Hi there people,
I'm a lurker, so greetings to you all.
Just thought I'd post on this, since the topic comes up every now and then and I haven't seen this solution proposed on AO yet.
I've got an Apple iPod (now a 30GB model, which is awesome) for playing MP3s, and I've spent a couple of months looking at different ways to get it to work with the BOSE system on my 2002 147 Selespeed.
Like everyone else I came to the conclusion that there was no way to get a "real" aux in to work, and I don't have a CD changer, so splicing the changer audio lines wasn't an option either -- it's not worth me buying a changer I'd never use in order to plug in an iPod.
Next option was the various FM transmitters on the market. First one I tried was the TransPod
. That sucked
; it uses analogue tuning with a little wheel on the side, and I found that I couldn't get it to hold a good enough signal. Took it back after a day. The iTrip
from Griffin is the next one I tried -- it's cheap and has none of the downsides that the Transpod has. Digital tuning and gets its power from the iPod itself.
The quality of the iTrip wasn't bad, but it was still noticably FM and worse than a radio station. Not exactly wonderful.
Final solution: went to Strathfield
and had them fit an FM modulator -- basically a device that takes an audio signal in and modulates it into an FM signal which is spliced into your antenna signal at a particular frequency. They needed an adapter for the alfa's european antenna as well. This is pretty standard for hooking in aftermarket DVD systems etc. without losing factory stereo systems.
It works beautifully. The audio is clear, and it sounds great -- beats the iTrip by a mile. All I have to do is plug the iPod into a headphone cable I have snaking out from the passenger side kicker. I can post photos if people want, but they probably won't be that interesting.
Hope someone finds this useful -- can post more details on request.