HELP - AUX & iPod adapters
Okay, so you have your music collection on your iPod, iPhone, other type of MP3 player, mobile phone etc. Wouldn't it be nice if you could play your music via your factory fitted car radio and speakers? This is where we can help with our range of AUX adapters and iPod interface adapters.
If your car radio does not already have an AUX input or iPod connection it may be possible to use an adapter to create a connection for your external music player. AUX adapters and iPod interfaces generally connect via the CD changer connector at the rear of your car radio.
Firstly you need to decide what type of connection you require. The main types are:
iPod adapter - Direct
An in car iPod interface allows you to connect your iPod or iPhone in a similar manner to an AUX adapter, but instead of a 3.5mm jack you are provided with an iPod dock lead to plug into the bottom of your iPod or iPhone. This gives the added benefit of charging, and being able to control the iPod or iPhone via the car radio controls, or steering wheel controls if your car is equipped with them. To select your iPod or iPhone just press the CD or Source button on your car radio a couple of times until you find it. Our direct iPod adapters provide excellent iPod quality sound. Please view our range of iPod adapters for factory fitted car stereos here.
iPod adapter - via FM
If your car does not have a CD changer connector you may be able to use an FM iPod adapter which is wired directly into your car aerial. These adapters offer good FM radio quality sound and will also keep you iPod / iPhone charged. To see if there's a version for your car please view our full range of iPod adapters, the FM iPod adapters part numbers begin with 'iConnect-FM...'
iPod for After-market car stereo
We have a small range of iPod adapters and iPod cables suitable for after-market car radios such as Alpine, Kenwood, JVC, Sony etc. View the range of iPod adapters and cables for after-market car stereos here.
AUX input adapter - Direct
An AUX input adapter will provide you with a 3.5mm jack lead that you can plug into the headphone socket of virtually any iPod, iPhone, iPad, MP3 player, mobile phone, portable games machine, laptop, MD player or disc-man (if you're old-school!). To listen to the music from your music player you just need to press the CD or Source button on your car radio a couple of times until you find your AUX device. Our AUX adapters provide excellent sound quality, comparable to listening to a CD. This type of connector will not offer any charging or control of the attached device. Please view our range of AUX adapters for factory fitted car stereos here.
AUX input adapter - via FM
If you car radio does not have a CD changer connector, and there is no AUX/iPod adapter available for your particular car make/model? Don't despair, there is one final option (other than changing your car stereo). It is possible to use an FM modulator / transmitter to send the audio from your music player to your car stereo via a radio signal. The prefered option is to use the version that is wired directly into your car aerial input. This provides good FM radio quality sound, and as it's wired directly into the aerial input it is not prone to interference like some cheaper wireless types of FM transmitter are. You can view our Wired FM Modulator here.
If your radio does not have a standard DIN or ISO aerial you will need aerial adapters to help it fit. We have the Wired FM Modulator bundled with Fakra adapters (for newer VW, Vauxhall, Mercedes, BMW etc) or you can view other aerial adapters here.
For an easier install we have also have a wireless FM modulator / transmitter which can be used with any factory fitted or after-market car radio, although you should try and use the wired version where possible.
AUX for After-market car stereo
AUX adapters for after-market car radios - If you have upgraded your car radio to a Sony, Pioneer, JVC, Blaupunkt, Alpine, Kenwood etc. we may be able to offer an AUX adapter lead. Most new after-market upggrades already have an AUX input built into the face, and all you need is a 3.5mm to 3.5mm jack lead. However if your after-market car stereo does not have an AUX input we may have an AUX input lead that you can plug in via the CD changer connector. View the range of AUX adapters for after-market car stereos here.