ipod advice in 93 525i
Looking for some advice on installing an iPod in my 93 525i with an OEM (Alpine3) HU. I want to do what makes the most sense sound and $ wise. I don't have to keep the OEM HU, but am attempting to keep the costs down right now. The tape portion of the HU keeps flipping from side 1 to 2 no matter what cassette I use - don't really care about this, but wanted to mention it b/c I don't think I can use a cassette adapter with this issue and I have not attempted this either. I know this is one of the lowest sound quality routes, but it would be easy and cheap. I have the six speaker OEM sound system and know this is lacking sound quality wise....don't even go there. I have had car systems that cost more than the cars they are in. I want to have power to the iPod too.
1) If I hard wire the iPod to the cd changer cable is there anything else I need to connect besides the right and left channels for the OEM HU to recognize the signal? Don't have a cd changer in the car.
2) Are the FM modulators any good these days? I see that Belkin has the TuneFM that is a FM modulator which also charges the iPod for $50.
3) What is a good switched power source in the e34? Need this for the iPod charger and a V1. Is it best just to come off the radio switched power or is there another source that is recommended?
4) Are there any other decent options keeping the $ down?
93 525i aka Silka
Last edited by RobertV; 12-31-2010 at 08:31 AM.