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AUX port...ooohhhh AUX port...how art thou?...you forced me to listen to top 40 songs via cheap headphones and disobey/"can't hear [email protected]" good songs..as long as you don't play any AeroSmith, "new" Van Halen, or any song from the magical multiple chord 'Green Day', I guess you're OK...
 

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Re: Got new MP3 player...can't play it in my '06 though (The Brouhaha)

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Re: Got new MP3 player...can't play it in my '06 though (MrTippy)

There are a few options to consider here.<p>If all he needs is an AUX-in for his headunit, he doesn't need something as elaborate(or expensive) as an iMIV adapter, which I've noticed is primarily aimed at iPod owners. <p>This seller on ebay can make one for you for $60 (shipped, I believe), just need to contact him: <A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/VOLVO-CD-Cassette-Radio-Ipod-Mp3-SAT-AUX-input-HU611_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ65Q3a12Q7c66Q3a2Q7c39Q3a1Q7c72Q3a1205Q7c240Q3a1318Q7c301Q3a1Q7c293Q3a1Q7c294Q3a50QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem5185d507c4QQitemZ350137681860QQptZCarQ5fAudioQ5fVideoQQsalenotsupported" TARGET="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...orted</A><p> A used USA SPEC-11 is another solution, cheaper than the iMIV here on ebay for $95 shipped depending on bidding (of course iPod controls aren't as good but ultimately... that isn't a concern if you don't have an iPod) : <A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/USA-Spec-PA11-VOL-Volvo-iPhone-iPod-Adapter-Charger_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ65Q3a12Q7c66Q3a2Q7c39Q3a1Q7c72Q3a1234Q7c240Q3a1318Q7c301Q3a1Q7c293Q3a1Q7c294Q3a50QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem2555230dd1QQitemZ160342150609QQptZOtherQ5fMP3Q5fPlayerQ5fAccessoriesQQsalenotsupported" TARGET="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/USA-Spec-P...orted</A><p>I remember seeing a company that made a simple aux-in via the headunit for about $40, but I can't find it at the moment.
 

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Re: Got new MP3 player...can't play it in my '06 though (MrTippy)

But then with cable costs (at the very cheapest):<p>80CM (that's not even 3 feet) Melbus to HU cable: $13.95<br>Generic Power Cable: $18.45<br>Melbus MiII Lite: $84.95<p>$117.35<p>And that doesn't include shipping, which is going to be around $25 (using their estimate calculator and the original poster's zip code) for an estimated total of $142.35<p>The circuitry is fine on the USA Spec adapter, it doesn't need to be robust when it's just aux-in. And if he ever does decide to buy an iPod down the road, he will have an iPod input for it. Out of the three currently offered iMIV adapters, only one has both RCA jacks <I>and</I> an iPod jack. And that is the most expensive one with video integration (a $45 difference) plus an iPod to iMIV cable needs to be purchased (cheapest and shortest: $28, and currently out of stock). <p> So to have the equivalent iMIV adapter will cost you at least $215, and that is at bare minimum with cable length. The benefits are you get an on-screen display of what's being played and video integration. In this sense, the USA-Spec is actual somewhat of a bargain if on-screen text display and video integration isn't so vital. <p>All necessary cables are included and part of the price of the USA spec adapter.
 

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Re: Got new MP3 player...can't play it in my '06 though (Jexx)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Jexx</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">But then with cable costs (at the very cheapest):<p>80CM (that's not even 3 feet) Melbus to HU cable: $13.95<br>Generic Power Cable: $18.45<br>Melbus MiII Lite: $84.95<p>$117.35<p>And that doesn't include shipping, which is going to be around $25 (using their estimate calculator and the original poster's zip code) for an estimated total of $142.35<p>The circuitry is fine on the USA Spec adapter, it doesn't need to be robust when it's just aux-in. And if he ever does decide to buy an iPod down the road, he will have an iPod input for it. Out of the three currently offered iMIV adapters, only one has both RCA jacks <I>and</I> an iPod jack. And that is the most expensive one with video integration (a $45 difference) plus an iPod to iMIV cable needs to be purchased (cheapest and shortest: $28, and currently out of stock). <p> So to have the equivalent iMIV adapter will cost you at least $215, and that is at bare minimum with cable length. The benefits are you get an on-screen display of what's being played and video integration. In this sense, the USA-Spec is actual somewhat of a bargain if on-screen text display and video integration isn't so vital. <p>All necessary cables are included and part of the price of the USA spec adapter.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>THere have been numerous, numerous issues with USA spec from signal cutout to ground interference to loss of power. <p>It is 100% worth the extra $50. 100%
 

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If a good grounding point is found, then it shouldn't be a problem. I think the key is just grounding it to the HU's ground lead (of course only this adapter) and many do not realize this. Of all the USA Spec adapter problem threads I've seen, it's 99% due to cables coming loose or a bad grounding point. Nothing wrong with the adapter itself.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Jexx at 4:42 PM 6-21-2009</i>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Jexx</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">If a good grounding point is found, then it shouldn't be a problem. I think the key is just grounding it to the HU's ground lead (of course only this adapter) and many do not realize this. Of all the USA Spec adapter problem threads I've seen, it's 99% due to cables coming loose or a bad grounding point. Nothing wrong with the adapter itself.<p><br><i>Modified by Jexx at 4:42 PM 6-21-2009</i></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Say what you want, use at your own risk.
 

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Re: Got new MP3 player...can't play it in my '06 though (The Brouhaha)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>The Brouhaha</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">or any song from the magical multiple chord 'Green Day', I guess you're OK...</TD></TR></TABLE><p><IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> They have sold over 1 million records in a month. They gotta to be doing something right.
 

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Re: Got new MP3 player...can't play it in my '06 though (BryanR)

IMO, the iMiV was well worth the money. It cost me around 120 shipped for the components required to run my XM unit thru as an AUX input on my HU (thru CD Changer). I don't have the Melbus unit in the rear, and the have to control the XM unit directly, but it's exactly the way I would've wanted it.
 

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Re: Got new MP3 player...can't play it in my '06 though (T5 for Life)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>T5 for Life</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">IMO, the iMiV was well worth the money. It cost me around 120 shipped for the components required to run my XM unit thru as an AUX input on my HU (thru CD Changer). I don't have the Melbus unit in the rear, and the have to control the XM unit directly, but it's exactly the way I would've wanted it.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>+1, I use the iMiV with my Creative Zen Vision M mp3 and video player that integrates into the NAV screen of the car. Looks great, when friends come in the ride, I then hook up their ipod to the system as well and we are golden. No complaints with the iMiV at all. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mpdbrown</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">anyone have a link/description of the install of the USA Spec adapter?</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br><A HREF="http://community.webshots.com/album/552667675iHUDQi" TARGET="_blank">http://community.webshots.com/...HUDQi</A><p>Excellent tutorial for it.<p>The iMIV adapters certainly are high quality. I just think it's somewhat ludicrous to pay $120+ just for an aux-input adapter (which incidentally might even be more than the mp3 player itself). Especially when all you're getting is a small module that hooks up to a DIN connector. A simple RCA-in aux adapter of that sort shouldn't be more than $30.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Jexx</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The iMIV adapters certainly are high quality. I just think it's somewhat ludicrous to pay $120+ just for an aux-input adapter (which incidentally might even be more than the mp3 player itself). Especially when all you're getting is a small module that hooks up to a DIN connector. A simple RCA-in aux adapter of that sort shouldn't be more than $30. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Find a qulaified EE and ask them to compare the circuitry of the iMIV to the usa-spec, I'll bet one of the first things they comment on is the quality of the components and the isolation of the design. <p>I think that you may be overlooking that Volvo has a unique implementation of the MEL bus, someone had to reverse engineer it, design a product & troubleshoot it, then produce it,and then support it. It is hardly "just a small module with a din connector." It is a custom programmed microprocessor controlled interface.<p>If it were that simple why are there only just two options? USA-spec subsidizes the price of its volvo adapter with their other sales, too. Google search these forums and read about usa-specs customer support (or lack thereof) and about how they handled the failure of their first adapter.<p>I think you trivialize it when you say it's a simple aux-in. Comparing it to a modified HU is apples and oranges, that is just a hack and I wouldn't want to test the guarantee on that one-off.<p>And, BTW, comparing it to the cost of the mp3 player is irrelevant. They are made in the millions compared to the 500 or 1000 per run of the iMIV; BIG difference. Also, there are many things where the cost of an addition is more than the cost of the appliance, especially when it comes to custom designed apparatuses.<p>Basically, you get what you pay here, and if you want cheap, then buy cheap. Your choice.
 

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Not to hijack, but since lots of knowledgeable people already posting in this thread: <p>I have '04 S60R, with Volvo Navigation system AND Volvo digital jukebox. <br>1) Will iMIV work? (USA Spec didn't because of Digital Jukebox)<br>2) Will iMIV work with iPhone 3G? <br>3) Will less expensive aux inputs still work just for music?<br>4) What sort of total cost am I looking at for iMIV, cables and install?<p>I finally broke down and got an iPhone when I got back from the desert (wife broke Razr while I was gone). Although I still use my Sansa 8gig as an mp3 player when working out, so probably just need an aux-in so I can use either Sansa or iPhone. <p>Unfortunately, I get the dreaded "whine" from my digital Jukebox, something about improper grounded or something, so looking for alternative.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MrTippy</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Find a qulaified EE and ask them to compare the circuitry of the iMIV to the usa-spec, I'll bet one of the first things they comment on is the quality of the components and the isolation of the design. <p>I think that you may be overlooking that Volvo has a unique implementation of the MEL bus, someone had to reverse engineer it, design a product & troubleshoot it, then produce it,and then support it. It is hardly "just a small module with a din connector." It is a custom programmed microprocessor controlled interface.<p>If it were that simple why are there only just two options? USA-spec subsidizes the price of its volvo adapter with their other sales, too. Google search these forums and read about usa-specs customer support (or lack thereof) and about how they handled the failure of their first adapter.<p>I think you trivialize it when you say it's a simple aux-in. Comparing it to a modified HU is apples and oranges, that is just a hack and I wouldn't want to test the guarantee on that one-off.<p>And, BTW, comparing it to the cost of the mp3 player is irrelevant. They are made in the millions compared to the 500 or 1000 per run of the iMIV; BIG difference. Also, there are many things where the cost of an addition is more than the cost of the appliance, especially when it comes to custom designed apparatuses.<p>Basically, you get what you pay here, and if you want cheap, then buy cheap. Your choice.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes, I agree that the iMIV circuitry is probably a lot better, but it still isn't that important....I mean, how likely is it that a component will go bad in something like an aux input module? <p>Yes, they did have to reverse engineer it, test it etc. And yes, they have to pay for overhead and still make profit, which is more difficult since they're a more specialized company. But they also need to be competitive. Volvo isn't the first to use a unique adapter system that has to be hacked. Yet similar companies are able to produce aux-in adapters for MUCH cheaper on other cars. I would almost swear it's a monopoly.<p>And yeah, that's <I>one</I> of the reasons why USA-Spec can provide the adapter at a cheaper cost: they make units for more than just one car thus subsidizing exactly like you said. <p>I compared the cost of an mp3 player simply to exaggerate the cost of the unit. Nothing more. <p>There <I>are</I> many things where the cost of installation is more than the unit itself, but I just don't think an aux-input should be one of them.<p> <I>Basically, you get what you pay here, and if you want cheap, then buy cheap. Your choice.</I> <p>That's like saying if you want a good price, then you should get a poor quality product. When there's a will, there's a way. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> I could talk more about this subject, but it wouldn't be pertinent to the topic so I'll leave it at that.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>"R"Kelly</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Not to hijack, but since lots of knowledgeable people already posting in this thread:<p>I have '04 S60R, with Volvo Navigation system AND Volvo digital jukebox.<br>1) Will iMIV work? (USA Spec didn't because of Digital Jukebox)<br>2) Will iMIV work with iPhone 3G?<br>3) Will less expensive aux inputs still work just for music?<br>4) What sort of total cost am I looking at for iMIV, cables and install?<p>I finally broke down and got an iPhone when I got back from the desert (wife broke Razr while I was gone). Although I still use my Sansa 8gig as an mp3 player when working out, so probably just need an aux-in so I can use either Sansa or iPhone.<p>Unfortunately, I get the dreaded "whine" from my digital Jukebox, something about improper grounded or something, so looking for alternative. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>1) I'm not entirely sure. You already have a Y-splitter to keep them separated? Would be best to contact iMIV direct for that one.<br>2)Yeah it will, they recently released a new cable that allows the iMIV to also charge the iPhone 3G. More info about it here: http://www.imiv.ca/cms/index.php?id=33&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=23&tx_ttnews[backPid]=28&cHash=ef8d8ff8d5<br>3) It's very likely. Need some more detail, though, on what you're looking for.<br>4) At least $145 shipped if you only want RCA-input with bare minimum cable requirements. Prices go up from there. That doesn't include installation costs as it's normally a DIY thing--you COULD have an audio place do it, but it would be far cheaper to DIY. Your choice. <p>Are you entirely removing the Volvo Jukebox? If so...I might be interested <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> Though that's bizarre that OEM equipment would have whining...it must have been installed after the car was purchased by someone who might not have done it properly...probably an easy fix, honestly.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Jexx</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">That's like saying if you want a good price, then you should get a poor quality product.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>This is often the case. We are not talking commodities here, we are discussing specialty products.
 

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Hi Kelly,<p>p.s. a lot of this has already been discussed in the audio forum.<p>Yes, the iMIV should daisy chain just fine with the Digital Jukebox. You can use the jukebox on cd-chngr channel and the aux-in for mp3 player on the md-chngr channel.<p>It will work with the iPhone 3G, just need the new cable. Read all about it here: http://www.imiv.ca/cms/index.php?id...erce_pi1[catUid]=9&tx_commerce_pi1[artUid]=97 (need to cut & paste the link, swedespeed,.com doesn't like imiv's web addresses.)<p>What less expensive aux input were you thinking of? Usa-spec is the only other option I know of and I don't think that it has a second din input, but there is some kind of a splitter cable maybe someone else can comment on that.<p>There is a reason that the digital jukebox is no longer made... The whine is a grounding & isolation problem. We kicked that around pretty good elsewhere--but, I don't remember where. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> If you follow the oem instructions you will have a problem.<p><br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>"R" Kelly</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Not to hijack, but since lots of knowledgeable people already posting in this thread: <p>I have '04 S60R, with Volvo Navigation system AND Volvo digital jukebox. <br>1) Will iMIV work? (USA Spec didn't because of Digital Jukebox)<br>2) Will iMIV work with iPhone 3G? <br>3) Will less expensive aux inputs still work just for music?<br>4) What sort of total cost am I looking at for iMIV, cables and install?<p>I finally broke down and got an iPhone when I got back from the desert (wife broke Razr while I was gone). Although I still use my Sansa 8gig as an mp3 player when working out, so probably just need an aux-in so I can use either Sansa or iPhone. <p>Unfortunately, I get the dreaded "whine" from my digital Jukebox, something about improper grounded or something, so looking for alternative. </TD></TR></TABLE>
 

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Unfortunately, I have given up on my Digital Jukebox as well. In fact; I have yet to hear of an R owner satisfied with the operation of the DJ. <p>The stereo whine is present after rewiring, regrounding, and replacing the entire unit. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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