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Old 11-22-2003, 02:51 AM
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iPOD, for 3-series use: Buy Or Don't Buy?

I'm planning on getting the 20gig btw....OK, here goes... I was wondering how it actually sounds with just the standard system of a 3-series? I have only heard good things about the IPOD integrated with the stock head unit....out of all the DIYs out there which did you guys find the best? I was thinking of doing it the AUX/ flashlight/ glovebox way...Which install sounds closest to cd quality as opposed to tape quality? Does it leave you wishing there was some eq option on the ipod that you could mess with? What would i need to buy in order to use my steering wheel buttons to switch tracks etc?....I know there might be some DIY threads that i may have overlooked or read too quickly (and i plan to look through again later today...) ....but for the time being...and my lack of time to look through threads....if you could please help, it would be great. Thanks.
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Old 11-22-2003, 10:49 AM
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I don't have a 3-series, and haven't my iPod to the car yet. But I can address part of the sound issue. A big part of the sound difference will be what your music is encoded as. 128bit mp3's will be okay. 128bit aac (like purchased from the iTunes store, or encoded at home) will sound better. Higher bitrates will make a difference in either format. So no matter what someone says in this thread, be sure to ask how they were encoded.

The BMW solution will not allow you to change tracks from the steering wheel controls. I know there are a couple solutions out there that claim to allow this, but I have no experience with them.

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Old 11-22-2003, 01:31 PM
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Thanks for the help. Yeah I forgot to mention at what the files would be ripped at...i guess we can assume 192 kbps from now on or the acc from iTunes. thx
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Old 11-22-2003, 06:50 PM
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It's been a while since I looked at all the various installation options, but I think my setup works fine. I have a blitzsafe adapter plugged into the stock CD changer harness. The adapter has two RCA inputs. I plugged a Y splitter into the inputs and then ran a line uner the carpet and up through the center console where the minijack may be pplugged into the ipod. I heard that Blitzsafe was developing an adapter that would allow you to control the ipod with the steering wheel buttons.
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Old 11-22-2003, 07:32 PM
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I would say...goforit! I have a 20gb Nomad Zen with the aux input and flashlight DC adapter...it sounds better than the built in CD even though most of my MP3s are at 128 and 192kbps. I dont know about the ipod, but the Zen has an adjustable equalizer so I can adjust it before it goes into the stereo, I think that's why it sounds better than the CD playa.
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Old 11-23-2003, 12:55 AM
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sweet, thanks for the help....now to find an aux input and the DC adapter tomorrow... hopefully Cutter Motors has those....i'm going to search for an actual DIY w/ pictures and steps....i really dont wanna mess up
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Old 12-08-2003, 07:16 PM
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I would say...goforit! I have a 20gb Nomad Zen with the aux input and flashlight DC adapter...it sounds better than the built in CD even though most of my MP3s are at 128 and 192kbps. I dont know about the ipod, but the Zen has an adjustable equalizer so I can adjust it before it goes into the stereo, I think that's why it sounds better than the CD playa.
I just got a Zen and listening to it in the car to day, the sound quality is pretty bad. There is alot of noise (crackling/popping type stuff), and I encode everything at 320kbps. My old Riovolt mp3/cdplayer sounded 100x better. I can't even listen to some of the songs loud (not blasting loud), with both the player and the car turned all the way up it is basically normal volume.

Any suggestions??
Other wise I love it.
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Old 12-08-2003, 07:25 PM
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It's been a while since I looked at all the various installation options, but I think my setup works fine. I have a blitzsafe adapter plugged into the stock CD changer harness. The adapter has two RCA inputs. I plugged a Y splitter into the inputs and then ran a line uner the carpet and up through the center console where the minijack may be pplugged into the ipod. I heard that Blitzsafe was developing an adapter that would allow you to control the ipod with the steering wheel buttons.
I have the same setup and it works great (recently ran the line input from the trunk and under the carpet on the driveshaft hump (that was a pain!), with the headphone jack coming up underneath the armrest through the space between the armrest and center console -- theres enough space under the center console to store some slack in the cord when not using the iPod). The only thing I notice is that you need to turn the volume up on the car just a little bit for it to sound "normal" vs the radio or CD (this is with the iPod set to ~3/4 volume)

We also have a Blitzsafe in the Mini -- works just as well.
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Blitzsafe (www.blitzsafe.com), is supposed to be introducing an adapter that will allow you to change tracks with the steering wheel. They told me about it last month.
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Old 12-08-2003, 08:33 PM
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http://www.blitzsafe.com/blitz_forum...PagePosition=1
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Old 12-08-2003, 08:36 PM
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I use the OEM Aux-input...would that make a difference in sound quality?
Is the blitz better?
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:18 PM
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Blitzsafe (www.blitzsafe.com), is supposed to be introducing an adapter that will allow you to change tracks with the steering wheel. They told me about it last month.
Wow. That would truly be "kick-ass".

The ideal would something that let you "dock" an ipod into a holder-- possibly in the glove-box, and then had a phatbox-like interface for navigation.
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:42 PM
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Just found this-- looks like this company already such a product available:

http://www.densionusa.com/icelink/icelink_details.htm
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