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Subaru B9 Audio/Entertainment & iPod Questions

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    kmartinkmartin Member Posts: 427
    "So the RCA cable that was used in the instructions would be connected to 11, 12, and 14 and then you make an additional connection from pin 13 to the radio unit to ground the system?"

    I had no luck with 14 at all. I used 13 for ground PLUS ran an extra length of the same wire to the body/chassis of the radio itself. Just taped it off with electrical tape. This extra length allows the AUX button on the front of the radio to work as you would think it might.

    If you are reading through the pdf I amended, jump down to page 9 and see if my comments are listed there.

    Hope this helps.

    -Karen in AZ-
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    regn8erregn8er Member Posts: 2
    Thanks Karen. I don't know if I was reading through your amended version or not but you do mention what you did for the ground in order to enable the AUX all of the time. Just wanted to clarify exactly what PIN was being used for that additional ground.

    Oh, and thanks for writing all of that up. That's awesome! :)

    -Reg in Boston
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    kmartinkmartin Member Posts: 427
    Credit where credit is due....that pdf was originally compiled by scot3818 on the NASIOC.com site...I just added some thoughts at the end when I figured out the AUX ground thing :-)

    -Karen-
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    chris619chris619 Member Posts: 1
    Hi i recently bought a 2006 Tribeca and i would love to have the plans to put the ipod and if you dont mind me asking what ipod adapter you used?
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    kmartinkmartin Member Posts: 427
    I used Apple's AV composite (RCA) cable and a Griffin USB PowerJolt.

    You can find the pdf at: http://members.cox.net/kamartin/AuxInstall.pdf

    The original pdf is not my work, but make sure you read the ground info I contributed on the last page. Let us all know how it works out.

    -Karen in AZ- :shades:
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    tamim1tamim1 Member Posts: 5
    06 tribeca we've tried every combo of pin 13, pin 14, 3g iphone, itouch, shuffle, my original ipod, grounding to the top of the radio, not grounding, having the ipod plugged in to a charger. Nothing comes out. what am I missing.
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    kmartinkmartin Member Posts: 427
    Assuming you have the audio left and right channels hooked up correctly, make sure you push the RSE button on the dash, and the audio is ON (it should come on automatically when you push the RSE).

    BTW, the volume is controlled entirely by the car's stereo system, not the iPod. Also, the charger (or lack thereof) will not affect the audio, except possibly by creating mild ground loop interference.

    Does that help?

    -Karen-
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    tamim1tamim1 Member Posts: 5
    I switched the left and right just to be sure and I stripped another cable just to make sure and did the same thing.

    Nothing happened when we pushed the rse button with the radio playing nor with the cd playing. Got to be something simple we are missing since it looks to be so straight forward. As I said before, we tried my old ipod (original model), shuffle, itouch and my 3g iphone.

    I did not solder additional material to the wires. I did curl the end and pushed them in about an inch, Could it be they are too thin and not connecting inside...I don't know what they are connecting to inside.

    We need the car this weekend so it is reassembled but we will try again next week with any words of wisdom from you...and thank you
    Tami
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    TrihardTrihard Member Posts: 11
    Hi Tami,

    Karen is the guru in this area and her "manual" for doing this is awesome! As someone who followed it a few months ago, I can only point to a few things that you should double check. First, double check that you are really grounded. Several times I thought I was grounded and I wasn't. Second, if you followed her advice and purchased the Apple cable, then they are not too thin. You do need to make sure they are securely pushed in. No additional soldering should be needed. If you also did the video hack, does that part work? That might be helpful to know.

    FYI, you should know that the volume level that will come out of your iPod will be a lot lower than the level of the stereo. I use an iPhone, and I had to have the stereo at volume 22 or so, compared with 8 or so for normal radio/cd use. I ended up adding a small amplifier in the loop so that I didn't need to constantly adjust the volume to go back and forth between using the iPod and the stereo.

    Good Luck!
    --David
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    433433 Member Posts: 2
    David,

    What is this amplifier, and how does it get connected?

    So the AV cable goes into the earphone connector?

    If I have the DVD player in the back, is the auxiliary input behind my radio already occupied?

    Jeff/433
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    433433 Member Posts: 2
    I read another post about Tribeca's with the DVD players and using the AV cable and cigarette lighter back by the third row - some kind of sweet combo cable, long enough to connect into the bottom of the ipod next to the driver.

    In the post, the guy mentioned the cable was made by xtrememac, but I haven't been able to find it, or an equivalent.

    Jeff/433
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    kmartinkmartin Member Posts: 427
    Apple's AV cable uses the dock connector, which will give you digital audio levels -- much higher quality and volume than the earphone's analog connector. Still there are some songs/podcasts I have had to tweak in iTunes to bump up the playback volume a bit for my iPhone....

    I actually patched the Apple AV cable into a Radio Shack cable and stripped the RS cable leads. Then I soldered thicker copper wires (1" or so long) to the leads and used those to patch into the radio connector. And, while I connected everything, I had the ignition/accessory on so I could test each connection as I went. Saved a lot of time re-pulling everything.

    I think the similar Monster-brand cable has been discontinued, although you might still find it on eBay or Amazon. Apple's is readily available at many local stores (I've seen it at Walmart, Radio Shack, Best Buy, Target, etc.) and very good quality.

    -Karen-
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    tamim1tamim1 Member Posts: 5
    Bingo, it worked. It's so exciting. I think maybe I just didn't get a good enough ground connection. The thicker gauge wire helped and I really jammed it in there. It worked fine but I still ran the other half of the ground to a bolt on the deck itself. Thanks for your patience and help. My son will be thrilled.
    Tami
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    kmartinkmartin Member Posts: 427
    Glad it worked out! Sounds like you are pretty thrilled yourself :-)

    -Karen-
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    jhoffjhoff Member Posts: 1
    Just a quick followup. Your tips and instructions were great - worked perfectly. Finally a solution to a very annoying feature of my 06 tribeca - still amazes me they didn't include this from the get go. One new tip -I used a Neucleus NC-iRCA cord for my install. Got through Amazon for less than $20. Connected the power leads to the 12v DC outlet feeds in the console and have full charging of all ipods as well.
    Thanks again for your advice. Happy listening
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    isawitfirstisawitfirst Member Posts: 11
    so will this method allow her to hear music files off of her iphone? Sorry if this is a dumb question, but where does the connecting wire come out-- in the arm rest?
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    lisaluvspetslisaluvspets Member Posts: 1
    Hi Karen,

    I saw that you had info for direct connection of IPOD and other devices for a 06 Sub B9 Tribeca. I just purchased a used one and would like to hook up my Sirius Satt radio this way. Can you email me this info? I was unable to find a way to contact you thru your profile.

    Thanks a bunch! :)
    Lisa
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    abizarvakhariaabizarvakharia Member Posts: 2
    I am trying to figure out if I can use the AUX jack in my '09 Tribeca (radio model # P-141) to connect my mobile phone and use it as a hand free solution.

    I am already able to connect the phone (it's a HTC HD2) to the AUX jack via the 3.5mm plug in the center console and listen to music. When the phone rings, the music automatically mutes and the caller’s voice is piped into the speakers in the car. However the MIC on the phone is somehow disabled so the called cannot hear me speak.

    Does the radio in the Tribeca have a MIC-IN capability? If yes, I think I can wire a microphone and (onto the steering column) and be able to use it as a hands-free solution in the car. Does anyone know if the radio has this capability, please?

    Has anyone tried this and got it to work? Thanks in advance.
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    TrihardTrihard Member Posts: 11
    Has anyone out there purchased the new nav software update (version 4.0)? I think it was recently released. Anyone know what if any software features it has, or is it just a map update? Still a steep price of $238.
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    ttentelhttentelh Member Posts: 46
    I just ordered version 4.0 total amount 273.53. 238+21.72 taxes+13.81 shipping. I will write a review when i get it.
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    sweetpetesweetpete Member Posts: 15
    Someone bought and reviewed it on one of the other B9 forums. Complete waste of money. Do yourself a favor and buy a Garmin, TomTom, etc. Thanks for nothing Subaru/Kenwood!
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    ateixeiraateixeira Member Posts: 72,587
    Who supplies the map info? Navteq, isn't it? I'm curious as to what version the maps are.
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    susant414susant414 Member Posts: 1
    I have a 2006 Subaru Tribeca with navigation, and I am very interested in getting your information as to how to connect my ipod to the AUX/RSE. Thank you.
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    cgrayhaydencgrayhayden Member Posts: 1
    Is it possible these instructions are still available for the Direct iPod Aux In Connection? thanks in advance.
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    nh_davenh_dave Member Posts: 1
    I have an '06 Tribeca without the Nav system. I would love to be able to hear my IPod & Zune in the car.
    Do these instructions work for that stereo system.
    If so I would love to get them.
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    nurkanatnurkanat Member Posts: 1
    Hi,

    Could you send me instruction of setting up AUX Input for the B9 Tribeca? (email: tribeca@nur.otherinbox.com) Thanks
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    centhroncenthron Member Posts: 4
    Hi Karen or anyone can help!!!
    Same problem as you all...want to find a way to connect my iPhone on a direct plug...the FM transmitter was very poor quality sound...so if some one can help me on that...i got a B9 Tribeca 2006 with no Nav and No CD Charger...you can write my at centhron@hotmail.com

    Thanks everyone!!!
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    babicakbabicak Member Posts: 10
    Tell me how, and you may make atheist preing for you :)
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    babicakbabicak Member Posts: 10
    i'm bad with PC's .can't get anywhere my address is lesanekusa@yahoo.com Thanks for your help !
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    babicakbabicak Member Posts: 10
    http://members.cox.net/kamartin/AuxInstall.pdf Just run the ground wire little longer and slide it between the radio body and the bracket .Be sure that you push them in deep you can use solid copper wire and even leave short peaces of the copper wire in the connector as a wedge.It is easy Good luck!
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    babicakbabicak Member Posts: 10
    There is nothyng else to say It is working l'm happy like a little kid !! :)
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    centhroncenthron Member Posts: 4
    Im happy for you...monday its my turn with the Audio shop..!!!Can you show me(picture) the final set up when every thing is ON???Thanks every one!!e-mail:steveee1972@hotmail.com
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    centhroncenthron Member Posts: 4
    The job is done!!! Works!!!!!! But...any one have a problem about the lost of somes speakers some time?? Its happen to me then i lost one of the front speak...some time i have only the left speaker work and after somes minutes everything work again...well some one have this problem??...bad connection?The guy recheck the connector...say everything is good...?!!
    Thanks
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    joval1joval1 Member Posts: 3
    Hi jhoff
    >. Do you mind my asking which power leads you used in this case?
    Thank-you
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    srgrupesrgrupe Member Posts: 1
    Would love to get these instructions etc. emailed to me. Cannot get the link from other posts to work.

    Thanks Steve. (srgrupe@verizon.net)
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    06subietribeca06subietribeca Member Posts: 1
    Karen,

    I have only recently seen this post and would love to have the information to direct connect to the stock player in my 06' B9 tribeca. Please advise.

    Thank you,

    Danny
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    blcallblcall Member Posts: 1
    I would like the instructions please.
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