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    Question What if you don't have an aux input in your car radio?

    Hi Everyone,

    I just got the Motorola car dock and it works great, but my car radio doesn't have an aux input to play the Droid X stuff throught the car speakers. Has anyone done a workaround, maybe like hooking it up through an FM transmitter? If an FM transmitter is the only way to go, any suggestions? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Droid-Rage View Post
    Hi Everyone,

    I just got the Motorola car dock and it works great, but my car radio doesn't have an aux input to play the Droid X stuff throught the car speakers. Has anyone done a workaround, maybe like hooking it up through an FM transmitter? If an FM transmitter is the only way to go, any suggestions? Thanks!

    Bryan
    There's all kinds of AUX input adapters available, depending on what kind of car radio you have. The hard part is making it look neat without hanging wires or otherwise having a junior science project look.
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    IMO all the options sucks.
    at least in my cars. when you plug into the aux port. you are also powering off the car and you get a feedback loop through your radio.
    even if you get a suppressor, it still doesn't go away 100% and the "loudness' of your audio is lowered allot..
    If you go FM transmitter. then you are still losing allot of power.

    If of course you don't listen to your music very loud then none of this is really an issue (or you can unplug the power source while listening to music)
    but for me I like to crank it up and the feedback loops make it intolerable.
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    There's always this.

    For $0.10 from Amazon, why not?
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    I recommend you install a radio with an input jack.

    Here's a nice head unit for $40.00, with Aux input, SD Card, and a USB Port. (Perhaps you could bogart the power off the USB Port to charge the phone?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifoso View Post
    There's always this.

    For $0.10 from Amazon, why not?
    where do you put that!?!
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    Look up solutions from isimple. Works with most stock car radios.
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    Thanks, everyone, for all the suggestions. I laughed when I saw the cassette tape adapter! Does anyone even have a tape player in their car anymore?!?

    I guess I'll look into some of the solutions at iSimple.
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    Have you tired an FM modulator? I use one for my XM and they work well.

    They run about $20.
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    bestbuy also have kits that they install on stock oem radios-
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifoso View Post
    There's always this.

    For $0.10 from Amazon, why not?
    Heh, I used to run one of those two years ago in my '94 Pontiac Grand Prix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarbonOak View Post
    Heh, I used to run one of those two years ago in my '94 Pontiac Grand Prix.
    hah - had one in my '93 Chevy pickup too! 16 years ago....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Droid-Rage View Post
    Thanks, everyone, for all the suggestions. I laughed when I saw the cassette tape adapter! Does anyone even have a tape player in their car anymore?!?
    I still have one. My car is a 2002 Lexus GS300 and it has a cassette deck,a six disc cd-changer, and navigation. No aux though, so the cassette deck is my way in.

    --Tzvi
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    Quote Originally Posted by Droid-Rage View Post
    Thanks, everyone, for all the suggestions. I laughed when I saw the cassette tape adapter! Does anyone even have a tape player in their car anymore?!?

    I guess I'll look into some of the solutions at iSimple.
    Actually my 1985, 1987, 2002 and 2004 vehicles all have cassette options in their sound systems. I only use the cassette tape tape player with my adapter these days to play music from my iPod. Once I get my Driod X, I will probably use the adapter with that and retire the iPod.

    FYI, not all cassette adapters are created equal. Some of the really cheap ones do not work well at all. I found one for $15 at Walmart that works well for the money in all my vehicles. BTW, some FM transmitter options for playing music are just as bad as the cheap cassette adapters. Difference being the FM transmitters are not cheap.
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    Thumbs up DIY for Subaru Impreza with cheapie radio

    I found this article a while back and followed it. Super easy check it out. I did this on my 2009 Impreza, but if you could figure out the pin assignments on your stock radio, the same method could be applied.



    FM mods stink... The only way to get decent fidelity is to have the Aux input. Sounds fantastic with my DX.

    One note... don't cheap out on the cable. Get a good gold plated one. Whole project will cost you 12 bucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifoso View Post
    There's always this.

    For $0.10 from Amazon, why not?
    I was just gonna say that
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    I wonder if there are any after market options to allow for BT streaming. Maybe this could also accommodate BT calling and phone book.

    Can the Dx stream music via Bluetooth?
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    BLUETOOTH TECHNOLOGY

    Stereo Bluetooth Class 1.5, Version 2.1 + EDR (support profiles, A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, OPP, PBAP)

    -- I found the BT specs on Moto website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soba1 View Post
    I was just gonna say that
    I have a mint 97 F-150 AND it works well when I drive that vehicle,so I don't have to change the stock appearance
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    It looks like Sony and JVC make bluetooth head units that you can stream music to from a droid (or other device). I looked for an Alpine model but didn't see one.
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    I use a bluetooth visor speaker that can beam to fm radio. Although I think the best setup to have is a car stereo with bluetooth built in it. When I had a blackberry I didnt even have to take it out of my pocket. As soon as I turned the car on it would all start up. Unfortunately with android I have to turn the music on thru the phone manually. Hopefully this changes.
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    Which bluetooth speaker do you use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Droid-Rage View Post
    Thanks, everyone, for all the suggestions. I laughed when I saw the cassette tape adapter! Does anyone even have a tape player in their car anymore?!?

    I guess I'll look into some of the solutions at iSimple.
    I certainly do use one of those! but I'm having a problem with it, I just bought a car bluetooth set that connects to the aux input, and since the cassette adaptor is a male input and the bluetooth set has another male input I'm not sure how I can connect both of them together.

    The bluetooth set is currently on the way, and I have also bought this off ebay,

    do you guys think it'll work? i really hope so cos I am not willing to spend anymore money for a new radio set!

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