Welcome to the world of Saab ! Register
Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Frank Wulfers
    addicted to Saab wulf's Avatar
    Join Date
    30 July 2010
    Location
    NW Michigan, USA
    Posts
    6,652
    Saab(s)
    '05 Saab 9-5 Aero
    Blog Entries
    13

    Connect a music player in the Saab 9-5 MY 1998-2005 (aux-in)

    MY2006 and up have an aux-in on the front of the head unit for connecting a music player. There is no factory aux-in for the earlier model years but there are a few different ways to connect a music player.



    Cassette Tape adapter

    This is the cheapest and easiest solution. I have tried a few different ones and you can get some decent results. My favorite is the tape adapter from Monster. With others, you sometimes only get sound from left or right speakers and have to move around the tape adapter in the tape slot to get decent sounds.

    Pros: Cheap, easy to use
    Cons: OK sound quality

    Name:  monster-tape-adapter.jpg
Views: 822
Size:  5.3 KB



    FM transmitter (wireless)

    An inexpensive add-on which transmits the audio signal over the air and gets picked up by the head unit at a pre-selected frequency. I have never used one of these but haven't read any good results with sound quality.

    Pros: Easy
    Cons: Sound quality mediocre at best

    Name:  wireless-fm-transmitter.jpg
Views: 899
Size:  15.9 KB



    FM modulator (wired)

    These devices connect directly to the antenna input on the back of the head unit. They work better than the FM transmitters but not as good as line input or the head unit add-on.

    The Scosche FM-MOD02 is an example of an FM modulator. I had one in a previous Saab and sound quality was similar to a tape adapter. Frequency tended to shift over times so it sometimes sounded like a radio station was fading out.

    Pros: good sound quality
    Cons: requires removing the head unit and tap into power wires

    Name:  scosche-fm-mod02.jpg
Views: 902
Size:  27.2 KB



    Head unit add-on

    Rubenson Industri in Sweden makes an add-on that connects to the cd changer inputs on the back of the head unit. This is the most expensive but also may give the best sound. SEK 1209 = USD 188 = EUR 143

    CDConnect is the leading AUX-adapter for SAAB Ė it gives you an AUX in connection in the mid-console of your car. With an auxiliary input connection you have the possibility to connect any music player to the carís stereo. CDConnect works with all music players that have an outlet with analogue audio signal such as for example mobile phones (e.g. Iphone), mp-3 players, and laptops. In order to connect the music player you just have to use the accompanying cable and plug the end into your music playerís headphone jack.

    More information here:
    SAAB AUX | Connect a musicplayer to your car!

    Pros: best sound quality
    Cons: expensive, requires installation

    Name:  saab-aux.jpg
Views: 945
Size:  25.9 KB



    Line input

    There are a few tutorials that explain on how to directly connect to the line input inside the head unit

    Telephone-in
    Line input (aux-in) for music player using telephone input

    Tape-in
    26.11.2006: Saab 9-5 Line Input - photo.platonoff.com

    Pros: cheap, great sound quality
    Cons: requires opening the head unit and soldering

    Motor Gearheads - automobiles, motorcycles, road adventures, general motor forum

  2. #2
    Jeffrey
    Master SaabTech/Moderator Burnsside42's Avatar
    Join Date
    25 October 2010
    Location
    South Eastern PA
    Posts
    1,301
    Saab(s)
    - 80' 99 T16 - 86' 9KT - 95' 9K Custom CS - 00' 9-3 Cabrio - 05' 9-3 Sedan - 06' 9-3 Combi -
    What about the IPOD my Saab kit? lol I have one of those still and I think it's awesome - sadly not currently installed. Was in our 2001 9-5 (RIP) - never tried it in our 2003 before selling the car to my father. Now i want to try it in the 2000 9-3 vert.

  3. #3
    Frank Wulfers
    addicted to Saab wulf's Avatar
    Join Date
    30 July 2010
    Location
    NW Michigan, USA
    Posts
    6,652
    Saab(s)
    '05 Saab 9-5 Aero
    Blog Entries
    13
    Is that the Granite Embedded device you're talking about? Too bad that never made it to a reliable end product.
    Motor Gearheads - automobiles, motorcycles, road adventures, general motor forum

  4. #4
    Jeffrey
    Master SaabTech/Moderator Burnsside42's Avatar
    Join Date
    25 October 2010
    Location
    South Eastern PA
    Posts
    1,301
    Saab(s)
    - 80' 99 T16 - 86' 9KT - 95' 9K Custom CS - 00' 9-3 Cabrio - 05' 9-3 Sedan - 06' 9-3 Combi -
    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Wulfers View Post
    Is that the Granite Embedded device you're talking about? Too bad that never made it to a reliable end product.
    I think so - I bought it second hand and it worked very well.

 

 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
All times are GMT. The time now is 22:33.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.2.2
Copyright © 2014 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
vBulletin Skin By: PurevB.com