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iPod cable for W126 300SEL

Post by jas-300-sel » Wed 26 Aug, 2015 6:43 pm

Hi guys, can anyone recommend an easy & affordable solution other than FM Transmitter to connect my iPod to my 89 Becker Grand Prix? I want to keep the original head unit.

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Post by jas-300-sel » Thu 27 Aug, 2015 11:13 pm

Wondering if this could be a fix? Anyone used it? Or even the older type cassette to 3.5mm adapters?
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Post by Tony From West Oz » Fri 28 Aug, 2015 12:18 am

That is a first for me, I haven't seen one of them before. I believe that there is an option to have the Becker modified to allow a 3.5mm cable socket (or USB connection) to be added to them. I did read about it on the forum some time ago, but it may have been elsewhere.

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Re: iPod cable for W126 300SEL

Post by tips » Fri 28 Aug, 2015 5:17 am

I have not seen a BT version of this concept before but have had a wired version some years back. In the days of Having company cars with no CD player I had a Sony discman CD player that I used on country trips and it had a cassette adaptor that was put into the head unit like a normal cassette and a wire that plugged into the unit and it allowed you to play the CD through the sound system in the car. Worked a treat. Assuming that this would be just as effective. just wonder how good the microphone for phone calls will be with ambient noise when the cassette module is inside the head unit because the motor of your head unit is engaged as it thinks it's playing a tape?
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Post by Greg in Oz » Sat 29 Aug, 2015 10:00 pm

In my cars that have an auxiliary input on the head unit, I use a short audio cable between the head unit and a Bluetooth receiver plugged into a USB power adaptor plugged into the cigarette lighter socket. This avoids needing to continually plug and unplug a long audio cable into the mobile phone (which has the music stored on it). In the cars which don't have an auxiliary input on the head unit, I use a Bluetooth receiver connected to an FM modulator/transmitter. Not ideal from an audio quality point of view but adequate and an inexpensive solution if wanting to retain the original head unit. Bear in mind that the audio quality of the small speakers (and to some extent, the head units) in most older (pre 1990s) Mercs wasn't great anyway.
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Re: iPod cable for W126 300SEL

Post by jas-300-sel » Sun 30 Aug, 2015 3:28 pm

Yeah I'm quickly discovering how ordinary the sound is from the speakers. I think I'll look at new speakers to go under the existing covers & see how that goes, if that's still poor I'll look at a new head unit & rewire the too.

I think the current Blaupunkt Toronto or Cupertino or even Brisbane head units are quite sympathetic to the W126 from an aesthetic perspective.

I'm also thinking of a soundlabs retro fit for a USB OR 3.5 input but am yet to hear back from them.
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