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Old 20-03-2009, 15:25   #16
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If you don't need a marine radio look at Alpine car audio. Some really slick IPOD interfaces.
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Old 20-03-2009, 15:33   #17
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I gave up on connecting my iPod to the stereo through the digital connector. The user interface for the stereo for selecting music is horrible compared the iPod's user interface. The trade off is using a digital connector versus using a 1/8 inch stero connector through the headunits Aux In connector on the face and the iPods much better interface. I prefer the better iPod interface with less than absolutely perfect sound. I think that unless you have an audiophile quality sound system in a quiet environment that your not going to hear the difference anyway.
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There is NO loss of sound quality going through the Aux In connection David.
A better way to control the IPOD itself is through the RF wireless remotes available from I-jet.

They also have one with an LCD display which is easily adapted to 12V systems.
iJet Wireless Remote With Bottom Dock

The main thing you lose by going to an Aux Input is charging capability for the IPOD which may or may not be of concern and can easily be dealt with separately.
Anyone interested in putting together a DECENT boat system without paying through the nose might be interested in reading my posts on this thread before selecting anything. It might save you some money and get you better sound.
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Old 26-03-2009, 14:40   #19
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I have an Alpine stereo in my truck that I bought through the catalog "Crutchfields". It has an connection the comes from the back of the unit to the I pod. It charges the IPod as it plays and all controls for the IPod are in the unit as long as the IPod is hooked up. Crutchfield has lots of different radios that will accept IPods. When I get down to the boat for good this winter, I will get another one and install it into the boat so when I'm in the middle of nowhere, at least I'll have music if I want it. Hope this helps.
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