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Old 05-08-2004, 02:59 PM   #1
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iPod install with Entertainment Package Option - '04 22' CCD

I installed my iPod today by using an A/B switch and two gender changers that I bought at Radio Shack for less than $20.

Here's what you do:

1) Remove the CD changer (4 screws) and remove the painted panel to the left side of the changer (2 screws) giving you access to the compartment to the rear of the stereo head/contoller.

2) Find the RCA cables coming from the TV's audio out jacks. They plug into the same accessory switch (JVC) that the CD changer uses. All of these cables terminate in this compartment. The accessory switch senses signal from the TV and it switches off the changer so the TV's audio goes through the stereo system. The stereo control head has only one aux input so the switch allows two inputs into the head. In the case of the factory install, it allows the TV and CD changer to share the same aux inputs.

3) Our goal is to put the A/B switch in between the head's aux input and the accessory switch. You may need a couple of male adapters to change the gender on the accessory switch's RCA input jacks - I did. Plug the TV "audio outs" into side A of the A/B switch and the iPod RCA connectors (bought seperately - mine are made by Monster Cables) into the B side of the switch.

Whallah. Your iPod now plays through your 22' CCD's entertainment package.

Enjoy!

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Great info, Thanks Xray! I was hoping somebody would figure out how do do this. Do you know if the radio/cd player has the same capability? We didn't get the CD changer. If it is, it sounds like it's not very difficult....
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Old 05-08-2004, 06:25 PM   #3
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Ma, I don't know the specifics of your unit.

I can walk you through it if you want. It's very easy actually, no power connections or anything...

Here's the parts list from Radio Shack:

(2) 274-863 Phono plug couplers

(1) 64-2363 Superlock fasteners (for attaching A/B switch to top of changer)

(1) 15-1952 Audio Video Selector (A/B switch)

Let me know if you need help.


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Ok... I'll muster up fer it, mate! I can take pictures in the process. Thanks, Linda
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Hi Linda; been thinking of this myself; let me know how it works out. I guess you would have to use the amp in the Sony CD player? It may turn out this unit does not have the inputs to hook up the i-pod. Also, what is happening with your tv/cable system? I took my TT into a dealer on Friday, who took a look, shook his head and said he wouldn't know how to begin. Will try with another tomorrow, but I think it will ultimately involve drilling out rivets and trying to find where the wiring harness was left. Not sure I want to go there......
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HiYa: I'd sure like to think that our would hook up to the rest of the entertainment system. I haven't had a chance to look at it yet. X-ray makes me hopeful and willing to try it!
The cable hookup works.... just VERY badly. I haven't spoken w AS yet. We're taking the rig out and using it first.
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Hey X.

That sounds pretty neat. Actual hardwire into the stereo from the ipod will definatley be better sound quality that the I-trip I'm using.

Is your stereo the six cd player with the fold down/removeable head unit thing that I have on the 19' CCD?

You wouldn't by any chance have any photos of the install?

This would also be great, because we bring aa powerbook along with us to work and watch DVDs. Before we had these little tiny portable sony speakers that we carried and I was wondering if there was a way to tie the powerbook into the AS Sony stereo somehow to have sound from our movies come out through the coach speakers.

Any more help would be greatly appreciated.

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Lev,

I have the 12 disk changer in mine. I used to have an iTrip and sold it on eBay - I was not that happy with it.

Golly, I did not take an "in process" pic but I did take a pic of the final product... The black wire snaking around the bottom left of the changer feeds music from the iPod into the A/B switch. It's long enough that I can play with the iPod on the kitchen counter...

If you need help, let me know, I'm glad to assist any way possible.

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Hi X.

I see that you have the Aux CD changer and sounds like you have the flat panel TV(?). This may have made it possible to splice in.

Here is what I found for my set-up:

In my 2004 AS, I have just the Sony 5000 CD/AM/FM unit with none of the entertainment upgrades. I want to not only play the Ipod through the stereo, but also hook up the Powerbook up to the Sony when we are watching DVD's, and have the sound come through the coach speakers.

I placed a call to Sony, who were incredibly helpful BTW and found that I need this set:

Something called a Sony XA 300 Auxiliary Input Adapter for Unilink Receivers. http://sm.crutchfield.com/S-DdzsZ4GU...nfo&i=158XA300

Apparently for what I want to do, you just can't plug in an RCA plug in the AUX-IN on the back of the unit, it uses something called a bus link. With the XA 300 unit it senses when an addition component is attached, and on the head unit you just select thaat component using the buttons on the front of the head unit.

It is pricey at $100.00, and I check eBay, nothing much there.

Am I completely missing the boat here, or does this make sense?

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Does it have Aux inputs? I looked at Sony CDX 5000 on Crutchfields site and it lists aux inputs as optional (the buslink adapter?). Same receiver? I have a 7700, when I press 'source' it scrolls through receiver, cd, aux. I have a different Sony in my car, when I press source there is only receiver and cd, do you have aux when you press source?

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John.

On the back of my unit, the 5000, there is suppose to be a free left and right channel AUX that are RCA type connections. From these, a cable goes to the XA-300, also RCA connectors. From the 300 to the laptop, there is a USB conection, or you can use a standard RCA to mini(laptop). I think with the Powerbook, I might be more inclined to go with the USB connection.

Your unit sounds like it has more options than the one AS installed in my coach, meaning mine is probably a less expensive model. Wish I had a direct connect one like yours.

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If it does have the aux plugs it should work, I did that with an ipod on mine. It sits on a lip on the dash, runs from the lighter. You can swap cables or get something like this and push buttons.

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Hi: Ours is the CDX-CA710X. http://www.crutchfield.com/S-ZBgG4nk...h=cdx%2Dca710x
I'll do some investigating and see if we can get it to work with the Sony XA 300 Auxiliary Input Adapter for Unilink Receivers? Sure would be nice. I haven't done anything yet, per X-ray's directions. Still kinda paranoid I guess.

Please keep us informed, I'll do the same! Thanks!
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Hi: I just ordered the XA-300 from Crutchfields, (it's either them or direct from Sony). Through telephone conversations with both, seems that's what we need to get to do the job. The XA-300 allows the CD players to recognize the added input devices like iPODs or the laptop.
Being able to play DVDs through the speakers will be cool!
Thanks for the information! I'll post as soon as I get it hooked up.
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