By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor
Now you can integrate your iPod with your factory stereo using the Peripheral PXDP universal iPod interface. This handy device enables you to control your iPod through the factory stereo controls. You can use the factory stereo faceplate to change tracks, skip forward or rewind through songs, and generally tweak any other playback controls. Unlike most external connection devices, this unit will produce CD sound quality. Also, it does not require any RF modulators. It simply connects the iPod through the CD port. Keep in mind that in order to use this device, your radio must be compatible with either a CD changer or Satellite radio.
If you would like to integrate your factory stereo with both an iPod and HD radio, check out the Peripheral PXAMG-A universal iPod Adapter and HD Radio interface. This is the ultimate expandability device, as it provides you an outlet for integrating your iPod, HD radio and many other portable media players. With this device, you will be able to use your factory stereo to navigate thru your music library. And the expansion possibilities are endless, as you can add MP3 players, satellite radio tuners, DVD players, GPS navigation units, and other portable devices through the additional aux inputs. Best of all, regardless of what playback option you use, the sound quality is absolutely tremendous. You will enjoy clear playback without the hiss or buzz of most iPod adapters. Best of all, it will not drain your iPod battery because it also acts as a charger, even when playing back music. It is important to note that in order to add this to your vehicle, your radio must be compatible with Satellite radio.
Both the PXAMG-A and the PXDP require a vehicle specific harness. We carry a multitude of vehicle specific iPod harnesses. These units enable you to add an Apple iPod input to your factory stereo. These harnesses are designed for luxury vehicles such as Mercedes, Lexus, Cadillac, as well as major brands such as Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Honda, and Toyota. Make sure you make a selection based on the make and model of your vehicle. In some cases you may need to know the year of your vehicle to make sure it fits within the compatibility range of the vehicle specific harness.