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sizzler
08-19-2005, 04:54 AM
just had delivered at work the i-pod interface for the clarion xmd head unit(part no.ea1251)...this enables the i-pod to play and be charged thru' the clarion system.......its brand new overhere...

anyone fitted one of these???

looks simple...i hope ...will take pics for the install

bigmac
08-19-2005, 09:04 AM
just had delivered at work the i-pod interface for the clarion xmd head unit(part no.ea1251)...this enables the i-pod to play and be charged thru' the clarion system.......its brand new overhere...

anyone fitted one of these???

looks simple...i hope ...will take pics for the install

I know the XMD3 head units and later have separate RCA plugs in the back of the head unit so that anything plugged into it, like an iPod, can be selected as Auxilliary from the source switch. You set the iPod to some middle level volume and then the volume from the boat's speakers is controlled by the head unit. It's a nice feature because the cable to do that costs about $3.00 and it's about a 60-second install. In that event, all the controls such as song selection are still done by the iPod.

The nice thing about the EA1251 is that it makes the head unit think that the iPod is a 6 disc changer and all of the controls normally done by the iPod are done by the head unit. One problem with that is that the EA1251 has to be capable of addressing the software of the particular model iPod being used, and Apple keeps changing that.

I opted to go for the $3.00 cable and connect an iPod that way rather than the $90 EA1251, but no question it's a nice unit.

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wiltok
08-19-2005, 12:08 PM
Anyone have a link to this? (US based). Does it work with XMD-1? Still looking for a good solution....

bigmac
08-19-2005, 12:20 PM
Anyone have a link to this? (US based). Does it work with XMD-1? Still looking for a good solution....

http://www.clarion.com.sg/products/2005/accessories/ipod/index.cfm

I know that the XMD-1 supports a CD changer, and I'm pretty sure is does so using CeNet standards, so, yes, I think it's likely that the EA1251 would allow your XMD-1 head unit to work with at least some iPods (maybe not all).

HERE (http://www.clarion.com/usa/support/manuals/index.html) is a PDF of the EA1251 manual. Check to be sure your particular model and vintage of iPod to be sure it is supported. It lists the iPod software versions supported. That info is found on one of the screens of your iPod.


Note that the Clarion link above mentions two options. The other one is the simple, cheap cable that plugs your iPod into the AUX inputs of your head unit.

MasterMason
08-19-2005, 02:04 PM
Note that the Clarion link above mentions two options. The other one is the simple, cheap cable that plugs your iPod into the AUX inputs of your head unit.


This is what I do on my pioner deck and it works increadibly well

Andyg
08-19-2005, 02:46 PM
I am almost positive the XMD1 is not compatible with the EA1251. I thought I remeber in my research a few months ago that the XMD1 does not have a CNET connector.

Andyg
08-19-2005, 02:54 PM
After reading the EA1251 manual I don't think I will buy it. It seems pretty non-user friendly. The head unit can only read 6 playists because it thinks it is reading a CD changer. They have to be named clarion1 through clarion6 which makes it difficult to remember what is what.

I originally planned on installing the EA1251 based on talking to the factory reps, so I bought and XMD3 and remote to install in the boat once the EA1251 came out. Now that I amnot going to buy the EA1251 I have an XMD3 with the CMRC1-SB remote, there is a link below to see the remote, that are for sale. I would sell the XMD3 for a $100 and the remote for a $100 plus shipping. I paid $150 for the deck and $115 for the remote. Send me a PM if you are interested.

CMRC1-SB Remote (http://www.clarion.com/usa/products/marine_audio/CMRC1SB.html)

BigBarney
08-19-2005, 06:47 PM
I just sent my EA1251 back. I had purchased it for my CMD4. Called Clarion Marine and the guy said don't buy it. The control feature has bugs in it. So, I just ran a monster cable to my aux input. It won't work with a XMD1. The XMD1 is all c-bus. You would have to buy a ceNet to c-bus adapter. Alot of hassle. Get the fm modulator. Monster makes a nice one - have it in my car.

sizzler
08-22-2005, 08:05 AM
dif strokes for dif folks.....i set it up and it was so simple.....plug from the head unit to the adapter ,and from the adaptor to the ipod..
i drilled a hole in the cup holder and put the ipod connector in there...the ipod itself is in one of those foam can holders...

by,reading the ipod as a cd changer,yes it will only "read" 6 playlists,but thats more than enough for a day on the water IMO.....

i just renamed my existing playlists e.g. rock,70's,60's pop etc ..as clarion1 ,clarion2 etc........

if we are clever enuff to have bought a MC ,we shud be clever enuff to remember what is on the playlists :uglyhamme

amesgardner
09-01-2005, 02:37 PM
Not to divert the thread, but Bigmac - I have the XMD3 with RCA (input?) plugs on the back.....do those provide provide any type of remote control interface/control too? Or would I need to use the input device controls?

bigmac
09-01-2005, 06:21 PM
Not to divert the thread, but Bigmac - I have the XMD3 with RCA (input?) plugs on the back.....do those provide provide any type of remote control interface/control too? Or would I need to use the input device controls?

The RCA plugs are for subwoofer and for AUX inputs (iPod). There should be a separate input for a wired remote control. Note that the appropriate wired remote control for that head unit is the Wired Remote Control Unit MR301RC made by Clarion for that device. It's plug and play, other than mounting the remote, running the wire, and hooking up illumination (for those night boating excercises, I guess.

The manual for the XMD3 is HERE (http://www.clarion.com/usa/support/manuals/index.html) in .pdf format, and the installation and operating instructions for the MR301RC is HERE . (http://mccollister.info/RemCon.pdf)

amesgardner
09-02-2005, 02:14 PM
Thanks Bigmac

Ric
09-02-2005, 02:37 PM
threadjack:
anybody wire the remote illumination wire to the radio somehow so that it will illuminumate WITHOUT turning on the nav lites?

also, andy, will that remote work with the xmd3? it says xmd4 on that link??

After reading the EA1251 manual I don't think I will buy it. It seems pretty non-user friendly. The head unit can only read 6 playists because it thinks it is reading a CD changer. They have to be named clarion1 through clarion6 which makes it difficult to remember what is what.

I originally planned on installing the EA1251 based on talking to the factory reps, so I bought and XMD3 and remote to install in the boat once the EA1251 came out. Now that I amnot going to buy the EA1251 I have an XMD3 with the CMRC1-SB remote, there is a link below to see the remote, that are for sale. I would sell the XMD3 for a $100 and the remote for a $100 plus shipping. I paid $150 for the deck and $115 for the remote. Send me a PM if you are interested.

CMRC1-SB Remote (http://www.clarion.com/usa/products/marine_audio/CMRC1SB.html)

bigmac
09-03-2005, 09:09 AM
threadjack:
anybody wire the remote illumination wire to the radio somehow so that it will illuminumate WITHOUT turning on the nav lites?

also, andy, will that remote work with the xmd3? it says xmd4 on that link??

Most of the places that sell the CMRC1 say that it works with the XMD3. For example ---this site (http://www.logjamelectronics.com/clarm301rcret.html)



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boattunez
02-15-2007, 02:29 PM
Nixed the EA1250 and got the EA1276 for my CMD4A - not hooked up yet but supposed to fully integrate the iPod to the head unit ... we'll see!

... SORRY - didn't notice how old this post was ...

east tx skier
02-15-2007, 02:49 PM
I know the XMD3 head units and later have separate RCA plugs in the back of the head unit so that anything plugged into it, like an iPod, can be selected as Auxilliary from the source switch. You set the iPod to some middle level volume and then the volume from the boat's speakers is controlled by the head unit. It's a nice feature because the cable to do that costs about $3.00 and it's about a 60-second install. In that event, all the controls such as song selection are still done by the iPod.

The nice thing about the EA1251 is that it makes the head unit think that the iPod is a 6 disc changer and all of the controls normally done by the iPod are done by the head unit. One problem with that is that the EA1251 has to be capable of addressing the software of the particular model iPod being used, and Apple keeps changing that.

I opted to go for the $3.00 cable and connect an iPod that way rather than the $90 EA1251, but no question it's a nice unit.

.

BigMac, maybe you said it, but does that cable plug into the headphone jack. I keep looking for one that will hook up to the info port of the ipod to no avail (at least locally). I know google could probably solve this problem pretty quickly, but I just haven't bothered yet and am burning an extensive mp3 cd as we speak. It is a monumental hassle to do that in itunes once everything is aac.

bigmac
02-15-2007, 03:09 PM
BigMac, maybe you said it, but does that cable plug into the headphone jack. I keep looking for one that will hook up to the info port of the ipod to no avail (at least locally). I know google could probably solve this problem pretty quickly, but I just haven't bothered yet and am burning an extensive mp3 cd as we speak. It is a monumental hassle to do that in itunes once everything is aac.

There are two methods out of an iPod - the headphone jack, which is amplified and controlled by the iPod volume, and line-out, which comes from the dock connector. On the back of Apple's dock, note that there is a 3.5 mmn mini-jack. If you were to plug that $3 Radio Shack 3.5mm-to-RCA cable into the back of the iPod dock, you'd have line-out wherein the stereo head unit only controls volume. If you plug that same cable into the headphone jack, you'd have volume control from both iPod and head unit, with a resultant increase in noise.

This unit (http://www.radtech.us/Products/CablesiPod.aspx)

http://www.radtech.us/Images/Products/CablesiPod/RetractCableRCA.jpg

will give you line out from the iPod dock connector directly into your stereo RCA inputs in the event you don't want to use an iPod dock in your boat.

You could also use the one from Monster (http://www.monstercable.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=3897), which incorporates video as well as audio.

http://www.monstercable.com/images_db/computer/AI-ITV-IP-10.jpg

east tx skier
02-15-2007, 03:16 PM
Pefect. Thanks.

boattunez
02-19-2007, 10:54 AM
Plan to use EA1276 w/ my CMD4A - supposed to fully support iPod menus thru head unit instead of reading as CD-changer - we'll see!

3event
02-19-2007, 11:30 AM
Anyone know if there is any difference in video output resolution between using a cable for the dock connector vs. the headphone jack?

I guess if you use the dock connector then you don't have to go into the menus to turn on the TV out, just wondering if any other reason...

thanks.....

Andyg
02-19-2007, 11:38 AM
threadjack:
anybody wire the remote illumination wire to the radio somehow so that it will illuminumate WITHOUT turning on the nav lites?

also, andy, will that remote work with the xmd3? it says xmd4 on that link??

I installed it and it worked fine on my XMD3 that I bought. I ended up selling the stereo and remote to a buddy who bought a 94 Nautique with no stereo.

JBaker
02-22-2007, 11:16 AM
Plan to use EA1276 w/ my CMD4A - supposed to fully support iPod menus thru head unit instead of reading as CD-changer - we'll see!

I have this set-up and it is amazing! Not cheap, but well worth it if you are an iPod enthusiast. It lets me see every title of every playlist, artist, track, and album info. I can also view all the display information on my CMRC1-SB remotes. Very user friendly.