I have a sony cdx c 5000r and i have a lead that connects to the cd changer input (rca) then has phono leads so you can plug an mp3 player into it. i cant seem to select the cd changer to play my mp3 player through the stereo.
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Re: aux input for sony car stereo (cdx c 5000r)
For Sony Stereos, you will need to get what is called a Bus Converter. The RCA ports you are trying to use are for a CD changer or alternate device like satellite or HD radio, and those have to have some sort of frequency signal to even be selected. You can find a Bus Converter that will allow you to use this as an Auxiliary input. The device you are looking for is called a Sony XA 300, and it will allow you Two extra Aux Inputs, I believe.
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Keep in mind that the phono jacks are typically tuned to a much lower input voltage than CD jacks, because old turntables put out a much lower voltage. If you are using turntables manufactured pretty much anytime after the 80's, their output voltage will be higher than the phono (which is short for phonograph, which gives you an idea of the timeline of this connector) input voltage allows, so you'll get distortion. This is not indicative of a defect in the amp or the turntables, it's just a sign of the times - there are very few devices in existence today that you could possibly hook to a phono input without getting distortion.
If you need to use the CD inputs for something else, I would buy an input selector from Amazon that will let you plug multiple components into one set of inputs, then you just select which component you want to use at any given time. There are models of these allowing anywhere from 2 to 10 different components hooked up to the same input, so pricing varies dramatically of course, but a standard 2- or 3-component input switcher should only cost about ten bucks.
When you disconnect your battery and then reconnect it again, it disables the radio. This is an anti-theft protection for your car radio. The enable your radio the activation code is in your vehicle owner's manual. If you do not have this code you need to go to your vehicle manufacturer's service centre and get them to enter this code for you.
what stereo? some mercedes have a 3.5mm stereo jack point hidden in the glove box. There are devices available such as The Dension ice Link Plus is this an option to investigate? (plugs into CD changer socket on back of stereo and allows steering wheel control to work) Is an after market stereo an option? does yours have an aux input? if there are red and white phono leads at the rear then you could run a 2x phono to jack plug lead straight to your ipod.
what kind of cd player do you have? you must make sure that your unit has auxillary inputs. some decks dont have them. if it is set up with aux input rca's, then you just connect those to the mp3 player, then you should be able to play it in the aux mode on the deck. if you cant find it by hitting the source button, then you may not have it. I know on my sony stereo, I actually had to turn the deck off with the ignition switch on. then I press the menu button, and there I can toggle the aux mode on or off. if that doesnt work either, then you either dont have aux inputs, or the inputs are bad on the stereo, meaning its not gonna work at all.
The FRD03-DVD allows you to replace the factory head-unit and retain the audio and power to your OEM DVD player. With the FRD03-DVD, the audio from the OEM DVD player is connected to the auxiliary input of the aftermarket radio to allow the DVD audio to be heard over the vehicle's audio system.
The FRD03-DVD harness consists of a molex-plug, stereo RCA audio male connectors, and red and black wires ending in "pigtails".
1) Connect the molex plug into the OEM harness.
2) Connect the RCA audio connectors into the "AUX" inputs of your aftermarket head unit.
3) Tap the red "pigtail" wire into the "accessory" lead of the vehicle radio harness (also usually red).
4) Tap the black "pigtail" wire into the "ground" lead of the vehicle radio harness (also usually black). Alternatively, the black wire may be terminated with a ring terminal and secured to a metallic ground nearby.
For Sony radios you need an aux Bus adapter called the Sony XA 300. It works with the Bus IN RCA, and there whould also be another plug spot for the Bus power and signal interrupter. That is how the Sony knows to access that port.