Hi guys, I'm new here and the reason I joined is that I'm interested in finding a solution for connecting an iPod to the factory CD player I have in my Vectra C (it's a CD30). I drive a company owned 2004 Vectra C with a CD30 HU.
After reading half the internet I came to the conclusion that Opel/Vauxhal is pretty much the only car brand that doesn't allow a direct connection of the ipod (CD changer interface or at least aux). I find it strange, because as far as I know my CD30 does have a CD changer connector (the dealer told me that I could connect a CD changer to it) so I don'd understand why it's not possible to build an interface. Strange, but this seems to be the truth.
So, after a lot of whinning, I came to the conclusion that the only way to go without changing the factory HU is connecting via a wired FM modulator, and I narrowed it down to 3 alternatives - the HK Drive&Play, the Dension IceLink FM, and the Connects2 FM. I'm not sure which one would suit me best, maybe you guys can help me with these questions:
- can you easily remove and hide the screen from the HK unit, so it would not attract thieves?
- for dension and connects2 kits it looks like you have to remove the dashboard plate and reach for the switch on the central unit if you want to change the frequency, is that right? it seems pretty silly... I think for the HK you can set the frequency from the mushroom controller, is that correct?
- does anyone know if the HK would fit the aerial connector on the CD30? I read that for other types of radio you have to buy some connector that's not included with the kit.
And finally, how bad or good is really the sound through the FM modulator? I had a griffin FM transmitter and it was pretty useless in cities and even outside cities in many places, like highways. Is the modulator much better? I don't want to shell out a lot of cash and go through the pain of installing the damn thing just for some marginal improvement over the FM transmitter...
Thanks a lot - any feedback will be highly appreciated.