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Old 11-05-2012, 04:52 PM
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Ipod/Iphone Docking plug to amp

I would like to hook various Ipods and Iphones from their docking port directly to my amp (No head unit) and be able to use the Ipod/phone controls for everything, including volume. I would also like to have the unit charge while it is plugged in. Does such a cable exist? If not, what is the next best set-up?

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Old 11-05-2012, 05:26 PM
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Yes, as long as you have only one amp.
You can get an Ipod docking cable (got mine form Car Toys) that has RCA jacks that you could hook into the amp's inputs (typicially hooks into the other source inputs on teh head unit) and it has a 12V +/- wires that you hook up to a 12V source for charging.
If you got more than one amp you'd need to have an EQ or somethin between the Ipod and the amps or if you amps have pass thru inputs you may be able to hook to one amp and use RCA cables to transfer signal formt he pass thru jacks to the other amp(s). May be low on signal voltage if you tried to "split" the Ipod output signal to several amps though, not sure.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:40 PM
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I would like to hook various Ipods and Iphones from their docking port directly to my amp (No head unit) and be able to use the Ipod/phone controls for everything, including volume. I would also like to have the unit charge while it is plugged in. Does such a cable exist? If not, what is the next best set-up?

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Would you be interested in a "head unit" that's a housing for an iPod (ANY iPod except the Nano)/iPhone with line out, balance/fader, tone controls, is purpose-built for marine with a rubber O-ring that seals the door (NOT a car stereo with some crap on the circuit board and called 'Marine-Ready') and can be operated using a wired remote? The iPod fits in a sleeve that's made for each model and the head unit comes with a whole set of them.

Look at the Fusion Electronics MS-IP600.
http://www.fusionelectronics.com/mar...eries/MS-IP600

West Marine sells them and will meet online prices.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:47 PM
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Would you be interested in a "head unit" that's a housing for an iPod (ANY iPod except the Nano)/iPhone with line out, balance/fader, tone controls, is purpose-built for marine with a rubber O-ring that seals the door (NOT a car stereo with some crap on the circuit board and called 'Marine-Ready') and can be operated using a wired remote? The iPod fits in a sleeve that's made for each model and the head unit comes with a whole set of them.

Look at the Fusion Electronics MS-IP600.
http://www.fusionelectronics.com/mar...eries/MS-IP600

West Marine sells them and will meet online prices.
That would be pretty sweet not having the ipod dangling from the cable floating around somewhere inside the glove box with all the other stuff the family shoves into there. If my head unit ever dies I'll have to keep this in mind.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:45 AM
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I almost bought a Sony unit that had a sealed internal bay for iPod/iPhone, but too many bad user reviews where folks had problems with the iPod/iPhone overheating in the bay and shutting down.

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Old 11-06-2012, 04:37 PM
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Would you be interested in a "head unit" that's a housing for an iPod (ANY iPod except the Nano)/iPhone with line out, balance/fader, tone controls, is purpose-built for marine with a rubber O-ring that seals the door (NOT a car stereo with some crap on the circuit board and called 'Marine-Ready') and can be operated using a wired remote? The iPod fits in a sleeve that's made for each model and the head unit comes with a whole set of them.

Look at the Fusion Electronics MS-IP600.
http://www.fusionelectronics.com/mar...eries/MS-IP600

West Marine sells them and will meet online prices.
I bought the Fusion RA-200. Since I have a closed-bow I keep my ipod under the dash, the 200 doesn't have the built in port, although I could add one if needed.

The unit works awesome. Charges ipod or phone and allows you to view everything on the ipod, including playlists.

http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...+Marine+Stereo
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:08 PM
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I bought the Fusion RA-200. Since I have a closed-bow I keep my ipod under the dash, the 200 doesn't have the built in port, although I could add one if needed.

The unit works awesome. Charges ipod or phone and allows you to view everything on the ipod, including playlists.

http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...+Marine+Stereo
And, the 200 shows compatibility with both the Ipod and Iphone. I may have to rethink this.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:16 PM
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And, the 200 shows compatibility with both the Ipod and Iphone. I may have to rethink this.
The IP600 and IP700 are compatible with both, too.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:23 PM
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The IP600 and IP700 are compatible with both, too.
That makes sense. I thought it should be, but the web page only showed Ipod compatibility.
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