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MP3 Help. Will Somebody (besides my wife) Please Tell Me What To Do!

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Tetonman714, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. Oct 18, 2010 at 1:17 PM
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    Tetonman714

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    I'm begging you, please tell me the simpliest and most inexpensive way to hear music from my HTC Evo phone through my '06 Taco's stock 6-disk JBL system. I don't need to charge it, I don't need to control it from my stereo or steering wheel. Just play. I pulled the unit hoping to see "Aux Input" or something in big fat letters on the back, but no such luck. (Pic of rear of unit is attached.)

    Yes, I know there are a trillion questions, answers, stickies already on this topic. I've looked at roughly a billion of them and, God help me, I'm still confused. Everything seems geared for the iPod or gets way too involved for what little "free" time I have. I've got three young'uns and that means I'm doing this around schedules for soccer, ballet, Scouts, piano, basketball, etc, etc. I just want a little music while rolling from one place to the next.

    Please don’t anybody get ticked off and think I’m asking you to rehash complete installation instructions – I’m not. I’m just asking for the executive summary and recommended parts. (I'll even take the executive summary of the executive summary!) Any help is much appreciated. Thanks.
    -Scott

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  2. Oct 18, 2010 at 1:48 PM
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    supersuk

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    Don't you have a aux input? The plug should be at the lower portion of the center console next to the cigarette lighter plug. You should just have to use a 3.5mm headphone plug between the phone and the aux input.

    At least thats the way it was in my 2010.
     
  3. Oct 18, 2010 at 1:55 PM
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    x2 ^ My 09 has the same plug. If you don't have it, a FM modulator would work. I think I've seen some that take a 3.5mm plug, then just tune your stereo to a dead station and it should play through.

    Good luck
    Scott
     
  4. Oct 18, 2010 at 2:37 PM
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    Thanks for the ideas, but unfortunately I don't have an auxiliary input. As for the FM modulator, a coworker of mine had one and said it absolutely sucks for those of us who have a long commute in the L.A. area where you have to repeatedly find "new" dead stations between Point A and Point B. He has a shorter commute than I and he said he'd have to change stations about three times on the way to/from work.

    I know the USASpec PA15 will work but it just seems like that's more than I need, esp since I'm not using an iPod. Maybe that's my only choice??
     
  5. Oct 18, 2010 at 6:08 PM
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    Good phone, bad stereo. Upgrade stereo
     
  6. Oct 18, 2010 at 6:12 PM
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    I think the iPod adpator I have is the cheapest one out there, but since your not using an iPod its not going to do you any good.
     
  7. Oct 18, 2010 at 6:32 PM
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    Shark,
    What's so crappy about the stereo? I was wondering why so many people change them out. Maybe I just have low standards?? :)
     
  8. Oct 18, 2010 at 7:10 PM
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    I like my stock stereo and would only swap out for a carputer .. Why give someone a reason to break in ur truck
     
  9. Oct 18, 2010 at 7:19 PM
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    i just installed one of these. i really dig it.

    i went with the one that has the USB, Ipod control, and the 3.5 mm input.

    sound is great through the 3.5 as well as the volume.

    i don't have an ipod and never will, but i wanted the usb.

    you can get just the 3.5 for much less than the one i bought.

    good luck with your search!

    pat
     
  10. Oct 19, 2010 at 6:54 AM
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    It sounds like crap and has no balls. That said, a big part of the problem is the speakers. But if you are going to replace the speakers, you will need some more power, thus the hu has to go.
     
  11. Oct 19, 2010 at 8:39 AM
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    PAT: Thanks very much! They have one on clearance for 50 bucks that looks perfect for my needs.

    SHARK: Thanks for the follow-up. I guess I really do have low standards. (So much for my application to the local audiophile club.) :D Anyway, aside from not having the dough to replace all that, my hearing sucks already and getting a HU with more power would go to waste.

    Thanks to everyone for the replies.
    Scott
     
  12. Oct 19, 2010 at 7:40 PM
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    sure thing Scott.

    someone here pointed that company out to me, only passing along what was given to me!

    Pat
     
  13. Oct 20, 2010 at 8:27 AM
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    buy a new radio from a 09-11 with the aux input. they go for about 60 bucks here, that's probably your cheapest option
     
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