[sf-lug] WAY OT: Car Stereo Analog Electronics

Mark K. Zanfardino mzanfardino at gmail.com
Wed May 28 08:56:33 PDT 2008

I realize you are probably doing this because it's something fun to do, 
but have you considered the more direct route?  If the cassette works, 
why not just buy a cassette adapter?  They cost about $15.00 at Radio 
Shack and they give you a 3.5mm stereo connector you can plug into your 
iPod (or whatever).  I use one in my 2000 Lexus.  I was going to replace 
the in-dash cassette with an in-dash CD player until I realized I'd 
loose my iPod...

Just a thought.


Matt Price wrote:
> hi guys,
> well, this is the DIY group i know best...  I'm getting ready for a big
> road trip (all the way back to toronto) and I'm trying to hook my ipod
> up to my car stereo.  unfortunately i have a stock honda civic stereo
> head unit, which doesn't have an aux in anywhere.  instead htere's a
> proprietary DIN-style connector that goes from the head unit (which has
> a radio ) and the external cassette player (mounted separately in a
> different spot on the dash).  
> there's a pin diagram for this connector here (well, at least i think
> it's the right diagram):
> http://www.nsxprime.com/FAQ/DIY/sound_system.htm
> this instructables suggests it's the same as the honda stereos:
> http://www.instructables.com/id/SOU74LJF9056P3L/
> my plan is to take out the  cassette player (not hard, i've done it
> before), and somehow splice an audio out cable into the din connector.
> as far as i understand it, all i need to do is connect the signal
> ground, left and right wires to the appropriate pins, and the thing
> SHOULD get sound from the ipod (or any aux connector).  i see two ways
> to do this:
> 1) just take an old headphone wire, open it up, and run the individual
> wires into the appropriate din pin openings.  but this is too simple.
> 2) find an 8-pin din connector, solder the wires from the headphone jack
> into it, but also maybe somehow use the other wires to do other things.
> for instance, i'd love to get usb power off of the battery; i'd love to
> be able to somehow control the ipod using the accessory; etc.  i dont
> know how ocmplicated all of these are.  also all my soldering tools and
> stuff are back home in toronto.  and finally, i don't know where to buy
> stuff like this here in sf.  
> sooo...  i'm hoping there's someone out there who knows all this stuff!
> or who knows where to point me for more info.  i'd lvoe for this to
> work, it's gonna be a looooong car ride...  thanks!
> matt

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