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Old 10-30-2006, 07:02 AM   #15
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John,

Perhaps our Sony models are different. The sequence you describe makes sense, but it doesn't work on the model CDX-F5000 that I have.

I've done more research an find that what is needed is an additional device whose most recent model is the Sony XA-110ip, which costs about $50. This device has 3 outputs all of which are described as BUS connectors--two are the ordinary RCA jacks and one is different and connects with the "BUS Control In" plug in the lower right-hand rear corner of the player.

I found a couple of reviews that give this combo poor grades. One reason always cited is the fact that all the control of the iPod must be done thru the Sony, which isn't a bit a intuitive or handy as the controls on the iPod. Sounds like too much money for poor functionality and the chance to play an iPod thru inferior speakers. I say inferior because I'm comparing the sound quality of the Apple iPod Hi-Fi that we already have.

So, I think we'll just bring along the Hi-Fi. It's big but it fits nicely on the dinette table and on the night table in the bedroom where it doubles as a stand for the laptop that we use for watching DVDs. Also, we can use the Hi-Fi outside on either AC or battery. Once again, Apple trumps Sony. Seems like a recurring tune lately.

BTW, we spent 3 days at San Clemente State Beach and one at Huntington Beach. Both were terrific locations that we'll revisit next year. Thanks for the recommendations.
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Old 10-30-2006, 08:49 AM   #16
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Ipod

The Tivoli sound system has an aux input for an Ipod, and both 12V and 110V capability- I have mine in our home bedroom for the winter, while the AS sits out in the cold. Sounds great!
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Old 10-30-2006, 09:40 AM   #17
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The Sony CD stereo which came with my '05 started skipping on CDs. I replaced it with Sony CDX GT300 which was a easy swap-just slide it into bracket and plug in using existing wiring harness. A 5 minute job. Anyway the new one has a front panel aux input.
Hi tpi -- Does the CDX-GT300 allow use of the iPod controls or must you control it through the Sony as myoung describes for the XA-110ip:
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...the control of the iPod must be done thru the Sony, which isn't a bit a intuitive or handy as the controls on the iPod.
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Old 10-30-2006, 10:22 AM   #18
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The CDX GT300 has a front panel 1/8" stereo jack which is selected by the "source" button. Just select "aux." Anything can be plugged in there, laptop, etc. All it is doing is acting like a amplifier /speaker set for the ipod device. I control the volume on the Sony, everything else on the device. I don't have an ipod so I'm not familiar with its controls and how it interfaces with other devices.
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I just checked the CDX-GT300 on Best Buy's website. The description says that it is MP-3 ready, but not iPod ready. Guess I'll go over to the store & check things out. Appreciate the info!
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The CDX GT300 has a front panel 1/8" stereo jack which is selected by the "source" button. Just select "aux." Anything can be plugged in there, laptop, etc. All it is doing is acting like a amplifier /speaker set for the ipod device. I control the volume on the Sony, everything else on the device. I don't have an ipod so I'm not familiar with its controls and how it interfaces with other devices.
Checking on the internet suggests that this player is like the other Sony's in that the control of the auxilliary device whether it is an iPod or an iPod-wannaby is still via the Sony's controls, not via the clickwheel. Could be wrong, but this is what it appears on the slim documentation on the web.
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We have a 12 volt ipod transmitter from Circuit City...the model with tunable frequenty. We plug it into the TV while traveling and the AS when parked. The Ipod is inserted into the transmitter and the transmitter is inserted into the 12 volt (lighter) socket. The tunable frequency is important to have so you can avoid FM radio station interference when traveling around. Pick a vacant frequeny on the FM radio, match it on the Ipod transmtter and it's good to go! Very neat set up.
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Old 11-13-2006, 02:41 PM   #23
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i came across the iport. it's an in the wall setup. don't know anything more about it but i may install one when i get to the point. it looks pretty cool.

http://www.iportmusic.com/iport-inwall.html
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