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Old 07-15-2007, 10:49 PM   #15
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Connecting and iPod to a Sony Airstream radio

We have a 2003 25' Classic and it came with a Sony CDX CA400 radio, which has a CD player built in and several connections on the back. There is no AUX connection, but the player can connect to a CD changer (which we don't have). One connection is for "Bus Audio In" and another for "Bus Control In." After I read the manual (I should say skimmed) I told my wife we could not connect the iPod to the radio. But she got on-line with Crutchfield.com. They have an on-line advisor service and the guy she talked to (ie, emailed back and forth) recommended getting a part (I don't recall the part number and we're on the road) that connects to the Bus Control In connector. When this little device is connected, the radio thinks another CD player/changer is connected when you connect your iPod through the Bus Audio In connection. Works like a charm--for under $75. The "source" LCD on the front of the Sony reads "CD2" when the iPod is in use. We have the 30GB iPod. Give Crutchfield a call or email, and they can probably help you.

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Old 07-16-2007, 01:26 AM   #16
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Did you check Radio Shack for a 8-track to Ipod adaptor?

I bet you could really upset their day asking that one.
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Old 07-16-2007, 05:47 AM   #17
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The Sony in my '07 Safrai has an AUX jack on the front panel.
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:11 AM   #18
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Problem solved. It was as Carol said. With CD as the source, the mode toggles through CDC1=Multi Disk Player, CDC2=Aux 1 (the inputs on the front panel for the Ipod), CDC3=Aux2, and CDC4=USB

With the Ipod playing, I selected CDC2 and waited to hear music. I did have to crank the volume quite a bit.
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:21 AM   #19
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I did have to crank the volume quite a bit.
On the Ipod, or the stereo?
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Old 07-16-2007, 07:33 AM   #20
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I have the JVC CD/DVD Tuner in my 2005 Safari. It came with the 6 disc CD changer. I abandoned the CD changer for an MP3 player. I bought an adapter at Radio Shack that plugs into the input where the CD changer was. It works perfectly.
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Great news Bill! I usually have the IPod volume on high and then adjust the radio volume accordingly. I also go to settings in the IPod and make sure I select EQ OFF and then there is that volume limiter there too to check. And just an additional thought on the PC for transfer there is the setting edit>preferences>playback>sound check (automatically adjusts sound playback volume to the same level) I am not crazy about that, think the songs might have to be reimported if that was enabled. Check the connectors for the IPod sometimes I work the plug out a bit and then the volume is much lower.
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:16 AM   #22
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Did you check Radio Shack for a 8-track to Ipod adaptor?

I bet you could really upset their day asking that one.
Sounds to me like a trip to Radio Shack is in order! I'm thinking I should take a camera to catch the facial expressions.
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Old 07-16-2007, 10:48 AM   #23
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On the note of Ipod sound quality, it was pointed out to me that the Ipod should be in it's base, and the mini jack plugged into the base.

I could not believe the difference in sound. I was plugging the sound out mini plug into the head phone mini plug on top of the Ipod.

On my Ipod photo (a year or two old) plugging into the base deactivates the volume wheel on the Ipod, so you just adjustthe volume on your stereo amp.

If you already know this, disregard.

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I'm going to try that Jonathon, thanks. I didn't know that. I don't have an IPod base but I do have a portable stereo/charger altec lansing with IPod base that perhaps I could try to see.
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aaah...the CDC3 mode is for the TV running through the stereo and it sounds great. I thought I was going to need to buy a FM modulator to do that.

Thanks for all the help on this thread.
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It's a Sony system and Airstream provided an input for an RCA jack and a 12 volt adapter. I think they may have wired it wrong bacause the source selector on the Sony receiver will select tuner, cd changer, and DVD if a DVD is in the drive, but I can't get an AUX source at all.
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After selecting "aux" on the Sony, repeatedly push the "Mode" button to sequence through all the Aux. inputs.
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A small correction Bill...

What I should have said : Push the "source" switch untill "aux" appears, then use the "mode" to cycle between the various aux. inputs.

This is the most user-unfriendly piece of electronic equipment I have ever come accross-keep that manual handy!

Another thing to be aware of is the "power off" function-if you just turn the unit off by pushing the "off' button once the audio will go off BUT the unit will continue to draw power(1 Amp!) , not a good thing if you are running on batteries. To turn the unit fully off you have to hold the "off" button for 6 seconds.

As far as Airstream making wiring mistakes they certainly did in my unit-the remote speaker switch did very strange things and as I did not intend to use it anyway I removed a lot of that wiring.
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I have a little JVC speaker/dock and the first thing that goes on is my IPOD! I also got a 12 volt recharge for it so it's always ready to go!
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