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I am new to this forum as I have recently bought a
2006 volvo v50 1.6 petrol (silver in colour)
I bought it as we have a dog and the estate is extremely handy
Its not the most poerful car in the universe but I have other cars aswell
I have to say I am seriously impressed with the car and it is the best car I have for my every day use
Anyway this seems to be a great Forum for them so I hope to learn and read some of the vast knowkledge within
I want to be able to play mp3 trough the car radio
I dont have bluetooth on this car
I looked and seen somebody wired/soldered directly a aux cable to the amplifier in the trunk
But have also had a quick look on amazon and ebay and see there are aux adapters / wiring harnesses for the rear of the head unit
I am just wondering what is the easiest least hassle way to be able to play mp3 in the car
preferably I would like to be able to just connect a usb stick somehow
but if that isnt cost efficient then playing via aux cable / phone would suffice
it doesent have bluetooth but i plan to get a handsfree bluetooth in the car so i dont know if both can be combined

anyway sorry for the long winded post
and thank you to anybody that can help me with my question

Many Thanks
Colm in Dublin in Ireland :)
 

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Hi,

First of all, you won't find any cheap adapter or harness that will do the job. What you have seen is probably some scam.

Next, there are a couple options as for auxiliary.

First, as you mentionned, there is the option of soldering to the amplifier in the trunk. This means you need to have this very same model of amplifier. This is the best solution in my opinion as the sound is flawless and it is pretty cheap. Only thing is you have to know a bit about electronics and soldering, wiring stuff... Instructions can be found here : http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?105447

Next, there is the Dension GW500 which is an adapter that costs arond 350-400 $ I think. Sound quality is flawless. Instructions can be found here : http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?102045

You can also pick the GROM MOST unit which is the same kind of thing and installation as the Dension. Also very costly (350 USD) Sound quality is flawless. Instructions can be found here : http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?171534

Finally, you can hardwire a FM modulator to the amp. This is a cost efficient solution but the quality is not perfect depending on interference and EMI. It is also almost as complicated as the first option which is better in terms of sound quality. Instructions here : http://volvo.philipfotos.com/English_install_ver_6_5.pdf

Basically, those are the options if you forget the Bluepower head unit that is suppose to come out but I wouldn't rely on this too much...

Feel free to ask any other questions.
 

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Hi,

First of all, you won't find any cheap adapter or harness that will do the job. What you have seen is probably some scam.

Next, there are a couple options as for auxiliary.

First, as you mentionned, there is the option of soldering to the amplifier in the trunk. This means you need to have this very same model of amplifier. This is the best solution in my opinion as the sound is flawless and it is pretty cheap. Only thing is you have to know a bit about electronics and soldering, wiring stuff... Instructions can be found here : http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?105447

Next, there is the Dension GW500 which is an adapter that costs arond 350-400 $ I think. Sound quality is flawless. Instructions can be found here : http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?102045

You can also pick the GROM MOST unit which is the same kind of thing and installation as the Dension. Also very costly (350 USD) Sound quality is flawless. Instructions can be found here : http://forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?171534

Finally, you can hardwire a FM modulator to the amp. This is a cost efficient solution but the quality is not perfect depending on interference and EMI. It is also almost as complicated as the first option which is better in terms of sound quality. Instructions here : http://volvo.philipfotos.com/English_install_ver_6_5.pdf

Basically, those are the options if you forget the Bluepower head unit that is suppose to come out but I wouldn't rely on this too much...

Feel free to ask any other questions.
I used an in line FM Modulator that I connected directly to the AFM through the antenna input/output. It works pretty well!
 

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I used an in line FM Modulator that I connected directly to the AFM through the antenna input/output. It works pretty well!
Same here. The FM Modulator KW20 sends its output to the "raw" antenna inputs on the antenna amplifier. I used the same info as the link in ralphmass24's note.

I added a bluetooth reciever to feed audio to the FM Modulator to reduce the cable count. I powered both from the 12V tap in the right rear. I made that tap switch on with the ignition by wiring its fuse in to the front cigarette lighter sockets.
 

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Hi
I am new to this forum as I have recently bought a
2006 volvo v50 1.6 petrol (silver in colour)
I bought it as we have a dog and the estate is extremely handy
Its not the most poerful car in the universe but I have other cars aswell
I have to say I am seriously impressed with the car and it is the best car I have for my every day use
Anyway this seems to be a great Forum for them so I hope to learn and read some of the vast knowkledge within
I want to be able to play mp3 trough the car radio
I dont have bluetooth on this car
I looked and seen somebody wired/soldered directly a aux cable to the amplifier in the trunk
But have also had a quick look on amazon and ebay and see there are aux adapters / wiring harnesses for the rear of the head unit
I am just wondering what is the easiest least hassle way to be able to play mp3 in the car
preferably I would like to be able to just connect a usb stick somehow
but if that isnt cost efficient then playing via aux cable / phone would suffice
it doesent have bluetooth but i plan to get a handsfree bluetooth in the car so i dont know if both can be combined

anyway sorry for the long winded post
and thank you to anybody that can help me with my question

Many Thanks
Colm in Dublin in Ireland :)

hi Colm and welcome...

you might be in luck, there is a company in England that supplies the Parrot System. www.justcarkits.co.uk. I just emailed them tonight to see what they can put together for my car. Will let you know what I find out. PS Nice to see a fellow Irish man on here.
 
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