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    Tape adapter or FM modulator?

    I am almost done getting all the parts for my setup (all I need is the screen and I just ordered a Xenarc from the mp3car.com store : ) and I was wondering what would be better to use, a tape adapter or a FM modulator (not a transmitter)? I haven't really seen this comparison made. I'm kinda strapped for cash right now and I want to go ahead and make some progress with this project other than having parts lying around in a box. Eventually I'm going to go without a HU so it doesnt make sense for me to get one with AUX In, and I don't want to hold up the installation while I'm saving for an amp, if I can go ahead and shell out $20 to get it up and running. Any suggestions for specific products would also be nice.
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    $20 for a tape adapter, installs quick, very little loss of sound quality. It gets my vote.

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    I'd say go with the FM Modulator. The problem with tape adapters is that you get less than cassette quality sound since there's 2 tape heads (one in the tape deck, one in the adapter). You will loose sound quality if you ripped your CD's so that they play at CD quality level. A modulator will also be a bit neater since you won't see anything but the switch to turn it on and off (unless you decide to hide that).

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    Quote Originally Posted by gleinz
    $20 for a tape adapter, installs quick, very little loss of sound quality. It gets my vote.
    Tape adapter has worse quality than an FM modulator. I tried both.
    Just make sure you buy a wired FM modulator (the one that plugs into your antenna socket)
    Wireless modulators are crap.

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    Thanks for all the input guys, I think I'm gonna go the fm mod route. I think it just gets a bad reputation from people confusing it with the wireless transmitter type.
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    No! Not another one lost to an FM modulator!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lgbr
    No! Not another one lost to an FM modulator!

    Amplifiers are the ONLY way to go.
    If you read my original post you would see that I am saving up money to get an amp. This will be a temp setup. I just don't want to wait another two weeks for a working setup.
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    ebay linkage

    this was my problem to yer my hero. this willw ork great untill i figure out some other way and for 20 bucks.. w007

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    The problem with AMPs is that you might get a lot of interference noise once you're done.
    I was too chicken to check it with my system though, so I used the FM modulator and kept my factory stereo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paradox
    ebay linkage

    this was my problem to yer my hero. this willw ork great untill i figure out some other way and for 20 bucks.. w007
    That will work great
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