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Old 09-22-2012, 01:25 PM   #1
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Aux input port to 05 Sony X5000

Hi you techies out there.

I have the Sony X5000 in my 22' CD International. It also has the subwoofer but not installed.

I want to know if there is such a thing as a port I can install by the radio/CD player that I can plug in my iPhone, or run a lead from my Mac/Desktop or lap top to play from my itunes?

Any suggestions - other than replacing the Deck with a new one...

Thanks
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Sad Saga of Sony's Sucky Stereos

Remember mp3 players? Sony had one. Therefore they restricted their automotive stereos to operate seamlessly only with Sony mp3 players. They cannot run an iPod without an adaptor. See this post. Another thread.

I've got the Sony XA-110IP adapter installed and it is a piece of design kludge. Your iPod gives up all control when it is plugged in through this. You must use your X5000's controls to control the iPod and that implementation is just goofy. You can't shuffle songs or use your iPod playlists. Searching for what you want is rather tedious with the X5000's controls. You can play individual albums (they'll then play continuously .. in alphabetical order if you believe that!) or you can play mp3s not labeled by album (but then those will play in alphabetical order too and not allow interspersing any album-labeled songs).

I toured the Airstream plant a couple years back and complained to the tour guide (a retired employee) that they still were installing the stereos that were so incompatible with iPod/iTunes systems. He mentioned the employee who was their audio-visual guru but he wasn't there that day to give feedback to. Anybody encountered what Airstream is installing these days?

I'd consider a true iPod/iTunes compatible stereo first if this is a priority for you. A friend has a Jawbone bluetooth speaker they run from their iPad -- nice thing about that is it's easy to move outside with you -- decent enough sound wherever you are.

I've got a top-reviewed Altec Lansing Octive M650 iPod dock at home and have traveled with it some. The sound is awesome but it's a bit inconvenient for travel. And using an app like TuneIn Radio, you have great internet radio when you have wifi (it would use up your wireless plan's monthly data budget real fast if you used that for radio).
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:52 PM   #3
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Okay how about keeping this really simple.

I just want to put a port in and hook directly to the speakers. Like the computer speakers I have there is a port that I can plug to my head phone port on my computer to the speakers.

Is there a way to tap into the existing wires at the back of the unit?
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Your home computer speakers are powered -- the amp for that is in the subwoofer enclosure -- feel how that gets warm?

An iPhone, iPod or iPad could not power the speakers.
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Yep thought of that the split second I pressed post - dugh!!!

guess my easiest solution is to spill the coin for a new deck!

I don't have a subwoofer - but the wires are there to hook one up..

thanks for the insight though - saved me a lot of hassle and running around looking for solutions that are just not there without spending more money than I would on a new deck - ha money makes the world go round - what is free simply is the air we breathe and love and that is all LOL....
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You want simple, I installed a JVC KD-AHD79. It works great with an iPhone. Plug the iPhone into the USB port and choose how you want the receiver and iPhone to interact. You can have the JVC control the iPhone or you can have the iPhone control the JVC (my preference). It also has an aux input on the back that can be used for Bluetooth or sound input (It's labeled BT AUDIO when you're switching sources) that I use for the sound from my television, and another aux on the front under the USB port. The sources can be easily switched using the remote which also has volume controls and a mute.

I said it was simple. You absolutely will have to read the manual, though. More than once, and keep it handy for reference. Rather than deal with keeping up with the paper manual, I keep a pdf version handy on my computer. It's searchable, and it's doesn't gather dust. ( I've attached a copy if you're interested.) I don't think that the need to read the manual is unique to this unit. Modern receivers do so much that you'll never figure everything out on your own, and you'll miss features you might enjoy.

The KD-AHD79 has some other nice features, such as user selectable display colors and built-in HD radio tuner. (HD stands for Hybrid Digital, not High Definition, and yes it really sounds better―and it's free)

I got my KD-AHD79 from Crutchfield, and they're on sale right now for $129.99, $50 less than when I bought. Competitive price, but there was another reason, Crutchfield has a program where you can trade-in old stuff, such as my original iPhone, for credit. In April, 2011, I got $90.80 credit for my original iPhone without giving them the charger. If you're thinking about trading up, iPhone wise, you could come out paying very little for this (or a different) stereo there.
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Vaughan, a most excellent practical experience post!

Writing from the seat of my pants here -- only have seen this after the fact -- haven't done it myself. Airstreams the last 10+ years or so prewired for a subwoofer have an empty fuse slot that needs a fuse installed on the Parallax board if one does choose to add a subwoofer. Your set-up may vary; so check it out.
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