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Tahoe Suburban CD MP3 iPod AUX XM Sirius

steverstever Posts: 52,462
What a collection of acronyms!

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  • Just curious if anyone is making extensive use of their ipod/mp3 players with the Aux input. I'm finding myself using my ipod most of the time instead of CDs and I'm starting to think I may not lug around 100's of CDs anymore. Sound quality seems to be on a par with the CD (assuming the digital files are good quality) or just slightly behind.
  • For me, its either my iPod or XM.
  • Lovin' the built-in XM as well. Huge improvement over my previous Roady2 setup in my '02 Trailblazer with wires going every which way.
  • ssoler2ssoler2 Posts: 2
    Doesn't XM's inferior sound quality to even standard FM bother you? I let my free trial expire on my 07 LTZ.
  • It would if I had it just to listen to music. The only reason I have XM is for O&A and Ron & Fez. The lack of quality is noticeable when listening to music.
  • cecookcecook Posts: 23
    I have used most of the options frequently. I probably use the mp3 player most. I also use my ipod and sirius plug n play device through the aux input. I use the XM fairly often and have had no problems with sound quality or reception. I really prefer the programming of sirius but I cant talk myself into adding another device onto my dash, I like the flsuh look too much as it is. I am getting tired of my ipod dying since the aux input wont charge it. anyone added an interface to solve that problem yet?

  • cecookcecook Posts: 23
    Another solution would be to burn an mp3 cd. With this you can store upwards of 300 songs on one cd. that will keep you from having to carry around so many cds. you can also organize the songs into different folders (by artist or genre for example) to make it easier to find them amongst so many others.

  • Belkin makes a product that plugs into the cigarette lighter and into the bottom of the ipod. It has a stereo jack, resulting in a true "line-out" from the ipod while charging the ipod at the same time. The sound quality is great. If you're using the headphone jack of the ipod to plug into Aux, you're really missing out. I tried this method first and the volume of the ipod had to be jacked all the way up.

    Here's a link to the Belkin product:
  • gcmartingcmartin Posts: 19
    The Belkin item is good, but there is an even better charger/iPod dock for the Tahoe. Ten Technologies makes a unit that plugs into the lighter which holds your iPod on a flexible stalk. It is compatible with all iPods and has a 3.5mm adapter plug so you can connect it with the AUX plug on the dash. The sound is better than the CD! I just bought it and it's great. Using the FM was a joke in comparison. Especially here in Houston where free frequencies are few and far between. The best feature is the gain or boost switch which acts as a loudness button.

    See link below:

    Have fun and enjoy your Tahoe! So far so good with mine. Like it better than my Land Rover!
  • gcmartingcmartin Posts: 19
    Forgot to mention that you will need the 3.5mm male/male cable. Radio Shack has one that is 1 foot long and works great. I just coiled it around the stalk and looks like a slick, professional custom installation. Total cost was about $60

    See my profile for pictures.">
  • For me, the Belkin product is better because it gives me a bit more flexibility in where I place the ipod. I would think the stalk would get in the way and make it tougher to scroll/change songs, etc. Does look slick though.
  • samk17samk17 Posts: 9
    I must agree... XM quality is not what I expected... a lot worse than FM.
  • I have no issues with sound quality or reception. I'm in metro Detroit, maybe that is the difference. XM and the iPod sound great.
  • Apple in deals to connect iPod in new car models:
  • hi i live in quebec and couldn't find the belkin model...but instead i found a monster cable model that work very good and is available at the source/circuit city..

    here it is....enjoy egory=ipod_car&product=1419577
  • Just bought a new '07 Tahoe package LT2 but it does not have the XM option. Is the radio ready for an add-on kit or do I have to purchase a portable XM receiver? Anybody have experience with the '07s?
  • Since I do have the aux. jack on the '07 radio can an XM or Sirius connect through that? Just want to buy what ever works best and does not look bad.

    Anyone know if there is a radio exchange program through GM or Delphi to upgrade radios? I know there was 15 years ago when I was at a GM dealership.
  • the lt that my wife and i just bought does not have the xm option, but the radio has a couple of features that are geared towards xm use.

    for example, when i press the catagory button, the radio says "for xm use only" or "xm not installed" or something like that.

    my questions is, is the xm radio different than the stock non-xm radio, or is there a card or chip or component that can be installed aftermarket to take advantage of xm?

    i understand that xm is a subscription, but didn't want to pass on the truck just because the option wasn't included.

    if the xm is a completely different radio, i will buy a portablw, but if it can be installed as a feature on the current radio i will have it installed.
  • did you ever figure this out. I am in the same position.
  • I've been wondering if the fidelity of XM is related to signal strength - if the soundstage gets compressed in situations with lower "bandwidth" or signal is available. When I first bought an 04 Sierra with XM I was very impressed with the sound quality. I bought a MyFi and was dissapointed with the fidelity - I attributed it to dumbed down electronics in the portble unit. I am wondering if XM has reduced its bandwith overall since 2004, because now when I go back and compare XM and FM in the Sierra the FM sounds superior. This wasn't the case when I first compared them in 2004. I have a Jeep with Sirius, but I'm unable to compare the XM to Sirius because of the two different environments. (My new '07 Yukon is on order)
  • Hi,
    Just bought a 2004 z71 yesterday and put two cd's in the 6 cd changer and they didn't play. I have tried to eject them and I get a message that says no disc and I cannot put any other discs in. Apparently the light to the right of the changer is supposed to blink and turn green before you can perform a function. The light never blinks. It seems it is not working at all. Anyone else have this problem? If so, can you offer some advise.
  • jntjnt Posts: 316
    How do you get Audio of MyFi to the vehicle audio system: via FM modulator or direct Aux audio input. Note that XM in the OEM system normally has it Analog Audio feeding directly to the radio head unit via rear radio connector. So the audio fidelity is mostly preserved.

    Now if you send the XM audio signal to the head unit via a FM modulator (built-in or another module), the weakest link is this FM modulator. Even if it is perfect, you will lose some fidelity (15KHz vs. 20KHz). In addition, FM modulator route has limitations of FM tuning for car (roll off trebble and cut down on stereo separation to reduce noise) when the FM frequency you selecting is interfered by local FM stations (of same frequency is adjacent to it). This Audio - FM - Audio process adds noise and causes degradation.

    Direct audio connection is again the best for Audio fidelity. For your 07 Yukon, it has the Aux audio jack. So in theory, it should be as good as your 04 system.

  • jntjnt Posts: 316
    XM receiver on current GM vehicles is external to the radio head unit.

    GM XM receiver is a remote box located in the trunk or under seat,..Most, if not all GM radios are XM compatible regarless if you opted for XM or not. So there is no difference between the head units. Even on Bose/non Bose option, there is only one head unit. Everything is connected thru. the vehicle bus (GM Lan) that tells the radio if it has the XM box or Bose amp attached to it. It will configure accordingly

    The nice thing about having XM compatible head unit and GM XM receiver is XM is now part of your radio band :AM/FM/CD/MP3/XM. The head unit now can integrate XM with other modes. You can also control XM, save XM station presets, audio settings like you do AM/FM. I do not know if there is an aftermarket XM box that is compatible to GM vehicle (control functions)

    You could also use your portable XM receiver. But you can only use it in the Aux mode just like you do with MP3 player (ipod) by plugging its audio cable into the Aux jack. It is again, Audio interface only. You can't control XM portable unit from your radio. Radio does not care if it is MP3 player, CD player or XM receiver. It is just an external audio source.

  • I'm sorry, I should have been more clear. I have a Myfi that I use on my Goldwing. I have also plugged it into a home system, and it lacks soundstage or imaging; it sounds "flat" or two dimensional. The XM in my Sierra is a factory unit. I realize that a direct connection will be superior to an FM modulator or a cassette mechanism. It's just that I have not listened to FM much since getting XM in the Sierra, and now going back it seems that the soundstage and fidelity is much higher from FM rather than XM in the Sierra. I didn't remember that when I first started listening to XM; I was very impressed at the time with the sound quality.
  • beach15beach15 Posts: 1,305
    Here's a new question, of sorts, not directly satellite or otherwise related.

    I know with the last gen trucks (we have an '04), the BOSE system is generally thought of as not impressive at all, and for the most part, a lot of the regular base Delco standard systems offered in '02 and earlier models even sound richer to a lot of people. Case in point, I still think our '02 Avalanche with the standard Delco pieces sounded better overall than the upgraded BOSE system in the '04 Suburban.

    But I digress. Has anyone compared the stock system in a new '07 back to back with a BOSE upgraded version? Again I've heard that the BOSE is not that spectacular, but I've yet to see anyone with an LS or LT1 Chevy (or SLE GMC) model mention much about the standard non-BOSE in comparison.

    Anyone able to comment on that?
  • powder73powder73 Posts: 15
    well i don't know about the ''not spetacular sound'' but so far i'm impress with my sub 07 bose sysytem.....before i had a toyota 4 runner sport edition and you don't know poor sounbd till you have that!!!!! And compare to my wife sienna my sub 07 bose system eat it for i donb't know...

    I know i consider myself fussy on sound and that was the major dissapoint for me with the 4runner...

    The only major bug is the ipod.....i use the monster cable that connect to the base and sometime i wich i could put the music louder!!!even at max some song aren't loud enough...when i want them loud!!!!

    XM radio is the best thing that happen to me...even my wife miss it now with her van...i talking...just music....and maybe it's just mne but the sound quality getting better...before i found that the major channel (80's-90's... and top 20 etc) had crystal clear sound but other like fred underground and boneyard were less the point that i didn't listen to them anymore....but i found out recently the the sound is much better now..on par with the other channel....

  • "I am wondering if XM has reduced its bandwith overall since 2004, because now when I go back and compare XM and FM in the Sierra the FM sounds superior."

    Bandwidth is not an issue because the the signal is a digital stream. Actually, the "channel" bandwidth is quite narrow. That's why they can fit so many in.
  • I am about to buy a charger/adapter for my iPod for my 2007 Tahoe and found after searching in the web that the FlexibleDock charger that you mention is the best option for my needs. The problem is that I didn't find where to buy it (Circuit City, BestBuy, CompUSA, etc.) Could you please tell me where you bought it? By the way, your pictures are pretty useful on how it is installed.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    When an IPOD is hooked up to built in Tahoe Aux jack - does it also charge the IPOD?

    Can you change songs with the steering wheel controls? Or use the nav screen to select a song?
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