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

Paul Ward dssstrkl at gmail.com
Wed May 28 09:27:39 PDT 2008

On May 28, 2008, at 9:19 AM, Matt Price wrote:

> On Wed, 2008-05-28 at 08:56 -0700, Mark K. Zanfardino wrote:
>> 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...
> how's the sound on this for you?  i'd like to get decent sound  
> quality;
> as i say, it's a long drive, and i really odn't want to have the  
> volume
> cranked to maximum so my kids can listen to audiobooks...
> thanks,
> matt

I use a Belkin adaptor and it sounds pretty good. If you do buy an  
adaptor, don't cheap out and get some $10 no name. There really is a  
noticeable difference between a generic and a good adaptor. I got the  
Belkin at Target for $20.

>> Just a thought.
>> Mark
>> 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
> -- 
> Matt Price
> matt.price at utoronto.ca
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Paul Ward
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