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    1/8" Jack Connections on Car Radios..

    So why do they not make 1/8" jack connections a standard feature on car radios ..

    Is it a ploy to make people to buy overpriced FM transmitters from Halfords?

    Discuss!

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    A ploy to make you buy overpriced transmittors that never quite work properly you mean!

    They seem to fit them with USB ports rather than the jacks or just not bother.

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    You want to get yourself an old Citroen Xantia, thought of everything they did. 1/8" jack even before the word "MP3 Player" and "iPod" were first muttered!

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    if its a recent ish ford it should either be fitted or a cheap job to fit usually about £10 of parts iitc

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    my head unit has both USB and headphone style jack. (1/8"? )

    Very useful, although the latter is a bit pointless with a 40GB usb hdd plugged into it

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    I have an AUX input on my car also very usful

    Good job i have an Intel 12v > USB Converter for my iPhone so the battery dont go flat!

    James.

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    A lot of headunits if they dont have a 1/8" jack on the front will have aux input on the back. Sometimes its RCA but you can convert that to 1/8" with a single cable and run it into the glove box or center console somwhere.

    The recent Fords usually have one just inside the glove box. I've moved mine to the center console.

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    You do of course mean the 3.5mm jack which is what the rest of the planet calls them?

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    thats the jobby, what's all this "inch" rubbish

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael2k6 View Post
    The recent Fords usually have one just inside the glove box. I've moved mine to the center console.
    This is pretty much only on the 2005 models and onwards. I unfortunately have a 2003 Fiesta and the stereo in it not only has no way to connect anything to it, but is also almost impossible to replace because of the proprietary centre console. Annoyed the hell out of me a few years ago after several car audio places told me "Oh yeah, we can fit these to anything," then I'd point out of the window and they'd say "... ah, except those."

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    This is pretty much only on the 2005 models and onwards. I unfortunately have a 2003 Fiesta and the stereo in it not only has no way to connect anything to it, but is also almost impossible to replace because of the proprietary centre console. Annoyed the hell out of me a few years ago after several car audio places told me "Oh yeah, we can fit these to anything," then I'd point out of the window and they'd say "... ah, except those."
    Fiesta MK6 Single DIN SAT/NAV Radio Bezel (RHD) - Parts Shop - FordPartsUK

    allows fitment of std 1 din audio

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    £58 for a piece of plastic! Jesus...

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    Quote Originally Posted by EduTech View Post
    £58 for a piece of plastic! Jesus...
    i believe its possible with a hacksaw/dremmel

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    Halfords sell them dont they? Surely they dont cost £58, its just a bezel? And yeh... 3.5mm i've always known them as 3.5mm and 1/4" depending on obviously which one... lol. Never cottoned on that 3.5mm was 1/8th".
    And yeh about the 2005 stuff. It depends which headunit you have too.

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    My head unit takes SD cards, but only reads up to 2GB ones which is a shame. Also has a 3.5mm jack on the front, but I've never used it. It doesn't have a CD player!

    Mike.



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