I went on a mission today to connect my new iPod to my Sony CDX-CA700X head unit. There are a couple of outputs and an input on the back of the unit. When I plug the unit in with a simple heaphone jack to RCA converter it doesn't work. I tried resetting the head unit, hoping that it would recognize the iPod to no avail. In the manual it gives vague instructions on how to use a CD/MD unit, and I figured it would work for any audio device. Please tell me that this is possible and that I don't have to get a FM transmitter for it!
I believe you have to get an extra bit of kit from sony. Its something like xa- 90. You might see that in your manual. it allows you to connect several changers or aux to the head unit. costs about £90! there must be a way of tricking the head unit though, its my mission to crack this also!! Mr Barry
I went to a car stereo place today after being assured that my iPOD could be hooked up to my Sony CDX-CA700x, but I was told otherwise after the guys checked out the unit. So, I've been sitting here at my computer ever since searching the web for a solution. I came across this page: http://www.carplayer.com/whatisit.html and I'm praying that this is what I'm looking for. Please have a look and let me know what you all think. If the CDX-CA700X has a unilink port in the back, then I believe it's do-able.
They seem to be selling it for $189. So.. for twice what the Sony piece costs you can get slightly less. (Well.. depends on how you feel about your stereo remote I guess. But it doesn't do unilink passthrough to CD/MD, it doesn't talk to laptops and other devices, etc...)