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    Keeping Bose System with Carputer

    I have a BOSE sytem in my 2005 Altima SE-R and want to keep it and install my screen below in a seperate din. My question is this. Can I keep my bose system and hook up the computer to play music as well? My BOSE system has a SAT radio button, and i'm assuming as some kind of input. Can i have the bose system be the primary for radio, cds, etc and then play music off my comp when I hit the SAT button?

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    I think you'd have to pull the radio out and find out if you have AUX in, RCA in.
    Or ask Nissan?
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    You most likely, have one of two scenarios back there. Either the inputs for your XM button are RCA or it's some type of proprietary connector. If it's RCA, you will be able to just hook in there with an RCA Y adapter and push that button when you want to hear the carputer. If it's a proprietary connector of some sort, you may be able to get an aux-in adapter made by some aftermarket company.

    One thing I found out with my BOSE in my car was that it really didn't matter what kind of deck was in there as long as you didn't put an extremely high powered one in there, it would work fine with the Bose system and sound really good. This was the avenue I explored and ended up with a Blaupunkt head unit (I chose them simply because their harness is the exact same as Mercedes, so I could do it plug and play). Now I just use the Aux-in on that head unit and I was able to retain my Bose sound with a little improvement.

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    the factory deck might need to be tricked into thinking you are using the sat radio... for BMWs you can fool it into thinking the CD changer is in there, that is how those work...

    your other option is an FM modulator, quality is reduced, but at highway speeds how much sound quality are you really looking for... if you were after sound quality you'd be dumping the head unit and getting a higher quality aftermarket... I actually used a wireless modulator for a while - the cool thing was that a friend and I were driving cross country and he could listen in to see what movie/song was on...
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    My car has a Bose headunit and OEM (alpine) CD-changer. I bought a blitzsafe aux input adapter that lets me switch the input between the Changer and the Aux input (computer) by pushing a quick sequence of buttons on the headunit.

    You can also get a version that doesnt allow for the CD changer passthrough, in case you dont have a changer - its a bit cheaper.

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    You could get a wired FM modulator which I beleive is originaly quality. You lose the funcionality of the FM/AM radio but you can add that easily other ways. Basically you turn the antenna into a line in and use that frequency to get the line in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaymzRR
    You could get a wired FM modulator which I beleive is originaly quality. You lose the funcionality of the FM/AM radio but you can add that easily other ways. Basically you turn the antenna into a line in and use that frequency to get the line in.
    well in truth... CD is 20 to 20,000Hz... radio is supposedly like 40 to 16,000Hz... or something to that effect... (that is based on a certain db drop)... so you will get some "artifacts"... it wont' be 100%... but then neither is the MP3 you're playing... hard wired RCAs will always be the best... of course there is the option to directly wire it to the amp - skipping the head unit...
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