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Aux or line in

Can you tell me if the CDA-W550 has a line in or aux in jack? If so where it might be located on the unit. I'm considering satellite radio install.

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  • mickeyr Oct 02, 2007

    Thanks for the feedback. Uncertain as to my approach with the hook-up. I wonder if the improvement associated with direct connect vs. RF warrants the purchase of a new reciever with aux inputs??

  • Anonymous Jan 30, 2009

    how to turn on the aux



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I have the same unit and yes, you can put a AUX cable to it, goto best buy or a similar place and get the AI connection cable plug to RCA and then get a RCA to headphone jack so you can plug a ipod or any other MP3 Player to the unit. But the catch to this is that you will also need to pick up a switch and install it somewhere near the head unit because you will need to ground the pink (I believe it's pink) wire somewhere in the car where there is metal. You need the switch because when you ground it, that causes the unit to goto auxiliary mode and you will see the word auxiliary on the display. And after everything is connected correctly, it should work. And before I did this on my car, I did call up Alpine and all the info I typed is what they told me. Don't bother figuring out how to put a "True" ipod connection because you can't, but what I did was use the aux connection and got a ipod holder and mount and mounted the holder next to the head unit so I am able to control the ipod easily. And the sound quality is as good as anything that comes out of my ipod so if the SAT receiver has a headphone jack, I'm guessing it does, then use the same method and use the sat receiver instead of a ipod or zune or whatever you use. But you need a switch so you can go back and use the cd player, tape deck and AM/FM radio. That AI port on the back of the alpine is made to add a cd changer but they sell connections to RCA, so make sure you are getting the right one because Alpine has two kinds of connections, the one you want is the older version, it's a rounded connection.

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No line in or aux inputs. Installation Manual is here; Best of Luck.

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