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Unread 02-17-2012, 09:14 PM   #1
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Wj Aux input?

First off, I am aware there are existing threads on this topic. But to me(possibly proof of my low intelligence level ), they are very unorganized and I can't figure it out. What is the best way for me to go about getting an Aux port or iPod jack in my 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. (Just got it and I'm in LOVE!!!) I do not have a CD changer, however, the head unit does have the plug in the back for one. Again sorry for this redundant question and this is my first post!

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Unread 02-17-2012, 09:21 PM   #2
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The "best" method while keeping the factory head unit is this http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...2-PC-POD2.html

There is another option which requires at least the wiring for the cd changer. Not sure if it actually needs the changer or if it will work with just the wiring.

Only other option is to get a new head unit.
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Unread 02-17-2012, 09:44 PM   #3
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The "best" method while keeping the factory head unit is this http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...2-PC-POD2.html

There is another option which requires at least the wiring for the cd changer. Not sure if it actually needs the changer or if it will work with just the wiring.

Only other option is to get a new head unit.
Not quite... Wired FM modulator:

http://www.amazon.com/Audiovox-FM100A-Modulator-Isolation-Transformer/dp/B0001KO7UI/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1329540135&sr=8-5
There are definitely cheaper kits than that, however that particular kit I have installed at least 20 times, always with good results.
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the88thpianoman,
So that is compatible with my 2004 Grand Cherokee? I really like that kit!!
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Unread 02-17-2012, 09:48 PM   #5
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By the way, anyone know anything about this: http://www.amazon.com/iSimple-IS31-Universal-Auxiliary-Audio/dp/B002U5XPBE/ref=sr_1_16?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1329540388&sr=1-16
It's similar to that kit, just cheaper.
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I don't have any personal experience with the kit you posted, but it will work the same way. The main difference I can see is the inclusion of cables and adapters, and the fact that the audio plug on the unit you posted is directly on the main modulator unit. That means extension cables that aren't included, or mounting the modulator itself in a visible place to plug into.

Here's a link to a review I just typed up for the audiovox kit: http://www.amazon.com/review/R6RGMGF...tag=&linkCode=

One more thing to mention, these kits are definitely compatible, but you will need two antenna adapters that are not included. You would need this for any modulator in any vehicle. These modulators use a universal (read: aftermarket) standard antenna connection, and most vehicles use proprietary connections. So you'll need a chrysler to universal adapter to plug the vehicle antenna into the modulator, and a universal to chysler adapter to plug the modulator into the back of your radio.
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Thanks!! I'll probably order your kit when I get the $$$ to do it.
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The audio of method seems to have a lot more wires to have to store under the dash. Is there room for all that there? The PIE is much more tidy but at twice the price of course.

Also, do factory steering wheel controls work with either (I suspect not).
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I always forget about the FM modulators. Mostly because Ive never liked them. Of course, its been 15 years since Ive tried one, so Im sure the technology is much better now.

Also, doesn't the PIE kit allow you to switch song from the factory controls? I could be wrong, but it seems like it would. It also charges it. All of the other mentioned methods require you use the ipod controls.
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The "best" method while keeping the factory head unit is this http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...2-PC-POD2.html
This looks like it is only for iPods, is there an option, or can you get a cable or adapter for those of us who don't drink the apple kool-aid?
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Well, I've ordered pianoman's recommendation yesterday from newegg. Supposed to arrive Thursday. Once I get it installed, I will let y'all know what I think!!
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Well, I've ordered pianoman's recommendation yesterday from newegg. Supposed to arrive Thursday. Once I get it installed, I will let y'all know what I think!!
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The audio of method seems to have a lot more wires to have to store under the dash. Is there room for all that there? The PIE is much more tidy but at twice the price of course.

Also, do factory steering wheel controls work with either (I suspect not).
The large quantity of wires is to wire up any possible option; you do not need to use all of them unless you're setting up an incredibly elaborate installation.

The steering wheel controls will function as normal. All an FM modulator does is override an unused radio frequency with an aux signal.
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I'd like to know how well the "wired" modulators work. The non-wired ones are just about worthless. These wired ones look like they plug straight into the antenna and don't have the interference from radio stations and stuff. I already have the hard-wired aux in, but for future reference these might be nice to have.
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I always forget about the FM modulators. Mostly because Ive never liked them. Of course, its been 15 years since Ive tried one, so Im sure the technology is much better now....
...the components of which the modulator devices are made of maybe, but the quality of FM modulation itself is not better. No matter what quality the audio file is being played it will be heard using this worst possible method as a source.

For comparison purposes, here are the SNR and FR numbers for each option.
Type Signal-to-Noise Ratio Frequency Response
BEST USB Input Same as source 20Hz - 20,000Hz
BETTER Auxiliary Input Same as source 20Hz - 20,000Hz
Bluetooth Adapter Same as source 20Hz - 20,000Hz
GOOD FM Adapter 70dB 30Hz - 15,000Hz
BASIC Cassette Adapter 50 - 70 dB 30Hz - 18,000Hz

Is anyone out there still using a FM modulator to add external CD player capability to their audio system? That's just nonsense. Upgrade.
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I'd like to know how well the "wired" modulators work. The non-wired ones are just about worthless. These wired ones look like they plug straight into the antenna and don't have the interference from radio stations and stuff. I already have the hard-wired aux in, but for future reference these might be nice to have.
FM radio is restricted to a frequency response of 30-15k Hz which is close to that of your typical cassette player. You will hear slightly crisper highs if comparing the two. And likewise, the SNR of the FM tuner in a typical aftermarket stereo is similar to a good tape player: around 70 dB. When you use an FM adapter to pipe in your tunes, the music is fed into your radio over an FM frequency the radio thinks it's just another radio station. So theoretically, we can expect the music from our portable to sound about as good as a typical FM station.

There are two types of FM adapters to choose from. A wired FM modulator is connected to your radio via the FM antenna connection. It usually requires removing the stereo to get to the antenna connector on the rear, but it's much less prone to outside interference than wireless transmitters. On the other hand, a wireless FM transmitter broadcasts your music over the air to the stereo's FM tuner, just like the real incoming radio signals. It's much easier to use, but the wireless transmitter is directly competing with all of those radio signals and other FM interference bouncing around inside and outside of your car. So, we can expect that of the two FM options, a wired transmitter will be our best bet for sound quality. Wireless FM adapters are quick and easy, but for long drives, especially through populated areas, you'll probably be better served by a wired option.
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