Car Stereo Connecting

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    I have a Pontiac Aztek great car but no aux input.
    Anyone have any ideas on how I can hook my S3 up to it?
    I read on this site and others about FM transmitters not being that good.
    I'm not sure what to do.
    Any advice would be great.
     
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    Beyond buying a new system for your car (to which you could connect an auxiliary cable or connect over Bluetooth), pretty much your only two options are:

    1) FM transmitter. I've had a few of these, and while they can be hit or miss, if you find a decent one, it will work well enough to get the job done. The biggest thing to remember is to find an empty frequency in your area that doesn't have a strong station in the frequencies close to it (those tend to be on the extreme low end of FM). If you're able to do that, you should be fine.

    2) If you have a cassette player in the car, you can use one of the auxiliary to cassette adapters that were used heavily with portable CD players several years back.
     
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    I guess I will have to find a good fm transmitter then but I'm not sure what to do most don't seem to get very good reviews.
    As you said getting a clear channel is key.
     
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    I bought mine from walmart, the better one at the time. It has a button that you hit and it looks for weak signal. Sometimes it doesn't get on right station because i have to hit button again in same general area, but other than that it's fine. I'm no audiophile, though. There is another setting when long pressing but I forget what it was for. (Ok, I didn't read the directions.)

    My fiance has MS Sync in her car and the s3 sounds great over bluetooth.
     
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    Do you know what model it is?
    Wish I had Bluetooth in the Aztec but not ready to buy a new stereo yet.


     
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    for the best results buy a aftermarket deck with a direct aux input for what you need it would run about $100, if you spend a little more you can even have bluetooth built into the deck!
     
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    Sorry. I can't tell you, it's embarassing. Oh alright, it's an iTrip
     
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    I had a Belkin FM transmitter that i bought more than ten years ago, and it worked flawlessly. It had only four channel options at the bottom of the spectrum(87.9 and a couple others), but one always worked, and was super clear.
    However since that time the FCC has put new regulations in so that FM transmitters cant be as strong as they used to be. They did the same thing in Satellite radios with built in fm transmitters. I don't know what year it was that the laws changed, but if you can find an older one on Ebay, they work much better. I purchased another Belkin model a couple years ago, and it was a tough road trip. It had a digital interface so i though it must be better, but i was wrong. I doesn't put out half the signal my old one had, even though it could use just about any fm station. there was always a level of static. Wish i could find out what i did with that old one.
     
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    I replaced the head unit for under $100 if you go that rout you need a Sony they are the only head unit that streams media/music through Bluetooth.
     
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    Thanks for all the input everyone.
    Not going to replace the stereo any time soon even though I want to but I will try some transmitters.
     
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    From what i can gather it was May of '06 when the FCC said no more high powered FM transmitters and forced Satellite radio manufactures to comply as well. Low powered devices will only work within a few feet. I would look for something made prior to that, if you can find it. Or plan on taping your transmitter right next to your radio antenna.
     
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    I will do that.
    Makes sense actually.
     
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    Blue tooth is the best... and the easiest. I have the pioneer AVH-P8400BH dvd player head unit and not only does the blue tooth telephone automatically connect up... but so does the bluetooth audio. It's real fast with no fuss and no cables! The down side... it does cost a few bucks.
     
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    That sounds like a nice deck.
    Have to wait though baby on the way. :)



     
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    You could check the websites for pac, blitzsafe, and soundgate. They make aux and ipod adapters for factory car stereos. Not sure if they make anything for the aztek or not since that car wasn't a big seller. Can't hurt to check though.

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