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Old 05-06-2007
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? about Ipod head unit

What is the difference between: iPod compatible, iPod adapter-ready,
iBus direct iPod, and iPod/satellite radio-ready?

Right now I have to pay for summer school, so hopefully I will get a headunit in July or early August.

I want something I can just plug in the ipod to. I am looking to spend $200-250 for the headunit.
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when you see this on decks, many can read Ipod folders and tracks and allow you to navigate thru them on the headunit while leaving the ipod connected and in the glovebox. you dont have to have access to the ipod since its done thru the deck interface. now some decks like certain kenwoods and alpines have the cable included, some require you to buy the cable that is needed to hook the ipod up to as an extra. cables and/or modules can run from $15-50 just depending on the manufacturer
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thanks, quest51210 That helps a lot.
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well im not sure about cables being included other then the new usb decks but i know with the jvc exad I just bought I had to purchase the ipod adapter that plugs into the bottom of the ipod. The ipod charges at the same time and i control it through my deck. Nice thing about the JVC ipod adapter was it was the cheapest of them all.
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I have one for sale where you plug your i-Pod into the head unit $80 less then a year old, Subwoofer control etc. You want more into feel free to get in touch with me





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i would advise to stay away from JVC/Sony and that logic deck. since your budget is 2-250 you can find a nice quality deck in that range
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I recently bought an Alpine 9856. Nice unit. The Alpine iPod cable is like $30, and I leave the iPod in the glove box. You do all searches using the H/U controls - search by playlist, artist or song. Can also set shuffle modes from the H/U. This is all cool - but being able to search by genre would be cool and you can't. Also, scrolling through the artist or song lists can take a LONG time. Still better than most alternatives however. The 9856 is also in your price range.
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Ive got a Sony HU with an accessory input on the face - works great with the Ipod; I definitely recommend it, especially for the $95 that I paid.
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I also have the Alpine CDA-9856. I don't have an iPod yet. That $30 cable connects to the back so you don't have some ugly cable sticking out of your radio. The cable also charges it.
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quick question guys...does that Alpine support Sirius?
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i would advise to stay away from JVC/Sony and that logic deck. since your budget is 2-250 you can find a nice quality deck in that range
I bought myself a JVC Exad and I must say Im in love with it. Great sound especially when playing dvd music. LCD screen is a great bonus for passing time when sitting in the truck. Ipod controls are nice and easy and the deck looks fantastic. Lots of fun and I paid the american price in canadian dollars so couldnt beat it nor pass it up.
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I ju st got a pioneer deck...I Love the thing...the logic wasnt back either but i needed more subwoofer control with it. If you shop around you can find some good stuff...i think Pioneer, Kenwood and Alpine have the I Pod thing nailed down for the most part, and correct me if im wrong i think all 3 are compatible with Satelite Radio...I know kenwood is Sirius
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Here's my .02...
I had the ipod cable hook-up that goes in the glove box about two years ago with my alpine head unit. Older headunits require a hookup chord that has a box (that process' the info from the ipod) on the chord that connect from your headunit to the ipod. This set-up is EXTREMELY slow and annoying, as you can only scroll as fast as the box can read the information. It would take as long as a minute for me to scroll from my "a" artists to my "g" artists.

But now alpine has a technology on the new headunits where the chord you buy for the ipod hookup does not have a interpretation box on the chord. The new headunits are "full speed" made for ipod. I have personally used these, and it scrolls almost as fast through the headunit, as on the ipod itself. Notice the full speed icon: http://www.alpine-usa.com/US-en/prod...model=CDA-9885

Make sure you get the full speed headunit if this is what you want. Otherwise, I prefer the setup of running a Monster Cable to the ipod that plugs into the headphone jack. Although it does not power the ipod, I find using the ipod itself is SO much simpler. Plus you can buy an AC charger for like $10 for the emergency case of needing it. The sound quality is just as good as long as you buy a good chord like monster cable.

Pros of glovebox setup:
- no wires showing/clean
- amazing sound quality

cons:
- Not as simple to use
- Limited play options
* can only play first 250 songs of a playlist
- may forget ipod in car more often over cold nights or hot days(terrible for ipod hardware)
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quick question guys...does that Alpine support Sirius?
Alpine's can do either.
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^^nice, because im looking for one that will support both my Sirius and my Ipod
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I have a Kenwood in my Bronco (gunna probably transfer it over to my Ranger) and it's got the iPod interface with it. It cost me about $50 extra for the interface, but I can control my iPod from the head unit and it charges it as well. My Sony in the Ranger only has the aux 1/8" plug in and I'm not about to go get a 6 foot 1/8" to 1/8" audio cable for 3 feet of space.
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^^nice, because im looking for one that will support both my Sirius and my Ipod
I don't know about other brands, but with Alpine. They have two different plug-ins. One for Sat & one for iPod.
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