Help with a strange headunit dillema....

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  1. BlazinBlazer Guy

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    So I'm looking to upgrade the HU in my truck (02 GMC Envoy) and I want to hook up XM direct and also have a direct "AUX" input for my iPod Nano that can charge the iPod while I listen to it. My budget for the HU itself is $250 or less, and I'll pay whatever to get the adapters I'll need. Now, I do have a couple of notes:

    1) I don't need the iPod to be controlled by the HU itself, since it will be mounted to a bracket on my dash in place of the SkyFi2 already mounted there.

    2) I'd like to go with an Alpine or Pioneer HU, though I'd prefer Alpine between the two. I would consider others, though, if something even better is available.

    3) I need to be able to remove the faceplate (nothing that can't be detached -- I know for a fact that it would be a huge security hazard.)

    4) I have been using the FM Modulator on my SkyFi2 into a stock HU for a year now; I HATE IT. I'd like to avoid FM Modulators at all costs, if possible.

    Any help anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated. I was looking at the Alpine CDA-9847 earlier today, but I was getting mixed reviews on whether I could hook both XM Direct AND the iPod directly into the unit or not. So now, instead, I'm even more confused than I was to start with as far as what I'll need to make all of this work.

    Thanks, folks! :wavey:
     
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    11 views and not one person has any insight? :hs:
     
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    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    Why don't you just get an XM ready deck with an aux input, buy the antenna, and be good to go?
     
  4. BlazinBlazer Guy

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    The unit I've been looking at IS XM ready, but you have to add the tuner and antenna to it; as well as an iPod adapter. There's only one ai-net input on the back of the HU.

    However, I got a new Crutchfield catalog in today when I got home, and I found a new 2006 Alpine model that will probably do what I'm looking for it to. IIRC, the number was CDA-9856 or something like that (I don't find it on their website, or even Alpine's site so far). It says it has the direct iPod control built in (no additional adapters/cables/etc. needed) PLUS an ai-net input port (which I could use for an XMDirect). So I may go that route seeing that it is priced at $199, and has BBE/Bass Extender and 3 RCA pre-outs as well for my eventual system expansion.

    :dunno: I still just want to know if there is anything better out there or not....
     
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    Anyone else have ideas/thoughts?
     
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    boujo I'm Smarter Then You

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    nothing for $250
     
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    I'm 99.9% sure that you'll need the KCE-422i cable ($30.00) for the CDA-9856 ($230.00). It's a single cable that interfaces the deck to the iPod and it does charge the unit as well.

    http://www.alpine-usa.com/en/products/product.php?model=CDA-9856&lang=en&tab=D Click on accessories & you'll see what I'm talking about.

    Anyone else find it funny how they were raving about GlideTouch being the new hotness last year & now only one of their decks has that feature? :lol:
     
  8. BlazinBlazer Guy

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    funkbucket, you're 100% right that I am going to need the KCE-422i cable. I just pre-ordered a CDA-9856 today on Crutchfield's site (all the new '06 stuff is now listed there) and it says it should ship on 2/6/06, as soon as they get them in.

    I also purchased the Class-II databus adapter for the door chimes, onstar, and switched 12v.

    Now, I have one more question. I have the Antenna Specialists' 12" Thru-Glass XM antenna installed on my truck right now, and I'd like to use it on the new XM Direct unit I'm going to purchase for this setup. However, it uses 2 separate mini-coax leads (for SAT and TER) instead of one combined plug. Is there an adapter I can use to make it work on the XMDirect box, or maybe a source where I can get an XMDirect box with two separate antenna plugs? If not, it isn't THAT big of a deal, since there aren't any terrestrial repeaters in my area. However I'd like to have it plugged in for when I'm around Detroit and/or Chicago on business.

    Thanks again :big grin:
     

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