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Can I use the Belkin auto kit without plugging it in my car's cigarette lighter socket. I dont want to use it to charge, I just want to get the audio from the dock conenctor.
Thanks

Posted by Muzaffar on June 23, 2004 at 12:39 AM (PDT)

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Can I use the Belkin auto kit without plugging it in my car's cigarette lighter socket.

Hi Muzaffar,
I just bougth it today and that was the first thing I tried. It won't work! You need to have the charger plugged in for the line-in to work.
I still like this product, though. The sound comes out great through the hacked line-in plug on my old Kenwood.

Posted by Cthulhu8u on June 28, 2004 at 1:48 PM (PDT)

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does anyone know if you need to hook up any cables to the ipod's HEADPHONE slot? or do you just need to use the bottom slot?

Posted by MitzEclipse on July 4, 2004 at 10:09 PM (PDT)

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Has anyone installed their ipod into a Acura RSX-Type S?

Posted by jimmyp on July 10, 2004 at 6:10 AM (PDT)

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i love this product. my friend has the $100 charger/fm transmitter from dlo or whoever, and i wanted one before i heard about this...this thing blows any fm transmitter out of the water. my car is an 87 porsche 944S. luckily enough, my existing cd deck in my car [aftermarket] has an aux in. i bought the belkin auto kit, and at radioshack i bought a stereo audio cable for $5. boom bam, no problems whatsoever. next thing to work on is a stand for my ipod so it doesnt have to sit somewhere like the carseat or center console. i <3 iPod

Posted by sk8dork on July 10, 2004 at 4:10 PM (PDT)

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Well mt dad had a 15GB iPod and when he turned on his car the charger and the iPod started to smoke. The bad thing is that we don't have a warranty andI don't know how to fix it. Someone please help me!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by HaHa1122 on July 16, 2004 at 11:36 AM (PDT)

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if you connect to you stereo via the auxillary input, do you have to use the volume control on the auto kit, or can you use the ipods volume controls???

as when i plug my ipod into my home stereo via the dock line out, the ipods volume controls do not work, and i have to turn it down via my stereo.

Posted by latham on August 1, 2004 at 7:10 AM (PDT)

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One problem - The output with the line outgoing through Belkin's amplifier is quite loud, causing significant mismatch with volume levels of my other sources (FM radio, CD). If turned down to similar levels, hiss introduced by the auto kit (audible during silent periods between songs) becomes annoyingly obvious. To minimize hiss, turn the amp louder and the volume mismatch is an issue. The headphone output has no such hiss at volumes equal to other sources. Moreover, sound check keeps songs at reasonably similar sound levels as well. While the headphone output lacks some punch compared to the line out, this can be mostly overcome by adjusting the treble/bass on the head unit.

Posted by James on August 1, 2004 at 7:51 AM (PDT)

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Okay, it seems like there are a lot of questions on here about what exactly this adapter can and can't do. Here are some answers:

1) You CAN'T control the volume using the iPod's controls when your stereo is hooked into the line out. That's why there's a volume baseline adjuster on the adapter.
2) You CAN'T use this adapter without actually hooking it or your iPod to your stereo (only reason I say this is because someone up above thought it would automatically work by plugging it into their cigarette lighter).
3) You CAN plug your car into either the iPod or the adapter. Audio comes out of both of em.
4) You CAN get amazing audio quality, when coupled with a cable to your auxiliary in on a Pioneer deck.

Oh, and a cool feature, the adapter automatically pauses the iPod when you turn the car off. Hooray for not losing where I was in my audiobooks!

Posted by MisterPhoton on August 9, 2004 at 11:23 AM (PDT)

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For those of you who wanted to know if someone had hardwired the Belkin Auto Kit, here ya go: http://www.mindspring.com/~pmbenn/iPod/cable.htm

I bought the Auto Kit and am gonna try it like it is at first and then I think I'll hardwire it, might have to get a ground-loop isolator from radioshack (maybe)

Posted by Pander on August 15, 2004 at 8:08 AM (PDT)

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After using for almost 9 months...the wire that goes into the dock connector is coming out of it, exposing the wire shielding mesh. I do like this product, works very nicely. Perhaps they could make the connector the same shape as the Apple one so that it would fit with my iSkin case better.

Posted by Scott Simpson on August 17, 2004 at 7:41 AM (PDT)

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I just purchased the auto kit and it works well excpet for one problem... Sound only comes out from my rear speakers. I purchased the 3ft Y-adapter from Radio Shack, and have plugged the RCA's into the back of my Pioneer DEH 2300. Anyone have any ideas?

Posted by Chris C. on August 28, 2004 at 2:04 PM (PDT)

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I have purchased the Belkin Auto Kit along with the car mount shown in this article. Both work flawlessly. I even removed my center console and ran all the wiring underneath the console similar to the article. Now I just place my ipod in the car mount and plug into the dock connector. No wire tangles and great sound. Very satisfied with this solution!!

Posted by BMWF1Techie on September 23, 2004 at 5:38 AM (PDT)

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I bought the belkin power cord for my jeep liberty and ordered an aux. cable from http://www.installer.com/aux/ It works perfect, no more fm crap. My jeep liberty stock radio has a "mode" button for a cd changer. I don't have the changer, but on the back of my radio is a port that fits this aux cable perfect. To get my ipod to play I just turn it on and press the mode button and cd quality in my jeep. Perfect...

Posted by jeff on September 23, 2004 at 6:21 PM (PDT)

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Kevin, iTodd,

Is the Logjam kit you are talking about the whole icelink or is there a cheaper solution that just involves a cable? (I have a 2002 Oddysey.)

Thanks a lot,

Ed Levy

Posted by Ed Levy on September 29, 2004 at 3:48 AM (PDT)

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If you have a Kenwwod or Alpine, or planning to get a new stereo, there is a very easy solution.
Kenwood an Alpine have a plug that plugs into the CD changer input, and turnes it into a RCA output. Then you can plug your IPOD directly into the RCA plugs.
I did this and it sounds perfect in my truck.
Some Kenwood and Alpine dealers don't know what plug you are talking about, just tell them it is the aux input cable.
Hope this helps.
Kent

Posted by livelarg in Oklahoma City on November 8, 2004 at 9:04 PM (PDT)

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Is it posible to disable the adjustable amplifier on the belkin auto kit and still use de 3.5mm audio output? (I donĀ“t mind turning it into pieces)

Posted by Cobi in Mexico on November 18, 2004 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

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I have been using one of these since May 2004. While it works great out of the package, with the volume control, nice looks, etc etc, it hasn't held up to honestly gentle use over the months.

Perhaps I got a bad one but the audio plug quickly lost a channel after a month or so, even with me having the cassette adapter plug in there the whole time, with no tugging or pulling. So I've been using it just to power the iPod, with my cassette adapter plugged into the regular headphone jack.

Also, the connection of the power cord to the dock connector came apart long ago, without undue tension on the cord, so that the silvery wires are exposed between the connector and the cord.

Maybe I got a bad unit or am being unknowingly rough with it, but it just hasn't held up to my daily use.

One good thing is that I can leave my Showcase on my unit while charging. Some say the unit gets hot, it's bad, etc etc, but if my unit gets out of it's case, I'll drop it, scratch it, ruin it, etc, so being able to keep it safe in its case while charging is a great plut. You can't do that with the Monster product similar to this.

Posted by leertracy in Los Angeles on December 9, 2004 at 3:18 PM (PDT)

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Above, livelarg mentioned that for Kenwood stereos (after installing the aux input coververter cable), you can plug your IPOD into the RCA connecters........what is needed to make that connection between the IPOD and RCA connectors?

Thanks.

Posted by sumognat on December 15, 2004 at 9:48 AM (PDT)

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This might sound like a silly question but I was under the impression that the autokit alone would play my ipod thru my car stereo.. i need to buy the fm transmitter along with it aswell?

Posted by Shannen on January 24, 2005 at 5:16 PM (PDT)

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