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Old 05-24-2005, 04:03 PM   #1
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My first post here. Nice to find a site dedicated just to the Bonneville. Very nice.

I own a 2000 Bonneville SSEI. Bose Radio system. 11-disc CD changer in trunk. All the audio is factory installed. I have a portable mp3 player and would like to use it in my car. Have been given advice from people to use an FM Transmitter plugged into the ciggy lighter to broadcast my tunes to an FM frequency, but the quality isnt that great from what ppl have told me.

The other option is to use a Cassette Tape adapter. I'm sure everyone already knows how that one works. No need to explin I hope. Sounds quality is spose to be better than that of an FM Transmitter.

My question is.....is there a 3rd option. is there a line-in jack or plug or cable i can locate on my deck or somewhere in my car that i can plug my mp3 player into ??? Anyone else thought about this ? Please gimme a shout or any suggestions... It'* all about quality audio right !

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There really is not an auxilary input that you could use for what you want to do unfortunately. Your best bet for clean sound is the cassette adapter. The FM modulator would be easier to use though IMO.
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I had a FM modulated CD player in a truck. If it'* setup right it sounds great. Never really know the difference
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DONT use a tape adapter, you lose half your sound quality right there...

i have a FM tranmitter for my ipod...works great, as long as the volume on my ipod is less than 75%

clear as a bell
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if you get an actual FM modulator that plugs into the antenna i think that would be the best way to go, but itd probably be the hardest install, and youd have to find out where the antenna plug in is.
ive been thinking of doing this but i really have no idea where that darn antenna goes after it comes off the back windshield....
any beings of higher knowledge have any insight to this? i'd like to know too.
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IMO they both suck... however, on a stock stereo or with a basic aftermarket setup you might not hear a difference. im spoiled with my stereo and i can say that no ones sounds as good as mine... (insert humbleness)
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IMO they both suck... however, on a stock stereo or with a basic aftermarket setup you might not hear a difference. im spoiled with my stereo and i can say that no ones sounds as good as mine... (insert humbleness)
Maybe in the car... Now if i drag my HiFi into this...
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There is an inline adapter that plugs in line with the antenna to the back of your radio and then has RCA inputs on it... Sony sells it and is available thru Best Buy also. Best bet for sound quality ( FM modulators are a pain in the arse cuz they run on AAA'*)
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so where is it that you can tap into the antenna? i havent had my radio out yet, but ive heard about the data ribbon, and there not being any 'old skool' kind of antenna just plugging in?
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I've tried the belkin tunecastII its decent but a pain in the *** because I have weak reception in the bonnie. In the lumina it worked pretty well though
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