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post #1 of 20 Old 02-02-2009, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Using IPod with Stock 2004 360 Becker Stereo

Hey gang, I received my 360 Saturday. Thanks to those that have helped me with the buying process (especially Stu and Carl). Anyway, I am an Ipod junkie, and I was hoping to hook mine up to the 360 without doing any major mods or spending a ton of cash. I see my options as follows:

1. FM transmitter, which I want to avoid because I live near Chicago and there is always interference. Also sound quality is lacking.

2. Burning playlists on CD's and using changer. On that front, does anyone know if the stock Becker will play MP3 cd's? If not, I will be limited to 20 songs per disc, which will stink (even multiplied by 6).

3. Using the Becker Ipod interface and hooking it up to the changer slot in the back of the radio (as opposed to the hookup in the trunk, which seems like a useless place to do it). Please let me know if this will even work, and if so, are there any risks to the electrical system.

I know I will want to hear just the engine for the first few weeks, but I want to be ready once I want to enjoy some driving music.

Thanks, Louis.
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post #2 of 20 Old 02-02-2009, 06:21 PM
 
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Ditch the Becker

If I were you I would ditch that Becker you have and get an Alpine with the Ipod hook up. It is the best you can control the Ipod through the head unit. I have seen many Alpine units in 360's and they always sound the best. Just my personal opinion.
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I have removed the Becker from my 550 and installed a JVC navi unit with harddrive. I've put about 100 CD's on there - it's a bit of a chore but much more classy solution than an iPod and wires or crappy sound from an FM transmitter.

I'm very happy with the unit, and the optional rear-view camera I had installed is a godsend! The screen is a bit small for the navi option but in a Ferrari you want to be watching the road anyway and there is voice guidance of course, and besides, there is no room for those big screens.


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Thanks for the feedback.

I might reconsider taking out the OEM unit.
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Have an Alpine in both cars, and the Ipod interface is very good and easy to use, not to mention it charges the pod. Put the ipod in the glove box and never have to look at it as the Apine interfaces that well.

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Very easy to do. Easy to remove the radio.

I offer a variety of connectors that plug into the Becker radio.

You use the CD RCA's as the iPod connector, select CD on the Becker, and the iPod will play.

You can use the CD inputs at the rear of the Becker unit.

If you need a diagram I can post one.
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The diagram would be helpful, thanks.

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Ok here ya go.

Socket C3 has 7 pins and they are all inputs.

#'s 18, 19, & 20 are the CD inputs-

#18 is the common ground
#19 is the Left input
#20 is the right input.

So get a 1/8" stereo jack, solder three leads (using common ground) fit the jack into your glove box or where ever, run the three leads to that jack, and tap into the three leads in the appropriate manner.

The iPod can output with a 1/8" stereo plug. This then would go into the above-mentioned jack.

You can leave the CD connected but remove the discs.

For some reason I do not have my wire color guide here but as long as you look at C3 as if from the rear of the radio you are ok.

I have engineered an upgraded stereo for the 360 and 430's and I have a plug that connects into "C1" to give the necessary low level amplifier outputs including an amplifier turn-on circuit.

Very soon I'll have a plug that replaces socket "B" so you can use an external amp and connect into the factory speaker "B" plug. This will enable one to use the factory wiring to the factory speaker locations with no modifications. It will also allow one to easily upgrade all the drivers by means of my system.

Try this.

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Attached is an article I wrote for Prancing Horse as to how to replace the CD player with an iPod adapter for my 2004 360.

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Nicely done.
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Thanks Bill and Greg

It looks like I have my first project. Louis.
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post #12 of 20 Old 02-24-2009, 12:32 PM
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You can use an RCA "Y" connector as well so you have both to play as an alternative.

If you want to upgrade the audio system I have what's necessary for that as well so you can keep the OEM Becker radio but inprove the system.

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What Alpine model fits the 360 spider??
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Almost any single DIN deck will fit.

You may need a mounting kit because the OEM is slightly unique to the Becker radios.
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does this work for the 430 also?

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Greg:

Does the JVC radio/NAV work in the 430?
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Any single DIN (single height like OEM) should fit but they will need a mounting ring from someone like Metra.

If you do not have the OEM nav then they have to add the nav antenna which is chopped liver to be done.

Other than that it's pretty straight forward.
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Ipod

I studied the situation a bit and installed a Kenwood sytem. It has a motorized screen for the back up camera and the nav system, which I endorse. The plug in IPOD cord is in the glovebox and it works well and charges my Iphone. The touch screen controls all functions , even the Ipod. The bluetooth works ok with the phone and provides handsfree use but it will NOT play the music as advertised. I have spoken with the Kenwood tech folks 2x with no luck.
My 360 is a 99 so I wanted nav ipod sat radio etc , yet the engine sounds the best . Also nec is a nicely mounted mic for the phone. My car is a daily driver so I wanted and needed some of that stuff. Overall it is pretty slick but certainly not as good as I had hoped....
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Kenwood in Your 360?

Hi, I saw your post on having a Kenwood in your 360. Which model did you get and were any mods necessary to make it work or fit? My '03 came with this not so great radio and I'd like to add nav, Bluetooth and iPod integration like you did.

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