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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:52 am 
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Which would be better to use? I have an XM radio cassette adapter or should I purchase the wired FM modulator?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:50 pm 
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I tried a cassette adaptor, and was less then pleased with the sound quality. So I was also thinking an FM Modulator. Then a friend said he uses a cassette adaptor and it sounded great, so he let me try it in my car. It did sound good. So my problem was a cheap adaptor. Went and picked up a Phillips for $10 and it works great. (Same brand as what he let me try)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:36 pm 
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i've been using cassette adapters for a long time. found one from an old portable cd player kit and tried it out. lost that one somehow and then found one to a xm radio. i've always like them. just for the fact that almost any old car can use them considering most older cars have cassette players. unfortunately my wifes yukon only has a cd player so i'm considering the fm modulator. hope it is worth the money.

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Go with the wired FM modulator--not the wireless transmitter. You won't be disappointed.

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I'm going to check into it. She's having a fit that she can't use her iPod

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Friends don't let friends Cassette adapter or FM Modulate.


Steve, get a new HU. Nothing else compares.

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The 2000÷ install is a bit of a pain but is well worth it, the stock decks eq does a horrid job. Even if you only change the deck to one with a good eq its night and day difference

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Friends don't let friends Cassette adapter or FM Modulate.


Steve, get a new HU. Nothing else compares.


This. $200 will get you A LOT.

However wired FM is the best way to adapt an input into a unit that doesn't accept anything else. Transmitted is terrible, and cassette's are finicky at best, and don't have the same specs as FM can.

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Well, I gave it lots if thought and I'm just going to go down the line: if the radio I'm getting doesn't hsve a working tape deck, ill get the wired fm modulator. I really don't want to take away from the red lighting at night. Even the climate control display is red.

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Its your choice but there are red lit cd players, I have the older pioneer deh p580mp. There is a newer model from last year called the deh p3200ub that has switchable green or red backlighting and aux and usb built in already.
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Steve, you can get almost ANY brand of aftermarket HU with red or selectable red lighting. And the sound quality will be VASTLY better.

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Steering wheel controls are another issue though. The stock appearance and those controls are what's holding me back.

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Control adapters can be had, I ran one and it worked fine

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I hear a couple hold-outs for stock 'looks' in here that are missing out on quality audio. Bummer.

I can guarantee that you won't regret the switch. Even with stock speakers.

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For now I replaced my factory radio with another factory radio for the time being. Not only that it wad a cheaper decision, I didnt this would work as a Bluetooth option as well. I wanted the tape deck because I had an adapter already. When I plugged my cell up to listen to Pandora and had a phone call, I was surprised knowing people could hear me as o heard them through my speakers. This is great!

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You could get a deck w/ true Bluetooth and a microphone....

What you have isn't Bluetooth, it's just an alternate speaker playing your conversation, with your phone thinking you have headphones in.

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Nice factory looking aftermarket option: My girlfriend has it in her grand am:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/JVC+-+50W+x ... 876&st=jvc radio&cp=1&lp=3


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If the Bose amp is still connected once you install an aftermarket radio, I may consider changing it. Til then, stock is doing me justice

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