Any recommendations on the best way to connect a portable digital music player to the stereo? Not interested in the Phatbox since it is not portable. Seems I have two choices: either a cassette adaptor or an FM transmitter. How do you guys handle this? TIA!
Trying to connect an iRiver iHP-120. Issue should be the same if it was a Rio Karma, an iPod, etc. The player will be the sound source, but I want to feed it through the stereo to use the car speakers. Sorry I wasn't more clear.
It really doesn't make a difference what he wants to connect.
No matter what, FM Trans. and tape adapters are always going to give you a lower quality signal. What you need is a direct connection, usually people use adapters to connect a portable audio device thru the CD Changer input. Here is an example: http://www.k9spud.com/vwcdpic/
I just connected my iPod to my car's stereo system through the cd player that is in the cargo bay (variant with monsoon). Everything works fine but, I need aleast one cd in the charger to fool the system. I also need to find a nicer switch (selecting cd or iPod) to replace the one I installed in lieu of the sixth switch because in doesn't blend in well with the car overall apperance.
I'm very pleased with the result! I had tried cassette insert and iTrip (small fm transmitter) and it is by far the best set up. The hardest part of the job was routing the electrical cable through the car and finding a small "on-on" switch with six terminals.
For my Ipod i initially tried the iTrip but couldn't find an empty station in NYC. I'll try it this summer when i go to Maine and The Cape.
I have been using the ol' cassette thing. If you make sure you crank the iPod volume up to 75% the sound is fine....no hiss at all. Obviously a hardwire would be the best but i don't wanna deal with that.