Car Audio Experts.. I need your help..

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  1. geckoman

    geckoman OG - registered 02/01. Noobs GTFO

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    I'm driving a POS '90 Civic (commuter car), and as everyone knows, those are some of the easiest cars in the world to break into.

    Someone broke into it the other night and stole my Head Unit.

    Now, I've been thinking about buying an iPod for a while, and this situation has me thinking...

    Since this car is so easy to break into, I'd rather not replace the HU.. but what about figuring out some way to plug an iPod directly into an amp that would be mounted under a seat or in the trunk.. then controlling the volume/tracks, etc from the iPod directly? Then when I get out of the car, I bring my iPod with me...

    I'll probably leave the gaping hole in the dash to deter other pissant criminals from breaking into it again.

    So.. electronic/stereo gurus.. can you help me figure out how to make this work?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Megatron

    Megatron Decepticon OT Supporter

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    Just need an rca cable from the headphone plug to your amp.
    Connect the remote wire to the cigarette lighter.
    Not a difficult thing to do.
    Only problem is the ugly gaping hole in your center console but that's a great deterrent.
     
  3. geckoman

    geckoman OG - registered 02/01. Noobs GTFO

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    That's what I thought, but the guys I talked to at a stereo shop said "No, don't do that!" because the Ohm ratings on the output of the ipod would be different than if it were run through a head unit.. :dunno:
     
  4. geckoman

    geckoman OG - registered 02/01. Noobs GTFO

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    Anyone else?
     
  5. Sohcvtec1995

    Sohcvtec1995 New Member

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    you could also wire your headunit under the seat. and have a remote for it.. then have the wire for your i pod sitting next to you, so you just plug it in when you get in your car and unplug when you get out..
     
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    geckoman OG - registered 02/01. Noobs GTFO

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    good idea.. hmmm....

    where are the best places on line to get deals on car audio stuff?
     
  7. Sohcvtec1995

    Sohcvtec1995 New Member

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    well all you really need is a head unit with a AUX input. the wireing harness which is like 20 bucks from best buy/ Circuit city.. then just some wires that are different colors.. and then its pretty straight forward. as long as you dont make the install obvious, like make a block off plate where the radio should be, or throw the stock one back in there...
     
  8. pharcyde183

    pharcyde183 Nissan by nature

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    you could just run the ipod thru a line driver to your amp.. then the output voltage would be appropriate
     
  9. JRock10

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    yeah that would work. AudioControl makes a piece called OverDrive that's adjustable from 1-12 volts. Then go with the RCA to ipod connector and you're good to go.
     
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    get a crappy casette player and use a tape-to-cd player adapter into the headphone port of ur ipod. sound isn't amazing but its cheap and much more theft deterrant than a nice headunit with an actual ipod adapter
     
  11. pharcyde183

    pharcyde183 Nissan by nature

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    another option... cassette adapters are actually really decent.
     
  12. ixlr8

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    get the little ipod fm modulator then you can play it on any radio.
     
  13. nickgonzo

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    :rofl::rofl: ROFL the stuff car audio shops tell people!


    Who ever said go through a line driver.. agreed! But I'm sure that you would be fine with just plugging your IPOD directly to the amp, you just need to adjust your gain accordingly. I'd also think it would be a good idea to put some sort of rely switch for the remote to the amp
     
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    troof as spoken. i think the line driver would be better, but i agree that you can probably get away with no LD. I lol'd at what the shop told him too, but I didn't feel like going into it.
     
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    FyreDaug lolswift

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    Do it.
     

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