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    FM Modulator Q's (Noob)

    I have an 07 Astra Energy, and dont want to replace my HU, so the only option for my ipod is to use an FM Modulator similar to the Dension or Connect2. Does anyone here use one of these? I have read that they are a lot better than the "portable" type transmitter but would like to know what you think of the sound quality.

    Also can I take the power for the modulator from the cigarette lighter? I have read there is a live feed strapped to the cigarette lighter cable, but where is the best place to take a ground connection?

    I don't want to go "hacking and slashing" so want to make as clean power connections as possible.

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    You should be able to find a neg for ciggy socket also.

    I've heard good things about the Harmon Kadron (SP) iPod FM transmitters..

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    Had a FM transmitter a while ago, not sure which make but it was about 35 quid so it wasn't the cheapest one. Really disappointed with it, rubbish sound quality. In the end I ran an AUX cable from the HU behind the dash and out though the back of the lower center cubby hole, so I could just plug my ipod or psp in a leave it in the cubby hole

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockdown View Post
    Had a FM transmitter a while ago, not sure which make but it was about 35 quid so it wasn't the cheapest one. Really disappointed with it, rubbish sound quality. In the end I ran an AUX cable from the HU behind the dash and out though the back of the lower center cubby hole, so I could just plug my ipod or psp in a leave it in the cubby hole
    Was this a "hard-wired to aerial" type or a "portable" type? I'd love to run an AUX cable, but you cant do it on the CD30 MP3.

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    The thing with the dension fm adaptor along with the harmon kardon (guess the connects 2 one is the same) is that the connect direct to the aerial wire so the signal is great where as the tranmitters as mentioned above can be hit or miss

    The dension one needs a power/ earth and finally a electric aerial feed. If it's not got a electric aerial feed you have no radio reception unless you have the ignition on because you would have to connect it there instead
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    it was a portable one

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockdown View Post
    it was a portable one
    Thats why I want to go with the hard-wired one.

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    Just changed my use of the word "transmitter" for "modulator" for clarity. Dont know why I said Transmitter in the first place!

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    Have fitted my FM Modulator and am very happy with it so far. Took the ground from the ciggy socket and the switched live from the wire strapped to the ciggy socket loom. Thanks to everyone who has given me advice about this.

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    Glad to be able to help out mate
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