factory car stereo have audio jacks?

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  1. Shayne Lebrun

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    I've a 99 Chevy Cavalier, with the factory default radio/CD Player. It's got an 'aux' function button, so I'm wondering if it's actually got audio inputs (be it 1/8th inch 'headphone' style jack, or l/r RCA style) to plug me MP3 player in.

    Anybody have any idea? And if so, suggestions on the best way to get to them?

    Thanks!
     
  2. brentl

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    my first guess is that it's there for an optional GM CD changer.

    Just call them up and ask!

    Brent L
     
  3. Shayne Lebrun

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    What? Call and ask? That would be silly! ;-)
     
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    Try calling Crutchfield. They will be able to tell you and also sell you any connectors that might be needed.
     
  5. Andy Hardin

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    My guess is that Brent is right.

    You could also purchase an FM modulator. You plug your aux item into it, and it broadcasts a short fm signal. You then "tune it in" on one of a couple customizable fm locations (like 89.1, etc).

    Never used one myself, but hearing from people that use them you get a pretty good audio transfer, not noticable if you have stock components and get a good modulator (don't skimp and get a Roadmaster, Pyramid, etc). Get a quality component or you won't be happy.

    No idea about actual prices, but you should be able to find something online in the 30-40 range, but shop around. I could be off.
     
  6. Shayne Lebrun

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    That's actually a pretty good idea, Andy.
    I'm actually considering making sure that my next vehicle, if it doesn't have easily accessable audio jacks, has a cassette player as well as a CD player, so I can just use one of the old 'portable CD player to cassette!' adaptors; they work well enough for my needs.
    You see, I download audio books from http://www.audible.com and listen to them on my Rio 500 (they're encrypted, and often several hours long, so I don't feel like schlumping them down to CD.) Great for those long commutes.
     

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