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    FM Modulators

    Got a 99 Silverado for Christmas and need to incorporate the mp3player. I want to keep the factory setup. It has cassette and CD (CD being the AUX). Really didn't want to splice into anything so I started looking for an FM Modulator. Found a couple on ebay. Anyone have any suggestions on which one to get.
    By the way, is there anyway to change your user id, I sold the wrangler????
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    In my opinion, FM modulators are *****...I had one (the XO vision) as pictured in the second ebay auction, and sold it about two days after trying it. First of all MP3 are cut back from CD quality in the first place, and then to diminish the quality even further was just to painful. Then it also cut down the reception of the other sations. NOT WORTH IT!
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    I tried an FM modulator as well.
    They just plain suck.
    Nothing like Aux in.
    Don't waste the 50$ on one, when you can have a new cdplayer with aux in for 100$
    Clarion 200watt head unit w/ Aux in.
    Kicker 800watt 4 channel amp
    In a 96 Grand Prix SE.

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    Hi mp3wrangler, my current mp3 project is also a '99 Silverado. Maybe we can compare notes.

    BTW, I'm in Florida now, but used to live in Zanesville. Know those roads well!

    Dex

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    Talking

    After reading the replies, I did some searching at work today and think I found the perfect solution.

    An AAI-GM9.....

    It is a device that plugs inbetween the factory headunit and the factory aux(cd/tape) and allows you to switch between factory aux and "2" other inputs!!!! I ordered one so I will post when it gets here. Links below.

    Bought it here

    Looks like from these instructions that we could use a 12v line from the pc to automatically trigger the switch!!!
    Instructions

    Another link

    Dex, What ya think for the silverados!!!!!

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    Very nice mp3wrangler. Ive been looking around for something similar to this as well. I have a 96 pontiac so Im assuming this would work for me as well. Only thing I dont like is the switching mechanism but I guess theres no other real way. Ill probably pick one up soon enough as well.
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    Well, any one have a suggestion on any halfway decent modulators? I know you all say they suck but I MUST keep the stock system in my car. No adapters are out there that will work with a '97 Toyota head unit (even more reason I hate my dad for buying a '97 avalon over an '98 one). My tape player makes an extremely annoying clicking sound so that's also out.
    Comp. Specs:Shuttle SS40G, Athlon XP 1700+, 256MB DDR, 40GB HD, Belkin Desktop 802.11b card (good range), SB 128 sound (onboard is a bit noisy), DVD ROM
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    Other stuff:Generic USB hub & USB to serial adapters, BS2SX power control system w/battery buffer, Jazz 300W Inverter, FM Modulator, Palm Vx, & GPS

    Status: 80% complete (Almost done with the controle boxes)

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    Hmmmm.....save, and buy a new head unit with and aux. in, I have learned not to rush the project....save, buy, and do it up right!
    BossTone74

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    LineX USB FM Transmitter

    I found this product a lil while back. Its $99 so I would hope if you were dropping that kind of cash you wouldnt have to worry about quality. Also its USB connection so you dont need a sound card at all.
    The Grand aMP3 Project
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    Current Setup: AMD K62 300MHz, 64MB DIMM RAM, 20GB WD Hard Drive, Basic Video & Sound

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    I remember some of the older FM Modulators actually plugged in-between the radio and antenna.

    Although it's still works through FM, you may get better results since it doesn't have to transmit.

    I remember Kenwood having such a thing a few years ago.

    If I find anything, I will re-post.

    Otherwise, look through kenwoodusa.com for older models and look on ebay to find one...

    -Mario

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