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Running iPad through car stereo

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donnad123 Calculating status...
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Jul 14, 2010 11:11 AM
Ok, I got a cable to connect iPad to the input on my Bose stereo in the car, and was trying to listen to Pandora that way, but the sound was weird, like as though you were't hearing all the tracks or something, and I had to turn the volume way up on the stereo to even get that. Do you have to use a preamplifier or something?? Thx
PC, Windows XP Pro
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
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    Jul 14, 2010 11:17 AM (in response to donnad123)
    Are you using an aux cable from the headphone jack to the stereo? If so, make sure the aux plug is all the way in on both ends. The ipad jack can be stiff.

    Also make sure the ipad's volume is turned up when using the ipod app in this manner.

    If you are using the docking plug, I have no experience with this....
    Dell-WinXP, iPad 3G, iPhone 4
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
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    Jul 14, 2010 12:40 PM (in response to donnad123)
    I have only ever used the aux cable. Sorry, no help on bluetooth.

    Anyone else get good results in their car on bluetooth?
    Dell-WinXP, iPad 3G, iPhone 4
  • danegeld Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)
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    Jul 14, 2010 2:10 PM (in response to donnad123)
    I had a similar issue with my iPod. It sounded terrible when connected to the car stereo through the headphone jack. Then I tried plugging it in via the line-out jack on a dock and it sounded great.
  • Jo Dilbeck Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Jul 14, 2010 2:19 PM (in response to danegeld)
    Ditto, same problem with the headphone jack on my i-pod. Once I got a transdock docking station, the sound was significantly better, and the volume didn't need to be so loud. I believe that ALL headphone jacks have some kind of volume limiting factor in them so you won't blow your ear drums out.
    Windows 7
  • stephen w Calculating status...
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    May 24, 2011 8:12 PM (in response to donnad123)

    I just bought an iPad and haven't tried using it in the bluetooth equipped mustang I drive, but I have used my iPhone in car and it works with either the 30-pin to usb connector in my car or the blue tooth connection.  I have noticed that the music (Beatles Remastered) is a lot more dynamic when wired vs blue tooth.  I'll bet your iPad will sound great with a 30-pin to usb connector as opposed to the blue tooth option.  My vehicle has:

     

    line-in:          I suppose you could connect the headphone jack to the line-in on your car stereo (but you won't be able to control your iPod/iPhone thru your stereo

     

    usb:             This will allow you to control your iPod thru you car stereo (I can even control my iPhone thru my steering wheel control). 

     

    bluetooth:     This would be the best option (if the high and low dynamics were better).  First of all - no wires!  Secondly, I can tell my car what/who to play!

     

    But I'd rather hear Dr Robert in it's awesome 24-bit clarity, instead of merely talking to my car stereo!

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