. Not the wireless ones.

ANd yeah, input lol.
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Old December 16th, 2005, 11:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
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I'm not completely following you here. You can't wire an FM transmitter to the headunit. The FM transmitter only connects to your mp3 player and broadcasts the signal on an fm frequency, so you then tune your radio to what ever frequency you decide to broadcast it on. So it HAS to be wireless, it can't be wired to the HU. I looked into getting one of these when i had an ipod and what I learned was that FM has a very narrow frequency response... so you'll be missing out on some of the highs and lows in the music, and it will sound like FM radio... not good if you're looking for great sound, but if you don't really care much then go for it. I'm not entirely sure about what products are best though. Also for some JVC headunits there is an addapter available to convert the CD changer port to RCA intputs... about $50, there might be a simmilar product for Alpines.
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Old December 16th, 2005, 04:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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a decent FM modulator will hook into the head unit in between the HU and antennea wire

i have been looking around and asked a few people about and all i can find out is for the best quality find one like i am talking about but it is still only going to be FM quality
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Old December 16th, 2005, 06:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i might be getting a new head unit for my car...one that plays mp3's and the guy said something about getting a wire to connect to the headset jack of my ipod then plugging it into the hole in the stereo...how much do those normally cost?
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Old December 16th, 2005, 07:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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look for a HU that has an AUX in put or one that is IPOD compatible i know there several alpine and pioneer HUs that you can get an ipod adapter so you can hook into the docking part of the ipod and that will give you the best SQ
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Old December 16th, 2005, 07:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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look for a HU that has an AUX in put or one that is IPOD compatible i know there several alpine and pioneer HUs that you can get an ipod adapter so you can hook into the docking part of the ipod and that will give you the best SQ
well due to money shortages im looking at a sony. it has the input hole there on the bottom part and the guy said id have to buy some cord to hook up to my ipod then the HU
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yeah i know the one your talking about you will need a cable that has an 1/8" headphone jack on each end of the cord taht will be better than FM modulated so if your tight on cash that would be the way to go
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Old December 16th, 2005, 07:53 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Old December 16th, 2005, 10:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
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They do have fm mods that just plug into the cigg lighter and have usb and what ever a headphone plug is called on it. You just plug it into the lighter and it will put it through the attena with out tapping..... just a thought
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Old December 17th, 2005, 01:08 AM   #12 (permalink)
 
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Fm modulators suck as far as sound quality. I bought my head unit like 2yrs ago so it has no aux. input. Fm modulators are better than fm transmitters, but the sound quality is still almost sub cassette tape. Just shell out the cash for a new head unit, you can always ebay the old one. The wire you can get at walmart or radioshack. Depending on your head unit it will be either a micro stereo jack (headphone jack) on both ends, or a micro stereo jack on one end, and two rca jacks on the other end. Walmart actually sells one that functions as both for like $5.00
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Old December 17th, 2005, 12:20 PM   #13 (permalink)
 
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I spent like freakin $200 on this alpine head unit for everything. Wire harness, adpater kit, filler kit, all that crap...and I cant hook my ipod to it. At the time, I hadnt considered getting a ipod or a head unit that had a RCA input, because I just didnt think about it at the time. I just wanted a head unit that played MP3 cds, and now I want a head unit that I can plug my ipod into. I might just go to the place I got my head unit from, and get the one that has the ipod interface. I mean, alll I gotta do now is just plug the head unit in, and I am set. Everythings all set. Just sucks though, cuz I spent that money, and now I need to spend more money to get the one that I should have gotten in the first place.

I think my brother can use my old head unit though, so I guess I will sell it to him for like.,..idk $60? God this sucks....
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Old December 17th, 2005, 12:34 PM   #14 (permalink)
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haha i know what you mean snowsk. i have had some problems like that. your brother should be able to use it, but he'll probably have to get a adapter kit thing for that also. depending how much you like your brother, sell it for up to 100 lol
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Old December 17th, 2005, 12:59 PM   #15 (permalink)
 
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hahaha...right after I posted this, I was like "Hey jon, I will sell it to you for $70" hes like okay...but thats gonna kinda be his Christmas present, cuz that thing has only been in there for like a month, and I really like it. Yes, he will need a adapter for it, I told him that I will sell him that for $70, but he hasta buy everything else to hook it up. I told him I can hook it up for him, cuz its not that hard, and he has no idea what to do...so cant you tell I am a bigger brother lol.

Also, what head units does that ipod interface work with? That alpine ipod interface box that you can get...I know it only works with some head units, and if I can get that, I wouldnt mind it, cuz then I can put the ipod somewhere else, and not worry about it falling out somewhere. So what head units is it that can use it?
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Old December 17th, 2005, 02:42 PM   #16 (permalink)
 
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a decent FM modulator will hook into the head unit in between the HU and antennea wire

i have been looking around and asked a few people about and all i can find out is for the best quality find one like i am talking about but it is still only going to be FM quality
my bad, I was thinking FM transmitters.
Check that out... 12 reviews on it too, with good things to say.

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-z1R6oet...142FMMOD01#Tab
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Thats the one that I have been looking at, but I think I will just cut my loss's and get a new head unit...which blows.
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Old December 17th, 2005, 08:17 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I bought Kat a sweet head unit today. Kenwood SIRIUS ready, mp3 decoder a big ass remote and the works. $150 at best buy.
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Old December 17th, 2005, 08:22 PM   #19 (permalink)
 
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Damn...but not really a fan of Kenwood, I am a freakin Alpine boy to the extreme. My friend has a Kenwood, and CDs get stuck in hers, my brother had a JVC, and his CD got stuck, and wouldnt come out, I had to take a hammer to it. On my old danger Ranger, I had a Sony, and it skipped CONSTANTLY. If I had a small bump, bam...skip. Pissed me off.

But hows it work smitty? Is it good?
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Not Sure yet I havent installed it yet but I trust kenwoods stuff. I know what you mean about Sonys. Kat bought one a long time ago and that think skipped like a mofo. My cousin will tell you the same thing about his Sony.
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Old December 17th, 2005, 09:44 PM   #21 (permalink)
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i like the kenwood excelon(sp) line i dont care much for the regular stuff.

did you pick up that stuff on clearance or are they running a sale on that stuff?

i love my pioneer DEH-7700MP kinda sad i can rember that off the top of my head lol.
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Yeah...just a little sad lol

But does anyone know what Head units that that ipod interface hooks up to? The alpine ipod interface
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Old December 18th, 2005, 12:05 AM   #23 (permalink)
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pretty much all of them from the Alpine CDA-9847 up thats the cheapest one i belive all Headunits with the Ai-NET compatibility will work with the ipod interface
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Old December 18th, 2005, 08:00 AM   #24 (permalink)
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The Kenwood was just a regular sale at best buy. I dont think it was on clearance but I could be wrong. Its a KDC-M228
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you could try getting an equalizer, I think most of them have inputs on them... plus you could tune your system nicely too. just an idea...


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