Of course a CD is gonna sound better than your ipod even using auxillary inputs. It's a portable empee3 player which has an inherent loss of fidelity from the original source. Unless your CD is full of mp3 recordings it will always sound better.

Posted by tshamer on May 20, 2005 at 6:26 AM (PDT) Comment 41

I have a Panasonic head unit with Auxilery RCA plugs. I am trying to input my ipod and a portable XM into them, I used a splitter for the left and right and plugged the two directly into the stereo's RCA plugs. The ipod seems to have a really flat, quit sound to it. The XM has a constant wine that seems to soincide with the shifting of gears in the vehicle. From reading the other commints here it sounds the Sik imp might work to raise the volume on the ipod, and then a filter on the ciggerett light fpr the XM might do the trick. Does that sound right? Is there an easier way? I'm not looking to spend a whole bunch on this either. Any input would be helpful.

Posted by BigKahunaFSU on February 13, 2006 at 8:27 AM (PDT) Comment 42

Great Product.
I have a '99 Miata OEM Single-DIN Non-Bose head unit and a 2nd gen nano. I wired the head unit's CD changer inputs to serve as an aux input instead. I didn't experience any group loop issues. However, with this configuration, the nano's line output was a little too powerful for my tastes; Only the bottom 1/10 of my volume control was viable. Because of this, I could not achieve subtle changes in volume. Every turn of the volume control knob made the music too loud or too soft. So, I added a passive inline attenuator and now the setup is perfect.
I much prefer using an attenuator over using an amplifier like the Belkin model because an amplifier is more prone to introduce distortion into the signal than an attenuator. I advise you to only buy the Belkin model (or any other amplified model) if your iPod's line out isn't strong enough for your setup. If your iPod's line out is too loud or just right for your setup, go with this model (or a comparable non-amplified model).
Highly recommended.

Posted by WebBug on November 11, 2006 at 1:31 PM (PDT) Comment 43
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