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Plug-n-play Line Output Converter

I once saw (somewhere online) a line output converter that a company pretty much custom made for any vehicle. They had one for the Ranger that simply plugged in between the factory stereo and the trucks harness. Now I can't find it. I've searched here and Googled til my eyes crossed.

ANYONE know what company sells these things? I ONLY WANT the plug-n-play type of converter..



EDIT: I've found the converters made by PAC AUDIO but they weren't the ones I found before. The ones I'm speaking of looked to be of even higher quality, although I don't think they had adjustable gains for each channel..



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id be interested in this as well
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I still haven't found the brand that I'm wanting to find.. On top of that, the PAC brand is hard to figure out which one I need. They're website has conflicting info on the models and right now none are looking like plug-n-play. At least none for my 2001 Ranger.

The ones I'm thinking of, the company stated that it takes them a couple of days to make the harness if I remember right. Like they were almost custom made for your application..

I'll probably never find them again.


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One more thing I remembered about the harnesses. They weren't so much of a harness, but more of a plastic plug that plugged into the back of the stereo and then the factory harness plugged into the back of the plastic plug. It wasn't a double ended harness is what I'm getting at.

Hopefully I can refresh someones memory..



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line output converters arent that hard to wire up.... and why do you need one, spend the money and buy a headunit that has rcas.
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If you wanna give me the money for an in-dash 6-disc changer then maybe I'll do that.

I'm fully capable of wiring in any system that I need to. I've been doing it since the early 90's. I just want a plug-n-play LOC to retain the factory wiring as much as I can. I LIKE my 6-disc player, and I like my factory wiring untouched.


I made this thread to ask for help in finding the harness I'm looking for, not to get advice on things I don't wanna do. Thanks.



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Was simply making a suggestion, but you will get better sound quality with a source unit that has pre outs.
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I know this already. As I said I've been installing stereo equipment for a long long time.

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if your going to be running amps anyways. amps will typically have a high (speaker) level input.
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if your going to be running amps anyways. amps will typically have a high (speaker) level input.
still not a plug and play like the op wants
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I'd be running an amp, but just for the subwoofer. I'll let the headunit power the (aftermarket) speakers in the four factory locations. Hopefully the two rear speakers that would be tapped into wouldn't have to much loss of signal/power to run decently..

As RangOH said..


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Hopefully the two rear speakers that would be tapped into wouldn't have to much loss of signal/power to run decently..
you shouldn't have problems with losing any power to the rears. any rear loss would be negligible and, good if anything... to have a good front stage you will need to attenuate the rears anyways.

line output converters are adjustable resistors. so is your gain ****. so really there is no need for them. It would be better not to add something to the signal path, if you can help it.
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Thanks for the advice. I'm not familiar with LOC units really. I've always installed systems with aftermarket headunits. Sometimes multiple amps.

Now that I think about it, the adapter I'm looking for might have been for bluetooth or an Ipod adapter.. I'm just not sure..

I think I'll just go with the PAC unit.. It appears to be the best made unit that's virtually a plug-n-play ordeal.

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Something I just thought about that you might be able to use that won't damage your stock wires are these thing called posi-taps. Google them. They're available at napa auto parts I think, they're kinda pricey, but leave the wire relatively untouched
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Thanks for the link but I'll be using one with a low voltage "amp on" wire. So my amp kicks on and off with the factory radio.

Likely one of these:

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PAC SOEM-T (soemt) - Line-Out Converters - Sonic Electronix

PAC SNI-45T (sni45t) - Line-Out Converters - Sonic Electronix



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