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    Question Alternative to Porsche official ipod adapter

    If the official Porsche adapter from Suncoasticon is a true FM modulator there seems to be cheaper alternatives. I have researched some online radio install companies that carry the FM Modulator, Ipod to RCA and the antenna adapter for less than 100.00. I am not sure if i can post the company's name or the name of the FM modulator but this seems to be a cheaper alternative that is very similiar to the new Porsche adapter. Especially since you cannot control the ipod via the CDR-24 with either the Porsche solution or the FM Modulator that i found online.

    If i decide to purchase i will provide feedback and a "how to install" in the future.

    I am having a hard time justifying spending 300.00 for the Porsche adapter which is costing me more than my Ipod.....

    If anyone is interersted in reading up on what i found online PM me.


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    The website is Installer.com - Stereo and alarm - Ipod integration, wires, tools, kits, do it yourself parts, wire harnesses, radio kits car auxiliary stereo for automotive

    Look for a FM modulator by Audiovox(i am not to crazy about the brand but it's cheaper). The model is the FMM-100 It sells for 59.95, then the rca to ipod connector sells for 29.95(might be able to find cheaper) and then you need the Euro antenna adapter But this item simply plugs in between your radio and the OEM antenna. It claims to produce good sound. I probably will purchase this in a few week and test its sound and reliability. This company informed me they dont carry the antenna adapter for Porsche but i believe Crutchfield sells the euro adapter for the antenna.

    Hope this helps.

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    This could be a great option for those of us who don't want to pay an arm and a leg just to get better iPod sound. Thanks for looking into it.

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    There is another option for plugging in an iPod or other MP3 (though you would have to control it via the device itself), which also by the way includes getting satellite radio. I have a Sirius Speedster receiver (still available at places like Best Buy) which I will remove from the old BMW 325i and install in my new Cayman down the line (soon I hope). The Speedster includes an AUX plug.

    So at the very least, I can listen to the iPod even if I can't really control it (that's what shuffle is for anyway). Plus it is first and foremost a satellite receiver, so I can listen to Bruce Springsteen 24/7 on Sirius 10, Howard Stern, or the entertaining idiots on Sirius Patriot for good measure.

    I do not look forward to having to pull wires in a brand new $50k+ car (I prefer to keep the clean look rather than stick the thing on the windshield off a suction cup bracket). Hopefully I can have a professional install in the cubby under the climate control and they could can run the antenna up front and the FM antenna modulator behind the dash, and possibly run the power to a switched outlet. Sad that aux plugs and satellite radio (never mind full iPod control) are not only not standard on this car, it's not even optional (yet). Welcome to 1999.

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    Eric@BumperPlugs,

    can you help explain how this kit differs from the GW500 kit from Dension? Anyone know whether or not you can song select via the PCM, or is it just porting the sound over to the head unit for output?
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    from the research i have done, if you have the PCM in your car your probably better going with the dension since it does give you better sound and it will let you control your ipod with your PCM unit. This option is basically a cheap way to connect your ipod with the CDR-24 radio similiar to what Porsche is doing with the new ipod interface they just introduced. The option i researched would mean you would have to control via ipod not your radio. The dension has more features but it also cost a bit more. Hope that answers your question.

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    engnr1, if you do decide to go with the satellite radio you are discussing please send some pics'. I am curious how tight it will be in the cubby hole, and also how functional it really is to get to the satellite radio controls. It seems like it will be an akward position for you hand to control the satellite radio.

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    There are quite a few alternatives to the Porshe model if you look around, I've been using one for over a year now. The only comment I have about the one you picked is that I recommend looking into a newer model that includes RDS. With RDS you can see the name of the song you are listening to on your stereo and speedo.
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    i did find a model with RDS after i posted, but i was quoted 199.00 for it. I am still searching around to see if i can find a cheaper one with RDS. Thanks for the info. what brand do you have? how do you like the sound?
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    Has anyone seen this item before, or have any experience with it? It appears to be very similar to the Porsche adapter, though perhaps without the AUX input.

    DICE Store: Universal car integration kit for iPod

    It is about half the price...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedymike View Post
    Has anyone seen this item before, or have any experience with it? It appears to be very similar to the Porsche adapter, though perhaps without the AUX input.

    DICE Store: Universal car integration kit for iPod

    It is about half the price...
    Looks interesting but doesn't appear to have an AUX input.

    Here's one that does but I can't seem to find a US source.

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    Has anyone installed the mobridge?

    Your Super Search Engine - mobridge.com

    Any review will be great as I am considering one!

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    Hi,
    This is my 1st time posting and I hope this helps. I talked to my local car stereo shop this morning and found out about a worthwhile alternative to consider. The Alpine ex-10 has been completely redesigned to be a direct connection to the FM antenna and also offers bluetooth and a noise cancelling microphone for your phone. Its a small screen that can be mounted anywhere and it comes with a handheld remote for you to browse through the menus with. At around $200, it seems like a unit that offers more functionality at 1/2 the price. Here is the link.

    Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. - eX-10

    My car stereo guy can absolutely wire it into the FM antenna. His name is Anthony @ Zippo's in South Plainfield, NJ.

    I asked him to put one aside for me as soon as they come in (which he says will be in a week or so). I will let everyone know how it works out.

    Thanks, Joe DeNisco

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    I just got a quote from the company that does the iPod integration for the dealer. And they wanted 850.00. A little high to say the lease. If anyone wants to the what they are using please PM me.
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    I bought the ex-10 yesterday and was playing around with it without installation. Sound quality is not bad through the modulator so I may just pass on direct antenna connection. I haven't tried the bluetooth function yet.

    The monitor is sleek and tiny, but is connected to a decent size "brain" unit where you connect the mic, power supply and IPOD through. I need to figure out how to route everything; the glove compartment would be a nice place for the brain but the mic wire may not be long enough to go across to the driver side.

    Any suggestion on where to place the monitor? My interior is Terracotta, and I don't want this thing to stand out.

    Quote Originally Posted by max405 View Post
    Hi,
    This is my 1st time posting and I hope this helps. I talked to my local car stereo shop this morning and found out about a worthwhile alternative to consider. The Alpine ex-10 has been completely redesigned to be a direct connection to the FM antenna and also offers bluetooth and a noise cancelling microphone for your phone. Its a small screen that can be mounted anywhere and it comes with a handheld remote for you to browse through the menus with. At around $200, it seems like a unit that offers more functionality at 1/2 the price. Here is the link.

    Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. - eX-10

    My car stereo guy can absolutely wire it into the FM antenna. His name is Anthony @ Zippo's in South Plainfield, NJ.

    I asked him to put one aside for me as soon as they come in (which he says will be in a week or so). I will let everyone know how it works out.

    Thanks, Joe DeNisco

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    Hi,
    I am glad you got one and it works for you. I've been pondering where I am going to put it too. I was thinking of tucking the box inside the dash and putting the screen in the upper left corner of the dash, where the dash meets the post that holds the windshield. Sort of caddy cornered and kind of hidden. I've never actually seen one, so is that possible? I wont do the install myself. I'll let the pro's do it and maybe they will have a better idea.

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    Unfortunately, even with the (detachable) base removed the monitor still won't fit at the pillar because the bottom plug is quite big. Alpine's marketing pictures are a bit misleading as they only show this tiny monitor and don't explain the other sizeable parts.

    I'm thinking either left of the center console behind the steering wheel, and put it on a Proclip mount.

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    I just discovered the eX-10 yesterday at a local sound shop, a very reputable place that has done much work for me over the years. I have the Bose system with the 6 disk changer, so I don't have the nav screen options others speak of. This solution sounds like a great idea. They did another CS recently and suggested the promount option to the right of the center console, to the upper left of the glove box. Not in the way of anything and clearly visable. The whole thing looks clean, displays everything you would see on the ipod and caller id display, allows control from its screen, and gives you hands free bluetooth options just by getting near it with your devise. They also suggested additional wiring, hardware, and everything needed to have it done properly for around $340.
    Anybody else done this and have a comment? I would hate to have to go thru this twice so if anyone has any experience positive or negative please respond. It does sound like a viable option!
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    Thats exactly what I am getting done, once the ex-10 comes in. My installer told me it should be any day now. Make sure you are buying a new one and not one of the older ex-10's. Apparently, the older ex-10's were problematic. Have your installer confirm that its one of the newly redesigned ones.

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