As many cars thankfully have these days, mine has a simple AUX input so I can listen to audio from a variety of sources while driving around. In my car this input is conveniently located right under the stereo controls, on the front of the system. For a while I had a regular 1/8″ to 1/8″ cable connected for listening to music from my iPhone 4. Audio quality was fine going through the headphone port on the iPhone (as good as it could be coming from there), and I was able to connect power to the 30-pin port on the bottom as well. Of couse, this meant that I had a loop of cables connected to both the top and bottom of my iPhone anytime I wanted to listen and charge at the same time. In addition to being cumbersome for anyone-especially a driver who may need to quickly answer a call or change songs (only when stopped of course)-this setup also prevented me from being able to store my iPhone in any convenient areas in my car (such as the designated phone port, where I also keep a near continuous supply of Orbit Wintermint gum). The result being that I’d usually just leave everything strewn about the passengers seat or cup holders. Not a good look, amongst other things
The +USB Line Out Dock Cable really cleared these issues up quick. It allows me to run high quality line out audio from my iPhone through the AUX input and charge it at the same time all through the 30-pin connector on the bottom. This makes storing and handling my iPhone significantly more convenient while it’s connected to the stereo system. It might not sound like a huge difference, but it’s been an enormous help. One of those little things you deal with every day, but it’s not until you STOP dealing with it that you realize how much of an improvement has been made.
For the photo above, I connected all the CableJive products I keep in my car to show how they’ve helped me maximize my available options, and turn my system into an all-in-one music-bumping device-charging machine! As stated above, the +USB Line Out Dock Cable provides both the audio (via my car’s AUX port) and charging connections. I also used a 6 ft. dockXtender cable to extend the length of that 30-pin connection and run it under my seats so I can keep it closer to me on the drivers side without having to leave the wire dangling in front. The dualCharge provides the power via my car’s DC power port (AKA the artist formally known as the cigarette lighter port). I keep both an iStubz and microStubz cable in my center console for use with the extra USB port the dualCharge provides, incase any of my passengers need to juice up as well.
So, there’s my setup (it normally looks much cleaner, but I wanted to squeeze everything into that picture). We’d love to see how YOU use CableJive products to get what you want out of your car or home audio system. Feel free to share your story or pics with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.