Quick question for car audio people...

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I just bought an ipod, and I want to connect it to my car stereo. The ipod came with itrip, but I'd rather connect it directly.

My HU is an Alpine CDA 7873 ( a few years old). I don't know if anyone is familiar with that one, but i've been doing some research online, it seems as though I can plug an auxilary item into it. I'm wondering if that would be RCA-to-headphone jack cable? Or would it be something else that car stereo's have. I don't really know what kind of connections car stereo's have, I'm not really familiar with them....

posted by  Mathew

Two options with the CDA-7873. You can purchase the Alpine KCA-121B Auxiliary Input Adapter - http://www.crutchfield.com/S-Fu7LZSfCNBr/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=227550&I=50 0KCA121B for 16$ or the expensive Alpine KCA-410C Ai-Net Multi-Changer/Versatile Link Adapter http://www.crutchfield.com/S-Fu7LZSfCNBr/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=227550&I=50 0KCA410C for 150$.

With the first cable, it plugs into the Aux input(meant for a CD changer natively) and it gives you two RCA Female plugs, which you would then use to connect your Ipod.

Or with the expensive terminal, you would have the ability to connect upto two changers and two RCA sources.


There's your manual, telling you how you would switch to the Aux function to listen to the Ipod.

posted by  dodgerforlife

Thanks a lot for the info! I was just doing research and I found the exact same thing. Plus my car audio friend just confirmed. Thanks anyway!

I also found this one, which takes out the middle man, the RCA-to-headphone jack:


I think thats the one I'm going for.

posted by  Mathew

That would work just fine! :thumbs: GIVER HELL!

posted by  dodgerforlife

I will have quality iPod to car tunage by tomorrow night! :thumbs:

posted by  Mathew

i have my deck wired up so i can run my ipod through it. though mind you that when you go through RCA's, you don't have the option of changing volume through your deck (at least, thats how mine is). It just plays straight through to the speakers. Also, you might want to consider picking up a charger for your ipod so it doesn't get low on batteries on long trips.

posted by  shadowedII

It came with a cigarrette lighter charger :thumbs:

posted by  Mathew

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