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Any suggestions on how to connect my iPod to the Bose system in my 2000 ML320? Local sound system stores say they can't do it; available FM transmitters get very mixed reviews, and the use of a cassette adapter may not work because of the flip-down front on the nav system concealing the cassette slot. Anyone have experience with using a cassette adapter - and, if so, can you get the drop down panel to close properly without breaking something. Any experience with hardwiring into this system?
 

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JWW - 1/27/2005 6:27 AM

and the use of a cassette adapter may not work because of the flip-down front on the nav system concealing the cassette slot. Anyone have experience with using a cassette adapter - and, if so, can you get the drop down panel to close properly without breaking something. Any experience with hardwiring into this system?
If you do a search in the forum, you'll find that many people have used the cassette route with no problems. You can even re-route the wire so that it is not even visible from the front!
 

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Hi everybody,

I have the same problem too... i find the rerouting doesnt make sense because the sound quality from this solution doesnt justify the work that has to be performed... i tried the Belkin tape adapter, got a very metallic sound and the quality was really not up to my standards... I want it hard wired too... is using a fm modulator the only way to go or are there more elegant solutions?
 

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Hehehe...

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I'm using the Blitzsafe kit which basically takes over my CD Changer, so my iPod serves as it.
 

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VIK re: blitzsafe

VIK,
how does the blitzsafe kit install...what were costs.
THANKS!
 

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roadsession - 1/28/2005 10:44 PM

VIK,
how does the blitzsafe kit install...what were costs.
THANKS!
The Blitzsafe interface only works with '01+ MLs that have the fibre optic audio interface.
 

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looks pretty good... how mcuh was the equipment and labor? hey drew, do you know if this is the best way to go... adding my cd changer to the pile of junk sitting out in the garage?

btw anybody care to explain how an fm modulator really works?

Thanks!
 

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The kit from Blitzsafe costed me $325.00 and this only works with MY01+ models with the fiberoptic cables, this basically uses the ports of the CD changer and converts it into an AUX input for an iPod or anyother MP3 player, though you loose your CD Changer, its well worth it...

I paid 325.00 and 2 hours of labor... which totalled 445.00 plus taxes etc. It was well worth it, now I have over 1,000 songs at my disposal and no need to run to the trunk everytime I want to change a CD in the changer. Blitzsafe and Dension ICE are the only known companies that I know of that do this conversion, however if you do this, make sure you go to a reputable installer, because this isn't a simple install. I am very very very happy and I suggest this to everyone! [:D]
 

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1.Buy a cassette tape adapter from any electronics department or online. The adapter is a cassette tape with a cable and jack that you connect to your iPod's mic outlet. They run about $10.

2.Plug the cassette tape adapter into the mic outlet of your iPod. Insert the tape into your Mercedes' cassette player and make sure the stereo is set to the tape input.

3.Turn on your iPod and select the song you want to play. Make sure the volume on your iPod is cranked all the way up, then adjust the volume on your car stereo. Enjoy your tunes
 

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If someone can provide the schematic of Bose sound system for 2000 and older model, I should be able to figure out the connections for your ipod. You will have to split the audio signal output of your Bose radio before it reaches amplifiers, install DPDT (double pole double throw) switch anywhere under dash to flip between audio signal from ipod and radio unit. Volume on your ipod will control the aplification (I'm not sure what levels it will go to, how loud it would get).
You may be able to do this trick to CD changer audio output signal wires, leave one CD in it to cycle the unit on so the system knows that CD it playing but feed ipod audio signal into stereo head unit instead by use of DPDT toggle switch to be able to switch back and forth between ipod and CD changer at any time.
I'm pretty sure Witek or 43sqd could come up with wiring diagram for CD changer connector.
Long time ago, when I was still young, I used to install LED audio dB level indicators into cars, same as you see on old home theater dual cassette players, equilizers or aplifiers. 12 to 20 LEDs for each stereo channel and when the basses hit, your car would light up inside from yellow, green to red. Or you could have only one LED on at a time going through the audio level scale back and forth without too much light showen.
Most people wanted them lid all (like a Christmas tree), I could not make enogh of them.
The main thing was to find the correct audio signal wires to hook up into stereo system.
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I tried to open my radio so I could splice the wire coming out of the tapedeck but I couldn't figure out what to snip. I want to just permanently rewire the tape audio to an aux input and not use the tapeheads. I wish u lived closer Bernard I'm sure you could figure it out.
 

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Well, I have extra Bose radio, maybe I open it up and convert the tape deck to auxiliary audio input. Deck will have to be on at the time but instead of audio signal from tape head, it would come from your ipod.
You may get by just by unsoldering the 3 wires (Left, Right and Ground) from the tape head and soldering into them wires from cut off old stereo head phones or 1/8 audio extension cable from radio shack (cut off the female side and use the rest to extend it out from dash to ipod).
Bernard
 
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