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Thread: AUX input on Mercedes

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    Modding an MB sound system is tricky. If you installed the iPOD kit in your ride (MB has one), it installs inside of the glove box. On the Mercedes forums I ran across a complete series of photographs that show how to install the iPOD kit.

    There didn't seem to be anything "special" about the kit, it's just wire. In fact, if you don't like it in the glove box you could move the plug assembly to somewhere easier to access.

    What's really nice about MB's iPOD integration is that it also sticks the playlist from your iPOD on your center display under your speedo. You can also change tracks from the four push-buttons on the steering wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tishers View Post
    Modding an MB sound system is tricky. If you installed the iPOD kit in your ride (MB has one), it installs inside of the glove box. On the Mercedes forums I ran across a complete series of photographs that show how to install the iPOD kit.

    There didn't seem to be anything "special" about the kit, it's just wire. In fact, if you don't like it in the glove box you could move the plug assembly to somewhere easier to access.

    What's really nice about MB's iPOD integration is that it also sticks the playlist from your iPOD on your center display under your speedo. You can also change tracks from the four push-buttons on the steering wheel.
    Hi. I was looking into the whole iPod integration thing but the thing about it is I really want a carPC. Like the poster above said, you have so many more options to tweak and enhance your sound.

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    Hey guys,

    I'm wondering the same, I found this .pdf and from what it looks like there is one fiber optic going in and one going out. I'm wondering and hope that toslink would work on the in part. I have yet to get a Mercedes with this head unit but I am playing with the idea if I do get one.

    Are there any buttons that can be press to get a pure AUX in or is there some trick to getting the head unit trying to pull info from the CD changer.

    Here's the link http://72.14.235.104/search?q=cache:...lnk&cd=1&gl=us

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunn234 View Post
    Hey guys,

    I'm wondering the same, I found this .pdf and from what it looks like there is one fiber optic going in and one going out. I'm wondering and hope that toslink would work on the in part. I have yet to get a Mercedes with this head unit but I am playing with the idea if I do get one.

    Are there any buttons that can be press to get a pure AUX in or is there some trick to getting the head unit trying to pull info from the CD changer.

    Here's the link http://72.14.235.104/search?q=cache:...lnk&cd=1&gl=us
    Gun, that is VERY encouraging news!!! Please let us know if you discover that the CD Changer interface DOES indeed accept an toslink input! That would be perfect for a carPC mounted in the trunk don't you think?

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    Bump!

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    I know that Becker of North America has an option to install a cable adapter for the iPod if your radio is a Becker of course.with this setup you will able to control your iPod from your dash radio/cd.I myself have a Benz and faced that challenge when I wanted to integrate my ipod.the whole thing costs $100 i believe.the cable is hard wired into your radio so u have to send it to their factory in NJ.Hope that helps.

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    Blitsafe makes a dual toslink to input converter which they charge close to $300 for.

    The OEM changer also has the proprietary DB2 fiber optic input/output plug.

    http://www.autotoys.com/x/cust/produ...productid=4671


    It looks like it takes a pair of toslinks to go into the dual fiber optic inputs for the Mercedes proprietary DB2 fiber system. I'm sure there is a built-in A/D (analog to digital converter) which means the music is going through 3 conversions. The ipod's D/As then the Blitzsafe's A/D, then finally through the Mercedes' very own D/As outputs.

    The ipod (I know most here care more about incar PCs) does not have a digital output unless modified.

    http://www.sound4sale.com/index.php

    The whole point is trying to go straight from the source to destination with only one conversion. This will keep the audio signal at it's cleanest.

    The OEM Mercedes trunk mounted CD changer also has the proprietary DB2 fiber optic input/output plug.

    My original question was if there was some way for the head unit to pull the aux signal without the OEM changer present. I am sure there are some here on the board that can test this simply by holding down the changer button and see if AUX shows up on the screen. If not, there must be some kind of bus protocol translator that the blitzsafe does to fool the head unit into thinking there is a CD changer present.

    If not, it is more trouble than it is worth and would opt to go all aftermarket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunn234 View Post
    Blitsafe makes a dual toslink to input converter which they charge close to $300 for.

    The OEM changer also has the proprietary DB2 fiber optic input/output plug.

    http://www.autotoys.com/x/cust/produ...productid=4671


    It looks like it takes a pair of toslinks to go into the dual fiber optic inputs for the Mercedes proprietary DB2 fiber system. I'm sure there is a built-in A/D (analog to digital converter) which means the music is going through 3 conversions. The ipod's D/As then the Blitzsafe's A/D, then finally through the Mercedes' very own D/As outputs.
    Thanks for the link. Yeah I think that's the ALMBAUX from Soundgate. Been peeping it at Logjam. That's probably the one I'm gonna go for, unless I can change out the stock radio and put in an aftermarket one whille retaining my speakers and amp.

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