I cannot get my cdx-ca400 to switch to the MD mode. Im trying to plug my IPod into the bus output on the back and I cannot get it to work. If anyone knows of a better way to go about doing this, please share, thank you.
I actually have the same question. There is a bus audio input on the back (L & R phono) I have a cable to go from 1/8" stereo to this. There is also a bus control input. These are for an external cd changer. I wonder if anyone has tried to use the bus audio input without the control input.
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Re: MD/CD Changer Control Options
Press source button repeatedly to select "CD" or "MD"
be aware that in order to connecting Ipod to a car stereo you will need to use an extension cable with 3.5 mm stereo connectors on each end to connect iPod to your car stereo system's aux input, or use a cassette adapter if your car stereo doesn't have a sound input jack. Either of these items can be purchased at stores that sell car stereo accessories.
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You need to provide Clock n Data signal to activate Bus Audio Source. Actually this Bus Control Socket is to attach Multi Disc Player of Sony. Here is 2 pictures attached of bus related area for info. I am sorry, its difficult to hear MP3 sound at Bus Audio input in this model. Have nice day.
According to the manual: "In the case of a CD/MD changer or SAT tuner being connected: when "source" is pressed the connected device (MD, XM, or SR) will appear in the display, depending on which device is connected. Then if "MODE" is pushed you can switch the changer or change the SAT tuner band."
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.
Actually, what I think gbaity is doing is utilizing his IP(Interactive Pioneer)-Bus port in the back of the DEH-P3000, which is an input port designed to allow the deck to use an external multi-disk CD changer. All you need is the CD changer, then change the input source from your deck to "M-CD".
There are folks on eBay and other places that sell a cable that pluggs into that very same port. They are designed to allow the unit to accept input through the IP-Bus from an ipod or just about any low-level input that you can pass through the RCA jacks. I have the same deck, and also just purchased an ipod cable for the IP-Bus, and it also does not work. I have been told that I need to switch the "M-CD" input source to "AUX" as the input, but I do not know how to do that. pressing the input source button only displays "CD", "M-CD", and "FM/AM". Does anyone know how to add "AUX" to the choices or otherwise show us how to make these cables work? Thanks - TomR
Some Sony head units let you use the Bus audio inputs as an auxiliary source input, but yours is not among them. To play your iPod through the head unit, you'll either need an iPod interface module: http://www.xplodsony.com/xplod/accessories/XA-110IP
or an auxiliary input module: http://www.xplodsony.com/xplod/accessories/XA-300
The iPod interface will allow you to control and display the iPod directly through the head unit, while an auxiliary input adapter will allow the iPod to play through the head unit using the iPod's controls and display.