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Old 07-16-2007, 04:15 PM   #11
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There'* also the old redneck way of getting a cig lighter extension from Radio Shack..cutting and hooking to 12V that is switched then hooking your cig adapter to it.
thats a good idea, i think though i would rather have that hardwired adapter although that one is for sirius and i have xm, i wonder if the plugs are the same though
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... i think though i would rather have that hardwired adapter although that one is for sirius and i have xm, i wonder if the plugs are the same though
Here'* a link to the page with numerous different kits. You may want to see if there is one for your particular radio. If not, I'm sure there'* one out there somewhere.

http://www.crutchfield.com/*-NHYtQVw...g=247550&avf=N
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i checked those and none were for my radio, ill check around though thanks

(edit) i checked around and if anyone is interested i found the hardwired power adapter for the roady xt (the receiver i have), i havent looked around to see if i could find it cheaper though
http://www.myradiostore.com/power-ac...rware-tao.html
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Do you have the reserve acc power??? If so,try to find the RAP wire for the radio
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Yeah, I know where the RAP wire is, and that'* where I'm thinking I'll hook up to. I just wired it up today with the cig lighter and the wireless FM transmitter (it'* an older receiver, so it actually works ), and it works for now...
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i too would like to know about this, i right now have the cigerette lighter adapter and i have to turn the receiver on and off as i leave the car, i would like it to turn on with the car as i turn the key, i had the idea of getting another power cable (so i dont mess up the one i have and cant use it again) and cutting it and wiring it to a power source with a ground, only probably is the receiver is 5v and i dont know what is or isnt a 5v source in my car...........
Bust open the cigarette lighter adapter, remove the center contact and side clips, solder wire directly to the board and tape it shut again with electrical tape. Works like a charm and it'* free!
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Check out these Topics that other members started that I replied to.
I posted some links for Parts that are used in Professional Installs in these posts as well as helpful info with the install procedure.

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...800&highlight=

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...446&highlight=


Why are you using that part instead of the Direct connect from Sirius ?

Here is the link for the Direct Connnect:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1158319078975

You can use the part you have if you have the Cd Changer plug on the back of your factory HU. You will also need RCA to Mini 3.5 headphone or mic jack to plug into the Sirius dock.
The part I linked to above is probably an easier route to go, but the part you have gives you more connectivity options for other products like overhead dvd etc.

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Check out these Topics that other members started that I replied to.
I posted some links for Parts that are used in Professional Installs in these posts as well as helpful info with the install procedure.

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...800&highlight=

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...446&highlight=


Why are you using that part instead of the Direct connect from Sirius ?

Here is the link for the Direct Connnect:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1158319078975

You can use the part you have if you have the Cd Changer plug on the back of your factory HU. You will also need RCA to Mini 3.5 headphone or mic jack to plug into the Sirius dock.
The part I linked to above is probably an easier route to go, but the part you have gives you more connectivity options for other products like overhead dvd etc.

Dutch
You've got me a little confused here. Aftermarket is not my expertise so I'm always open to suggestion but Petraman has a 2000 Impala (per his sig) which should be directly compatible with the product he'* selected (unless I'm missing something here). The product you've recommended still connects through the radio antenna and from my personal experience, won't have the same sound quality as a direct connection into the rear of the HU. IMO this should be just as easy, provide better sound quality and have more streamlined integration to the factory HU.
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That brand of product he has selected is unproven to me.
I've just started seeing them recently. I've seen them but never used that brand, they look cheap, made overseas and are not a popular brand like Pac or Periphrial.

The Direct connect that I linked to provides excellent reception as it uses your Antenna jack on the back of your HU like an Input just like using an RCA. It is Not wireless so the reception is great.
I use these all the time at work and it sounds a million times better.
The reason radio (FM) sounds like crap is because of the signal and the antenna not the input on the HU.

If someone comes into my store or asks me for advice I'm not going to sell them something that is unproven to me or that is a lesser product just to make a dollar.

I'm not saying that the product he has is total crap, but until it has been used by myself or another installer that I trust (their recommendation) without any comebacks or failures I can't justify using it.
There are other products out there with better manufacturers.

Try it since you have it and post or pm after you've had it for a while I would be interested to know how reliable it is and how well it works.

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You clearly seem to have knowledge and experience in the industry. Again, mine is limited in the aftermarket world. As for brands, I also prefer proven and well known names (regardless of what I buy). It'* good to see that there is someone out there who'* not just in this for the first quick buck that comes along.

I still prefer not to use items such as the "FM Direct Audio Relay" unless absolutely necessary. I understand it'* not wireless and for this reason I'm sure the sound quality is good. My experience has been that every time a signal is processed there is some degreadation in quality and an opportunity to introduce unwanted noise. I'm sure you know how these work but for others watching the thread, this product works by modulating the audio signal to a frequency the RF input of the HU can deal with. The radio then turns around and "un-does" what this product just did by demodulating the signal and further processing to again derive the left and right audio. At any one of these multiple stages quality may be compromised. RF signals are particularly susceptible to noise and interference which is one of the reasons everything is shielded so heavily. It certainly is one way to get the job done, IMO I just don't feel it'* the best way.
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